At first I thought it was because we evangelical forerunners believe in equal partnership as opposed to the right-wing emphasis on complementarity of roles, when the husband decides and the wife submits. But no: Vines agrees with biblical feminists that even in heterosexual marriage, gender hierarchy has been overcome through Christ.
So believers need not fear that gender relationships would be distorted by the egalitarian nature of same-gender marriage. Like CBE, Vines emphasizes that patriarchy has been destructive of truly Christian egalitarian marriage. But then he demonstrates that the very same patriarchal attitudes that have undermined male-female intimacy have caused the rejection of Christian GLBT relationships.
Will the CBE members rise to the challenge? He starts with a powerful analogy: just as Christians were forced to change their minds about the solar system, because of evidence produced by the telescope, contemporary Christians are being challenged to reinterpret Scripture on homosexuality because of the mounting evidence that their current attitudes bring destructive results.
Throughout, Vines shows that during ancient and biblical times, nobody thought that anybody was exclusively oriented toward their own sex or gender. But we cannot do both. But such an issue is never raised anywhere in the Bible. It is the church that is sinning against them by rejecting their intimate relationships. Along the way, Matthew Vines tells some good stories about his own coming out and the experience of other gay Christians and their advocates.
And he makes some excellent suggestions for pastors and other Christians who want to befriend the LGBT people among them. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
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We are Christian feminists. Experience tells me most Christians who do not believe that LGBT people can be Christian have not investigated the issue beyond reading words on the page. Vines walks his readers through an easily understood process of dissecting the six passages in the Bible that have been used to create a sexual ethic for those who are LGBT and wish to participate in conservative churches.
As same-sex marriage rapidly becomes a civil rights reality in the U. Vines offers a beautiful explanation of marriage as seen in Ephesians 5.
If you want to get a sense of who he is, watch the video that was the seed of the book project. Forty-five years ago Rev.
The question, how we engage in the process of addressing it, and what we eventually decide are crucial to the health of the conservative church going forward. It is time for thoughtful, informed, and scholarly consideration of the question.
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