By Lisa Cherry
Multnomah, a major Christian publisher, has released a controversial book by Matthew Vines: God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships.
You can read about it at Charisma News here: A Shameful Day in Evangelical Christian Publishing.
We could all say who cares? Most of us will not see the book. But this book is poised to make a significant impact.
This book will attract a lot of the younger generation who are curious about this issue and the church’s response. So as parents we’d better take a look.
I can think of 3 significant impacts of this book to our kids’ lives.
1. It seems that more people are using the phrase "gay Christian." And the more we use it, the more it deceives our children. Revisionists want to change our language.
2. The man who wrote the book is a self-proclaimed revisionist. A revisionist is someone who does not care about preserving the Orthodox Christian interpretation of the Scriptures. They are in favor of changing the word of God. Get it? He revises it just because he wants to.
This concept is at the root of our kids’ generation’s controversy. Do your children understand what a revisionist is? Do they care?
Have you helped them to build a foundation of faith and trust in the integrity of the word of God?
3. The publishing of this book illustrates the controversy of the modern church.
There seem to be three dominant camps within the body of Christ concerning the gay issue:
The first camp embraces homosexuality as a plan by God and His sanctioned expression of sexuality and marriage.
The second calls to the traditional view that homosexuality is a sin... But it does believe that homosexuality is inborn and unchangeable. A person struggling with same-sex attraction is called in this view to live a celibate life resisting acting on the attraction.
The third view says that homosexuality is a sin and that God can and does deliver people from the challenge of the problem.
Are you and your children aware of these three views? It’s likely our children will encounter people who claim to be Christians espousing each of these different viewpoints. (I stand with the traditional viewpoint of number 3)
If you have not helped your children understand this issue, they are in danger of being swayed away from a foundation upon God's word.
The real "gay Christian" issue is this:
Will we hold that God's word is literally true for every generation...
Or will we revise it to suit those with “itching ears.”
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