BOSTON – A homosexual theologian who by invitation, preached twice at West Angeles COGIC and was subsequently lauded by presiding bishop Charles Blake is dead at age 68 according to the Boston Herald.
The Rev. Peter J. Gomes, who was known internationally as Harvard’s pastor and was just as pleased to call himself a son of Plymouth, died yesterday in Boston.
Though the Rev. Gomes never shied from controversial political topics in sermons, he conceded that he was somewhat reluctant to step into the sexual orientation fray when he publicly announced he was gay, in November 1991, after a conservative student magazine at Harvard published an issue condemning homosexuality.
“I do not know when the quality of life has been more violated,” he told a crowd of about 100 as he stood on the steps of Memorial Church, setting off sustained applause when he added, “I am a Christian who happens as well to be gay. … Those realities, which are irreconcilable to some, are reconciled in me by a loving God.”
When a conservative Christian group on the Harvard campus had the nerve to publicize the fact that people could actually change from homosexuality through Christ, Gomes angrily denounced them and “came out”, declaring that he was a homosexual Christian. His declaration was big news in ecumenical academia circles and the gay community.
After the controversy, Gomes emerged as a false teacher, who taught that neither God nor the Bible was against homosexuality. Instead, he insisted only “homophobia” was a sin. He later revealed that he had been “marrying” homosexual couples since 1977.
He became emblematic of gay christians who revision the scriptures to accommodate their sexual sin.
Despite the fact that Gomes very public declaration of his homosexuality was big news, in 2003 COGIC’s presiding bishop claimed he had no idea about the real Peter Gomes and invited him to “preach” at West Angeles.
After numerous prominent officers and clergy at West Angeles registered outrage at the act, Blake attempted to silence them by sending out a letter defending Gomes. Blake had received an award from Gomes, spoke at Gomes’ Harvard church and by his own admission visited Gomes’ private residence for dinner. But, he said he wasn’t aware of Gomes’ very public homosexuality and false teachings.
We obtained a copy of the letter from a former 23 year trustee of the church and published it.