Gay theology is so heavily influenced by antinomianism that all of the gay christian movement’s arguments against what the scriptures clearly teach about homosexuality are a result of this infusion of this heresy. Like a proverbial “pandora’s box” when a religious group embraces one doctrinal fallacy, it opens the door for other false beliefs to be accepted and practiced. Often it is spiritually fatal.
The sermon by Rev. Candace Chellew, Whosoever editor and a gay UCC minister, is one of the clearest examples of antinomianism we have come across. On its face, the antinomianist view is inherently hypocritical in part because it minimizes the written word in sexual and moral circumstances, but selectively uses it to support its own positions. Such beliefs are a dominant component of gay christian theology and account for the movement’s ability to look and sound Christian to those unfamiliar with its real beliefs.
In a sermon called “Better heresy of doctrine than heresy of heart”, Chellew sloppily attempts to pass off a quote from John Greenleaf Whittier as spiritual truth. She claims it is based on Matthew 6:19-21 and Matthew 15:10-20, but that’s only theological window dressing. Incidentally, Whittier’s poetry was known for appealing to emotions and feelings rather than logic.
Chellew attempts to support her antinomianist premise with a Thomas Carlyle quote: “A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.” This, she says, leads to a “knowledge of self”. Perhaps it does, but is that the true path for a follower of Jesus Christ?
Psalms 110:10 says the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments. Jeremiah 17:9-10 says the heart is deceitful above all things and desparately wicked, who can know it? The Bible never tells us to seek knowledge of self, rather we are told to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18). Thus, when we seek Christ, we find ourselves, but only in Him. For in Him we live, move and have our being (Acts 17:28). Chellew’s worldly philosophy like that of all false teachers, lead people away from God instead of into a deeper relationship with Him.
One of the hallmarks of a false gospel is that it produces no power over sin. Thus, followers of false doctrines begin to make creative concessions for their sin. Paul declared in Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation” (freedom from sin). Chellew’s powerless gospel becomes the reason for her “massage table revelation”.
I had a revelation of this fact about a year ago as I was lying, quite naked and vulnerable, on a massage therapist’s table. The therapist was massaging an area of my upper chest when she remarked about how tight I was in that region. She then explained to me the concept in Chinese medicine that the body is divided into seven chakras or power points. The point she was massaging is called the Heart Chakra. Since it was tight she said, “That means you’re not following your heart.” I immediately burst into tears. Those simple words, said in passing by my massage therapist, hit home with me. It made me realize that more than anything else I need to honor what’s in my heart. I cannot live in any way that is contrary to what I know in my heart to be God’s will for my life.
Given that gay christian theology is so completely irreconcileable with the true gospel, its no wonder Chellew would make this statement:
Each of us, because we are sitting in a church as openly GLBT people, alongside our straight allies, knows that we are doctrinal heretics. But we also know that being doctrinal heretics is better than hiding, denying our true selves, and living a lie that doctrine would have us to live.”
Unable to use scripture to support her fringe claims, Chellews tosses in words from a Buddhist monk:
Buddhist monk, Jack Kornfield, in his book “A Path with Heart” gives us a starting place in answering that question [about the heart]. Above all, he advises, any path we choose should “have heart.” Think deeply about the path your life is on right now. Is it a path that fills your heart with joy and anticipation of each new day? Or is it a path that fills your heart with dread as each new day begins?
Her words are a set up to feed the brokenness of those listening. There is no power, no promise of freedom from sin, only a false compromise which tells each person to follow their own deceptive hearts.
After telling her audience that they must treasure God above all, Chellew then leads them in a Buddhist transcendental meditation exercise where they are to think on two good deeds they have done. This is supposed to make them feel better about themselves. In other words, being a good person is what really matters, not obeying some set of restrictive Bible rules. Nowhere in scripture are we told to meditate of our good deeds. We are told to meditate on God’s Word day and night. If we do, we will be like trees planted by the water whose leaves never wither. Psalms 1:1-6
Chellew says what stands in the way of their “path to happiness and self discovery” are “those of a more right-wing thinking who believe there is only one path that the heart must tread theirs of course. A path that strictly adheres to doctrines, no matter what the heart may say. Those on the religious right tell us that by following our hearts we will end up in hell sentenced to eternal damnation. They’ve made up doctrines saying it’s so!”
By incorrectly attributing biblical doctrine to the work of political “right-wingers” and not the Holy Spirit, she may have cut off the path to her salvation. The gospel is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes for the Jew first and also for the Greek. What a tragic thing to discover in the end that both heresy of doctrine and heresy of heart are false roads that really do lead to hell.