Water Downed, Edited Jesus: The Life of a Gay Pastor

My first 41 years of my life I was a member of United Methodist Church, not a good one but a member.  I had confirmation class for 1 year in the seventh grade.  We were taught what Jesus did while he was here.  We were taught about how the church was formed starting with the John and Charles Wesley.  We were also taught that a Pastor had to teach every word of the Bible faithfully and literally to his congregation through Sermons, Bible Study and Fellowship.

When I was 42 I became a member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.  Had a three month new member program that went through the teachings of Jesus, the Life of Martin Luther and finally that a Pastor was commissioned to teach every word of the Bible faithfully and literally to his congregation through Sermons, Bible Study and Fellowship.

With this in mind how does a Gay Pastor preach about the following bible verses:

Leviticus 18:22

King James Version (KJV)

 22Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Romans 1:26-27

King James Version (KJV)

 26For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

 27And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

1 Corinthians 6:9

King James Version (KJV)

 9Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

Are they Skipped or Glazed Over?  How can you say you are a Man of God and yet at the same move past teachings of our Lord and Savior.  Yes, Jesus taught about many other things other than lying down with someone of the same sex.  But, these teaching are there in the bible and in black and white.

They have their pastoral duty to God vs. what is clearly in their heart.   This becomes Watered Down Jesus and makes the bible into a series of “stories” about “feel good things.”

And if that is the case than you may as well be preaching the works of J.J. Rowling.


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