Christian seminary president doesn’t believe in Resurrection, Virgin Birth, Heaven or miracles

Revelation 1:17-18

“I am the first and the last, the one who lives.
Once I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever.”

Union Theological Seminary (UTS) in New York City is the oldest independent seminary “in the Christian tradition”. Founded in 1836 by members of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A, the non-denominational UTS has an endowment of $108 million and is a bastion of “progressive Christianity” and the birthplace of Black theology, womanist theology, and other theological movements. (Wikipedia)

Although UTS’s founding constitution stated the seminary’s goal was to “promote” the “Kingdom of Christ”, and professors were required to affirm they believed “the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the word of God” and the “only infallible rule of faith and practice,” today’s UTS is more about “progressive” ideology than religion, which is made clear in its “About” page:

Today, the Seminary lives out this formative call to service by training people of all faiths and none who are called to the work of social justice in the world. With roots that are firmly planted in the Protestant tradition, Union actively reforms itself in response to the changing needs of the world and an evolving understanding of what it means to be faithful.

Even worse, the president of Theological Seminary (and its Johnston Family Professor for Religion and Democracy), Serene Jones, 59, formerly the Titus Street Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School and chair of Gender, Woman, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University, doesn’t even believe in the fundamental tenets of Christianity.

Michael Foust reports for Christian Headlines, April 25, 2019, that in an interview with Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times for an article published Easter weekend, Serene Jones rejects these fundamental beliefs of Christianity:

(1) The Resurrection

Jones, the president of a Christian seminary, does not believe in the literal bodily resurrection of Christ. She said: “When you look in the Gospels, the stories are all over the place. There’s no resurrection story in Mark, just an empty tomb. Those who claim to know whether or not it happened are kidding themselves…. Crucifixion is not something that God is orchestrating from upstairs. The pervasive idea of an abusive God-father who sends his own kid to the cross so God could forgive people is nuts. For me, the cross is an enactment of our human hatred. But what happens on Easter is the triumph of love in the midst of suffering. Isn’t that reason for hope?”

(2) Miracles

Jones rejects the idea that God miraculously heals through prayer: “I don’t believe in a God who, because of prayer, would decide to cure your mother’s cancer but not cure the mother of your nonpraying neighbor. We can’t manipulate God like that.”

(3) Virgin Birth

Jones said: “I find the virgin birth a bizarre claim. It has nothing to do with Jesus’ message. The virgin birth only becomes important if you have a theology in which sexuality is considered sinful. It also promotes this notion that the pure, untouched female body is the best body, and that idea has led to centuries of oppressing women.”

(4) Heaven

Nor does Jones believe in Heaven, Hell or an afterlife, all of which implies she does not believe that humans have immoral souls. Asked what happens when people die, Jones responded, “I don’t know! There may be something, there may be nothing. My faith is not tied to some divine promise about the afterlife.”

(5) God

For that matter, it is doubtful whether Serene Jones even believes in the Christian understanding of God.

Asked how we can reconcile an “omnipotent, omniscient God” with evil and suffering, Jones responded: “At the heart of faith is mystery. God is beyond our knowing, not a being or an essence or an object. But I don’t worship an all-powerful, all-controlling omnipotent, omniscient being. That is a fabrication of Roman juridical theory and Greek mythology.”

Despite not believing in the fundamental tenets that make Christianity, Jones nevertheless calls herself Christian. When Kristof asked her if he can be considered a Christian though not believing in a virgin birth or resurrection, Jones answered, “Well, you sound an awful lot like me, and I’m a Christian minister.”

R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., said Jones rejects the “entire edifice of orthodox, biblical Christianity.” Mohler wrote:

“This is not Christianity. This is a new religion, a new god, formed in an image intended not to offend modern secular sensibilities. She has constructed a god from post-modern theology that in no way resembles the God of the Bible – the one true God…. [Jones denies] the reality of the resurrection, the necessity of the virgin birth, the attributes of God, the power of prayer, and the existence of heaven and hell. According to Jones, there is no cross on which Jesus died for sin, there is no Father who sent the Son to pay our ransom, there is no bodily resurrection of Christ from the dead as a sign and seal of God’s promises – indeed, she has denied everything that makes the gospel good news. She even denies that God is a ‘being’…. Why would anyone identify as a Christian minister and then deny the entire superstructure of Christian theology? What we see here is a hope to replace biblical Christianity with a new religion without anyone noticing.”

Below is my rebuttal to Serene Jones’ apostasy:

  1. On the Resurrection, see:
    1. Easter Sunday: The science of the miracle of the Resurrection
    2. Tomb of Christ in Church of Holy Sepulchre surrounded by electromagnetic field
    3. New evidence dates Shroud of Turin to time of Christ
    4. Yet more evidence dating Shroud of Turin to time of Christ 
  2. On Virgin Birth, see:
    1. Sunday Devotional: The child to be born will be the Son of God,” on DNA evidence of Virgin Birth.
  3. On miracles (defined as phenomena that are not explicable by natural or scientific laws), see:
    1. The Smell of Rain
    2. Drowning men saved by a force
    3. The Miracle of the Sinking SUV
    4. The mysterious voice calling for help
    5. We have no nurse named Benjamin
    6. 10-year-old boy sees Jesus figure in hospital; begins recovery
    7. The Stranger in the Snow
    8. Miracle of the Hotwater Bottle
    9. Painting of Archangel Michael weeps
    10. The Bat Cave Miracle
    11. Fallen into the hollow of a tree, 9 y.o. girl met Jesus and unborn sister
    12. Invoking the name of Jesus Christ repels demons/alien abduction
  4. On Heaven, Hell, the soul, and afterlife, see:
    1. The Physics of Heaven
    2. Marine’s near-death experience of Hell
    3. Physicists discover humans have souls
    4. Study by 32 scientists shows there’s consciousness after death
    5. Near death experiences prove we have a soul
    6. Proof of Soul’s Existence?
    7. Nurses who saw supernatural phenomena around dying patients

See also these confluences of science and the Bible:

~Eowyn

Better than Drudge Report. Check out Whatfinger News, the Internet’s conservative frontpage founded by ex-military

Please follow and like us:
error0
 

42
Leave a Reply

avatar
25 Comment authors
Zip-ped-d-dodaZip-ped-e-dodaDCGfrgoughPearl Recent comment authors
  Subscribe  
Notify of
Richard C Youghn
Guest
Richard C Youghn

This is the difference between genuine Christain theology, based upon Biblical teachings and it’s evil twin, Social Theology, based upon an entirely secular desire to place mankind as the creators of God. There’s no need for a Social Theologian to enter the church unless their purpose is to destroy the church internally. They have nothing in common with Biblical Theology.

William
Member
William

“..their purpose is to destroy the church internally.”

Social “Theology” in a nutshell

DCG
Admin

And the purpose of gender and sexuality “theologies” in a nutshell…

William
Member
William

“For me, the cross is an enactment of our human hatred.”

Our? You mean yours, your hatred of the message of the Gospels, of the ministry of Jesus, of God’s truth. Church attendance and affiliation with specific denominations has been declining not because people have less spiritual longing but because of postmodern swill like this being passed off as “religion”. “Serene” (seriously?) serves her master well

Auntie Lulu
Guest
Auntie Lulu

William . . . I think you are absolutely correct in your assessment of why church attendance is and has been declining. There is something wonderful and mysterious in how our Earth came about, and how it became populated by the Spirit Children of God the Eternal Father, and about why Jesus Christ loved us so much that he willingly gave up His life as a sacrifice to atone for our personal sins. If people are told that all this is just nonsense–then of course they will turn away from these teachings.

Hawkmoon
Guest
Hawkmoon

Many Christians do not even know that the modern day Pharisees of Masonic Zionism, “joos” do not accept the existence of the Christ.
That’s why there is a group called “Jews For Jesus”.

Auntie Lulu
Guest
Auntie Lulu

It is easy for me to understand why the Jews specifically deny the Godship of Jesus Christ . . . . why would you want to have to accept the fact that your tribe was responsible for the horrific acts leading up to and including the crucifixion. I am sure that it is much easier to believe that Christ was just some Joe Some.

Lana
Guest
Lana

Everybody is in on the perversion action. When Bill Reilly published his book ” Killing Jesus” he claimed that the Romans killed Jesus. Must have been a Jewish publisher what didn’t like all that inconvenient stuff in the gospel of John.

Hawkmoon
Guest
Hawkmoon

Almost as bad as the Orwellian Newspeak of “Judeo-Christianity”. How about “Judeo-Islam” which is much closer to the truth. Both Lunar religions with (K)osher dietary restrictions which translates into horrific bleed outs of animals to kill them.
Every notice how the Jooish lobby or people never speak out against the Islamic Lobby from CAIR & AACL?
Historian Eustace Mullins used to say that “Jews hate Muslims in Israel, but love them in Western Christian nations where they are allies against the Christians”

frgough
Guest
frgough

Um, Reilly is right. The Jewish leaders and the mob called for Jesus’ death and pressured Pilate, but only the Romans had the power to actually perform the execution. Which is why the charge they brought before Pilate was for sedition, and not blasphemy. In the end, it was Pilate who made the decision to crucify Jesus.

Auntie Lulu
Guest
Auntie Lulu

This particular woman who heads this seminary has no business holding such a position. She damages the spirits and intellect of those individuals over whom she has authority.

Lana
Guest
Lana

I agree Auntie. As I read more and more deeply the books of into Orthodox Christianity I am stunned by how much even I didn’t know- that most people don’t know.

TrailDust
Admin

In 1972, when I became an adult believer, we were warned about such theologians. Still true.

LoriQ
Guest
LoriQ

I believe the late David Wilkerson prophesied about such things back in 1973! God used these faithful servants to start ringing the bell…

Lana
Guest
Lana

I was going to say, what’s the point of this woman even becoming a minister, but I guess the details of what she believes answer that question. She is obviously a lunatic SJW commie would wants to remake Jesus an his teachings in her own image- – or most likely Karl Marx’s image. I am so sick of these types who have the audacity to think it’s their right to change what others have held sacred for 2000 years. Why don’t they just go away and become a Buddhist?

William
Member
William

Or just be honest about it and join the Temple of Satan. On the other hand Buddhism would be a kind of harm reduction. She could just spend the balance of her pointless life meditating and we wouldn’t have to listen to her spewing this PoMo/Bolshevik bilge

Auntie Lulu
Guest
Auntie Lulu

Lana . . . You certainly hit the bullseye. Just as you have indicated this “lunatic SJW commie” fits the bill very nicely to carry out one of the tenants of Communism . . . . and that is to break the hold that Christianity has over God fearing people. It is only when this can be accomplished that people are willing to turn to Communism. Just look at our young people, many of them would willingly live under “Socialism.” (which is really the code word used by the Communists.)

kdwain
Guest
kdwain

CALL NO HUMANKIND REVERAND

DavidW
Guest
DavidW

Presbyterian, why am I not surprised (and I was raised as a Presbyterian).

Jackie Puppet
Member

Makes ya wonder just HOW she got that position…

joe ulman
Guest
joe ulman

“At the heart of faith is mystery….Wrong!….The heart of faith is the entrance into the Kingdom.
” God is beyond our knowing.”….Wrong!….God is Spirit, therefore we understand in Spirit.
” I’m a Christian minister.”….Wrong!….She is a servant of Satan.

pfwag
Guest
pfwag

The Presbyterian Church went to hell a long time ago.

Sunny
Guest
Sunny

Satan at his finest isn’t it, not! What a repulsive manipulative demon he truly is. ..

Well, this lady better get right with God ( we all need to) as astrologically speaking, HELL FIRE is coming in the sky. The “cleansing” or the beginning of what we all know needs to happen before our Glorious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Yeshua returns.

Folks hellfire is here…. coming to a home near you, January 2020. Saturn conjunct Pluto and Ketu ( south node of the moon) in Capricorn which rules governments …….brace for impact!

Lophatt
Member
Lophatt

This is just another example of why I say that nothing good comes from a divided Church. What she is describing is a political agenda, not religious dogma. But, because there is no check on orthodoxy with these sects, you get this. Having said that, we have Francis. I don’t like him. It is recognized that he is heretical besides being responsible for the preservation of orthodoxy. I do not believe that he will succeed in twisting the Church to his New Odor agenda. I know two female ministers with much the same rhetoric/agenda. One is Methodist and the other… Read more »

William
Member
William

I have not attended church regularly for decades. I would very much like to be part of a congregation but I became disillusioned with the Catholic Church for reasons that I no longer even remember. The Protestant denominations around here are as you say all politics, especially LGBTQ issues (?) and the plight of the “refugees”. No thank you. There is one RC church here that was founded by Polish immigrants in 1902. It is a beautiful church and at Easter and Christmas it is breathtaking. The Bishop of the Springfield diocese decided to close it and sell it in… Read more »

Lana
Guest
Lana

For what it’s worth, I converted to Catholicism when I married my husband, though not just because he was Catholic. I was attracted to it from the time I was a kid thinking about becoming a nun( don’t laugh) while I was raised Presbyterian. Long story short I became dissillusioned too, for reasons I can explain, but won’t go into. You might look into the Orthodox Church which is where I go now, though they are definitely harder to find and generally affiliated , but not always, with Greek, Russian, Syrian etc. There are American Orthodox Churches. It is as… Read more »

Kenneth Isgrigg
Guest
Kenneth Isgrigg

I am prompted to ask why she is leading a seminary? Why not just work at McDonalds? They dark answer is that she wants to put this drivel into young minds. The SJW, LGBTQ and Feminist agendas are destroying everything they touch. Any church that embraces this crap is doomed.

Neddy Seagoon
Guest
Neddy Seagoon

Perhaps the good genitalman would find greener pastures sharing his ideas with the hungry minds of jihadi’s??

LoriQ
Guest
LoriQ

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Matthew 7:15

DJG
Guest
DJG

Then Jones believes the apostles were all liars. She has no grounds for this whatsoever.

frgough
Guest
frgough

She probably adheres to the stupid theory that all the gospels were copied from some mysterious Q manuscript, and then added embellishments to “deify” a certain charismatic Rabbi from Nazareth.

Steven Broiles
Member

“Serene” Jones is an absolute intellectual maniac, and her statements show a thinking process of what happens to someone who has been intellectually deconstructed. We must pray for her. But by the same token, her totally ass-backwards thinking is the same kind of thinking and belief exhibited by the criminal impostor Francis, the anti-Pope who has hijacked the Catholic Church. Imagine a teacher who doesn’t teach. Imagine a plumber that does not unclog toilets. Or an electrician who does not fix your circuit breaker box, a cab driver who doesn’t take you to your intended destination—I could go down the… Read more »

Anonymous
Guest
Anonymous

She’s a Cultural Marxist, whether she thinks so or not. Commie.

Robh
Guest
Robh

I would strongly suggest you not stand to close too this heretic. The lightning bolt will be huge!!

Pearl
Guest
Pearl

Why are all the Christian institutions, including the Catholic Church, infiltrated by the most virulent anti Christians? How is it possible that there are no procedures in place to disqualify such heathens from holding office in Christian organizations?

Zip-ped-e-doda
Guest
Zip-ped-e-doda

Pearl, because Dr. Bella Dodd, a former high ranking official and attorney for the American Communist Party exposed in her book, “School of Darkness” (1954) revealed that Communism was perpetrated by financiers “to control the common man” and to advance world tyranny. She also testified before the US House Un-American Activities Committee and said: “In the 1930s we put eleven hundred men into the priesthood in order to destroy the Church from within.”
Click “show more” when link opens and read https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37HgRWTsGs0

Zip-ped-d-doda
Guest
Zip-ped-d-doda

Thousands of Christians have been murdered throughout Europe and Mid East, and Pope Frankie the Fake has been silent. Pope Benedict XVI, in his address at Regensburg, said what no Pope had ever dared to say before — that there is a specific link between violence and Islam. A worthwhile read dated February 3, 2019. https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/13582/pope-silence-persecution-christians

Zip-ped-d-doda
Guest
Zip-ped-d-doda

Dr. Bill Warner has read in depth and published all the books on political Islam and his interviews and talks cut through all the misinformation we’ve been told. Here’s a 4 minute intro https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXpX2OJhS2w I encourage you to set aside 44 minutes to watch: Why We Are Afraid, a 1400 Year Secret – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_Qpy0mXg8Y When the grey map is presented early in Warner’s talk, note the connection with the Great Library of Alexandria fire in Egypt to Turkey where maps and scrolls were found 1929 in Constantinople. The Piri Reis Map drawn by Turkish Adm. Reis showed Antarctica ice free.… Read more »