This response was necessitated because of an interview with MATTHEW VINES.
You can read it here:
Matthew Vines is a 22-year-old gay Christian who believes being gay is not a sin. He came to that conclusion after two years of studying Scripture and the works of dozens of biblical scholars. The Harvard University student, currently on leave of absence, is now trying to win over fellow believers not just with an emotional testimony but with what he is presenting as biblically solid arguments.
“There is no contradiction between being Christian and being gay,” he told BBC.
His arguments mainly against six Bible passages that are commonly used by Christians to condemn homosexuality are gaining popularity as evidenced by his YouTube views. In six months, an over hour-long video of Vines meticulously challenging what he calls the traditional interpretation of Scripture has garnered nearly 400,000 views.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Vines made it clear that he believes that Christians who believe homosexuality is a sin are wrong. “Loving, same-sex relationships” are not addressed in the Bible, let alone condemned.
It is the homosexual act that is the sin. Simply being attracted to someone of the same sex or opposing sex is not a sin, but acting on that is the problem.
We are all tempted by many things. “Temptation” is not a sin. Don’t let it go further.
“Loving same-sex relationships,” okay. Sexing same-sex relationships, I don’t think so.
My question for him and those who think like him is as follows: do you really think the first century Christian church where all the NT books are addressed to initially would have thought homosexual behavior(or any sexual behavior outside the defintion of marriage that Jesus affirmed in Matthew 19:4-6 for that matter) is not sinful?
Whether he likes it or not, the Bible is “hopelessly heteronormative” just as Steve Schlissel described the Bible as “hopelessly patriarchal”. I would also add it’s “hopelessly Jewish” as well.