I will never forget when it hit me, “the men of Sodom are here.”
I was watching a news clip where an elderly woman who was protesting Proposition 8 in San Diego Southern California while holding a cardboard cross was attacked by a mob of homosexual men. It was striking to see men filled with such hate and evil. What reminded me of Genesis and the men of Sodom was the phrase describing the homosexual men of Sodom as “young and old” (Gen. 19.4). As to the elderly woman in San Diego, she was shouted down, she was all but struck down herself, her cross at one point ripped out of her hands. This is not just the McCarthyism of the liberal, gay agenda— it is all out volatility, hate and what can only be described as moral terrorism. Obviously this does not mean that everyone who identifies as homosexuals are all moral terrorists, but that what we are seeing
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today is no different than what was happening in Sodom, where men from every quarter of the city both young and old are united in the cause of sexual perversion and an opposition to righteousness; including homosexuality.
Not every expression of homosexual advocacy is filled with outright violence and hateful actions; sometimes the greatest threat comes in the form of controlled, peaceful, and thoughtful discourse. Such is the case with the book, “God and the Gay Christian” by Matthew Vines.
Vines, who identifies himself as Evangelical, also identifies himself as a homosexual labeling himself as a “gay Christian.” This automatically places Matthew Vines at odds with the righteous and at odds with the Righteous One himself.
Matthew Vines’ views have already been sufficiently refuted. We should however point out other dangerous aspects of Vines’ book.
One of the worst things that I can think of about Matthew Vines’ book, is that it has gained so much attention. Surely this book does not deserve that sort of the draw. It is not a critical, exegetical, or theologically rigorous and meaningful book. Yet, because of the controversial nature of the book, unfortunately it still receives great notoriety. Sadly, Vines’ book solicits a responds that is necessary and yet which is providing a wider platform that Vines’ book does not deserve. For example, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s response via, “God and the Gay Christian?: A Response to Matthew Vines” edited by Dr. Albert Mohler is but one example of the books menacing influence. How unfortunate that true scholarship has to even spill the ink and use up the broadband to deal with such an unworthy treatment on the issue. The attention that the book is receiving means that this book will inevitably be very influential in the evangelical church. With such influence, God and the Gay Christian will present a great challenge for true evangelicals to address the errors of Matthew Vines.
For whatever reason Matthew Vines’ Book has managed to make a huge impact on the present conversation regarding homosexuality and no doubt Vines’ video and book will embolden other such liberal minds to come out of the ”evangelical closet.” This is definitely going to be a problem especially for very weak churches. Churches without a theological backbone will quickly find themselves in a moral dilemma that will likely spell consecutive points of capitulation and compromise until there is no ground left to compromise at all. To complicate matters even further, many evangelical churches have given up on the concept of church discipline which will further diminish their ability to deal with sexual immorality in their congregations.
The truth is that this book could not have come at a worse time; more Americans now are living in states where homosexual “marriage” is deemed legal than not. The book comes in a long list of evangelical compromises and apostasies e.g. Jenifer Knapp, Amy Grant, Rob Bell, Jars of Clay to name but a few. All that was needed was a written work laying out the supposed rationale for the gay lifestyle under the guise of Christianity; lamentably, such a work is Matthew Vines’ God and the Gay Christian. Like the men of Sodom who wearied themselves to unlock to the door of sexual perversion even if it meant violating God’s holy messengers, Matthew Vines seeks to do the same by violating God’s holy message in Scripture.
Emilio Ramos is the preaching pastor of Heritage Grace Community Church. Pastor Emilio is committed to the expository and exegetical teaching of the Word of God. Emilio is also the author of Convert, From Adam to Christ and the founder of redgracemedia.com- a media ministry devoted to the glory of God’s redemptive grace through Jesus Christ. He and his wife Trisha live in Dallas, TX.