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as abominations go, it's très chic

By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 25, 2007

A lesbian Lutheran pastor in the Bronx is working to move her congregation beyond sola Scriptura:

And a few members of Pastor [Katrina] Foster's church say they still are struggling with the passage in the Bible that many consider a prohibition on homosexuality: "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination."

Pastor Foster has not preached directly about that passage. Charlotte Sapp, a church member who runs a local H.I.V. prevention and support group, said she was hoping for more guidance on the issue. "If it's wrong concerning the Bible, show us this, why it's wrong," she said.

Pastor Foster said she felt that other passages were worthier of analysis, and that the one in question was one of many Old Testament passages that are no longer taken literally.

Ah yes. As our blessed Lord said, or should have said, at Matthew 5:17: "Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets: yet verily I say unto you, some passages are worthier of analysis than others."

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  • Posted by: - Nov. 25, 2007 7:27 PM ET USA

    O.K. Pastor Foster. I guess I can go along with that. Just explain, to me please, the figurative interpretation of that passage.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 25, 2007 6:24 PM ET USA

    Since the pattern in our separated denominations has been to ignore other troublesome passages--"unless you eat my flesh", "on you I will build my Church" "one faith, one baptism" and passages of a theological nature, why are we surprised when passages of a moral nature are ignored as well? Sola Scriptora only works with the erasable Bible mentality.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 25, 2007 4:22 PM ET USA

    "If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don't like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself." Saint Augustine

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