The actual link says, “Detroit Baptist leader resigns after announcing she married a woman,” but I’ll stick with my title.
Facing a backlash from conservatives in her congregation, a noted Christian leader in Detroit resigned Friday from her church after announcing earlier this month she had married a woman.
Bishop Allyson D. Nelson Abrams stepped down from Zion Progress Baptist Church, where she had served for five years as its first female pastor. Her announcement from the pulpit earlier this month that she had married a woman stunned many local Baptists.
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Abrams, 43, used to be married to a man, but she told congregants Oct. 6 she was in love with Diana Williams, a bishop emeritus with the Imani Temple African-American Catholic Congregation in Washington, D.C., a church that broke off from the Catholic Church. The two married in March in Iowa, where same-sex marriage is legal.
So she actually got “married” much earlier after divorcing a man and didn’t tell her congregation. Sounds like serial lying to me.
Given the conservative views of many Baptists on the issue of homosexuality and female pastors, Abrams’ announcement caused an intense debate among local Christians. She said many supported her decision to come out while others opposed her gay marriage. Some urged her to stay with the church, but Abrams said she resigned because she didn’t want to further create division. Some in the congregation had found out about her same-sex marriage before she made her Oct. 6 announcement and were making it an issue that was dividing the church.
“I know how important it is for congregations to stay together,” she told the Free Press. “I didn’t want to split the church any further over this issue.”
So she was surprised that it would be divisive?!
Abrams cited biblical verses to support the idea that same-sex relationships are allowable under Christian teachings, including Luke 7:1-10, which talks about the love a man has for his male servant.
Misinterpreting the passage that badly should even disqualify a man from preaching. Read it yourself and ask if supports homosexual behavior. Pro-LGBTQX “pastors” rely on biblical ignorance when making claims like that. And since they are the church leaders, they obviously don’t want people reading the book for themselves.
Saying that love is a big part of Christianity, Abrams said: “We all know that we’ve been made in God’s image, and so no matter what you look like, no matter who you are, no matter what your orientation is,” we should be free to love whom we want.
Foolish statements like that are impossible to make if you actually read the Bible and take it seriously. Using her logic, anything you want to do must be OK. There would be no sins.
And she begs the question by assuming that love has to involve sex.
“Love is something that’s supposed to be unconditional,” she added. “And as Christians, if anybody is supposed to be loving, we are.”
Again, that doesn’t mean sex has to be part of the relationships.
Abrams, who has a doctorate degree in theology, said her views about love and orientation changed a “little over a year ago.”
A doctorate in theology?! Wow.
So in less than a year she went from alleged Bible-believer to support “same-sex marriage” to “marrying” a woman? I’m skeptical.
“I progressed in my theology and came to the point where I would love whichever came to me. I wasn’t just open to (a specific) gender, I was open to love in whatever way the Lord would bless me.”
Well, gee, since she blamed God for it she must be right . . .
That’s just blasphemy.
. . . The Rev. Charles C. Adams, the presiding pastor of one of Detroit’s biggest churches, Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, said he supports Abrams.
“Bishop Abrams is a very intelligent, conscientious and progressive minister,” he said. “She has done a lot to help people.
“She, herself did not seek to make this an issue,” he added. “It was an issue that from my understanding was ignited by rumors and innuendos … somebody looking up the marriage certificate on the Internet.”
Another false teacher weighs in. Yeah, it was someone else’s fault. How dare they speak the truth that their pastor “married” a woman and didn’t tell them!
Adams, who supports gay marriage in terms of constitutional rights, said there needs to be more discussion of this issue in the African-American Christian community.
By denying gay marriage, “we are denying people equal protection under the law,” Adams said. “There is no justification for that. We have same-gender couples working in every sector of society and they are not being treated fairly.”
Wrong. You don’t have a right to a square circle or to a “same-sex union of a man and a woman.”
Others disagree with Abrams, saying she is violating Christian doctrine. Elder Levon Yuille, pastor of The Bible Church in Ypsilanti, said that gay marriage is “diametrically opposed to the teachings of the Bible.” Yuille said that unless Abrams stops being in a gay relationship, she should stop preaching.
“To be in accordance with scripture, she would have to give up that type of homosexual lifestyle,” he said.
Finally, some sanity! Although she should stop preaching for a host of reasons.
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Abrams said her interpretation of scripture is compatible with same-sex relationships. She said that Greek words used in the Bible,“entimos doulos pais,” can be interpreted together to refer to a male lover.
That is a terrible analysis. More here. Why doesn’t she look at Romans 1?
26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. 28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.
Back to the article . . .
She acknowledges there can be varying views on this issue.
“People have the right to interpret scripture whatever way they please,” she said. “I respect difference of opinions.”
As for what’s next for her, she said she’s considering joining two other denominations but would not say which ones. She said will continue to preach the gospel.
“I’m still going to preach and teach and do what God has called me to do,” she said.
More blasphemy. God hasn’t called her to anything she’s done yet. Why start now?