“(P)ostmodern readers should strive to envision Christ as gender queer. . .” so says ordained Evangelical Lutheran Church in America pastor Megan Rohrer. Rev. Rohrer is “The first openly transgender Lutheran pastor ordained in the United States” (see here).
The pastor says this in an essay “she” authored titled “Male Brides of the Mother Christ.” Here are some of the “her” more egregious comments:
“When queer readers name Christ as a gender queer mother/father it is not done out of fear of linking Christ to a queer sexual orientation. If Christ is both male and female, then it is impossible for a Christ to have an opposite-sex relationship. And if it is true as Paul writes in Galatians 3:28 that in Christ we too are no longer male or female, then it is also impossible for any Christians to have an opposite-sex relationship.”
For the past three years Rev. Rohrer has been a contributing blogger for the ELCA website Living Lutheran (see here). Also, Rev. Rohrer “has been the Executive Director of The Welcome since June of 2002 and has been called to this ministry by a joint call from herchurch (Ebenezer Lutheran), Christ Church Lutheran, St. Fracis Lutheran and Sts. Mary and Martha Lutheran. Megan is rostered and overseen by both the local Lutheran and Episcopal bishops. Megan is also called to serve as an Associate Pastor at St. Aidan's Episcopal Church.” All churches are in the San Francisco Bay area. (see here)
Any God-fearing denomination should find these comments heretical and incompatible with their teaching and take action against the pastor who made them. But the ELCA will take no action. They have proven to be accepting of these kind of teachings in the past (just look around this website) and Rev. Rohrer's teachings are well known by her superiors.
5/20/2013 03:06:30 pm
well if you dodge the historicity of the Incarnation, and the fact that she Rev. Rohrer is coming really close to explaining God's nature and deified human nature as well, and if you believe that God has an androgynous nature as opposed to a nature which transcends sexuality (male, female, and neuter) then I guess she does have a point with the feminine imagery used in the Gospel..
Christopher Lee Rose
5/21/2013 05:24:42 am
It was for fear of things such as this that I finally left the ELCA, though the truth is that the ELCA had already left me. Sadly, I fear that LCMC (a splinter group from the ELCA) is already heading down this same dark path. Where in the Bible does it permit the ordaining of women? Did the Apostle Paul call for women to have authority of men? So it is with the female clergy issue. I have not found a single church in which a woman was called to the position of head minister, yet the scripture as it was written was adhered to. Indeed, all churches I have visited in which a woman was the head minister deviates frequently from scripture. I would call my fellow Christians to leave the ELCA and its rejection of scripture, as the so-called "Rev. Rohrer" does. Alas, as this is the direction that the ELCA accepts and likely soon so will LCMC, if other Lutheran denominations begin to accept these false teaching, I will likely return to the Roman Catholic church (despite its errors, they do hold fast to certain truths).
5/22/2013 11:36:59 am
The ELCA's hierarchy is one thing that has baffled me based on what I have heard and read. A lot of these problems are exacerbated by the neutered bishops refusing to take a stand for Lutheran polity. The Catholic Church doesn't have this problem because they have a functional hierarchy. Being an Orthodox Christian, I could only imagine what would happen if one of our priests put out something like this, or if one of our parishes held a service like the Christ Sophia Mass. I would be willing to bet that best case scenario the Metropolitan would send the priest to the farthest corner of the globe.
5/25/2013 04:55:46 am
"Gender queer"? What does that even mean?
5/26/2013 09:29:04 am
"...instead of believing that the physical and metaphoric motherhood/femaleness of Christ enhances the fatherhood/maleness of Christ, postmodern readers should strive to envision Christ as gender queer." When I read that, I literally and/or metaphorically died laughing.
12/22/2014 11:43:35 am
The Bible already gives us enough information about our resurrected bodies in heaven to reject Rev. Rohrer's musings as foolish and irreverent:
12/23/2014 07:42:10 am
"Heterosexual" and "homosexual" are words we use to describe SEXUAL relationships, or at least sexual desire. It is utter foolishness to speak of God (or the resurrected Jesus) as being heterosexual or homosexual.
5/14/2015 07:34:37 pm
This is one reason I can't support the ordination of women. Women tend to be more receptive to heresy than men. Now I understand why the Apostle Paul spoke out against it in Corinthians.
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