Southern Baptist pastor and theologian Al Mohler on Wednesday rebuked a United Methodist Church (UMC) congregation in Illinois for being led by a drag queen, and claimed the growing fissure in Protestantism over LGBT issues is turning into “two religions.”
During the Wednesday episode of his podcast “The Briefing,” Mohler, who is also president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, denounced Hope United Methodist Church in Bloomington, Illinois, for allowing Isaac Simmons to be in a position of church leadership and promoting him as a candidate for the ministry.
Simmons, who is an openly gay man, dresses up as a woman even during his sermons. Serving under two female pastors as the church’s project and remote learning coordinator, Simmons is pursuing candidacy for ordination within the UMC and has claimed that by coming out as gay, “he found a deep love for theological discussion and spiritual formation.”
Mohler described the church’s willingness to promote Simmons as a ministerial candidate as “an