Mega-Church Pastor Jim Swilley Comes Out to His Congregation

November 3rd, 2010

I haven’t listened to a sermon in almost a year, but this one was worth my time. The fact that this man has cultivated a congregation that can deal with this message is inspiring. After his ‘announcement’, he spends a lot of time cutting and pasting the bible to fit around his sexual orientation. He calls the bible inspired, but not inerrant. He mentions that he is a ‘Paulist’ and primarily preaches from the epistles, but that he has always thought that Paul was brilliant when it came to Jesus and stupid when it came to relationships. He does the classic ‘cherry picking’ that Christians do when it comes to the disagreeable things that are in the bible, casually discarding the anti-homosexual verses for a variety of reasons, while insisting that the rest of the bible is somehow valuable. So basically he is a man of modern faith and he is extremely likable for his authenticity and his willingness to be forthright with his congregation and push them to admit that sexuality is not something that a person can change or choose. I only hope that his confession will create a domino effect throughout the mega-churches in America.

Hey! A girl can dream can’t she?!?

Now we just need a mega-church pastor to admit to being a zealous evolutionist – and most of America’s problems with the religious right will be solved.

For more of Pastor Jim Swilley’s story – click here.

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Comments

  • Carol the long winded:

    If he’s saying the Bible isn’t inerrant, then why is there a problem with cherry picking? I love Aristotle, think his work on Ethics is amazing, but he was really stupid about bees and women. I cherry pick Aristotle, do the same with the Bible because the Bible, for me, is free of superstitious mumbo jumbo where every word was written by some not very nice guy in the sky.

  • Well, gosh, when your website could be for either Bishop Jim Swilley or Bishop Jim’s Willey, why should his coming out be such a surprise?

    • Rechelle:

      CilleyGirl – Har har har.

  • Christine from Canada:

    Have to admit: after about 10 minutes into it, I opened another window and just listened to this one.

  • Jimmy-boy:

    I was really moved there…I think the religion is still bull. But we all believe somethings that will turn out to be a pile of BS.

    If religion were accepting of different sexuality, and focused on a common moral base, etc, it might be just about acceptable!

    So – I’d like to say – what a brave guy. But I’m not sure really. It sounds like his missus left him (?) and the rumour mill was getting going so he had to do something to protect his livelihood.

    However, it’s still fantastic when a pastor does something like this: a whole bunch of people had their prejudices challenged. That’s got to be good! Nice post Rechelle.