LifeWay Prepared to Stop Selling "The Message" Over Eugene Peterson’s LGBT Comments

"Peterson told Religion News Service columnist Jonathan Merritt that the 'debate about lesbians and gays might be over' and that he would perform a same-sex wedding ceremony if he were pastoring today." CToday

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Aaron Blumer's picture


... from the king (or at least one of the princes) of  "I think I'll just make this passage say whatever I want it to say."

Jay's picture

I think Peterson is right...the debate IS largely over.  Now it's just a matter of who bucks the trend and remains faithful to what God commands.  

It's a shame that Peterson is going to cave.

"Our task today is to tell people — who no longer know what sin longer see themselves as sinners, and no longer have room for these categories — that Christ died for sins of which they do not think they’re guilty." - David Wells

David R. Brumbelow's picture

The homosexual and same-sex marriage issue has clearly revealed a lot of previously hidden theological liberals.  

“The same-sex marriage issue will act like a truth serum, dividing true Evangelicals from the faux Evangelicals who seek to travel under the Evangelical banner while denying the biblical faith of their Evangelical forefathers.”  -Dr. Richard Land; 2014.  

David R. Brumbelow

Bert Perry's picture

No disrespect intended, David, but if indeed Aaron's characterization of The Message is even 10% correct, we would infer that observant believers have known that Peterson has shown signs of theological liberalism for a long time.  For that matter, he was a CPUSA PCUSA  (oops, I get them confused) pastor for decades as well.   

I don't know that the debate over same sex mirage is entirely over, though, even among unbelievers.  The reality is that we now have marriage and divorce rates for homosexuals/bisexuals, and it appears that only about 10% of this cohort is legally married, and the "initial demand" for marriage is leveling off.  So we might find proof--respectable evidence that will pass peer review--that these relationships are quite different than heterosexual relationships.  More or less, it takes the science from APA/Paul Cameron to respectability.  

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

Bert Perry's picture

Larry wrote:

“To clarify, I affirm a biblical view of marriage: one man to one woman. I affirm a biblical view of everything,” he said in a statement.

Somehow I'm reminded of how Charles Barkley famously said he was his autobiography, and how President Obama made "composite girlfriends" in his autobiographies.  I also took a look at a couple of passages from "The Message" and concur with Aaron.  It's a clear example of the proverb (not Biblical) that we used to quote in college, that if one couldn't blind 'em with brilliance, you could  baffle them with bloviation.  

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.