Bill McCartney, former football coach for the University of Colorado, founded
this men's ministry in 1992. It has grown into an impressive force, and
recently brought nearly 1 million men to Washington, DC for a rally. The
Promise Keepers eschew harsh rhetoric. They call for men to atone for their
sins and to treat their families well. Additionally, the group has a strong
multi-ethnic flavor to it. They're a force to be concerned about because
McCartney is considered one of the US's leading homophobes and because
their philosophy is distinctly misogynist.
They are self-admittedly homophobic as a matter of official policy, as
shown by the statement entitled "What does PK believe about homosexuality?" on
their web site. It says:
"Promise Keepers shares the same historic stance taken by Evangelicals and
Catholics: that sex is a good gift from God to be enjoyed in the context of
heterosexual marriage. We believe that the Bible clearly teaches that
homosexuality violates God's creative design for a husband and a wife and that
it is a sin (Leviticus 18:22; Romans 1:24-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
"Because we have experienced the love of Christ, we desire to share His love
with all men. While we have clear convictions regarding the issue of
homosexuality, we invite homosexuals to be recipients of God's mercy, grace,
and forgiveness, available to everyone through a personal relationship with
Jesus Christ. We therefore support their being included and welcomed in all our
This may sound open and welcoming, but in reality it's the same old same old:
"hate the sin, love the sinner," which lesbians and gay man have had thrown in
their faces with unremitting arrogance by so many so-called Christians. Of
course, Promise Keepers doesn't really count lesbians at all, since they're
women and therefore of no concern to this "men's ministry" in roles other than
as housewife and mother. The notion that one might need to be "forgiven" for
simply being a human being debases the whole idea of real Christianity.
The Promise Keepers' web site: http://www.promisekeepers.org.
Their phone number: 1-800-888-7595.