May 6, 2003
AgapePress, 5/6/03: An ordained United Methodist minister is out with a new book that claims Jesus Christ was a homosexual.
The book by Chicago Theological Seminary professor Theodore Jennings is called The Man Jesus Loved: Homoerotic Narratives from the New Testament . In it, Jennings argues that Christ had a homosexual relationship with John -- who the Bible refers to as "the disciple Jesus loved" -- and says the Bible affirms homosexual relationships and celebrates the erotic.
Bob Knight of the Culture and Family Institute says Jennings is another in a long line of "gay theologians" who are rewriting the Bible. He stresses that they are “driving a wedge right through the Bible, asking the question: 'Has God really said?' -- and of course, we know ... that question came out of Genesis from Satan himself.”
Knight says the professor’s book is "fantasy" and extrapolates Jennings' obsessions on our Lord and Savior. He adds that he wishes a publisher would not even consider the book worthy of publishing, and that Pilgrim Press ought to be ashamed of itself for publishing it.
According to Knight, the problem has developed over the years as seminaries have been taken over by liberals who have no regard for truth. "For a guy like this to have the credentials he does says a lot about where the MethodistChurch has gone,” Knight says.
“It's time for Bible-believing Methodists to set down some standards and ensure that people who are speaking in the name of the MethodistChurch really do understand the authority of scripture -- and can convey it accurately."