Author of 'Message' Bible retracts homosexual comments
Logos Post News Desk - Eugene Peterson, author of the famous Message Bible, started a firestorm online this week when he told the Religion News Service (RNS) in essence that his views of homosexuality are changing, he would perform a gay or lesbian wedding, and he has met some gay and lesbian believers who seem to have as deep a spiritual life as himself.
Today though he clarified his off the cuff statements to RNS in a statement to The Washington Post stating he would like to retract those comments.
"With most interviews I've done, I generally ask for questions in advance and respond in writing. That's where I am most comfortable. When put on the spot by this particular interviewer, I said yes in the moment. But on further reflection and prayer, I would like to retract that."
Peterson did not expect his conversation with a reporter to turn into such a heated debate and he regrets the confusion this kind of interview had.
I regret the confusion and bombast that this interview has fostered. It has never been my intention to participate in the kind of lightless heat that such abstract, hypothetical comments and conversations generate. This is why, as I mentioned during this interview, I so prefer letters and will concentrate in this final season on personal correspondence over public statements.
Peterson clarified that he does believe marriage to be between one man and one woman, "To clarify, I affirm a biblical view of marriage: one man to one woman. I affirm a biblical view of everything."