After watching the United Methodist Church’s “lesbian bishop” boldly warn people not to “idolize Jesus” since the Savior of mankind and God in the flesh didn’t “know it all,” it seems the Presbyterian Church USA took it as a challenge to see if they could do something to drive their own denomination into the ground even quicker than the United Methodists.
And they may have just found that elusive spiritual kill-switch that makes all other blasphemers jealous:
The leader of the second largest congregation in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Rev. Shannon Johnson Kershner has declared that Christianity is not the only way to heaven. Kershner, 45, who leads the 5,500 member Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, Illinois, expressed her belief in a podcast with the Chicago Sun-Times after she was asked the question, “Is Christianity the only way to heaven?”
“No,” Kershner replied bluntly.
Well there you go. If trying to decide the saddest part about this spectacle, it would probably have to be the startling number of her 5,500-member congregation who won’t even realize she’s full of it. Honestly, anyone who walks back into her church motivated by anything other that sheer morbid curiosity to see what manner of new age spiritualistic humanism was on tap for that day actually doesn’t have a clue what Christianity is anyway.
It’s clear Kershner doesn’t. I don’t mean that as some hyperbolic attack. I’m completely serious – it’s painfully clear:
“God’s not a Christian. I mean, we are … For me, the Christian tradition is the way to understand God and my relationship with the world and other humans and it’s the way for me to move into that relationship but I’m not about to say what God can and cannot do in other ways and with other spiritual experiences,” she explained.
What. In. The. World.
As anyone who has picked up a New Testament in, well…ever…knows, Jesus wasn’t real big on religious traditions. In fact, He spent a lot of time pointing out that misconceptions about those traditions had led a lot of people into missing the Truth He was proclaiming.
Kinda just like today when people follow “leaders” like Kershner and pledge their allegiance to bizarre denominational hierarchies and teachings, even when those teachings are an obvious affront to Biblical truth.
I know I shouldn’t be, but I remain stunned at the number of people who claim to be Jesus followers who think He is a liar. Yes, that’s Kershner given that she openly denies Jesus’ claim in John 14:6 that He is the “only way” to heaven. But it’s also an entire denomination of supposed believers who employ her, pay her, and defend her.
Why do they do it? Is it politics? It is tradition? Is it cultural relevance? Is it multiculturalism? Whatever it is, it is appalling. And Presbyterians who wish to stand on the side of God’s Truth must make this their moment to pull the ripcord and empty those pews.