For those of you who have been living under a rock, there’s a rather significant culture war raging right now in North America. As the institution of marriage is destroyed by an elite minority under the guise of “equality” and homosexuality is made the new “norm”, Christians are facing tremendous pressure from multiple sides. There is external pressure from homosexual lobbyist groups to “get with the times” and embrace…no, celebrate homosexuals as the disenfranchised minority that they claim to be. Those that don’t accept the new paradigm and publicly ask for forgiveness if they ever didn’t accept the new paradigm aren’t allowed to do something as basic as pray for a political leader. Those that don’t accept the new paradigm and publicly ask for forgiveness if they ever didn’t accept the new paradigm aren’t allowed to have high profile jobs. That sort of pressure makes life rather difficult, but external forces don’t really tend to influence the church all that much…
Uh, never mind.
So external forces are beating on the church like a tsunami, but the real threat comes from the internal pressure from the professing Christians who are trying to convince the church that the Bible doesn’t mean what everyone thought it meant for essentially the entire period of church history. As a Christian, it’s painful but not shocking to see people being infected by the cultural zombies. “Christian celebrities” are turning into cultural zombies and joining the search for brains, tossing out absolutely horrible arguments for their compromise. “Christian scholars” are providing those horrible arguments, both on the academic and popular levels (and, uh, on whatever level this is). On the popular level, one of the bigger books is the recently released God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines.
This book is the product of Matthew Vines’ study of the scriptures which first culminated in this lecture from 2012 where an arrogant 22 year old Harvard drop-out (who didn’t have any training in Hebrew, Greek, hermeneutics or theology) pronounced that “the point is that these texts have a meaning, and the traditional reading of them is wrong. It is incorrect — biblically, historically, linguistically.” In other words, the entire translation committees of the NASB, ESV, etc. (which included guys who actually graduated from Harvard and Bill Mounce, who may know a thing or two about Greek) as well as all the generally evangelical commentators on those passages (which is a similar list of people), didn’t know Hebrew, Greek, hermeneutics and theology as well as an undergrad who had never studied any of those.
Call me unconvinced.
Still, Vines’ book is making the rounds and causing a lot of people who haven’t given the issue serious thought to struggle with some hard questions.
If you’re looking for some help (and you should be since this issue is not going away), Dr. James White from Alpha and Omega ministries has given a 5 hour audio response to Vines’ original video lecture, and Al Mohler and a whole bunch of other smart fellows (who teach things like Hebrew, Greek, hermeneutics and theology at the doctoral level) have put together a free e-book response to Matthew Vines’ attack on the scriptures and it’s here.
You’re welcome for the info.
Until Next Time,
Lyndon “Stand firm” Unger