“Post-charismatic.” “Neoevangelical.” “Modernistic.” “Universal.”
The so-called “Emergent Church or Movement” is called many things – and none of them good. I, for one, completely agree. These milquetoast churches deconstruct everything people consider to be ecumenical – worship, evangelism, homiletics and uh, what’s that basic tenet of Christianity, oh yeah, SALVATION!
So, it’s fairly easy to presume that any leaders of this traveling circus church has a bunch of clowns who will eradicate all conviction from scripture and all meaning from the cross. And now we have the ringmaster of this movement claiming and prosletyzing that being homosexual is indeed biblical.
“I now believe that GLBTQ can live lives in accord with biblical Christianity (as least as much as any of us can!),” writes author and church leader Tony Jones, “and that their monogamy can and should be sanctioned and blessed by church and state.”
Anywhoo, dude wants folk to stop fighting the confusion and just live out those same sex fantasies because like Prego about homosexuality and the Bible, “It’s in there.”
And why is he claiming heresy and sacrilege? Is it out of love for God’s Word? Etymology and exegesis of holy writ? Nah, just interested in new real estate because that ‘closet’ is wrinkling his clothes.
Despite recounting his earlier days of arguing that “biblical prohibitions to homosexual sex should be taken seriously,” Jones admits his experiences and feelings led him toward a different conclusion. “And yet,” Jones writes, “all the time I could feel myself drifting toward acceptance that gay persons are fully human persons and should be afforded all of the cultural and ecclesial benefits that I am.“
Get that? “Biblical prohibitions”?! Sorry there, er, Pastor. In the real world, we call those commands from God! And not just located in the Old Testament, so not give me that dispensation argument, slick. However, in your myopic universe, those uncomfortable bumps in the spiritual road can be detoured and avoided simply by saying, “If Jesus died for us to be happy, THIS is what makes me… and he… happy.”
So sad. So deplorable. So unfortunate. So today’s Christianity. So in need of an extreme makeover: church edition.
Oh, and just in case, God – or yours truly – has no beef with hating a single person who chooses (get that word there) to be homosexual. Everyone has an opportunity to experience a saving grace moment with God. However, if you choose (there’s that word again) to ignore God all your days and rock it Frankie Goes to Hollywood, you have bigger problems than having the Church accepting you. It’s God I would be worried about doing that.