Isaac Simmons, a United Methodist Church candidate for ordination and associate pastor at Hope UMC in Bloomington, Illinois, recently spat blasphemy in a new slam poem ode to the LGBTQ+ movement.
The drag queen pastor and self-proclaimed “drag evangelist,” who goes by the stage name Ms. Penny Cost, has consistently declared that “God is nothing,” “the Bible is nothing,” and “religion is nothing.” in which obscene video published on its website.
But while the God of historical Christianity is only a farce, according to Simmons – who repeatedly refers to the trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit as feminine – queer spirituality and LGBTQ+ identity are actually the true expression of divinity.
“God is nothing, but if she were, she would be, weaving her way down the runways of Paris and Montreal, balancing between absurdity and opulence, balancing between too much and never enough,” he proclaims. “Nothing, but if she were, she would be a seamstress of divine couture, weaving thread theory and self-portraiture together to form the wildest clothes of queer existence.”
“God is nothing but a drag queen with a microphone of biblical proportions,” he adds.
“Out of a closet of darkness, beneath a veil of secrecy, came the beauty of humanity, humanity made in the gendered, identity-defying, system-shattering image of God, the Imago Dei,” he explains. “From Adam and Steve to you and me.”
Simmons then turns his attention to the “crazy theology of toxic masculinity and the sordid ideals of the oppressor regime” and “Christian terrorists using their ridiculous doctrine to harm God’s strangely anointed creation. “
The Bible, God and religion “need not be anything,” he concludes, unless we use them for something.”
In the video’s caption, Simmons dedicates his performance to so-called deconstructivists, nonliteralists, and queer spiritualists, and claims his message is “directed to those who actively and passively harm the LGBTQIA2S+ community because of their understanding of the scriptures.”
Amazingly, despite his outright denial and hatred of the basic tenets of Christianity, the United Methodist Church has certified Simmons as a candidate for service. At Hope UMC, where Simmons currently serves, the proudly queer pastor has hosted “Drag Queen Sundays,” which he describes as “basically just a church service that happened to be conducted in drag.”
Simmons has become a lightning rod amid a year-long dispute over LGBTQ+ issues within the United Methodist Church. Earlier this year, the Global Methodist Church — a more conservative Methodist denomination that maintains a traditional view of marriage and opposes the ordination of LGBT ministers — announced it would officially secede from the denomination.
Simmons discussed his efforts to fuse drag and spirituality in more detail in an interview with UMC, published below.
Ministry candidate preaches ‘speaking in a new way’ in Drag
(H/D: The American Spectator)
https://www.theblaze.com/news/drag-queen-pastor-god-is-nothing Drag queen pastor declares ‘God is nothing’ in blasphemous, obscene video.