By now, many readers will have seen (or even read) the rather brazen op-ed piece in USA Today by retired mainline pastor, Oliver Thomas. In short, the article argues that the American church has been wrong about gay people because they’ve been wrong about something else. The church has been wrong about the Bible.
Turns out the Bible is not true after all.
So, argues Thomas, once we get that pesky Bible out of the picture, we are free to approve homosexuality as right and good. And once we do that, then our churches—which have been bleeding members for years—will finally grow again.
Of course, Thomas is not the first one to try to make Christianity compatible with homosexuality. But, most others try to do it by arguing that we’ve merely misunderstood the Bible. Once we interpret it rightly, it turns out the Bible is actually for homosexuality.
But not Thomas. His argument is more simple: the Bible just got it wrong.
While Thomas’ argument is much more honest (I appreciate the fact that he just admits the Bible does not approve of homosexuality) it also much more brazen. Basically, he’s arguing everyone in the history of the Judeo-Christian movement is wrong: the Bible, all of the history of Judaism, all of the history of Christianity, Moses, Paul, and, yes, even Jesus. All of them are wrong.
He states: “We have learned some things that the ancients — including Moses and Paul — simply did not know. Not even Jesus.”
But now, in the last generation, Thomas finally got it right.
Needless to say, that is a bold argument. And it will take a lot to back it up. So, how does Thomas get there? Basically he has three arguments against the Bible: [Read more…]