The Episcopal priest has repeatedly proclaimed a message of inclusiveness. In a controversial move last year, Bacon opened his church to perform marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples a week after the California Supreme Court had legalized homosexual marriage in May.
After stirring more controversy on Winfrey’s show this month, Bacon has been flooded with calls and emails, some with positive words and some with critical remarks.
Labeling himself as “biblically oriented,” Bacon claimed he’s going down the road of Jesus, showing compassion and being inclusive, and not the road of condemnation and judgment.
Warren Throckmorton, associate professor of Psychology and director of the College Counseling Service at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, doesn’t believe Bacon’s comments help in the ongoing debate over the Bible and homosexuality.
“Traditional Christianity teaches that all people are valued by God as bearers of His image,” he commented to The Christian Post. “However, moral questions surrounding sexual behavior are matters of great dispute among Christians. Rev. Bacon is less than helpful when he condemns those who disagree with him.”