Remember all those church leaders who said you weren't being "winsome" if you thought Christians should be better catechized to fight back against postmodern sexual theory?
Welp, here we are!
Last year, the United Methodist Church accepted Isaac Simmons, who regularly preaches dressed as a drag queen under the name Ms. Penny Cost, as a candidate for ordination. Since that time, Simmons, who serves as an associate pastor at Hope United Methodist Church in Bloomington, Illinois, has challenged basic theological concepts, projecting a worldview where divinity rests not in God but in queerness.
The United Methodist Church has belonged to Satan for awhile now, but even this is pretty insane.
Simmons has published a new video of himself performing slam poetry in what may be his most provocative repudiation of traditional Christianity and embrace of queer spirituality.
"God is nothing," the self-described "dragavangelist" repeats throughout the poem, adding, "the Bible is nothing" and "religion is nothing." In the end, he concludes God and the Bible are nothing "unless we wield it into something."
"God must be f***ing nothing," he says, "if her boundaryless, transubstantiated bodies of color are run down, beaten, and strewn in the streets of America instead of ruling the runways of life."
Compare this to the secular professor Jordan Peterson, who says the Bible is "the precondition for the manifestation of truth."
Just imagine that you had to explain to a person a century ago that secular professors would have a better understanding of orthodox, historic, exegetical theology than actual pastors.
But the queer drag pastor continued:
He speaks of God not as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but rather as the source of queerness, describing him as "nothing but a drag queen with a microphone of biblical f***ing proportions," "nothing, but if she were, she would be ‘yes, queen'-ing her way down the runways of Paris and Montreal," and "nothing, but if she were, she would be a seamstress of divide couture, weaving together string theory and self portraits to form the fiercest gowns of queer existence."
Humanity, he says, is just a manifestation of God's queerness.
It's clear that this dude is creating his own god. What a travesty it is that he doesn't even have the imagination to create his own religion. Instead, he feeds off Christ like a feckless parasite.
...Simmons says he has received copious support. Many official bodies of the church are promoting him and inviting him to speak. He was featured in glowing terms, for instance, in a video produced by the United Methodist News Service.
Because of course.
Let me remind you of King Jeroboam who split the kingdom of Israel at the height of its power into two kingdoms with his vitriol and greed.
In order to "decenter" Jerusalem as the seat of power, he set up his own temple and religious system in the north of the country. Consider the account in 1 Kings 12:
So the king took counsel and made two calves of gold. And he said to the people, "You have gone up to Jerusalem long enough. Behold your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt." And he set one in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan. Then this thing became a sin, for the people went as far as Dan to be before one.
Jeroboam then appointed his own priests, rites, and religious holidays.
He went up to the altar that he had made in Bethel on the fifteenth day in the eighth month, in the month that he had devised from his own heart.
"That he had devised from his own heart."
I think that describes the slippery slope that church leaders kept telling us wasn't a problem for the past 50 years.
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