In a sermon that was bizarrely woke even for the Church of England and Cambridge University, research fellow Joshua Heath told congregants that Jesus had a “trans body” and that the wound in his side from the lance had a “decidely vaginal appearance.”
The Telegraph, reporting on the Trinity College sermon, said:
The “truly shocking” address at last Sunday’s evensong at Trinity College chapel, saw Joshua Heath, a junior research fellow, display Renaissance and Medieval paintings of the crucifixion that depicted a side wound that the guest preacher likened to a vagina.
Worshippers told The Telegraph they were left “in tears” and felt excluded from the church, with one shouting “heresy” at the Dean upon leaving.
In addition to the graphic art display and focus on the “vaginal” wound, Heath concluded the sermon by saying “In Christ’s simultaneously masculine and feminine body in these works, if the body of Christ as these works suggest the body of all bodies, then his body is also the trans body.” He of course also “urge[d] a welcoming rather than hostile response towards the raised voices of trans people”, the Telegraph reports.
Despite the effect the sermon had on congregants, the Dean of Trinity College, Dr. Michael Banner, defended it. In his words, “[the sermon] suggested that we might think about these images of Christ’s male/female body as providing us with ways of thinking about issues around transgender questions today”.
Banner added that “For myself, I think that speculation was legitimate, whether or not you or I or anyone else disagrees with the interpretation, says something else about that artistic tradition, or resists its application to contemporary questions around transsexualism.”
The congregants didn’t go along with Dr. Banner’s woke defense of the horrifying sermon, however. One wrote that they were “contemptuous of the idea that by cutting a hole in a man, through which he can be penetrated, he can become a woman,” adding that “I am especially contemptuous of such imagery when it is applied to our Lord, from the pulpit, at Evensong. I am contemptuous of the notion that we should be invited to contemplate the martyrdom of a ‘trans Christ’, a new heresy for our age.”
This isn’t the first time that the woke Church of England started pushing gender nonsense through a Biblical lens. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, for example, has said that God is “not male nor female,” to appease gender ideologues, saying:
“God is not a father in exactly the same way as a human being is a father. God is not male or female. God is not definable.
“It is extraordinarily important as Christians that we remember that the definitive revelation of who God is was not in words, but in the word of God who we call Jesus Christ. We can’t pin God down.”