Matthew Vines refers to himself as a homosexual Christian. I took the time to watch one of his videos when I was doing research for “Audacity.” He was teaching in a traditional church setting, expounding different Bible verses that talked about homosexuality. He’s a gentle and likeable person.
One by one Matthew dismantled the arguments from the Bible that are often leveled at homosexuals. If I remember rightly, he spoke about eating shellfish and homosexuality both being called an “abomination,” concluding that they are both therefore not serious.
He said that Sodom was judged because it was inhospitable rather than guilty of the sin of sodomy. It was because of Matthew’s influence that our movie “Audacity” contains one of the most powerful discourses in the movie, where some of these questions were addressed.
Matthew was recently featured on the Religious News Service where he listed “40 questions for Christians who oppose marriage equality.”
However, he showed his hand when he asked, “Did you spend any time studying the Bible’s verses on the topic before you felt comfortable believing that the earth revolves around the sun?” The Bible often speaks of the sun moving across the sky and rising and setting. That is supposedly a mistake, because we now know that the earth revolves around the sun.
Even though we know that the sun stands still, the whole world still says that it moves across the sky and rises and sets each day. It’s a ridiculous argument that atheists often use to try and discredit scripture.
But this reveals why (when he argues for homosexual marriage) he uses emotional arguments rather than pointing to the authority of the Bible. Any time he does quote scripture, it’s Paul’s rather than God’s Word—as scripture claims it to be: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God…” (2 Timothy 3:16).
God’s Word warns: “Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor
sodomites, nor thieves…will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
Notice that the word “idolaters” is strangely sitting among the sexual sins of fornication, adultery and homosexuality. “Idolatry” is the sin of making up your own god, and it’s a violation of the First and the Second of the Ten Commandments. We gravitate towards idolatry like moths to a flame, because it means we can snuggle up to a god who doesn’t mind the sins of fornication, adultery or homosexuality.
Matthew would do well to take notice that the verses begin with “Do not be deceived.” There’s a reason for that. We mustn’t be deceived of the fact that fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals and thieves will not inherit the Kingdom of God. Or to put it more soberly, they will end up in a terrible place called “Hell.” That’s something I wouldn’t want to happen to my worst enemy.
So let’s summarize. There is no such thing as a fornicator Christian, an adulterer Christian, a homosexual Christian, or a thieving Christian. Those who call themselves Christians but continue to cling to their beloved sins will see their great deception on Judgment Day.
Neither can two homosexuals enter into the covenant marriage relationship before God--which the Bible defines as being between one man and one woman. Homosexuals have a legalized union between two people of the same sex, but they are not married. Redefining the word is like redefining my VW Beetle as a Lamborghini.
It may be a pleasant thought, but I’m only deceiving myself.
Millions across the country are either celebrating or lamenting the recent decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, granting homosexuals the same right to marry that heterosexuals have been enjoying for thousands of years.
While the ruling will certainly impact our society, we don’t need nine justices to determine for us the proper definition of this timeless institution.
Read more: Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage: "Homosexual Unions are not Marriage" by Ray Comfort