Matthew Vines is a young author who has just released a new book trying to disprove that the Bible condemns homosexuality, God and the Gay Christian. Against a 2,000-year old consensus within the Christian church, Vines contends that key biblical texts do not mean what they appear to mean—that homosexuality is fallen and sinful and completely incompatible with following Christ.
Vines argues that if the Bible were properly understood, everyone would see that there’s nothing inherently sinful about homosexual orientation or behavior. Thus there is no biblical reason to prevent gay “Christians” from entering into the covenant of marriage with a same-sex partner. Gay couples can fulfill the marital norms of Ephesians 5 just like their heterosexual counterparts.
There is nothing fundamentally new about God and the Gay Christian. Vines’s arguments follow a conversation that has been going on among biblical scholars for several decades. Nevertheless, he has popularized revisionist interpretations of scripture and has framed them within a very compelling personal narrative.
The danger of Vines’s book is that it pretends that one can affirm the authority of scripture while rejecting what the Bible teaches about sexuality. In my view, that is why this book deserves an answer.
Today Albert Mohler has released a free e-book of review essays responding to God and the Gay Christian. Jim Hamilton, Heath Lambert, Owen Strachan and I join Mohler in answering some of the challenges presented by this book. You can download the book for free here or click on the image at left.