If you’re still not convinced that there is heresy creeping into the Christian church, here’s exhibit #483.
It would seem there are those that would rather we overlook some of the corruption that is being passed off as “Christianity,” these days, but the loving thing to do is stand on Biblical truth and point out error.
It’s not just loving – keeping in mind that the hope is to reach those who will hear, and spare them the sure destruction that follows when this life ends – but it is a requirement for Christians to stand on the Word of God and protect the reputation of the church.
This goes for those who claim to be of the evangelical segment of the church, who have made politics a tenet of their faith, as well as those who distort and mock the Word with their worldly practices and false interpretations.
With that said, let’s talk about Brian G. Murphy, a “gay Christian activist” who co-founded a site called “Queer Theology.”
In a recent video, he proclaimed Jesus Christ to be “polyamorous,” and suggested Christians could follow that lifestyle as a Biblical model.
Polyamory, of course, is the act of being in a love relationship with multiple partners.
“I’m a Christian and I’m polyamorous. I’m also kind of a sl*t. The reclaimed empowering kind of a sl*t -like Jesus,” Murphy declares in a new video while adding that Jesus’ polyamory goes beyond the “personal relationship idea.”
“Jesus is polyamorous. We know this already if we don’t think about it or put it in those terms. If you’re one of those Christians who believe in having a personal relationship with Jesus, well Jesus is having personal relationships with billions of other people. He’s kind of a relationship sl*t,” Murphy argues.
Murphy wants Christians to take hold of what he proposes in the video, as a means of coming out to their churches as being “polyamorous,” in order to change minds in the church about relationships.
Where Mr. Murphy is stepping into error is in thinking that the relationship between Jesus and the Church is carnal.
No one who is not of a carnal mind would go there.
He uses Ephesians 5 to make his point.
“In Ephesians 5, Paul specifically uses the word ‘marriage’ to refer to Jesus’ relationship with us. Repeatedly, Paul reminds us that Jesus gave himself for us. Us. The church, which Paul describes as the whole body of believers. In this marriage, Jesus isn’t married to one person. He’s married to the entire body of believers. Jesus is in a pan-sexual, polyamorous relationship with us. And so of course Christians can be polyamorous. It’s a biblical model of relationships,” he continued.
The comparison in Ephesians 5 that Murphy is likely referring to is Ephesians 5:25-27, where husbands are called to love their wives in the same way Christ loved the Church (the Body of Christ).
“25 Husbands, love your wives [seek the highest good for her and surround her with a caring, unselfish love], just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26 so that He might sanctify the church, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word [of God], 27 so that [in turn] He might present the church to Himself in glorious splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy [set apart for God] and blameless.” (AMP)
The Word of God sees the Church as a spiritual gathering of many, but working as one, united body.
And while Jesus Christ loves each of us personally, knows our hurts, our cares, and our triumphs, being the kind of God that embraces us, it is not a lustful, physical relationship.Murphy is stuck on eros, when he needs to focus on the agape love of God.
Eros, the root word of “erotic” is based in the dying soil of the flesh. It is fleeting, and conditional, at best. In fact, it is the lowest of the four loves described in the Bible (eros, storge, philia, and agape), precisely because it is based on the physical attraction.
Agape, on the other hand, is selfless, sacrificial, unconditional, all-consuming, and divine. It is the kind of love that led Jesus to the cross, to stand in as a sacrifice for a sinful, hateful world that rejected him.
Even before our first sin was committed, agape love made a way for us to be one with our Father God, to escape the grave, and to escape the punishment due for our sins.
“We already recognize that God’s love for us, isn’t diminished by God’s love for others and that each of us can have a unique transcendent relationship with the divine …. You know how you feel when something good happens to someone you care about? When your friend, child, neighbor, co-worker connects with the divine? That’s how I feel when my partners date or meet someone new or are just head over heels for someone else. How beautiful, how majestic that they get to have more love in their life?” he said. “And how exciting that someone else gets to experience the amazingness of my partner.”
Remember what I said about the carnal mind?
Galatians 5:17 (CEB) – “17 A person’s selfish desires are set against the Spirit, and the Spirit is set against one’s selfish desires. They are opposed to each other, so you shouldn’t do whatever you want to do.”
And a lustful heart too often leads even devoted believers away. Sadly, the enemy is always at work, and is using others, full of false doctrine to appeal to itching ears, drawing many away from the truth.
The godly pattern for marriage was set up from the beginning, with Adam and Eve. Experts with an organization called CompellingTruth.org have explained how it is impossible to be in a polyamorous relationship, and still be in a Christian relationship.
“Aside from the biblical declarations that they are sin, polyamorous relationships cannot fulfill what the Bible says a marriage is to be. A married couple cannot be ‘one flesh’ (Genesis 2:24) if multiple ‘fleshes’ are involved. A married couple cannot fully love one another if that love is divided among other people. There cannot be true intimacy if what is supposed to be intimate is shared with others. Polyamory is not marriage. In no sense is a marriage supposed to be open to sexual activity outside of the marriage,” the experts wrote.
“Polyamory is, in reality, ‘poly-lust-ory.’ There is nothing loving about it. This perversion of marriage is confirmation that ‘every intention of the thoughts of our hearts is only evil continually,’ and that, without God, ‘everyone does what is right in his own eyes’ (see Genesis 6:5 and Judges 21:25),” the site added.
This is solid teaching.
Mr. Murphy offers nothing but shifting sand.
I have a real fear for those who continue to push such notions. There will always be weak believers who fall for these heresies, simply because they’re “easy” and require no one to deny their flesh. They invite the flesh, even.
These are the teachings that are creeping into church pews, with some churches completely open to exploring “alternative” interpretations of Scripture, all for the sake of what they call “tolerance.”
This is not tolerance. This is a death of spirit, and it is tragic.