Saturday, March 14, 2020

It is all about sex. . .

Though some are loathe to admit it, it seems much of the fuss today is about sex and little else.  Even the big news of the disuniting of the United Methodists represents the elevation of sexuality above all other doctrines of the faith.  So the pattern has been and seems to continue that deviation about doctrine is permissible except when it prohibits the GLBTQ+ tenets which are sacrosanct.

For example, the Episcopal Church has shown nearly every latitude about doctrine when it comes to what is believed and confessed about the deity of Christ, the historicity of His resurrection, the errors in Scripture, etc...  The same church body that tolerated and even celebrated the celebrity status of Bishop John Shelby Spong and his kookiness when it came to the core doctrines of orthodox Christianity finds it impossible to allow a Bishop William Howard Love (Albany) to reject the decision of the Episcopal Church to sanction same sex marriage and clergy.  He is no fundamentalist when it comes to Scripture but affirms the ordination of women and his chief error, it would seem, is to offend the GLBTQ+ lobby in the EC.

In the ELCA, you can worship a goddess (Ebenezer or Her Church, San Francisco) or suggest that Jesus was a naughty little boy and rebellious teen like any other (December 2019 The Living Lutheran) or be lauded as the first transgender pastor or bishop (or the first transgender pastor or bishop of color), but the one thing you cannot do and advance in the ELCA is to reject the decisions of a minority to sanction same sex marriage and open the clergy door to every version of GLBTQ+ there might be.  That was too much for some who had tolerated the climate change gospel or liberal social positions on every other issue (abortion, for instance).  So about 600,000 or 700,000 left to make a new church that looked an awful lot like the old ELCA prior to 2009 rather than accept the decision.

And in the not so united Methodist Church, apparently the church found it impossible to deal with Bishop Joseph Sprague, who denied Christ’s eternal deity and bodily resurrection or to sanction a UMC church hosted a conference where the resurrection was denied. But when it comes to sex and gender issues, enough is enough.  Give the conservatives $25M to leave and the liberal progressives get to keep everything else (largely because they are American and have the positions of leadership in their pocket).  How does it happen that you can believe anything you want about Jesus but when it comes to sex and gender people suddenly get a backbone?

My point is not to harp on the failings and failures of these church bodies but to suggest that orthodoxy has come and gone for most of Christianity -- at least when it comes to creed and confession and Scripture.  Most of Protestantism is a lost cause.  You do not have believe much of anything to join or remain BUT you must believe certain things about sex and gender.  Now people tell me (those who have left or are leaving these church bodies) that it is not just about sex, but the track record suggests differently.

4 comments:

Cliff said...

Pastor Peters, you mentioned that most of Protestants are a lost cause, which is 💯% correct. But I would ad that 80% of the RCC is also a lost cause. (info provided by current Catholic reformers)

Rev. Paul T. McCain said...

Actually, it's all about homosexuality and all over deviant forms of human sexuality. That's what it is all about.

David Gray said...

Ordinary fornication and adultery are deviant forms of human sexuality. The push to normalize homosexuality is all about protecting those forms of deviance.

John J. Flanagan said...

These churches are described in the book of Revelation. They will be judged by God for their unfaithfulness. And despite the claims of some that orthodoxy is dead, the believers and the true invisible church remain as solid as ever, and being in the minority, or left on the side of history as the unsaved see it is a badge of honor. Better to be among the remnant than to run with the mob into the abyss. Soli Deo Gloria.