Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Gene Robinson hints that Jesus was gay

Greg at What Attitude Problem says "Gene Robinson is a goiter on the body of Christianity."

A goiter? Why a goiter? Well, while you're pondering that, ponder this: in recent comments, Rev. Gene Robinson, the Bishop of New Hampshire in the Episcopal Church of the U.S. whose ordination made headlines not too long ago, seemed to be hinting that Jesus was gay.

Bishop Robinson, whose consecration in 2003 triggered a schism between evangelicals and liberals in the worldwide Anglican Communion, was giving an address entitled "Homosexuality and the Body of Christ: Is There a New Way?"

In answer to a question from the congregation about how the acceptance of homosexuality could be squared with the scriptural emphasis on redemption for sins, the Bishop replied: "Interestingly enough, in this day of traditional family values, this man that we follow was single, as far as we know, travelled with a bunch of men, had a disciple who was known as 'the one whom Jesus loved' and said my family is not my mother and father, my family is those who do the will of God. None of us likes those harsh words. That's who Jesus is, that's who he was at heart, in his earthly life.

"Those who would posit the nuclear family as the be all and end all of God's creation probably don't find that much in the gospels to support it," he said.

While Robinson certainly doesn't come right out and say it, he does seem to be strongly suggesting it, while at the same time severely downplaying the importance of the nuclear family. (Maybe this can form the plot of a new Dan Brown conspiracy thriller. "Oops! I was wrong about the whole Mary Magdalene thing.")

More here.

Commenting on this post at Stones Cry Out, Greg says:

I consider Gene (I refuse to endow him with a title) a goiter and not a cancer. A cancer is potentially fatal. A goiter is a growth that is not life-threatening, merely ugly to look at and a nuisance to live with. The condition can be treated with a combination of diet and surgery.

Heh. Okay! A goiter it is!

There are, I suppose, two responses to the discovery that you no longer believe what your church teaches. One is to find another church -- and this is the usual method amongst us evanglical protestants. The other is to try to change your church. I guess I never understood why Robinson chose the second method. His desire to be ordained Bishop threatened an Anglican schism. One might wonder why he felt it necessary to put the stability of the entire worldwide Anglican communion in jeopardy just because he wanted to be Bishop. If you no longer believe what the church teaches, shouldn't you resign your post? Isn't anything else dishonest? If your role is to defend the position of the church, it seems that you have to actually hold to that position.


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