Friday, February 03, 2006

Emergent Homosexuality

Thinklings is covering Brian McLaren's answer to this question:
Do you personally believe that all sexual activity between two persons of the same gender is always a sin?
McLaren hems and haws for ten plus paragraphs. My answer?

I believe sex between two people who aren't married is a sin. It doesn't matter if they are gay or not. I also believe the covenant of christian marriage is only applicable between men and women because only a man and woman have the potential of bearing children together. Marriage in the civil sense is certainly up for debate since it would apply to an awful lot of non-Christians.

Now, just because someone is sinning doesn't make them a spiritual outcast. Everybody in this church has sinned and will sin. This is a congregation of fallen human beings. We're all screw ups at some level and we aren't going to turn anyone away.

Now McLaren wouldn't answer this way because he doesn't want to turn people away and because the couple asking him this question were engaged and unchurched so they were probably having sex outside of marriage as well. He goes on to say how he is actually being "pastoral" and that he learned this trait from Jesus himself. Perhaps he should reread the story of the Woman at the Well. In concludes with this passage:
He told her, "Go, call your husband and come back."

"I have no husband," she replied.

Jesus said to her, "You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true."
My my, how un-pastoral of Jesus.

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