John Wesley was Gay – You won’t believe what happens next! #UMC #UMCschism

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If you biblically love John Wesley, raise your hand. Dang it, George, I said one hand. From:George Whitefield: a biography, (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There comes a time to reconsider our heroes. We have the Historical Jesus movement, the need to see if Bonhoeffer was gay, and even the need to insure Santa Claus is white. Therefore, in this time of crisis in the United Methodist Church, when we are called to look again to the founder of the people called Methodist, it is rightly needful we look to Wesley to see if his life can offer us something in our Way Forward. No doubt, we are at a Crossroads and have two ways to go.

Fr. John never once spoke out against gay marriage. Could it be he was in fact gay? I think so. Let me give you a few reasons why:

  1. Wesley had no interest women. At Oxford, he considered celibacy but was torn by a possibility of marriage. After all, marriage was for that time something needful for people to move up in life. The woman in question married another, however. Later, in the American colonies, Wesley met Sophie Hopkey. This was going to be an arranged marriage, but of course Wesley still had no inclination to actually marry. She soon found another. Wesley was 48 when married a widow. They would finally separate 15 years later. The record of their marriage is disastrous. Wesley was very friendly to the women but never charged with adultery. Indeed, his focus on equality of women to men should be examined as one who perhaps saw himself in their same oppressed situation. 
  2. Wesley had two friends, really. Peter Böhler and George Whitefield. Peter and John spent a lot of time together, with John abandoning all (including Charles) to accompany Peter on various missionary activities (PDF). Peter married later in life, perhaps again a sign of the times. After all, if you did not marry, you could have been suspected of Catholicism. George Whitefield was clearly gay. Wesley and Whitefield were friends, maybe more, and had a falling out in private that erupted in public. We really don’t know the full story about it, do we? I can only imagine Wesley, later in life, looking at Whitefield – both miserable in marriages – and saying, “I can’t quit you.” Later, Wesley appointed Francis Asbury, another celibate and soft man who had a “weakness,” to be Bishop. Bishop Thomas Coke married at 58 to a wealthy woman who paid for his missions.
  3. Wesley’s family is also another witness. According to science, the more children you have, the larger the chance one will be gay. According to conservatives, if the father is weak and the mother is strong-willed, the higher the chance a child will be gay. This describes perfectly the family of Samuel and Susanna Wesley.
  4. Wesley’s own demeanor indicates he was struggling to hide something. Wesley understood depression. In fact, if you read his writings and those about him, you get the sense he understood himself not under a “nervous disorder” but because of some sin in his life, under the hand of God. How else do we explain his long conversion?

It is time we the people of the United Methodist Church take charge of our past and understand that Wesley was gay. Further, he ordained two gay men. He ended oppression and so we should too.

FURTHERMORE:

THIS post WAS NOT about John Wesley’s sex-life; it is about how brogressive Christians use click-bait to elevate their brand[tm]. In case you don’t know, click bait is what bad bloggers or websites in need of ad revenue use to lure in sheep. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with a good, ironic title, but to have it lead to stupidity is something altogether different.

Click-bait, like putting something sexual in the headline. There is no respect for intellect. There is not respect for the reader.1

I hate to say it, but usually the click bait is from liberals and progressive bloggers who make it their life’s goal to produce the basest of theological positions in hopes of gaining some notoriety. They care little to nothing about orthodoxy, logic, reason, or tradition, or true justice or liberation for that matter, only themselves. They love to turn a phrase or misuse a word/concept so they can backtrack. In fact, if they can run to the opposite of orthodoxy, tradition, Christianity, they will and they will run fast.

They do nothing except to cause us more harm.

Then, there are those click-bait bloggers who colonize to gain attention. I’m white. I’m straight. I’m male. I’m middle class. I live in Appalachia. I have two college degrees. I am active in my local downtown, mostly white, church in a mainline denomination. I am not queer, a Person of Color, oppressed, or otherwise. I will not try to identify with you to sell books or make a name for myself. I have no need to tell you how to be you in whatever way you chose to identify yourself. I am not going to pretend God talks to me through the TV screen, computer, or some otherwise mystical experience. I simply have no need to pretend to be something I am not to be your leader. The marginalized need not allies, but accomplices who will listen.

Be warned — simply because you agree with someone, do not hang on every word they say. Do not think uncritical about their material. Test them always. We have been lulled into sheer ignorance because as a Church would rather follow the loudest mouths than the whispers of Tradition. There are these so called profits prophets of the LORD now who anoint themselves as the future leaders of the church without any accountability. They can write posts gossiping about Driscoll and gaining click bait points for their brand while claiming to teach us “how not to speak” of Mark Driscoll. It IS NOT PROPHETIC WHATSOEVER to capitalize off the pain of others.

In meeting with N.T. Wright last year at SBL, someone asked him about online personas. He called it for what it was and I think he is correct. This is modern cybergnosticism. When identities are tossed around like balls, when you can be whatever you want to be online, we are entering into a realm that is harmful to society. I can sit here and pretend to be a progressive white male ally who identifies with the poor but in actuality when I could be the exact opposite. This is harmful both to communities online and offline, particularly the marginated. If I co-opt or colonize who you are, what your hurt is, and the harm done to you to benefit myself I am worse than those attempting to destroy you.

Dear readers, don’t be lulled into stupidity. Don’t follow something because it is outlandish. Pay attention to those behind the screen. If we can focus on reality, on the long tradition of the Church – on logic, reason, and judgment – we may see some of these problems dry up rather quickly. Otherwise, you’ll keep falling for click-bait and believe whatever else pops upon your screen.

TL;DR: Stop believing, sharing, accepting something just because it is super-liberal or super-conservative. Stop accepting colonizers as prophets.

If you need help picking a part all of the logical phallacies* in the top part, let me know. It is based entirely on how I want you to see things with little or no regard for historical fact. I acknowledge the inherent hypocrisy of using click-bait to reach out to you to stop accepting every super-liberal post you read that is little more than self-aggrandizement, but honestly, would you have read it?  

  1. This is a real phenomenon. See here, here, here and here.

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Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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21 thoughts on “John Wesley was Gay – You won’t believe what happens next! #UMC #UMCschism

  1. However, it is quite obvious that John Wesley had low-T.
    And yes, I am more impacted by TV commercials. But facts are facts.

  2. I will be blunt here once more: Let’s say that all the “gay” claims about everyone of our heroes is true. Then I ask for a definition of gay: Is it an effeminate male, with somewhat feminine mannerisms, who does prefer the company of other men, or is gay defined by a preference, desire and uncontrollable urge for a particular sexual act performed in two different parts of one’s body by or in a person of the same sex? Even if the absurdity of gay claims, which are tantamount to slander, against the old “heroes” of faith (some not mine heroes) used by people who want to impose the gay lifestyle in the church regardless of everything else has been taught in the Bible, as I and many believe, I would like evidence of “what kind of gay” these men were? Did they practice gay sexual acts? I do not repute an effeminate boy, man, raised by his mother, who never learned the ways of a man (I know some that can’t even urinate standing up!) as a gay person… However, again, what is being gay? Before we decide in any denominations to take decisions upon this broad definition of gay ascribed to any man, we need to know what he does after 10 pm with whom and using what part of his or the other person’s body! To me that’s the cut out… that’s when I part ways because it is clear in the Bible that this is sin and I will take the Bible’s, as it is, opinion any day of the week and certainly twice on Sunday, rather than begin to reinterpret it and spend time in researching how wrong it is or what new meaning I can attribute to certain texts… I can do all that without being aggressive, discriminatory, or even “phobic” but I can and am called to say that those who practice these things, in a “monogamous” relationship or not are under sin and that the continuance of such acts is lack or repentance which disqualifies anyone from being a Christian. After all the Bible says that even repentance is given by God, so if God does not grant them repentance… well… of course many here disagree with Calvinistic teaching about God’s election. Now you can hate me with reason!

  3. I did, I just wanted to take the opportunity to pretend what I would have answered if I were one of those who believe the “gay” claims that are, in my humble opinion, going now beyond the realm of clickbait… Recently I read an article published in Dr. Jim West blog where some serious people were ascribing “gayishness” to a German Nazi opposing man… mentioned in the post above. In studying Calvin I also read of some of his contemporaries claiming, not only that he was gay, but also that in his youth he practiced the act… So, this is indeed beyond clickbait now… It is more like a “trial balloon” or even an extra “push on the envelop” to see how far these claims can go… But then again, I am paranoid born from a pair annoyed.

  4. But Milton, “which disqualifies anyone from being a Christian”…but only faith is required. I am unrepentant from liking beer. And drinking beer. Is it you, or I, that are told by the bible to determine who Christians are, or are not?

  5. yes… an unrepentant person is unrepentant because he has no faith… thus he does not have the requirement. Good doctrine teaches that we believe because we are regenerated and not the contrary. Beer? A Calvinist with Lutheran tendencies as I do will tell you that there is beer in heaven… and wine – not the Welch stuff! ;)

  6. Milton, “an unrepentant person is unrepentant because he has no faith”…not true. An unrepentant person can have faith. Just that, as the old proverb says, “shit happens”.

  7. That will teach people to read a post before they share or comment ;)

    I got several rants on my most recent blog post from people accusing me of saying things that were, in fact, the exact opposite of what I said. All because they stopped reading after the first sentence. Only copying and pasting my actual words stopped the vitriolic language, because it was the first time they had actually read what I wrote. We should be more discerning than this.

    Oh, and I agree…let’s stop with the “click bait” already. Sensationalist headlines make me sick.

  8. I should know better than to question a good Calvinist! After all, he also believes 1 Cor 2:15 about himself, “But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, and he himself is judged of no man.” :-)

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