There was a time, and not that long ago mind you, I would have thought this was ludicrous. But sadly, the times, they are a-changing folks. Who knows where this may lead in today’s crazy (secular AND Church) world? For the last 20 years I’ve sat back and watched while Jesus’ teachings on the most basic Christian doctrines have been ignored and God’s word has been used like some type of “ultra-conservative” political document by so-called CHRISTIANS…so who’s to say what the so-called visible Church may do next?
Fifty hand-picked Christians were part of a seminal conference last week planned by Matthew Vines, a 23-year-old gay Christian who believes Scripture allows for monogamous homosexual activity, in an effort to spread the idea in the American church over the next decade. Vines says he has had success in convincing lay members of churches over the last year that monogamous homosexual activity is allowed by Scripture, but is encountering resistance from Scriptural scholars. He is likely to encounter much more, say theologians.
More than 100 people applied to participate in the four-day conference, though only 50 were accepted, and the chosen were required to rigorously study throughout the summer before the conference even began. Vines sent them 1,100 pages of dense, academic reading material, for example, to make sure they understood both sides of the issue before the event began last Wednesday.
“The goal of the conference was to be training Christians who are in churches that don’t currently support LGBT people and to give them the biblical tools and knowledge that they need to go back to their churches and have constructive, persuasive conversations with other believers on these issues,” Vines told CP.