I don’t quite know why this is a story, but the other day, I called out a pastor for saying gay people (who presumably acted on their homosexuality) could still go to Heaven. He quoted the Bible, which was strange to me since verses nearby said the exact opposite thing.
Anyway, The Christian Post wrote all about it:
Mehta, author of I Sold My Soul on eBay, doesn’t accept [Pastor Craig] Gross’ argument. While Gross quoted the Bible to make his case, Mehta couldn’t get past the fact that the XXXchurch.com pastor missed the verses in Scripture that seem to undermine his argument.
“[T]he Bible talks about how gay men (who don’t change their ways) will most certainly NOT go to Heaven, directly contradicting what Gross writes in the rest of his essay,” the Friendly Atheist pointed out.
Mehta told The Christian Post that while he applauds Christians who support the LGBT community, he says such believers can only do so by “taking a non-literal interpretation of the Bible” or by ignoring certain Bible passages.
“But it seems very hypocritical to me when a liberal Christian says the Bible is God’s Word… but then simply ignores the verses that say untrue or un-politically-correct things,” he said in an email to CP. “It’s either God’s Word or it’s not. As an atheist, I believe it’s not.”
I’m still trying to figure out what Gross meant in his own comments to the Post. It sounds like he’s suggesting all atheists and gay people (and other “sinners”) need Christians to lead the way for them… which is a complete lie:
For Gross, he believes that churches need to approach the issue differently altogether.
“Jesus came for the sick not the healthy. Churches should be hospitals and not country clubs,” he stated in an email to CP.
“The deal is we don’t have doctors leading our hospitals; we have [fallen] patients who … need … help and that should be the mentality of our pastors that they don’t have all the answers or problems solved either.”
It’s as if he thinks Christians can somehow change the “sinful” ways of people who did nothing wrong in the first place. That’s why I don’t take pastors like him very seriously. He can’t bring himself to admit that the Bible isn’t a great source for morality or wisdom. It has no more of either one than the next book you come across in a library.