I’m currently spending several hours in the hospital every day, lying on a bed, getting IV treatment that is strengthening my body in order to prep me for the upcoming treatment that I’ve been fighting for (and my health insurance provider recently agreed to pay for – Praise the Lord!). I’ve been using this time to catch up on various things I’ve wanted to listen to, and today I listened to some very helpful resources I wanted to make known to my readers. The first is this:
1. The Moody Bible Radio interaction/debate between Dr. Michael Brown and Matthew Vines. For those of you who don’t know, Matthew Vines has gained significant notoriety as a Harvard drop-out who has published the book God and the Gay Christian, and that book has made no small dent in the evangelical landscape as of late. Dr. Michael Brown is a name familiar to my readers as I’ve been quite a critic of his criticisms of the Strange Fire conference and book, but Dr. Michael Brown is actually more widely known for his absolutely stellar defense of the biblical position on homosexuality. He’s recently released a book called Can You Be Gay and Christian? and it’s a book that, in these troubled times, every believer needs to have on their bookshelf (as well as Dr. Brown’s other book on the subject: A Queer Thing Happened to America). Matthew Vines debated Michael Brown on the issue of scripture and homosexuality and, well, you be the judge:
For those of my readers who don’t necessarily watch debates, I’d recommend it as it’s very informative to see two acclaimed intellectual defenders of opposing positions squaring off on relatively equal ground. It’s interesting how when there’s direct interaction and response, one position tends to show itself as having the clear strength of the biblical support and the other position manifests its weaknesses overtly. It’s worth watching and learning from as Dr. Michael Brown is in absolute top form on this one.
2. Dr. James White has released two videos of him addressing the issue as well, and when it comes to defending the biblical position, Dr. White is one of the most able defenders alive today (and he’s also written a book on the subject that you should most certainly buy, and purchase Robert Gagnon’s monumental work on the subject as well; four books you need to own). If you’re wondering about the issue or think you’ve heard an evangelical and biblical response to all the various arguments why Homosexuals can be Christians in good standing (or why Leviticus 18:22 doesn’t apply anymore, Why Paul was condemning temple prostitution instead of “loving and monogamous” homosexual relationships, etc.), you haven’t really heard a strong biblical defense until you’ve heard Dr. James White on the issue. Here’s both videos.
(the audio starts at 1:26)
I strongly recommend that you invest some time in learning about this issue; it’s not going to go away and you need to turn off the television and prepare yourself for the coming onslaught that our sin-obsessed culture is in the process of unleashing upon any Christian who dare suggest that the Bible is clear and condemning of homosexual practice. If you’re not prepared to take a biblical stand on this issue, you’re going to find yourself either buckling when you cannot give an answer or fighting people in your own church (possibly including your own pastor) who get tossed around by the sheer tsunami of attacks that evangelicals will be facing.
This is street-level spiritual warfare that will hit every town in every province and state in North America.
Until Next Time,
Lyndon “Stand Firm in the Gospel” Unger