Brian G. Murphy, a gay Christian activist who is also co-founder of theology website Queer Theology, claimed Tuesday that Jesus is polyamorous and it is a biblical relationship model that Christians can pursue.
"I'm a Christian and I'm polyamorous. I'm also kind of a slut. The reclaimed empowering kind of a slut -like Jesus," Murphy declares in a new video while adding that Jesus' polyamory goes beyond the "personal relationship idea."
The Queer Theology co-founder who grew up evangelical Christian in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC, said he made the video to help other Christians come out as polyamorous to their church or help them accept that "marriage can be polyamorous."
"Jesus is polyamorous. We know this already if we don't think about it or put it in those terms. If you're one of those Christians who believe in having a personal relationship with Jesus, well Jesus is having personal relationships with billions of other people. He's kind of a relationship slut," Murphy argues.
He then points to Ephesians for what he claims is evidence supporting his theology.
"In Ephesians 5, Paul specifically uses the word 'marriage' to refer to Jesus' relationship with us. Repeatedly, Paul reminds us that Jesus gave himself for us. Us. The church, which Paul describes as the whole body of believers. In this marriage, Jesus isn't married to one person. He's married to the entire body of believers. Jesus is in a pan-sexual, polyamorous relationship with us. And so of course Christians can be polyamorous. It's a biblical model of relationships," he continued.
Murphy then says that relationships people have with God can be a model for their romantic and sexual relationships as well.
"We already recognize that God's love for us, isn't diminished by God's love for others and that each of us can have a unique transcendent relationship with the divine .... You know how you feel when something good happens to someone you care about? When your friend, child, neighbor, co-worker connects with the divine? That's how I feel when my partners date or meet someone new or are just head over heels for someone else. How beautiful, how majestic that they get to have more love in their life?" he said. "And how exciting that someone else gets to experience the amazingness of my partner."
CompellingTruth.org, an outreach effort by a group of trained Christian experts at Got Questions Ministries, argues that polyamory is unable to fulfill what the Bible requires of intimate Christian relationships found in marriage.
"Aside from the biblical declarations that they are sin, polyamorous relationships cannot fulfill what the Bible says a marriage is to be. A married couple cannot be 'one flesh' (Genesis 2:24) if multiple 'fleshes' are involved. A married couple cannot fully love one another if that love is divided among other people. There cannot be true intimacy if what is supposed to be intimate is shared with others. Polyamory is not marriage. In no sense is a marriage supposed to be open to sexual activity outside of the marriage," the experts wrote.
"Polyamory is, in reality, 'poly-lust-ory.' There is nothing loving about it. This perversion of marriage is confirmation that 'every intention of the thoughts of our hearts is only evil continually,' and that, without God, 'everyone does what is right in his own eyes' (see Genesis 6:5 and Judges 21:25)," the site added.
The promotion of polyamory among liberal Christian groups is not new. Earlier this year, Shane Claiborne and the group Red Letter Christians spearheaded what was called "The Lynchburg Revival."
Chelsen Vicari, author of Distortion: How the New Christian Left is Twisting the Gospel and Damaging the Faith, who also serves as evangelical program director at the Institute on Religion & Democracy in Washington, D.C., told The Christian Post that there were reports of attendees expressing their support for polyamory.
"If I was a young Christian still in college, even at Liberty University, I would have left very confused on what a revival looks like," Vicari, said of the event.