Did Bishop Robinson Imply Jesus Was Gay?
In a post on his blog yesterday, David Limbaugh assumed that most of us had heard about what openly gay Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson had said concerning Jesus Christ and His lifestyle, but I had not. The comments, which many people construed to mean that Robinson believed Jesus was a homosexual, were made by Robinson on February 13 at a forum on sexual issues at Christ Church of Hamilton and Wenham in Massachusetts. His portion of the forum was titled . . .
"Homosexuality and the Body of Christ: Is There a New Way?"
Robinson, in a quote from an Associated Press wire story, denies that he was implying Jesus was gay, saying, "[Jesus] lived a very untraditional lifestyle. Which is not to say that I in any way asserted that he was gay, or anything about his sexual orientation."
However, according to a recording of the forum available on the church's Web site and reported on by AP, Robinson says:
"Interestingly enough, in this day of traditional family values and so on, this man that we follow . . . was single as far as we know; who traveled with a bunch of men, although there were lots of women around; who had a disciple who was known as 'the one whom Jesus loved'; who said 'my family is not my mother and father, my family are those who do the will of God.' None of us like those harsh words. That's who Jesus is, that's who he was, at least in his earthly life."
Based on how I read it, it appears he was definitely trying to stir something up with his comments and find yet another way to justify his "nontraditional" lifestyle by twisting Scripture. I also thought it was interesting how he threw a bone to the Da Vinci Code crowd with his comment that Jesus "was single as far as we know."
It is bad enough for this man to live openly and unrepentantly in his sin and be a leader in the church, but to twist Scripture and even hint that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ could have been a practicing homosexual is about as blatant a blasphemy as you can get.