“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore, take unto you the whole armour of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with preparation of the gospel of peace.” Ephesians 6:11-15”
An increasing number of colleges and universities in the United States are training college students to read the Bible from an LGBT perspective. The details of these courses became public through the Young America Foundation’s annual report on the state of college education in America. You can read the report at this link.
While the courses offered may sound preposterous, the central theme behind each class is to advance a liberal agenda, malign conservatives, destroy traditional religious morals and values and shut out ideological diversity. Several courses listed in the report encourage students to approach the Bible and Christianity from an LGBT perspective.
For an example, Swarthmore College, a liberal arts college originally founded by Quakers, offers a course called Queering God: Feminist and Queer Theology, that explores whether God is male or female and seeks to “stretch the limits of gendering-and sexing-the divine.” Students are also invited to register for Queering the Bible which explores queer and trans readings of biblical texts. “By reading the Bible with the methods of queer and trans theoretical approaches, this class destabilizes the long-held assumptions about the Bible and religion” and what it says about gender and sexuality.
Pomona College, of Claremont, California, another liberal arts college founded by Congregationalists, also offers classes on reading the Bible through the lens of LGBT. In Queer Theory and the Bible, the course promises to make biblical passages central to the prohibition on homosexuality – queer friendly.
And it is not just colleges that are pushing this agenda. John McNeill, an openly gay Jesuit priest and vocal proponent of queer theology believes that it is not enough to demand acceptance – the LGBT community must strive for a Church that provides a community that allows for the spiritual and moral enrichment of gay and lesbian Christians and allows the LGBT community to become leaders in the ministry.
The Chicago Theological Seminary invited gay activist Rabbi Dr. Jay Michaelson to the 2017 Gilberto Castaneda in May of 2017 to lecture on Queering Jewish Theology. Dr. Michaelson is a “non-denominational” rabbi and teacher of meditation, Western Esotericism, law, contemporary American spirituality, queer theology and Kabbalah, who has held teaching positions at the Chicago Theological Seminary, the Harvard Divinity School, Yale and Boston University Law School.
The Episcopal Divinity School blog site for “progressive theology” offers blogs such as A Queer Theology of Sainthood Emerges that puts forth the idea that church saints were probably LGBT or Queer. That is not in of itself surprising since the Episcopal Church has allowed ordination of openly gay and lesbian ministers for some years.
Queer Theology’s goal is to challenge and widen existing theologies by creating new readings and new theories about God and God’s love, theories that, of course, incorporate the LGBT community. They claim that heterosexual people, not having acquaintance with any other reading, simply assume that the literal, restrictive, conservative reading of the Bible is the only one that exists.
As such, they have gone so far as to create a new version of the classic King James Bible — this one titled The Queen James Bible, which claims to be the first ever gay friendly Bible to correctly translate the Christian scriptures. Their Bible, emblazoned with a large rainbow cross on the front cover, is described on its website as “big, fabulous Bible” that draws its name from King James I, who was behind the popular traditional version, and but was also allegedly “a well-known bisexual”:
This new version alters several passages from the original King James that address homosexuality. An example would be Leviticus 18:22: Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination.” The Queen James now reads “Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind in the temple of Molech: it is an abomination.”
And if altering God’s Word isn’t enough their website claims there is no mention or reference to homosexuality in any Bible prior to the Revised Standard Version, proving that the Bible did not ever condemn homosexuality.
Scriptures that testify against homosexual behavior are in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Read Leviticus 18:22, 20:13; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 1 Timothy 1:9-10. These scriptures are so clear and specific that they defy reinterpretation.
Stephanie Shott, founder of the M.O.M. Initiative, writes “that in case you haven’t noticed, there’s a war going on. In fact, there are many wars going on. Cultural wars, racial wars, political wars, religious wars… it’s a crazy, mixed up world we live in. The war is real, but it’s really a war that is being fought in the heavenliness for the minds and souls of mankind. It’s a different kind of war…” And she is right!
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh; For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds, Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ: ” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
Source: Some American Colleges Are Teaching Students to ‘Queer’ the Bible by Scott Slayton; Revisionist Gay Theology: Did God Really Say…? by Kermit Rainman; A Queer Theology of Sainthood Emerges, Episcopal Divinity School; Queen James Bible Claims To Be First-Ever ‘Gay Bible,’ But Some Say It Rewrites Scripture, By Meredith Bennett-Smith, Huffington Post