Monday, April 03, 2006

I'm not Jesus

Just in case there was any confusion.

Over at there's a thread about Stephen Bennett, ex-gay extraordinaire (he believes complete change is completely possible - something even Exodus doesn't say) and his recent press release opposing HIV prevention drugs.

It was noted by Eugene that Stephen is mixing up his parables, saying that Jesus told the woman at the well to go and sin no more, when in fact he said that to the woman caught in adultery.

I added the following to the discussion:
You know, the interesting thing about when people say "well Jesus got angry and drove people out of the temple" or "Jesus told so-and-so not to go sin anymore"...

Am I the only one that thinks...That was Jesus? Did Jesus ever tell others to run around telling other people to sin no more?

I figure when Jesus gives me the ability to truly see in people's hearts and minds...when he gives me an amazing and overwhelming sense of compassion for other people....when he gives me the ability to tell someone everything they ever did in their lives in such a loving and compassionate way that they still want to introduce me to everyone they know, then maybe (just maybe) I'll be able to tell someone to go and sin no longer.

Until that time (and I'm not holding my breath waiting for the above to happen), I'm just gonna keep my mouth shut. Well, about whether you should stop sinning or not, at least--let's not go overboard here or anything.


  1. Well put. You are so wise. Too bad so many people just can't wrap their minds around the concept that we aren't to jugde others. Oh well, God will rebuke them if he sees fit {wink}

  2. In reference to Stephen Bennett's belief that complete change is completely possible... I've been thinking lately about the definition of ex-gay. I think it's a horrible injustice to say to the gay person that wholeness will come once he or she is completely straight.

    Ex-gay is such a strong word. It almost implies that one's homosexual identity is completely messed up and abnormal. For me, I'm beginning to prefer the use of celibate lesbian. (Celibate for religious reasons.) I don't think my sexuality alienates me from God.