George Bloomer, JET, heaven and homosexuals
Via EX Times, we learn that Bishop George Bloomer aka “the general of warfare” is the latest church leader to play footloose with the homosexual in heaven question. The North Carolina based Bloomer was interviewed in the May 3rd edition of JET Magazine and was asked if homosexuals were going to heaven.
He did not give a clear cut answer instead he beat around the bush. Here are a few points of what Bishop George Bloomer had to say:
“I lost a brother to AIDS. I have family members in the gay lifestyle and it broke my heart when they left the church because they thought the church was too judgmental. I had been judgmental too, preaching that gays would all burn in hell.”
If we believe anything about what the Good Book says about heaven, it’s a holy and happy place that NONE of us really deserves. No matter how you classify yourself, you had better depend on God’s mercy instead of your inherent goodness.”
At the end he says: “I’m not going to tell you gays will go to heaven-I’ll leave that assessment to you.
Bloomer also told JET that “sexual orientation” has nothing to do with missing heaven. Which I agree with.
“If we believe anything about what the good book says about heaven, it’s a happy place that NONE of us really deserves. No matter how you classify yourself, you had better depend on God’s mercy instead of your inherent goodness.” Is homosexuality an unforgivable sin? No. The only unforgivable transgression is to smugly refuse to bow down before your Creator. That arrogance certainly isn’t limited to any particular sexual orientation, nor to any particular kind of sin.”
If you remember, Bloomer was one of the featured preachers assembled by the Lexi show to refute Carlton Pearson’s inclusion heresy. But what’s really happening with these so-called leaders? Are they afraid of the gay churchers and supporters behind the scenes of these TV preachers?
Bloomer seems to indicate that since he was judgmental in saying that “all gays will burn in hell”, his solution is to be ambiguous about whether or not all gays will go to heaven. But instead, his theological pendulum has swung to the opposite end. Neither position represents the biblical stand.
If you remember, Bishop TD Jakes gave almost the exact same response four years ago in a NPR interview where he declined to say if homosexuals (the practicing, nonrepentant type) were going to heaven. In October 2007, Rev. Creflo Dollar, another high profile mega preacher side stepped the issue when asked about it on Canadian television.
Is it really that hard of a question to accurately answer? If Bloomer and Jakes are so unsure, then are they really reading —or agreeing— with scripture which is sure?
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Cor 6:9-11 NIV
For a self proclaimed “general of warfare”, Bishop Bloomer left the troops high and dry on this one.