A blog post by Carrie Surbaugh (seen above) entitled “An Open Letter to My Parents’ Pastor” has gone viral in leftist circles, and, as the title suggests, it is essentially a rant aimed at Bill Killough, the new senior pastor of Alliance United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, Texas (Source). The grievance being that Killough had delivered a sermon in which he called out the sin of homosexuality and allegedly said that people’s feelings over the matter are irrelevant. While Ms. Surbaugh was not in attendance, her parents were and apparently took great offense because their daughter is a lesbian, having first “come out” as bisexual in 2016 because she “couldn’t come to the table to receive Christ’s body and blood as anyone other than [her]self” (Source). The gist of Ms. Surbaugh’s rant is that her parents, Greg and Kathy Surbaugh, are amazing people who give so much to the church yet were reduced to tears by their pastor preaching what the Bible says. In other words, the feelings of “LGBTQ” people and their families should come before the Bible, and she concluded her rant by listing statistics about homeless “LGBTQ” youth, suicide rates, and such to conclude that the Bible’s “theology literally kills people.” This is particularly interesting considering that Ms. Surbaugh had already issued a “Dear John letter” to the United Methodist Church earlier in the year because the Rio Texas Conference of the UMC would not ordain her as an “out” lesbian (Source). Indeed, she now lists herself on social media as a “youth pastor” with the Episcopal Service Corps in Seattle, Washington.
Ms. Surbaugh is a “youth pastor” and seemingly still seeks to be “ordained,” but for what purpose? In her now viral post, she clearly shows that she cares little for sound theology, and she instead puts the focus entirely on how she and people like her feel about their sins. Since they embrace their sinful ways and actually build an entire identity around them, she thinks it is wrong and against God’s will for their sins to be called out in church. Indeed, she uses her blog to suggest that “all are welcome at the Lord’s table,” meaning their sins are irrelevant, going so far as to say she has to be openly and unabashedly homosexual to receive Christ’s body and blood. All of this is, of course, heretical to say the least as homosexuality is expressly condemned as unnatural (Leviticus 20:13, Romans 1:26-27) as is cross-dressing (Deuteronomy 22:5), which Ms. Surbaugh also defends. She clearly does not care to spread the Lord’s Word, but she is more than happy to spread justifications for sin while she and others like her tell themselves that they know better than the Bible and 2,000 years of clergy. After all, as she said, “theology literally kills people” by condemning their sins. Never mind that Christians are expressly told that correcting sins in others saves their souls (James 5:19-20). Feelings trump God in the mind of Ms. Surbaugh and those like her. In fact, she said in the comments section that she thinks “that all theology is driven by our worldview, including how we interpret scripture.”
Perhaps even more disturbing than Ms. Surbaugh’s blatant and self-serving heresy is the fact that other supposed Christian pastors are flocking to support her. For example, Lauren Robinson, a Presbyterian seminarian (Source), said, “I think we always pick and choose what we adhere to from the Bible and what we do not. Always. So I choose to believe that Love is Love!” Another, Valerie Ohle, a UMC youth coordinator (Source), declared that she is “aspiring to be the kind of pastor that never allows this to happen on her watch and that teaches her congregation what open hearts, open doors, open minds really means and requires.” Brittany Rusk, a coordinator with Greater New Jersey UMC (Source), said, “Preaching Hate is never okay” and that she has preached “about black lives,” “that Jesus tells us to welcome refugees,” and that “ALL LOVE should be welcome in the church.” Ada Williams, Minister of Social Justice & Civic Engagement with an African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baltimore (Source), said that “the community of love and faith and compassion and true acceptance—is wide.” On and on the comments go, but the “female pastors” are united in their message of feelings and acceptance being more important than God’s will being done.
This brings us to a relevant passage from the Bible, 1 Timothy 2:11-14:
Let the woman learn in silence, with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to use authority over the man: but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed; then Eve. And Adam was not seduced; but the woman being seduced, was in the transgression.
This is one of the most hated passages in the New Testament as far as modernists are concerned because it expressly goes against the very notion of female ordination, and we can see why St. Paul took such a position when we look at the liberalization of churches that have embraced the heresy of female clergy. Ms. Surbaugh wallows in her sin by declaring that it is not even a sin, but she is somehow entrusted to serve as a pastor for children and may one day be “ordained” in the Episcopal Church. No shortage of other women in similar positions within several different Protestant denominations have voiced their support for her and other wanton sinners. There simply is no concept of right and wrong, moral and immoral, for these women, and their “religion of feelings” has shown itself to be a cancer everywhere it has been embraced. Indeed, this topic has been covered twice before, showing that denominations that embrace female ordination inevitably liberalize and begin losing the truly faithful membership (Feminism and Female Ordination: A Gateway to the Church’s Destruction; Why the Episcopal Church is Dying). St. Paul was right when he condemned the idea of women teaching in the Church, and, as Matthew 7:15-20 tells us, we shall know the false prophets by the fruits of their efforts. It seems painfully obvious that the fruit of female ordination is degeneracy and hedonism not only being tolerated but actively embraced in the name of never hurting anyone’s feelings.