A good friend of mine, an ordained minister and sort of "general" leader in his denomination posted this on his FB page in response to some discussion (actually questions from someone from within his denomination) re. his support of homosexual marriage:
I see no clear teaching in Scripture regarding homosexuality. Deuteronomy? Pick and choose which 'law' one wishes to emphasize. Most are blatantly ignored by all, even the most fundamental religionists. New Testament - nothing too specific unless you want to stretch Paul a bit. I don't quite side with John Shelby Spong's assessment of Paul, but I do think he protesteth too much in a number of areas, once one figures out which of the letters are likely truly Pauline. You are having difficulty accepting that I don't see Scripture as a bunch of threats, rules and facts. I find the truth in the book, but not necessarily factual accounts. It's hard for me to embrace a 'magical' God or even a supernatural Jesus. I appreciate Dr. martin Luther King's phrase regarding Jesus. He called him extremely God conscious - and to that I say YES! Once again, I am comfortable with you embracing your beliefs and understanding but don't expect me to embrace them, too.
Is this the "new" Christianity?
And, if it is, what do we have to offer that is of any real help to seekers and what would be some possible reasons such a Christian has any compulsion to share this "good news" or to sacrifice for its distribution? Having recently lived for 2.5 years in a "new age" community, I find that his description fits nearly perfectly with new age generalities.