Saturday, June 15, 2013

Who is Matthew Vine, and Why Should Christians Care?

According to the biography on his website, Matthew Vines is:
". . . an is an advocate for the acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people within Christian communities and in society at large. He lives in Wichita, Kansas. Matthew attended Harvard University from 2008 to 2010. He then took a leave of absence in order to research the Bible and homosexuality and work toward LGBT inclusion in the church.

"In March 2012, Matthew delivered a speech at a church in his hometown about the Bible and homosexuality, calling for acceptance of gay Christians and their marriage relationships. Since then, the video of the speech has been seen more than 500,000 times on YouTube, and it was featured in The New York Times and The Christian Post.

"In 2013, Matthew launched The Reformation Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to training LGBT Christians and their allies to reform church teaching on sexual orientation and gender identity. Matthew is currently writing a book about the Bible and sexuality, which will be published by Random House in early 2014."
Matthew Vines is not a Christian. Now, before the atheists homosexuals, and liberal quasi-theologians run amuck, scrambling for their logical fallacy playbooks, and start screaming, "Foul! That's the 'No True Scotsman Fallacy!'" my statement is only fallacious if there is no objective standard by which I can assert what God commands "true Christians" to believe and to reject. God's Word is clear. Homosexuality is a sin (Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 1 Timothy 1:8-11), according to God--the only true standard-setter for truth (John 3:33; Romans 3:4) and morality. Only God is good (Mark 10:18; Luke 18:19). And those who wantonly and willfully violate God's law (Hebrews 10:26-31) and, in the process call him a liar (1 John 1:10), they do not belong to God (1 John 2:19). Rather, they are children of wrath (Ephesians 2:1-3), having the wrath of God abide on them (John 3:36).

Vines is but one of a growing number of homosexual apologists who insist the Bible does not teach against homosexuality. Of course, this makes him a darling to liberal and apostate churches who want their ears tickled by false teachers teaching that which is contrary to Scripture (2 Timothy 4:3-4). As nice-a-guy as Vines appears to be, he's a hater of God (Romans 1:29-32) who should be exposed as such.

Vines and his attempt to deceive Christians and non-Christians alike has come to the attention of Christian apologist, Matt Slick, of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry (CARM). Matt has devoted a brand new section of the CARM website to address the errors of Matthew Vine's claims regarding the Bible and homosexuality.

Matt Slick writes:
"Matthew Vines is a young homosexual who, on March 8, 2012, spoke at College Hill United Methodist Church in Kansas in defense of biblical support for homosexuality. His approach was polite and delivered in an amiable manner. He tried to address various Scriptures head on as he sought to justify the idea that homosexuality is not a sin for Christians today. Of course, I strongly disagree. The following articles examine aspects of his talk and address the various errors that he has made in his presentation. I've tried to contact Mr. Vines but have not received a response."
Matt Slick has done excellent work on this section of the CARM website, which will prove to not only help to equip Christians who may have Matthew Vines come up in a conversation, but also to further equip Christians to discuss the issue of homosexuality, from a Christian worldview.

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