God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships
Vines, Matthew. God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships. Convergent Books, 2014.
As a young evangelical Christian, Matthew Vines struggled with his realization that he was a homosexual, and the fact that he had been taught that the Bible condemned homosexual relationships and activity. Vines began to research what the Bible says about homosexuality, coming to the conclusion that he could, in fact, become a faithful, gay Christian. This book has gained a growing and dedicated audience among those who are looking to reconcile the Gay lifestyle with Scripture and faith. It is especially popular among those who, live Vines, are young in age and looking for a perspective other than the one held throughout history by orthodox Christians. We are including this book because it offers insight into how many are mis-interpreting Scripture in an effort to justify their lifestyles, as opposed to conforming their lifestyles to the Scriptures. Following Vine’s truly gut-wrenching journey and seeing how he comes to his conclusions will offer us insight into how a growing number of people are jettisoning Biblical orthodoxy and reading the Scriptures through the times. We believe that Vines’ exegesis and hermeneutic are clearly faulty. Still, this is a book that will help us as we frame our discussions with Christians who are choosing to follow his logic and guidance.