Jimmy Carter: Jesus ‘Would Approve of Gay Marriage’ and Some Abortions, Too

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I wrote this up both as a news story and as a blog. Below are both versions of the story:

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 8, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – WWJD – What Would Jesus Do? – became a national catchphrase, inviting people to model their lives after Christ. Former President Jimmy Carter thinks he knows how the Nazarene would approach two hot-button issues of today.

“I believe Jesus would approve of gay marriage,” Carter said this week in an interview with HuffPost Live.

And he believes Jesus would approve abortion in the cases of rape and incest.

Carter told interviewer Marc Lamont Hill, “I never have run across any really serious conflicts between my political obligations and my religious faith.”

When Hill asked if Jesus Christ would support redefining marriage, Carter replied, “I believe Jesus would. I don’t have any verse in Scripture.”

“I believe Jesus would approve gay marriage, but that’s just my own personal belief,” the 39th president said.

“I think Jesus would encourage any sort of love affair that was honest and sincere, and was not damaging to anyone else,” he added. “And I don’t think that gay marriage damages anyone else.”

However, he said that he felt some conflict enforcing the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions effectively legalizing abortion-on-demand throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

“I have had a problem with abortion, and this has been a long time problem of mine,” he said.

“I have had a hard time believing that Jesus, for instance, would approve abortion – unless it was because of rape or incest or if the mother’s life was in danger.”

“So, I’ve had that struggle,” he said, “but that’s been the only caveat.”

While the Christian tradition considers it licit, though tragic, should an unborn child die as an unintended consequence of trying to save a woman’s life, it has rejected direct abortion from the very beginning.

Some who support abortion have pointed to such exceptions as a means of undermining the pro-life argument. “No one would argue that a mother can kill the child she just bore because it was conceived through rape or incest,” wrote Disciples of Christ Minister Rick Lowery, Ph.D., on The Huffington Post. “If we really think a recently fertilized egg is morally and legally exactly the same as a child recently born, how can we possibly allow these exceptions for abortion?”

Pundits dismissed Carter’s claim that Jesus would support Carter’s views on same-sex unions just because “he’s got a good feeling about it.” At HotAir.com, AllahPundit wrote that Carter’s political views changed his theology, rather than vice-versa. “If you support [same-sex ‘marriage’ and] you think the practice is moral (I should hope), and if you’re a Christian who believes something is moral, almost by definition you need to believe Jesus thinks so, too.”

Carter is not alone in asserting that Jesus would support redefining marriage.

In light of the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision, the Episcopal Church voted to authorize same-sex “marriages”.

The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., also celebrated redefining marriage with a program on June 30 entitled “Honoring the Road of Love and Justice.”

However, many denominations – including the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Southern Baptist churches – have issued statements reinforcing the Christian religion’s affirmation of the natural family.

Carter endorsed same-sex “marriage” in 2012, while promoting his study Bible. Last year, he said states should have the right to opt-out of granting or recognizing same-sex “marriages,” a right the Supreme Court denied in its Obergefell decision. However, in 2013, Carter told CNN that redefining marriage “should be a right nationwide. … It’s coming.”

He has also said that, since the United States has elected its first African-American president, it is time for the country to elect its first openly homosexual president.

The blog:

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 8, 2015 (TheRightsWriter.com) – He was considered the nation’s most religious president – which proves sometimes people are right to mistrust religion. Jimmy Carter said this week, “I believe Jesus would approve of gay marriage.”

He added that Jesus would not approve of abortion “unless it was because of rape or incest or if the mother’s life was in danger.”

“I think Jesus would encourage any sort of love affair that was honest and sincere, and was not damaging to anyone else. And I don’t think that gay marriage damages anyone else,” he said.

Carter admitted “I don’t have any verse in Scripture” to support the view during an interview with Marc Lamont Hill (a radical leftist who admires cop-killers) on HuffPost Live. “That’s just my own personal belief.”

But his open-mindedness has its limits. “The only thing I would draw a line on, I wouldn’t be in favor of the government being able to force a local church congregation to perform gay marriages if they didn’t want to,” he said.

The line was familiar. In 2012, Carter announced that he supported same-sex “marriage” just after he published his own study Bible, the NIV Lessons from Life Bible: Personal Reflections with Jimmy Carter. He said at the time in a separate interview with The Huffington Post that he drew the line “maybe arbitrarily” at preventing the government from forcing its way into the sanctuary.

He added that “there is some fallibility in the writings of the Bible,” because it was “written down by human beings deprived of modern day knowledge.”

Apostasy has been one of Carter’s long-term interests. He and Bill Clinton helped found and promote the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in hopes of creating an “inclusive” alternative to the Southern Baptist Convention, though it has never come close to rivaling the SBC.

In the more recent HuffPo interview, Carter boasts that he still teaches Sunday School every Sunday that he is home in Plains, Georgia. (Note to Jimmy: Next week, lead a study on James 3:1).

Jimmy Carter doesn’t understand the Bible any better than he understands the U.S. government or foreign relations. Unfortunately, this particular error carries an infinitely higher penalty.