I’d made reference last month to an entry on Josh Clayborn’s blog about a huge ad that some in the UMC took out a full page ad calling for the repentance of GWB and all the war stuff.
Something in that article made reference to one of the signers of that ad being a UMC Bishop in Chicago who denied the full deity of Jesus Christ. I thought, “What!?!” So I did a search for this guy and found this saying he’s been in hot water for a few of his comments on his beliefs. Here’s an excerpt:
Bishop Sprague expressed his disbelief of various key tenants of the Christian faith, including Christ’s eternal deity, the virgin birth of Jesus, and His physical resurrection from the dead. Bishop Sprague referred to the holding of such beliefs as “idolatrous.”
Tell me this…how and the heck do you get to be a Bishop in the UMC by not believing that Jesus is God’s son, not believing in the virgin birth, and not believing that Jesus rose on the third day? This amazes me.
And this isn’t a “Slam the UMC Day” or anything because I’ve grown up in one and know that these instances aren’t indicative of the whole denomination…but check this out:
United Methodist pastor and New Testament theologian Theodore W. Jennings, Jr. has released a book entitled The Man Jesus Loved: Homoerotic Narratives from the New Testament. The book uses references to “the disciple Jesus loved” and the “nude youth” in the Garden of Gethsemane mentioned in the Gospel of Mark to forward his hypothesis that Jesus was a homosexual.