Or – Some of the things I didn’t learn in Sunday School.
Just a couple of years ago, the dissenting members of the American Episcopal Church were labeled as intolerant bigots, homophobes, and worse when they objected to the ordination of a gay as bishop. The dissenters lost the battle, and now we begin to see the results of liberalism in Christianity. The foot is in the door, and the life of Christ is rewritten. The self-described “gay” Bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson, addressed the congregation at Christ Church of Hamilton and Wenham in Massachusetts. His remarks were entitled “Homosexuality and the Body of Christ: Is There a New Way?” He proclaimed that there was not much scripture in the gospels to support ”Those who would posit the nuclear family as the be all and end all of God’s creation”. He reminded them that Jesus had a disciple known as ‘the one whom Jesus loved’. Therefore, Jesus was probably gay.
The first openly gay Anglican bishop has sparked outrage for suggesting that Jesus might have been homosexual. The Rt Rev Gene Robinson, the Bishop of New Hampshire in the Episcopal Church of the United States, said that Jesus was an unmarried, “non-traditional man” who did not uphold family values, “travelled with a bunch of men” and enjoyed an especially close relationship with one of his disciples.
“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.” ~~from “Jesus might have been homosexual, says the first openly gay bishop” By Elizabeth Day
Bishop Robinson, abandoned his wife – and mother of his two daughters – to cohabit with a male lover. Would the hierarchy of the Episcopal Church be as forgiving of a heterosexual bishop who left a church sanctioned marriage to live with a mistress? Whether the answer be “yes” or “no”, there remain many more questions about the church and its commitment to Christ’s teachings, because there is no example in all of the New Testament of approval, acceptance, or even tolerance of homosexual behavior.
One of the things I did learn in Sunday School: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” ~~2 Timothy 4:3-4
Rev. Gene Robinson: Jesus “might be ‘gay'” ~ 1st openly ‘out’ Anglican bishop sparks outrage with queer idea