God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships

November 12, 2018 - Comment

The landmark book exploring what the Bible actually says—and doesn’t say—about same-sex relationships.   As a young Christian man, Matthew Vines harbored the same basic hopes of most young people: to some-day share his life with someone, to build a family of his own, to give and receive love. But when he realized he was

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The landmark book exploring what the Bible actually says—and doesn’t say—about same-sex relationships.
 
As a young Christian man, Matthew Vines harbored the same basic hopes of most young people: to some-day share his life with someone, to build a family of his own, to give and receive love. But when he realized he was gay, those hopes were called into question. The Bible, he’d been taught, condemned gay relationships.
 
Feeling the tension between his understanding of the Bible and the reality of his same-sex orientation, Vines devoted years of intensive research into what the Bible says about homosexuality. With care and precision, Vines asked questions such as:
 
• Do biblical teachings on the marriage covenant preclude same-sex marriage or not?
• How should we apply the teachings of Jesus to the gay debate?
• Can celibacy be a calling when it is mandated, not chosen?
• What did Paul have in mind when he warned against same-sex relations?
 
Unique in its affirmation of both an orthodox faith and sexual diversity, God and the Gay Christian has sparked heated debate, sincere soul search­ing, and widespread cultural change on the issue of what it means to be a faithful gay Christian.

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Anonymous says:

Let wanting more. Still Searching My daughter is planning to marry her partner of 4 years. They are both lovely, brave and intelligent women. I, as her father, want nothing more than to celebrate love with them and bless their chosen union. Yet, my long held cultural and biblical beliefs make this difficult.I have been asking God to show me through His word where I am wrong about my understanding of homosexuality. (…how much I want to be wrong…). I was hoping this deeply personal and fairly presented book would…

Anonymous says:

The 3 books are a good balance and Matthew’s book is the least “scholarly” of … I saw Matthew Vines in person at a seminar along with David Gushee (author of “Changing Our Mind: A Call from America’s Leading Evangelical Ethics Scholar for Full Acceptance of LGBT Christians in the Church” and Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics at Mercer University, a Baptist college and divinity school in Georgia) and others at EastLake Community Church’s “Together In This” series. After reading about Matthew and EastLake in Time Magazine I was curious enough to…

Anonymous says:

Worth it! As someone who struggles with being a Christian and being gay, this is an excellent book. It’s not written by feelings or ideas, but rather is based on Scripture and interpretation. Matthew Vines goes through the verses that are the most condemning and discusses them in regards to time as well as the Hebrew or Greek they are written in. He also discusses the phrases and their common uses of the time.This book is very well-written and I’ve shared it with some friends who also were…

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