Lesbian Woman Married To A Woman Invited To American Baptist College

NASHVILLE – An American Baptist College is defending its invitation to an openly lesbian United Church of Christ minister, asserting that Christians are making an “idol” of the Bible.

The college invited Yvette Flunder, a bishop at the City of Refuge United Church of Christ in Oakland, Calif., to speak at its Garnett-Nabrit lecture series next week, which focuses on Christian leadership. The theme is “Ministry in Motion: Living Faith, Doing Justice.”

~ ~ ~ Excuse me??? People who believe the Bible is the very Word of God --- are making an "idol" of the Bible???

“It’s sad that people use religion and idolatry of the Bible to demoralize same-gender-loving people,” American Baptist College President Forrest Harris told The Tennessean on Wednesday.

The publication then asked that he clarify his use of the phrase “idolatry of the Bible.”

“When people say the Bible is synonymous with God and the truth,” Harris responded. “We can’t be guided and dictated by a first-century world view.”

~ ~ ~ Well the Bible was written by the prophets and apostles God chose. That's the way he set it up. So ...they're ready to chuck this "first century world view"???

Randy G. Vaughn of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church told local television station KMBT that he and other Baptist pastors from across the country will be present to protest Flunder’s appearance next week.

Vaughn said. “When will the downward spiral end We don’t feel you have the right to live any way you want and be respected in the congregation of our faith,” he continued. “There is nothing holy about lesbianism, as there is nothing holy about heterosexual adultery.”

But the college counters:

“Trying to establish a relationship with a God that barely tolerates you but cannot truly accept and certainly will never celebrate you can do incredible damage to ones self-esteem,” she wrote.

~ ~ So ...it's about self esteem? The Word of God has a lot to say about self esteem. It's the old nature that we're supposed to be crucifying, not coddling.

“For a Baptist college president to invite a lesbian bishop legally married to a woman, to be a guest speaker and worship leader on a Baptist college campus is irresponsible, scandalous, non-biblical, and certainly displeasing to God,” the organization states.

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