Jeff Hood, a so-called Baptist preacher who holds a doctorate degree from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University, is promoting the view that polyamorous relationships should be accepted in the church.
Polyamory is the practice of openly engaging in sexual relationships with more than one individual — the opposite of monogamy.
In an interview on Patheos, Jeff Hood claims that while sitting in the back pew during a church service, he ‘heard the voices of polyamorous Christians’ repeatedly crying out, “Why are you persecuting us?”
He goes on to say:
“Unable to contain myself, I shouted out, Forgive me! At that moment, I collapsed. Before I perished, I felt the pull. Divine polyamory found me a sinner and lifted me up by grace. The Holy Trinity ushered me to love. Looking around, I saw a great cloud of polyamorous witnesses shouting, ‘Holy! Holy! Holy, is the polyamorous love of God!’ The waters of a wild grace washed away all my sin; I was forever changed. In the midst of a great resistance, polyamory saved my soul.”
Obviously, his views are based on an unnatural personal experience, and not on any interpretation of the Bible. He says the church should accept those who engage in polyamorous relationships:
“The fact that God seeks such passionate intimacy with all of us…certainly makes God a lover of more than one person at the same time. I have often pondered that polyamorous individuals might be more like God than all the rest us…because they are living out the wildly multidirectional intimacy of God… We should spend our lives making sure that the love of polyamorous individuals is never denied and always protected.”
According to his bio, Dr. Hood was ordained to ministry in 2006 at a Southern Baptist church. In 2009, he graduated with an M.Div. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Clearly, he has strayed far…far from the beaten path.
The rest of the interview can be read at Patheos. But be warned, some of what he says may be considered blasphemous.