Gay theology heavily influenced by antinomianism

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.

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26 thoughts on “Gay theology heavily influenced by antinomianism

  1. Wait! Wait! Wait!

    This woman threw out a bunch of Eastern thought and yet claims to be a Christian. This explains it all PF. You see the word is the Rock of offense. And apparently it is too “offensive” for these people hence the Eastern religious mumbo jumbo. Also, who ever said follow your heart in the bible. I was taught that the heart of man is wicked and that mankind is inherently evil.

    The one thing I have noticed is that people in this movement always use a few lines to validate their weak arguments.

    God is Love.

    Judge not lest ye be judged.

    He who is guilty cast the first stone.

    All the while there is no emphasis on salvation from sin or repentance or turning away from your former self and living a life of holiness. In many ways the GCM is similar to the emergent Church. Have you ever looked at that correlation before?

    Kyle

  2. Scripture on the Law:

    “Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. The commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery, You shall not kill, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,’ and any other commandment, are summed up in this sentence, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law” (RSV Romans 13:8-10).

    “Likewise, my brethren, you have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit for God. While we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. But now we are discharged from the law, dead to that which held us captive, so that we serve not under the old written code but in the new life of the Spirit” (RSV Romans 7:4-6).

    “Now before faith came, we were confined under the law, kept under restraint until faith should be revealed. So that the law was our custodian until Christ came, that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a custodian [i.e. The Law]. For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith” (RSV Galatians 3:23-26).

    “We ourselves, who are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners, yet who know that a man is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ, and not by works of the law, because by works of the law shall no one be justified” (RSV Galatians 2:15-16).

    GCMW: Justin, if you want to respond to our posts, do so without shameless self promotion. The scriptures you’ve cited mean nothing without proper context. Perhaps, you’d like to explain what context youre using them in.

  3. Kyle, you said rightly:

    The one thing I have noticed is that people in this movement always use a few lines to validate their weak arguments.

    God is Love.

    Judge not lest ye be judged.

    He who is guilty cast the first stone.

    I got all 3 of those weak arguments thrown at me in a post that I did on the heretical Black Liberation Theology movement (not relevant to this thread, but here’s the full original comment I got).

    I’ve learned that folks only want to think of God’s loving nature while completely ignoring that there is no darkness in Him (1 John 1:5), that He is righteous (1 John 3:7). Once you understand those two points, you’ll rightly surmize that His love doesn’t supercede His own sovereignty and righteousness.

    As my grandmother used to say: “God won’t bless a mess”. Nuff said.

    Oh, GCMW, thanks for defending the Gospel in the thread referenced above. I was away from my computer and didn’t feel like replying via Blackberry, so you handled it quite well…

  4. I always find it funny that people will try and use some parts of the Bible to support their arguments but casually declare other parts of the Bible that are in direct conflict with their view invalid….it would seem to me that if I cant trust the Bible for all truth, then I need to throw it out…..Im waiting for Justin to throw out the shrimp or mixed fabric argument any moment now…

  5. @ Kyle yes we have written on the convergence of emergent and gay christian theology here, here, and some about it here

    @ IST:Brother as always I am blessed to be a blog partner with you. Keep up the good work of lifting up Jesus by defending the truth of his word.

    @ Djenk: Justin may not have a choice, because the overcooked shrimp theory is all they have. Its sad to paint yourself in a corner by picking some parts of the bible to agree with and others, you toss aside as useless.

  6. Justin,

    I’m assuming that you’ve quoted those verses to contradict the original post.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but as Christians we are not bound by the old Jewish Law, but instead are called to something even higher, and in one sense, more restrictive. We are not merely to refrain from murder, but also from hate; we are not merely to refrain from adultery, but also from looking lustfully at someone who is not our spouse. While we have Christian liberty to do or not do certain things that were contained in the Law (dietary laws, e.g.), other things are so clearly delineated in the NT that we cannot say that we have liberty in that, or that it went out with the Law, or that because we have liberty in Christ, we can sin. In fact, Paul dealt with this concept in Romans, and John dealt with it in his first letter — Christians are called to live in as holy a manner as possible, not to throw off all moral and civil restraints simply because “we are not under the Law, but under Christ.”

    Kathy

  7. Kathy, you are so right. Romans 14 clearly identifies the broader boundaries of Christian liberties. The “law of liberty” and “the law of love” are covered there. We have the freedom to live and enjoy our lives as Christians. This covers what we eat and where we eat it. But those liberties do not —under any circumstance— extend to idolatry and sexual immorality of any kind.

  8. Thanks, so much, y’all for keeping my name out there. I always appreciate the work you all do here – all simply proving my points more and more.

    GCMW: Rev. Chellew, esposing the work and lies of false prophets is our job, so no thanks are needed. If I were you, Id be more concerned about you proving the Bible’s points.

  9. I prove the Bible’s points every time I preach – for those with ears to hear.

    GCMW: That couldn’t be true. Within just this article is irrefutable proof that your words are opposite God’s Words. 2 Tim 4:3 says that people with itching ears to hear (false doctrine) will heap unto themselves teachers (that would be you) and thus the supply and demand system for false teaching is fulfilled. Given the choice of believing God and believing you, his track record is proven in the ages (Psalms 90:1) while yours remains a product of a message table.

  10. Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.

    – 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

    The Bible said, I believe it, that settles it.

  11. The Bible also says:
    24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

    26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

    Do you accept the Bible’s words? If you do, are you ready to repent and ask God to forgive you for going against His creative intent for your sexual expression?

  12. Candace,

    You are giving drive by statements with no substance. Address the Eastern Religious aspects of your writings. Candace I wont have an argument just answer these questions.

    Is Jesus the ONLY way?

    Did he die on the cross for the remission of sins? And if so what sins did he die for?

    Love of God is spoken of in the Bible. What does God’s love mean to you?

    Do you believe in the book of Revelation? And if so do you believe that the Christ mentioned in the Gospels is the same Christ depicted coming back with power and glory and will destroy and kill millions at the battle of Armageddon?

    Kyle

  13. Romans 1 condemns idolatry and temple prostitution – two things I don’t do, so there’s no condemnation of gay and lesbian people in Romans 1. Romans 2 is the kicker though – don’t judge others because you do the same things. Making the Bible an idol is just as bad as worshiping four footed images of animals.

    As for my fondness for Eastern philosophers, I find God in all things, even those who don’t practice Christianity. I have no need for doctrinal sniff tests, because even if I agreed with everything you all believed you’d still find reason to reject me from the fold.

    The good news is that God loves me (and all people, gay, straight or otherwise) and grace covers us all.

    I respect you all and the strength of your call. I just wish you had as much zealousness for God’s love and grace as you do for God’s wrath and law.

  14. You err in your perspectives. They reflect you and your own human priorities, not God nor his Word.

    Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. Romans 6:1

    “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Titus 2:11-14

    Both of these scriptures are clearly different than your take on grace.

    Additionally, “temple prostitution” is not even mentioned in Romans 1. Sexual idolatry is any behavior which violates God’s creative intent for human sexuality. It is idolatry when you refuse to give it up for Christ.

    If any man would be my disciple, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me. Mt 16:24

    If “who you are” is lesbian, why havent you denied (renounced) that to follow Jesus?

    No one has contested whether or not God loves you. That is a given. God’s love for us does not exempt us from obeying God. Love and obedience are the hallmarks of true discipleship.

    Rev. Chellew, we are not asking for your respect. Rather, you should respect and reverence God enough to repent and give him LORDSHIP over your errant sexual desires.

    Repent and believe the gospel, the kingdom of heaven is at hand. That was Jesus’ first sermon, which is quite different from what you are preaching.

  15. I am grateful for your concern, but I have repented of my sin (sexual orientation being God’s gift to me and not a sin) and have believed the good news.

    I have no need of human approval or affirmation, for God knows my heart. I have God’s grace and love. I am in need of nothing else.

  16. That also seems to be untruthful. Just simple honesty is an issue with just about everything you say. You seem to seek the gay community’s approval. They’re human. If you didn’t say what you say in your sermons and writings, you wouldn’t have their approval and they would turn on you very quickly. Just ask Michaeal Glatze or Charlene Cothran.

    You have a lesbian partner. You don’t seek her approval or affirmation? She’s human.

    Biblically, as before your words are in conflict with the scripture. Nowhere is it recorded that God “gives” someone a gift of sexual immorality. If it does not exist in scripture, then is is a manmade creation without any divine sanction.
    Of course, you are free to quote the scripture which says that “sexual orientation is a gift of God” Chapter and verse, please. If I’m not mistaken, the phrase “sexual orientation” is not even mentioned in the Bible. It just came into lexicon usage less than a decade ago.

    If God had given it to you, seems like he would be smart enough to put it on paper so that unbelievers would have proof.

    100% of scriptures that mention homosexuality, all declare it to be sinful. There is no single instance in the bible which even remotely says otherwise. The conclusion is that you have created your own righteousness (idolatry), not the righteousness of God.

    Yet, God is loving enough to allow you to make your choice, even if the choice is sin.

  17. I need no human approval for my faith. Not everyone in the GLBT community agrees with me or my theology. Some have outright rejected me as you all do. That doesn’t affect my relationship with God. My partner doesn’t agree with all that I believe. That doesn’t affect my relationship with God (or with her, because we can have honest and loving dialogue).

    All the scriptures that appear to condemn gay and lesbian relationships, when read in context (I know that’s a dirty word to you all), says nothing about homosexuality as we know it today. There is absolutely no condemnation of loving, committed GLBT relationships. None. Reading out of context doesn’t create it.

    And as Paul warns in Romans 2, what we condemn in others we practice ourselves – as your own idol of righteousness clearly reveals.

    I pray one day we’ll all meet in brotherhood and sisterhood on the level ground at the foot of the cross.

  18. Candace,

    I merely asked 3 questions. Can you please answer them. Nothing long or in depth I just want to understand your perspective on the three questions.

    Kyle

  19. Well, Rev. Chellew after circles and circles and more of your pointless, powerless preaching and ideology, let’s sum up your defense of your false doctrine.

    1. Its doesnt mean that.
    2. Its out of context.
    3. You do it too.

    Impressive.

  20. Kyle, you and the others here have already judged and condemned me, so I see no reason to answer your questions. It’s clear no one here wants a dialogue. Instead, all you do is ridicule, tear down, foment strife and condemn others.

    If you want to know my beliefs, I’ll refer you to this page:

    http://whosoever.org/believe.shtml

    Beyond that page, I have nothing to add.

  21. Candace,

    I never argued with you nor did I judge you. I am asking 4 simple questions. That’s it. Lets have a dialog.

    Kyle

  22. “Romans 1 condemns idolatry and temple prostitution – two things I don’t do”

    Hi Candace – Romans 1 is quite specific in labeling homosexual behavior as a sin – http://4simpsons.wordpress.com/2007/12/20/romans-1-and-natural-desires-functions/

    And here are a whole bunch of reasons why the temple prostitute angle is false (starting with the fact that Paul was making some of the most “big picture” arguments in the whole Bible and not things specific to that locale, plus the fact that the chapter doesn’t mention temples, prostitutes, or temple prostitutes) – http://4simpsons.wordpress.com/2007/07/08/romans-1-and-temple-prostitutes/

    And GCMWatch is right – no one is condemning you. Your beliefs do not resemble those of the Bible, though you quote parts of it convenient to your worldview. Personally, I want nothing but the best for you.

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