Abandoning Scripture, Abandoning Faith and Morals: The Methodist Decision's
John Stonestreet | BreakPoint | Earlier this month, the United Methodist Church’s Western Jurisdiction elected the first “openly partnered gay bishop” in the 13-million-member global church’s history.
Her name is Karen Oliveto of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco. Even though the denomination, unlike some other mainline churches, has not changed its official teaching on what a marriage is, Oliveto’s legal union to another woman in California was no barrier to her ascension in the church hierarchy. Anyone paying attention knows why.
Oliveto, then identified as a “same-sex union convener,” was among those invited to speak. Now at that time, she had not yet outed herself as a “partnered” lesbian, but was already twisting the Scripture. According to Lomperis, Oliveto “speculated that Jesus laughed at his disciples for continuing to look up as he was lifted out of their sight, trying to ‘keep their eyes locked on a past that is no longer,’ rather than looking down and moving on.” She equated this with those who still held traditional views on sexuality and marriage.
And Oliveto wasn’t finished. In perhaps her most telling admission, she warned against having too high a view of Scripture. “The text, the Bible, is not God,” she said, adding that any true “biblical theology” covers both “the benefits and the flaws” of Scripture. As an example of a “flaw,” Oliveto decried the Bible’s “theology of election and chosenness,” such as the Jews being God’s chosen people, which she blamed for everything from colonialism, to slavery, to the “destruction of native cultures and religions,” to racism, and to the oppression of homosexuals.