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Religious Liberals Who Would Proselytize A Reimaged Jesus Christ
is not a human projection, to be treated like a spiritual rheostat, by which
you adjust His guidance (Law) and
impact in your life to suit the desired situation. The idea of a spectrum of right and wrong depending on contextual
preconditions like sexual consent, love and utility, defiles holiness and the
idea of one truth before God. Those who
claim to be Christian and choose to treat the Word of God in a rheostatic fashion,
who promote unbiblical norms in ethics in the name of “authentic personality,”
are in reality against Jesus Christ - against God. Pro-gay theology proposes to set aside explicit Biblical teaching
and substitute secular alternatives.
Liberal or so-called “enlightened” Christians choose to explore “new ways of bearing witness to the good
news of Jesus Christ.” Since
religion has not been eliminated in the recent tsunami of sexual liberation,
the next alternative for those seeking to shake-up heterosexist society by
eliminating discrimination against the homosexual, is to discriminate against
orthodox religion. Their aim is to
transform the traditional Christian sexual ethic into the image of sexual
liberation values. And here, homosexual
“rights” have been used to pioneer this change. The following quotes help to frame the context of the on-going
attempt to reimage Christ to a God of indifference:
It is because the concept of a
Creator-God interferes with our sexual mores.
Thus we have rationalized God out of existence. To us, He has become nothing more than the
faint and disappearing smile of the cosmic Cheshire cat in Alice in Wonderland.[i] - Aldous Huxley, humanist, free love advocate
we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is at bottom
no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but pointless indifference.[ii]
- Richard Dawkins, Darwinist, Oxford zoologist
All the crosscurrents of present-day
[sexual] liberation struggles are subsumed in the gay struggle… sexual identity
is in crisis throughout the population, and gay people – at once the most
conspicuous subjects and objects of the crisis – have been forced to invent a
complete cosmology to grasp it. No one
says the changes will come easily. But
it’s just possible that a small and despised sexual minority will change
America forever.[iii] - The
Nation, May 3, 1993
The chief opposition to gay equality is
religious. We may conduct much of our
liberation efforts in the political sphere or even the ‘cultural’ sphere, but
always undergriding those and slowing our progress is the moral/religious
sphere. If we could hasten the pace of
change there, our overall progress would accelerate - in fact, it would be
Paul Varnell, gay columnist
I knew I would have few if any problems
with the so-called liberal churches.
Liberal churches do not usually deeply involve themselves with
Scripture.[v]- Rev. Troy Perry, Metropolitan
If we perform the radical surgery [on
Christianity] that is required, not only will certain traditional formulations
of faith fall by the wayside, but also much of the presumed content of
Christianity, and rightly so. Our only
consolation is that if we do not intervene radically and soon the patient will
die.[vi] - Thomas Sheehan, professor of religious studies,
We reimage God to keep the world from
enduring the pain of a continuing reliance on a theistic deity…That same
theistic God is quoted by people who want to impose their definitions of
homosexuality or their values in the right-to-life movement on everyone
else. So it matters how one thinks of
God.[vii] - Rev. Dr. John Shelby Spong
If there are other choices open to
homosexuals, why should not these options be available to heterosexuals as
well? Homosexuality may well serve as
the ‘test-case’ of Christian sexual ethics since it poses the clearest
challenge to the universal evangelical character of that ethic.[viii] - James P. Hanigan
“liberal” Episcopalian Rev. Dr. John Shelby Spong writes in his 2001 release A New Christianity For a New World:
I do not define God as a supernatural
being. I do not believe in a deity who
can help a nation win a war, intervene to cure a love one’s sickness…Since I do
not see God as a being, I cannot interpret Jesus as an earthly incarnation of
this supernatural deity…I do not believe that this Jesus could or did in any
literal way raise the dead, [or] overcome a medically diagnosed paralysis…I do
not believe that Jesus entered this world by miracle of a virgin birth or that
virgin births occur anywhere accept in mythology…I do not believe that the
experience Christians celebrate at Easter was the physical resuscitation of the
three-days-dead body of Jesus, nor do I believe that anyone literally talked with
Jesus after the resurrection moment…I do not believe that Jesus, at the end of
his earthly sojourn, returned to God by ascending in any literal sense into a
heaven located somewhere above the sky…I do not believe that this Jesus founded
a church or that he established an ecclesiastical hierarchy beginning with the
twelve apostles and enduring to this day…I do not believe that human beings are
born in sin and that, unless baptized or somehow saved, they will for ever be
banished from God’s presence…I do not believe that homosexual people are
abnormal, mentally sick, or morally depraved.
Furthermore, I regard any sacred text that suggests otherwise to be
wrong and ill-informed. My study has
led me to the conclusion that sexuality itself, including sexual orientation,
is morally neutral and as such can be lived out either positively or
negatively. I regard the spectrum of
human sexual experience to be broad indeed.
On that spectrum, some percentage of the population is at all times
oriented toward people of their own gender.
This is simply the way life is.
I cannot imagine being part of a church that discriminates against gay
and lesbian people on the basis of their being…I do not believe that the Bible
is the ‘word of God’ in any literal sense.
I do not regard it as the primary source of divine revelation. I do not believe that God dictated it or
even inspired its production in its entirety.
I see the Bible as a human book mixing the profound wisdom of sages
through the centuries with limitations of human perceptions of reality at a
particular time in history.[ix]
We are open to the ways in which the
challenges and opportunities we face call forth new ways of bearing witness to
the good news of Jesus Christ. -
Committee on Theology and Faith The United Church of Canada, Faith Talk II,
theology seeks the impossible - to reimage God - and asks its adherents to live
in this false reality. The UCC
Committee on Theology and Faith has chosen to deny the claim declared in
Hebrews 13: 8: “Jesus Christ is the same
yesterday and today and forever.” The orthodox reader can at least respect
the honesty of Dr. Spong’s liberalism.
This theologian has little doubt as to what is necessary to reimage the
Gospel of Jesus Christ to accept and sanctify homosexual relations. And in 1999, the New York chapter of a
humanist organization honoured his public advocacy by presenting him with their
“Humanist of the Year” award. On the
other hand, what label should be given to UCC theology, if not counterfeit Christianity? In Canada, the denominational voice for a reimaged Christ has been the United
Church. Their theological remake has
been decades in evolution. In 2006, an
evangelical Christian outside of the UCC gave the following feedback:
I have read your emails and I am
opposed to same sex marriage, it is against all that God has commanded and His
plan for mankind. However, I do not
understand what you are trying to accomplish.
We as evangelicals can oppose what is wrong and stand up for what we
believe without launching an attack against the United Church. There are
many denominations that have teachings and practices that are not of God. My question to you is this. If you build a wall between you and them,
how do you plan on reaching them with the love and truth of God's Word? They will no longer be willing to listen at
all. They need to see that although we
will not compromise our beliefs and are willing to stand for what is right no
matter what, we still love them as Jesus does.
Do not confuse who the real enemy is here, it is not The United Church,
or gays or Paul Martin, it is Satan who has blinded the eyes of many
people. We need to love and pray for
these people every day.
is a well meaning and valuable e-mail, although the view behind it must be
challenged. First, United Church
theology, when carefully examined can be exposed for what it is at its very
core: an attack upon the integrity of the Bible; an attack upon
the sufficiency of God’s written revelation; an attack upon the authority
of Scripture; and therefore an attack on the very nature of the Father,
Son and Holy Spirit. Although, the UCC
boasts of its theological diversity and inclusivity, there is no statement of
respect for the evangelical position in their Factum to the Supreme Court.
The UCC believes that state support for same-sex marriage “does not conflict” with the religious
freedoms of the orthodox. The Factum
declares: “...it is absurd to suggest
that allowing same-sex couples to have access to the institution of marriage
somehow undermines the institution.”[x] The
UCC witness is an attack upon orthodox Christianity and an attack
upon the institution of marriage and an attack upon the long-standing
heterosexist worldview of the state.
The United Church has the right to hold religious views supporting
homosexual relations and marriage. They
should just stop calling themselves Christian, when they are not. “Orthodox” Christians need to wake up from
their status quo slumber and stop
being used as a veil to cloud the true image of the UCC or to give it
undeserved standing as they proclaim – “a mainstream Christian church,” indeed, Canada’s largest protestant denomination. Christians are to be the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world.” Jesus also proclaims” “If the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to
be thrown out and trampled by men.”
although other Christian denominations hold acknowledged aberrations and
heresies, they have not denied the heterosexual worldview declared in Matthew
19:4-6, which is also the cornerstone of other world religions. Homosexism is simply a false reality, a
false worldview. It does not even fit
with Darwinism. It is simply a
self-serving projection of reality.
Returning to the email, two wrongs never make something right. The fact there are other pro-gay elements in
other denominations is no reason to apologize for focusing on the UCC in their
apostasy. No other denomination
followed the UCC lead in lobbying parliamentarians to vote for same-sex
marriage at a church-sponsored prayer breakfast.
separation is scriptural and a higher
witness for Christ under the circumstances than the status quo association. To those evangelicals remaining within the UCC and clinging to the status quo one must ask: Is there any
heresy that the UCC could adopt that would cause you to separate in loving
obedience to Jesus Christ? The reality
is that the status quo witness for
Jesus Christ is not stemming the tide of unorthodoxy; the status quo witness flies in the face of the spiritual evidence of the hundreds of thousands of “orthodox”
believers already burdened to leave the UCC; and the status quo witness, in the face of decades of persistent
liberalization and chronic heresy, has proven to be in vain and is simply no
further regard to the feedback, “If you
build a wall between you and them…They will no longer be willing to listen at
all.” This situation is not
Christendom separating from the uninformed, the uneducated or the
intellectually immature. Three decades
of witness from some of the best orthodox theologians within and outside the
UCC has fallen on deaf ears; brilliant Christian witnesses from within the
United Church like Rev. Drs. Don Faris, Allen Churchill and Victor Shepherd, to
mention only a few. It is not plausible
to think the UCC is now on the verge of an outbreak of orthodoxy following the
Government’s decision to make same-sex marriage into law. Reformers deceive themselves to think the
apostasy can be righted, even turned around.
The Apostle Paul speaks to this issue of separation when he writes on
When you are assembled in the name of
our Lord Jesus and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is
present, hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature may be
destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord” (1 Corinthians
If anyone does not obey our instruction
in this letter, take special note of him.
Do not associate with him in order that he may feel ashamed. Yet do not regard him as enemy, but warn him
as a brother (2 Thessalonians 3:14-15).
“Timothy, my son, I give you this
instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by
following them you may fight the good fight, holding on to faith and a good
conscience. Some have rejected these
and so have shipwrecked their faith.
Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan
to be taught not to blaspheme (1 Timothy 1:18-20).
the Book of Hebrews warns against the consequence of apostasy:
It is impossible for those who have
once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in
the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the Word of God, and the
powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance,
because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and
subjecting Him to public disgrace (Hebrews 6:4-6).
Regarding the feedback, “Do not confuse who the real enemy is here, it is not The United Church, or gays or Paul Martin, it is Satan who has blinded the eyes of many people.” Satan has blinded many people. Indeed, this informed observation was the conclusion of the first and second century patriarchs. The early Church’s response to the threat from Gnosticism offers invaluable parallels in how to address the current danger from liberalized, pro-gay theologies. Regarding the feedback: “We need to love and pray for these people every day,” amen. A call for separation and prayer is a the true act of love for one’s self-professed “Christian” neighbor.
[i] Duane T. Gish, Evolution: The Fossils Still Say No! (El Cajon, CA: Institute for Creation Research, 1995), p.133.
[ii] Quoted in Gregg Easter Brook, “Science and God: A Warming Trend?” Science 227, 1997, p.892.
[iii] Robert M. Baird and M. Katherine Baird Ed. Gash Homosexuality: Debating the Issues (Amherst NY: Prometheus Books, 1995), pp. 31 and 32.
[iv] “Learning From Catholic’s Change,” Out NOW! 27 June 1995, vol. 3. No. 13, p.15.
[v] Troy Perry, Don’t Be Afraid Anymore (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1990), p. 41.
[vi] John Shelby Spong, A New Christianity For a New World (San Francisco: Harher, 2001), p.57.
[vii] Ibid., p.230.
[viii] James P. Hanigan, Homosexuality: The Test Case for Christian Sexual Ethics (New York: Paulist Press, 1988), p.18.
[ix] John Shelby Spong, A New Christianity For a New World (San Francisco: Harper, 2001), pp.3-6.
[x] FACTUM OF THE INTERVENER, The United Church of Canada, Supreme Court File No. 29866, 11 May 2004, p. 7.