Experience Trumps Scripture

A recent case of a minister “acquitted” of violating church constitution for marrying his same sex partner.

His defense?

He suggested that Presbyterians not begin with the Bible when addressing the issue.

“In our debates in the Presbyterian Church over homosexuality, if we begin with the Bible, we will likely reach a polarized stalemate,” he wrote. “Bible discussions are too often divisive. When we begin with the Bible, we are not beginning with a natural place for all of us.”

Rather than the Bible, the beginning point for discussions on homosexuality, he maintained, should be “the personal experiences we all share.”

While Protestants always look to God’s word to guide them, Barron contended that Scripture is not the only source of moral authority.

“We also look to the continuing revelation of God in our experiences in history and tradition, in science, in reasoning, and in everyday events to guide us. Scripture and experience both must guide our moral decision-making. And reliance on one without the other can be dangerous and offensive,” he stated. (http://www.christianpost.com/news/presbyterian-panel-acquits-gay-minister-49235/)

He couldn’t have said it more clearly. When Scripture is not our moral authority, our experience and reasoning can justify anything.

 

 

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