Monday, January 19, 2009

What Do They Teach In Seminary?

I would like to introduce you to Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite.

Professor, Chicago Theological Seminary
Rev. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite is professor of theology at Chicago Theological Seminary and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. She was president of CTS from 1998-2008. Her area of expertise is contextual theologies of liberation, specializing in issues of violence and violation. An ordained minister of the United Church of Christ since 1974, the “On Faith” panelist is the author or editor of thirteen books and has been a translator for two translations of the Bible.

If you have never heard of her, don't feel too bad. I had not either. But I happened across an opinion piece from her that you can read here.

I am posting this mainly because she is a professor at a seminary, and she is teaching ideas that are not of the Bible. This scares me.

For example she says the following:
Rev. Lowery is a United Methodist and has joined the struggle in that denomination for equal rights for gay Methodists to be ordained. In 2000, Lowery gave an extraordinary speech where he called for full inclusion in the body of Christ for all Methodists, gay or straight, saying he preferred to err "on the side of inclusion."

Warren, on the other hand, would prefer to err on the side of exclusion. And after all, Rev. Warren contended in an October email, these civil rights only apply to a small number of people. "There is no reason to change the universal, historical definition of marriage to appease 2% of our population." He also believes "This is not a political issue, it is a moral issue that God has spoken clearly about." Really, where? The Bible does not mention gay marriage. The Bible does, in fact, mention that God loves the whole world--there is no 2% exception.
(emphasis mine)

Are you kidding me? How many times are the words Homosexual or effeminate used in conjunction with will not inherit, or are an abomination? If this is what is being taught in our seminaries, then I am sorely afraid for the spiritual health of this nation.

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