“It’s sad that people use religion and idolatry of the Bible to demoralize same-gender-loving people,” American Baptist College President Forrest Harris said in response to criticism involving the decision to allow a lesbian bishop to speak there, the Tennessean reports.
“When people say (the Bible) is synonymous with God and the truth,” he said. “We can’t be guided and dictated by a first-century world view.”
The decision by the Nashville college to schedule a married, lesbian bishop to speak at the school next week has enraged some conservative black preachers.
American Baptist College has defended its decision to invite Bishop Yvette Flunder to speak at the annual Garnett Nabrit Lecture Series at the school March 15-18.
The National Baptist Fellowship of Concerned Pastors, also affiliated with the National Baptist Convention, questioned Harris and the president of the National Baptist Convention.
“For a Baptist college president to invite a lesbian bishop legally married to a woman, to be a guest speaker and worship leader on a Baptist college campus is irresponsible, scandalous, non-biblical, and certainly displeasing to God,” the news release said.
(Forrest Harris is speaking heresy with his remarks about the Bible. You cannot call yourself a Christian if you do not believe the Bible is the infallible, inspired Word of God. It is God’s roadmap for the way we should live our lives. He is a living God and the Bible is still relevant in this age. I consider his words to be blasphemy as well.)