Eugene Peterson, Message Bible Editor, Says Homosexuality “Not Wrong”

Oh wow, this is so sad to see. But perhaps not all that surprising.  We'll get into that in a minute. According to a recent bombshell report, Eugene Peterson who "wrote" (edited is really more accurate) The

Oh wow, this is so sad to see.

But perhaps not all that surprising.  We’ll get into that in a minute.

According to a recent bombshell report, Eugene Peterson who “wrote” (edited is really more accurate) The Message bible, just came out in full support of gay marriage.  But he wasn’t done there.

He then said many gays and lesbians have “as good of a spiritual life as I do” and then said “I think the whole debate over homosexuality is really over.  If people don’t like that, they can go to a different church than mine.”

Wow.  The debate is over huh Eugene?  I mean, I guess the debate IS over.  But it didn’t go your way.  The debate was settled when the Creator of the universe spoke on the topic.  Or did you forget about that?

I like how James Merritt put it here:

God hasn’t changed his mind.  The debate is over, and the round goes to him.

The thing is, this isn’t the first time we’ve danced with Eugene on this issue.  When he edited The Message translation, he refused to use the word “homosexuality” and in fact changed the meaning of several passages that prohibited homosexuality.

Really bad move Eugene.  You probably forgot this serious warning, from Revelation 22:19:

And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll

Not something I would want to do!

Here is more of the story, from the ChristianPost:

Eugene Peterson, the Presbyterian pastor who wrote the The Message, has come out in support of gay marriage, saying that he would officiate a same-sex wedding if asked.

In an interview with Jonathan Merritt at Religion News Service Wednesday, the author of more than 30 books said that he knows many gays and lesbians who “seem to have as good a spiritual life as I do,” noting that he would not have said that 20 years ago. He added that he thinks the whole debate about gays and lesbians is probably “over.”

“People who disapprove of it, they’ll probably just go to another church,” Peterson, who formerly pastored a PCUSA church, said.

“So we’re in a transition and I think it’s a transition for the best, for the good. I don’t think it’s something that you can parade, but it’s not a right or wrong thing as far as I’m concerned.”

He was asked if he were pastoring today and a same-sex couple in his church asked him to perform their wedding ceremony, would he do it. Peterson replied: “Yes.”

The 84-year-old writer is perhaps best known for creating The Message, a reading Bible that uses contemporary language. The Message, as Merritt noted, does not use the words “homosexual” and “homosexuality” in key texts.

Denny Burk, professor of Biblical Studies at Boyce College, argued that Peterson did more than leave out the words “homosexual.”

“[I]n the three New Testament passages that deal explicitly with homosexuality, Peterson obscures and conceals the Bible’s meaning altogether (see Rom. 1:26-27, 1 Cor. 6:9-11, 1 Tim. 1:10 in The Message),” Burk, who wasn’t surprised by Peterson’s new comments on homosexuality, wrote on his blog.

Orthodox evangelicals across the Internet, meanwhile, lamented Peterson’s new public stance.

“We have to be at least thankful for Peterson’s honesty when he ends his answer with ‘as far as I’m concerned,’ but therein lies the problem. He’s not the only one who’s concerned. There is One who is infinitely more important than Peterson, who is also infinitely more concerned and has made Himself clear on this issue,” said Colin Smothers, writing on the website of the Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, referencing 1 Corinthians 6:9.

Similarly, Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, called Peterson’s words “so disappointing” on Twitter.

Not to us, O Lord, not to us,
But to Your name be the glory
Because of Your love and your faithfulness!

chris@langpaul.com

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  • Dennis Orr

    When Moses went up on Mt. Sinai to commune with God, the people who stayed below decided that they wanted a god that allowed them to do as they pleased.
    So, they formed a golden image of a cow and said; “this is our god”.
    It never changes; and as Paul wrote in the Book of Romans, chapter one;
    God gave them over to a depraved mind that excused their behavior, because they did not like what God had said.
    It never changes; mankind is evil and wants its pleasures.
    They may be ordained or otherwise documented, but their allegiance is to Satan. He speaks their language.