In another banner moment for the United Methodist Church in America, the woman they elevated to the pious level of “bishop” despite her open involvement in a lesbian partnership, has decided to remake Jesus in her own image and then market this false god to her flock.
This is what has become of the United Methodist Church thanks to their leaders who favored the social justice cause of LGBT liberation over the truth of the Gospel: it is now responsible for the propagation of a false god; it has chosen blasphemy for the sake of cultural street cred.
Karen Oliveto, the so-called lesbian “bishop,” recently gave her weekly message to those under her guidance, tutelage, and counsel, in which she:
- Said Jesus struggled with bigotries and prejudices.
- Implied Jesus was ignorant and confused about his mission on earth.
- Separates Jesus from His divinity, undermining the notion of the Trinity.
“Too many folks want to box Jesus in, carve him in stone, create an idol out of him. But this story cracks the pedestal we’ve put him on. The wonderful counselor, mighty God, everlasting one, prince of peace, was as human as you and me. Like you and me, he didn’t have his life figured out. He was still growing, maturing, putting the pieces together about who he was and what he was supposed to do. We might think of him as the Rock of Ages, but he was more like a hunk of clay, forming and reforming himself in relation to God.
As one person put it: ‘Jesus wasn’t a know-it-all, he was also learning God’s will like any human being and finally he changed his mind…if Jesus didn’t have to know it all innately, but rather could grow into new and deeper understanding through an openness to God’s people [even those he formerly discounted], maybe if Jesus could change his mind then maybe so can we!”
Of course it is not surprising that someone outwardly and proudly unwilling to submit to the authority of Christ and His Word on sexual ethics is quick to create a more “vulnerable,” culturally-compatible Jesus. But the real Jesus isn’t vulnerable. He isn’t confused. He isn’t bigoted. And He isn’t a hunk of clay.
He is the Great I Am That I Am, not the Great I Am Whatever You Want Me To Be.
It’s also instructive to note that the historical Christian understanding of the word “idol” is a false god. If Jesus is God (He is), then it is decidedly impossible for anyone to make an idol out of Him. Which means that anyone who considers it possible to “idolize Jesus” must not truly believe He is God. And the United Methodist Church makes such a person a “bishop,” because politics.
This is what happens when a church loses its way – when it becomes enamored with the fine sounding arguments of men and embraces the spirit of the age instead of the spirit of truth.
For those in the United Methodist Church enduring this era of codified blasphemy in your denomination, the time has come to split and choose to stand among the sheep rather than goats. For those in the United Methodist Church imposing it, the time has long since passed to repent.