Right. He only said that Jesus didn’t exactly endorse the concept of traditional marriage:
MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE (ANS) — The first openly gay Episcopal bishop says he is being falsely accused of suggesting that Jesus might have been homosexual, says a news agency report posted on the Fox News Channel website.
“I can assure you with absolute certainty that was not my implication, and certainly not anything I ever said,” Bishop V. Gene Robinson told the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper, according to the Associated Press (AP).
Robinson said he is “being flooded with angry messages” because of Web log comments about his remarks at a February 13 forum on sexual issues at Christ Church in Hamilton, Massachusetts.
According to the report, Robinson said he was making the point that the nuclear family is a relatively new idea and that, even for his time, Jesus apparently led a nontraditional life.
“Interestingly enough, in this day of traditional family values and so on,” Robinson says in a recording from the forum on the church’s Website, “this man that we follow … was single as far as we know; who traveled with a bunch of men, although there were lots of women around; who had a disciple who was known as `the one whom Jesus loved’; who said ‘my family is not my mother and father, my family are those who do the will of God’ — none of us like those harsh words. That’s who Jesus is, that’s who he was, at least in his earthly life,” Robinson is reported as saying.
Pointing out that Jesus was not married with children “is a long way from saying Jesus is gay, or saying that he had sex with anyone, male or female,” Robinson said Monday.
Considering that Robinson is unrepentant and has consistenly defended his lifestyle as an adulterous homosexual (he left his wife and children for his male partner), what conclusion are we supposed to draw from his remarks?
The hate mail Robinson’s getting is absolutely wrong. We’re supposed to speak truth in love. That said, Rev. Robinson’s comments were either deliberately disingenuous or outright heretical.