For a man who claims to be such a deep thinking progressive on Christian matters, Tony Compolo’s defense of homosexuality is just plain silly. The almost 4 minute video is chocked full of sillyisms Compolo has picked up from the gay christian movement and in the perfect cookie cut mold of the gcm, its utterly devoid of any rational thinking, spiritual maturity or sound biblical exegesis.
Compolo calls himself the “positive prophet of red letter Christianity”. Is that red as in cherry picking red? Maybe that’s his first major error. His bio lists a cacophony of educational accomplishments, but none of it reflected in his defense of homosexuality.
Campolo is an alumnus of, a Professor Emeritus of Sociology at, Eastern University in St David’s, Pennsylvania. He is a 1956 graduate of Eastern College, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Theological Seminary) and earned a Ph.D. from Temple University. He is an ordained Baptist minister and evangelist, presently serving as an associate pastor of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia, which is affiliated with both the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. and the American Baptist Churches USA. For ten years, he was a professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Like most of the social justice false prophets on the scene today who are bought and paid for by the gcm, Campolo’s remarks show zero originality. There’s no scholarly revelation just regurgitated parroting of disingenuous religious expediency.
Let’s take a look at Campolo’s “educated” philosophy where he emphasizes a “red letter” approach to the bible.
1. “The young people are not thinking the same as as the older people are on this.”
And that means what? We should ditch the truth of the bible to follow what “young people” are thinking? Young people are as fickle as the direction of the wind. I wonder if Campolo would have given the keys of his car to his 10 year old daughter because she thought 10 year olds were just as mature drivers as anyone else? This is slouchy pied piper-type pandering. But you can do that when you limit your worldview perspectives to the words of Christ without understanding that the WORD is Christ. Provers 22:15 tells us that young people are naturally inclined to foolish thinking. Thinking that only matures with understanding God’s way over the process of time and discipline (from older, wiser people).
2. “Our love for Christ transcends divisions about homosexuality.”
No, it doesn’t. Jesus said if you (claim) to love me, you will keep my commandments. Loving Jesus means upholding what he upheld and adhering to what he commanded us to adhere to. Of course, with “red letter” thinking, that is conveniently shortchanged. Jesus brought forward more old testament commandment than anyone. He cited the law as a basis of his own judgments. His love for people never short circuited his upholding of the moral law of God. He himself obeyed it without fail and anytime it was a issue, he referred back to God’s law. In fact he even tightened up the OT law by including one’s thoughts as equally sinful as one’s behavior.
3. “Jesus never addresses this issue directly”
Well Tony, let’s conduct a simple test to your childish logic. Your assertion is that if Jesus didn’t address an issue “directly”, then it isn’t wrong. Jesus never said anything about smoking, child molestation, beating your wife, getting high of crack cocaine, cannibalism, animal abuse, necromancy, or erotic asphyxiation. My question is when can we expect you to post your youtube video advocating for any of the aforementioned life devaluing behaviors?
4. Jesus never addresses homosexuality as one of the “big sins”.
So we are to categorize sin now in big and little columns? Where is Jesus’ “red letter” instruction on that found? And how does the big sin/little sin paradigm work with 1 John 3:4 Whoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law?
5. “The church is laying incredible burdens of gay and lesbian people and then doing nothing to alleviate that.”
The old pharisee card. The church isnt laying any “burden” on homosexuals. The burden (if that is the appropriate way to describe it) is caused by the refusal to live according to ways of the Lord Jesus. The “burden” is because the way of a trangressor (sinner) is hard Prov 13:15. Following Christ is no burden at all for those who are true disciples. In fact, Jesus promised that his yoke would be easy and his burdens light. But when a person is trying to merge sinful sexual behavior with a Christian facade the only result is self imposed burdens. And the only way to “alleviate” the burden of sin is to repent and turn away from it. Campolo’s suggestion is heretical because it shifts the responsibility of forgiveness of sin from the Savior to the church.
6. “While Jesus never speaks on same gender marriage, he does speak about the marriage of people who are divorced.”
I’d argue that statement is pure hocus pocus. A sloppy sleight of hand like a shell trick hustler on a New York street. In Matthew 19, Jesus reaffirmed via Old Testament law that marriage was only between one man and one woman. All other pairings (same gender included) were not the will nor intent of God the Creator, but rather the sinful failings of humanity. How could such an “educated” theologian and red letter hypocrite like Campolo miss this? Easy, he has an agenda to deceive people with vain babblings.
That’s enough. That was just in 2:08 minutes of the video. Imagine how many lies, distortions, hat tricks and deception this man can do with a full speech? Unfortunately, this is what the rebellious want to hear. Jesus called this “wicked and perverse generation which seek signs”. They have already predetermined that their intelligence supercedes the good and perfect and acceptable will of God.