On human sexuality, Matthew Vines, a twenty-something with no formal theological training, believes that the church has been wrong on human sexuality for the last 2000 years. This is according to Owen Strachan and Andrew Walker who reviewed Mr. Vines God and the Gay Christian, a book which is stirring not a few controversies.
According to Strachan and Walker, if Mr. Vines is correct, Jesus is wrong, “because Jesus—the Incarnate and Risen Lord—is not aware of his own patriarchal biases in Matthew 19:4-6.” You see, in Matthew 19:4-6 Jesus mentions the marriage union between a man and a woman, a male and a female. Strachan and Walker continue,
“It is a key plank in Vinesian exegesis that the writers of the New Testament lacked a modern comprehension of individuals with a same-sex orientation. But this approach to interpretation defies how the Scripture understands itself and distorts any credible doctrine of inspiration. If the Church—a pillar and buttress of the truth (1 Tim: 3:15)—has been wrong on homosexuality, what else has she been wrong on?”
As expected, if Mr. Vines has already concluded that Jesus and the New Testaments got it wrong on human sexuality, then the church throughout the ages stood no chance, unless it was siding with Mr. Vines.
In concluding their post, Strachan and Walker issue this challenge,
“Put it this way: If we’re faced with a choice between a precocious twenty-something with lots of neat new ideas about sexuality and gender untested by the scholarly community on the one hand, and an apostle gored by a Roman sword because the Holy Spirit spoke through him in tones ancient authorities considered hostile to imperial rule on the other, we’re banking on the latter.” read entire post…
So am I.