Several people have asked me to comment on Matthew Vine’s new book God and the Gay Christian, a recent and well-publicized argument for legitimizing homosexuality and same-sex marriage. The book claims to be written from a Christian perspective, and in fact is published by a division of WaterBrook Multnomah Press, a well known evangelical publishing house, which has made it all the more controversial. Since I’ve posted a number of times on the subject, I wasn’t interested in doing yet another rebuttal to yet another pro-gay argument from yet another self-identified gay Christian.
But today I received a copy of Vine’s book, perused it, scanned the number of responses to it online, and felt a strong need to address it here. Because Vines is proposing not only a new understanding of human sexuality, but an overhaul of the modern Church’s approach to the issue as well. And he’s doing so while identifying himself as a conservative, Bible believing Christian, committed to reforming Christianity’s approach to scripture and intimacy. To no one’s surprise, his work is receiving glowing, aggressive media promotion; so much so, in fact, that if you’ve not heard of the book by now, you almost certainly will, and soon.
Considering the climate of both today’s Church and culture, I expect pastors nationwide will feel a challenge to respond to Vine’s claims and recommendations, and many believers will be confused about truth or confirmed in error after reading God and the Gay Christian. For these reasons I’m stepping outside this blog’s normal format and offering, as of this Monday, a five-part critique and rebuttal to Vine’s work. Monday through Friday, rather than posting on the topics those days are reserved for, we’ll be looking at this new book’s basic premises and arguments, and responding to each. My hope is that, as a result, we’ll be better equipped to respond when confronted with the question today’s Church is wrestling with more than ever: Can homosexuality and Christianity really become compatible?
Please pray for me, that the postings I offer will edify and enlighten, and that this blog will, by God’s grace, be a place where truth and love meet without contradiction.