Eugene Peterson, the respected pastor and author of the best-selling “The Message Bible” has changed his mind about homosexuality and marriage. In an interview with
"I think that kind of debate about lesbians and gays might be over," he adds. "People who disapprove of it, they’ll probably just go to another church. So we’re in a transition and I think it’s a transition for the best, for the good. I don’t think it’s something that you can parade, but it’s not a right or wrong thing as far as I’m concerned."
RNS asked him: 'If you were pastoring today and a gay couple in your church who were Christians of good faith asked you to perform their same-sex wedding ceremony, is that something you would do?'"
Eugene Peterson answered: "Yes."
A lot of Christian leaders respond:
- Rich Villodas, pastor of New Life Fellowship: "I love Eugene Peterson. He’s a pastoral hero of mine. I disagree with him on the issue. I grieve how he’s being slandered."
- Russell Moore, president of the
- Rachel Held Evans: "Eugene Peterson announced his support of LGBT people today, so I'm encouraged things are getting better."
- Matt Coulter: "The problem at the heart of the western church is illustrated in this: our pastors reject Eugene Peterson while affirming Donald Trump."
- Andrew Walker, director of policy studies for the ERLC: "How sad that a creative voice like Eugene Peterson would forsake the Scriptures and the Tradition that he so eloquently wrote of."
UPDATE: Eugene Peterson Now Says He Does Not Support Same-Sex Marriage
“To clarify, I affirm a biblical view of marriage: one man to one woman. I affirm a biblical view of everything,” Eugene Peterson said in a statement Thursday afternoon. "I’ve never performed a same-sex wedding. I’ve never been asked and, frankly, I hope I never am asked."
"This reporter, however, asked a hypothetical question: if I were pastoring today and if a gay couple were Christians of good faith and if they asked me to perform their wedding ceremony—if, if, if. Pastors don’t have the luxury of indulging in hypotheticals. And to be honest, no is not a word I typically use."
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