It's like a cancer spreading. You have one Christian leader after another coming out in support of homosexuality. Just this week, the news broke that the entire Church of England now affirms gays and transgenders as Christians. (You can read the verses here they had to defy to make this decision.)
Now, a notable figure in Christian culture has just come out in staunch support of homosexuality and gay marriage. Eugene Peterson, who wrote The Message Bible (which isn't actually a translation but a very liberal paraphrase), made major statements on his beliefs and the way he would now pastor his church, reports the Christian Post.
Peterson pointed to the gays he knew, saying they "seem to have as good a spiritual life as I do," and saying that the entire debate over whether homosexuality is a sin is "over." "People who disapprove of it, they'll probably just go to another church," Peterson, who formerly pastored a PCUSA church, said.
"So we're in a transition and I think it's a transition for the best, for the good. I don't think it's something that you can parade, but it's not a right or wrong thing as far as I'm concerned."
It's no coincidence therefore that Peterson chose to never put the word "homosexual" in his paraphrase, purposefully changing the original text to something else. Thankfully, many strong evangelical leaders have come out in strong opposition to Peterson's statement.
"We have to be at least thankful for Peterson's honesty when he ends his answer with 'as far as I'm concerned,' but therein lies the problem. He's not the only one who's concerned. There is One who is infinitely more important than Peterson, who is also infinitely more concerned and has made Himself clear on this issue," said Colin Smothers, writing on the website of the Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, referencing 1 Corinthians 6:9.
Another notable pastor (who also happens to be the father of the one who interviewed Peterson) gave a very strong statement on Twitter.
And even Sam Alberry, a celibate Anglican priest who has same-sex attraction, referenced Tim Keller, who has written that when Christians change their stance on homosexuality after spending time with wise, loving gays and lesbians it shows their previous views were already weak, and not based in the Bible.
To be sure, this issue on where Christians stand on homosexuality (either choosing the Bible or culture) will have huge repercussions on the health of the Body of Christ and well as the further confusion of culture. What do you think of Peterson's change of tune on homosexuality and gay marriage? Share your thoughts and prayers (respectfully, please) in the Comments! Thank you so much!