Creating her own “Jesus”

speedskatingsm.jpgThe Christian Post reports that a newly released novel portrays Jesus as a homosexual. The opening paragraphs of an article entitled “New controversial novel presents queer Christ,” read this way:

“Recently released Jesus in Love is said to be the first novel ever published about a queer Christ.

The controversial novel, published by AndroGyne Press, a new queer studies press in Berkeley, Calif., was written by a lesbian Christian who said she met the queer Christ in the depths of her own heart.”

Okay, let’s just hold it right there. This “homosexual Jesus” is the product of her heart? Um, there’s a problem here. You see, the Bible says that the “heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked,” so any “Jesus” you happen to “meet in your heart” you might want to subject to a little biblical scrutiny — you know, just in case. Alright, let’s continue with the article…

“Kittredge Cherry [the author of the book] turned to Christianity during a journalism scholarship to Japan. There, she ‘felt God reach out to me, just as I am, lesbian and all.’”

Now it is true that God reaches out to sinners. In John chapter 8 a woman caught in the very act of adultery was brought to Jesus. He told her that he did not condemn her and then he told her — and this is a really important part — “go and sin no more.” Her sins were forgiven but they were never condoned. One more excerpt…

“‘As soon as I knew there was a God, I knew that God accepted homosexuality because otherwise God would not have bothered with me,’ Cherry says in her new book.”

It may be that Miss Cherry is the product of false teaching. There are a great many “churches” out there that advocate the acceptance of behavior God has deemed sinful under the guise of “God’s love.” One such “church” is the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) — for whom Cherry once worked. It “ministers” in the homosexual, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual “community” and essentially offers people an excuse to continue in their sin without guilt. But that’s not how the gospel works.

Consider this passage in Jude:

“Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.”

If Kittredge Cherry thinks God reached out to her just as she is “lesbian and all” in a way that condones her sinful lifestyle then she is sorely mistaken. Rather, she is changing the grace of God into a license for immorality and denying the Jesus of the Bible for an idol she created in her heart (which, as we saw before, is deceitful).

You see, while it is true God’s grace is offered to all (including homosexuals), it is also true that God’s grace is marked with repentance. We are not allowed to remain unconvicted in our sins. We are called to repentance. When Christ’s forgiveness comes upon us we are called to “go and sin no more.”

Dan Phillips, a regular contributor to the Pyromaniacs blog, addresses this very subject in an article entitled “Misreading God.” I wish someone would recommend it to Miss Cherry.

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About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

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