DL Foster, not surprisingly, has a problem with the Metropolitan Community Church. Anything that involves gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people who dare think of themselves as Christian, and Foster is there trying to bar the door to the church. After all, gays and lesbians can’t be Christian, can they (any more than divorced people, people who lie, people who murder, people who steal and so on–but Foster is only concerned with gay people, being an ex-gay himself).
On the 27th he was going on and on about the offshoot of the MCC and the reasons why it broke off form the MCC. Since I can’t find anything that backs up what Foster has to say about this new offshoot, I’m not going to deal with it (besides, I couldn’t find evidence it the By-laws of the MCC for allowing a church that did not accept Christ).
However, since anyone can read the MCC’s Statement of Faith, it is clear that the MCC does believe in Jesus. Here is their Statement:
This is the simple declaration of what MCC believes, as stated in our By-Laws, and accepted by our General Conference:
"Christianity is the revelation of God in Jesus Christ and is the religion set forth in the scriptures. Jesus Christ is foretold in the Old Testament, presented in the New Testament, and proclaimed by the Christian Church in every age and in every land.
Founded in the interest of offering a church home to all who confess and believe, Metropolitan Community Churches moves in the mainstream of Christianity.
Our faith is based upon the principles outlined in the historic creeds: Apostles and Nicene.
-In one triune God, omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient, of one substance and of three persons: God – our Parent-Creator; Jesus Christ the only begotten son of God, God in flesh, human; and the Holy Spirit – God as our Sustainer.
-That the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God, showing forth God to every person through the law and the prophets, and finally, completely and ultimately on earth in the being of Jesus Christ.
-That Jesus…the Christ…historically recorded as living some 2,000 years before this writing, is God incarnate, of human birth, fully God and fully human, and that by being one with God, Jesus has demonstrated once and forever that all people are likewise Children of God, being spiritually made in God’s image.
-That the Holy Spirit is God making known God’s love and interest to all people. The Holy Spirit is God, available to and working through all who are willing to place their welfare in God’s keeping.
-Every person is justified by grace to God through faith in Jesus Christ.
That sounds pretty Christian to me!
Foster also has a problem with their core values. He has this to say (I’ve removed the links):
Considered the crown jewel of the gay christian movement, the MCC (see profile here) actually does not value Jesus at all. Its core values reflect social/secular activism much more than Christian evangelism. Jesus (many versions available) seems only to be utilized when it comes to defense of the “red letter love” principle.
Let’s look at these core values of the MCC:
MCC Core Values
Love is our greatest moral value and resisting exclusion is a primary focus of our ministry. We want to continue to be the conduits of a faith where everyone is included in the family of God, and where all parts of our being are welcomed at God’s table.
Offering a safe and open community for people to worship, learn and grow in their faith is our deep desire. We are committed to equipping ourselves and each other to do the work that God has called us to do in the world.
Providing a message of liberation from the oppressive religious environment of our day or to those experiencing God for the first time is what guides our ministry. We believe that when people are invited to experience God through the life and ministry of Christ, lives will be transformed.
Working to talk less and do more, we are committed to resisting the structures that oppress people and standing with to those who suffer under the weight of oppressive systems, being guided always by our commitment to Global Human Rights.
I don’t think Foster actually read these, or he doesn’t understand what evangelism is. The MCC core values mention ‘ministry.’ He claims they don’t value Jesus at all, but yet they mention Christ (who is Jesus, by the way) and how important his life and ministry is to them.
Reading these I can see why DL Foster is having such a problem with them–love, everyone included, family of God, welcomed at God’s table, safe and open community, do the work that God has called, providing a message of liberation from the oppressive religious environment (he must really hate that one!), working to talk less and do more (no, maybe he hates that one even more than the last one), resisting the structures that oppress people. Yep, none of these values are really part of Foster’s life and work. He represents the opposite of these and that is why he is so against them.