John, writer of the Gospel bearing his name, primarily addressed the philosophers of his
day here and told them that those things which they had believed in abstract had been made
concrete in Jesus Christ. Bishop Spong's fundamental message to the church is that
what the church has always believed in concrete should now be believed in abstract.
We can view the rest of the Apostle John's writings as
support documentation to that single claim. We can also view Bishop John's writings
as being support documentation to support his single claim. Those two claims are
The Church has always debated these questions.
Who and what is Jesus? And the Church has always sided with the Scriptures,
which teaches that Jesus on earth was remaining in a form of God (Philippians 2).
What can be a form of God but God?
In the final analysis, then, Bishop Spong's writings
contradict what is clearly taught through the basic message and principles of the
Scriptures and Bishop Spong's writings do not deserve the consideration they have received
from the Christian Community.
Ronald G. Currell, 1/15/1999