“World” magazine publisher Marvin Olasky reports in the August 11 issue that, in a change from earlier reports, the National Association of Evangelicals is not at this time seeking further funding from the National Campaign for the Prevention of Teen and Unmarried Pregnancy (NCPTUP). As Olasky describes, NCPTUP “promotes contraceptives for the unmarried.” The group is in turn funded by the pro-choice Hewlett Foundation, which funds abortion rights advocacy.
Early this month Olasky first exposed that NAE had received $1 million over several years from NCPTUP for contraceptive advocacy. The grant comprised a big chunk of NAE’s only about $1 million annual budget. And it had facilitated several NAE events featuring NCPTUP speakers. NAE chief Leith Anderson insisted NAE was not compromising it’s fidelity to traditional Christian sexual ethics. And he has cited contraceptives as alternatives to abortion. But as Olasky notes, his report generated a “lot of Summer heat from individuals and denominational leaders.” And on July 10 NAE board member David Neff of “Christianity Today” magazine assured him NAE is not seeking another NCPTUP grant. The NAE program that NCPTUP had funded will close later this year, Olasky reported.
NAE’s latest budget shows less than $800,000 in income, which seemingly is a significant drop.
Although stepping back from contraceptive advocacy, NAE is moving forward with other liberal initiatives, including a program on climate change’s ostensible impact on the “least of these.”
Olasky reported that the recent general assembly of one large NAE member denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), voted to study NAE policies with possible future consideration of withdrawal.
Last year, the Central Carolina Presbytery of the PCA backed withdrawal from NAE, citing the NAE’s having “frequently intermeddled in public affairs, by publically endorsing the idea of Climate Change, testifying on Capitol Hill in support of the Comprehensive Immigration Act (CIR) and strongly indicating they spoke for their members when they did so.”
An internal PCA committee recommended against withdrawal. The PCA’ s June 2012 General Assembly accepted that recommendation but added the provision that NAE actions be monitored and reported to future general assemblies.
Before NAE returns to representing consensus opinion among its members, instead of just liberal leaning evangelical elites, other member churches like the PCA similarly may at least have to ponder quitting.
Meanwhile, kudos to Olasky for breaking the story and accelerating the conversation. Here’s his article: http://www.worldmag.com/articles/19761.