Eugene Peterson Backtracks on Pro-Homosexual Statement

A few days after telling Religion News journalist Jonathan Merritt in a phone interview that he would consider performing a same-sex “wedding,” The Message Bible creator Eugene Peterson retracted his pro-homosexual statements after skepticism and concern from the Christian community, including LifeWay Christian Stores, which carries Peterson’s books.

Though Peterson restates his belief in one-man, one-woman marriage and reaffirms a “biblical view of everything,” some still question the retired pastor and author’s retraction. “It is possible that Peterson felt he had been placed on the spot and offered an answer that doesn’t reflect his true conviction,” Merritt explained. “But it is also important to note that in the week prior to the publication of his answers, there was no attempt to clarify or change his answer to these questions.”

Whether or not Peterson is sincere, Dr. Michael Brown evaluates the author’s best-known work. After providing an overview of key Scripture passages concerning homosexuality in The Message paraphrase, Dr. Brown suggests Christians use caution when quoting from this version of the Bible. “[A]s a very free paraphrase, it is sometimes powerful and brilliant while at other times it is seriously off target,” he says.

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