If the secular media had their way the recent discover of a business card sized fragment of papyrus that supposedly has Jesus saying, “My Wife,” would finally be the end of all things Evangelical. You see, Evangelicals have this belief that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God and is thus an authoritative revelation on the life of Jesus and how God would have us order our lives. Those who have rejected God and instead have determined the governing authorities for their lives is no higher that their base bodily impulses and wanton desires would love to show Jesus was just a man like us. Fortunately, the old media is not the only media. Within minutes of the announced discovery of the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife, the old media’s celebration was met with new media mockery. Here are a few humorous examples:
Matt Kennedy, rector of Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd in Binghamton, NY (the church that had their property confiscated and sold to become an Islamic education center) noted on his Facebook,
“Finding a 4th century document referring to Jesus’ wife is like finding a 21st century document referring to George Washington’s gay lover…and should be treated with the same confidence.”
Twitter also lit up with a great hashtag #Jesuswifequotes
On a more serious note though, it is evident in the later epistles of John, Peter, and Jude, that the church was already encountering false teaching and were being warned against it. Furthermore, throughout the history of the Church there have always been those who seek to inject falseness for truth and claim unrighteousness for godliness. As Al Mohler noted on the affinity with heterodoxy that certain scholars promote,
“Several ambitions drive this effort. Feminists have sought to use the Nag Hammadi texts to argue that women have been sidelined by the orthodox tradition, and that these Gnostic texts prove that women were central to the leadership of the early church, perhaps even superior to the men. Others have used the Nag Hammadi texts to argue that Christianity was diverse movement marked by few doctrinal concerns until it was hijacked by political and ecclesiastical leaders, who constructed theological orthodoxy as a way of establishing churchly power in the Roman Empire and then stifling dissent. Still others argue that Christianity’s moral prohibitions concerning sexuality, and especially homosexuality, were part of this forced orthodoxy which, they argue, was not the essence of true Christianity. More than anything else, many have used the Nag Hammadi texts as leverage for their argument that Christianity was originally a way of spirituality centered in the teachings of a merely human Christ — not a message of salvation through faith in a divine Jesus who saves sinners through the atonement he accomplished in his death and resurrection.”
Even The Atlantic, not known for its conservatism, was able to discern that Jesus often referenced “his wife”. Associate Editor Eleanor Barkhorn writes, “The Bible itself refers to Jesus’ wife, repeatedly. Only that wife is not Mary Magdalene or any other earthly woman. It’s the church. Christ calls himself a bridegroom throughout the New Testament.”
Part of our role at the IRD is to illuminate the false teachings that are being promoted through our churches. While we don’t get involved with many theological debates, we confront those who fundamentally reject the biblical and historic teachings of the church. Whether it be issues of life, sexuality, or religious liberty we will continue to speak boldly so that the true Bride of Christ, the church, will be found faithful to the end. We welcome you to stand with us.