By Dan Gilgoff and Eric Marrapodi, CNN
The White House announced a dozen appointments to its faith advisory council on Friday (in Feb), with the leader of the nation’s largest evangelical group and the head of the nation’s leading Christian denomination serving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people are both on the list.
National Association of Evangelicals President Leif (sic)[Leith] Anderson and Nancy Wilson, head of the Metropolitan Community Church – the nation’s largest denomination expressly serving LGBT [homosexual] Americans – are among the appointees to the panel, which was launched by President Barack Obama in 2009.
Excerpt from Faith Undone on Leith Anderson’s role in the emerging church:
In 1992, Leith Anderson (Doug Pagitt’s former pastor), currently the president of the National Association of Evangelicals, spoke of this new emerging 21st century church. His views eventually became set in stone as the emerging church has chosen experience over doctrine. Anderson reveals:
The old paradigm taught that if you had the right teaching, you will experience God. The new paradigm says that if you experience God, you will have the right teaching. This may be disturbing for many who assume propositional truth must always precede and dictate religious experience. That mindset is the product of systematic theology and has much to contribute … However, biblical theology looks to the Bible for a pattern of experience followed by proposition. The experience of the Exodus from Egypt preceded the recording of Exodus in the Bible. The experience of the crucifixion, the resurrection and Pentecost all predate the propositional declaration of those events in the New Testament. It is not so much that one is right and the other is wrong: it is more of a matter of the perspective one takes on God’s touch and God’s truth.
Anderson is saying that the Word of God is still being written, and today’s experiences can dictate what that Word is. (Faith Undone, p. 55,56)