Why am I writing about religion?
This isn’t a religious blog. It’s a political blog.
True. But this is a political story, dressed up as a religious story.
The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, which is like the MSNBC of Christianity, made the outrageous statement that diversity, not Jesus, is the road to saving your soul:
In support her argument for radical inclusion and diversity over doctrine Bishop Jefferts Schori adds that the day’s reading “from Revelation pushes us in the same direction, outward and away from our own self-righteousness, inviting us to look harder for God’s gift and presence all around us. Jesus says he’s looking for everybody, anyone who’s looking for good news, anybody who is thirsty. There are no obstacles or barriers – just come. God is at work everywhere, even if we can’t or won’t see it immediately.”
She concluded her sermon by stating that we are not justified by our faith but by our respect for diversity.
“Looking for the reflection of God’s glory all around us means changing our lenses, or letting the scales on our eyes fall away. That kind of change isn’t easy for anyone, but it’s the only road to the kingdom of God.”
Salvation comes not from being cleansed of our sins by the atoning sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, but through the divinization of humanity through the work of the human will. “We are here, among all the other creatures of God’s creation, to be transformed into the glory intended from the beginning. The next time we feel the pain of that change, perhaps instead of annoyance or angry resentment we might pray for a new pair of glasses. When resentment about difference or change builds up within us, it’s really an invitation to look inward for the wound that cries out for a healing dose of glory. We will find it in the strangeness of our neighbor. Celebrate that difference – for it’s necessary for the healing of this world – and know that the wholeness we so crave lies in recognizing the glory of God’s creative invitation. God among us in human form is the most glorious act we know.”
Responses posted on the Episcopal Church’s website to the Presiding Bishop’s sermon have been uniformly harsh, noting her interpretation was at odds with traditional Christian teaching, grammar, and logic. “This is quite possibly some if the most delusional exegesis I’ve ever read in my life,” one critic charged. “I’m sorry, but this sermon is not a Christian sermon.”
No. It isn’t. It’s a progressive sermon.
Progressives have been highjacking religion for over a hundred years in America.
This nonsense Schori is preaching isn’t new. It’s not modern.
It’s not even original.
It’s progressivism wrapped in scripture.
People like John Humphrey Noyes, Lyman Abbott and Walter Rauschenbusch have been taking progressivism, warping scripture, mixing the two and selling it as the Gospel. I mean, Noyes coined the term “free love,” while preaching his version of the word of God.
The Bishop’s message here, that “the only road to the kingdom of God” is “through the divinization of humanity through the work of the human will,” isn’t new. It’s regurgitated.
“What Jesus was, humanity is becoming.” Sound familiar? We get to Heaven not through Jesus, but by becoming divine like Jesus.
That’s Lyman Abbot in 1897.
Schori isn’t bringing people to Christ. She’s bringing people to the left.
And sadly, those sheep will be lost.
I’m all for celebrating diversity. But I cannot celebrate someone’s sin as a path to salvation. Beware those who do and pretend to preach the word of God.
They aren’t trying to save your soul.
Hat Tip: Kira Davis