Evangelist Ray Comfort issues warning: ‘Do not be deceived’
Christians considering how to respond to the Supreme Court’s creation of “same-sex marriage” face a challenge from within – those who call themselves “gay Christians” and contend the Bible does not condemn homosexual behavior.
One of the most conspicuous figures in the movement is Matthew Vines, who has written a book arguing Scripture does not condemn same-sex sexual relationships. Vines has also produced a video presenting his evidence, “The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships,” which has accumulated 750,000 views.
Vines’ organization, The Reformation Project, explains it “exists to train Christians to support and affirm lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.”
And he recently boasted in Politico of the “embrace” he is finding at some churches.
Vines believes the next step for Christian churches is determining the “kind of peace conservative Christians can make with the LGBT community” with the help of self-defined homosexual and transgender Christians.
Vines’ assertion that Scripture does not condemn homosexual behavior is also being championed by other individuals, media outlets and even church leaders.
Prominent liberal publication the Huffington Post hosted an article by pastor Adam Phillips of Christ Church in Portland, Oregon, attacking Franklin Graham for defending traditional marriage. After presenting his interpretation of Scripture, Phillips told Graham to “read your Bible better” and focus more on “addressing America’s original sin of racism” instead of sexual sin.
But evangelist and filmmaker Ray Comfort share’s Graham’s view that self-described Christians who accept homosexual behavior are ignoring the clear teaching of Scripture.
Comfort is producer of the pro-life sensation “180″and author of many books, including the “God and the Bible” series, which explored the impact of Christianity on several world-changing historical figures.
In his new movie “Audacity,” Comfort argues for a traditional view of human sexuality.
He noted Vines, who he found to be a “gentle and likable person,” inspired some of the material in “Audacity.”
While doing research for the movie, he watched a video of Vines teaching at a church about homosexuality.
He recalled Vines arguing eating shellfish and homosexual acts were both called an “abomination” in Scripture, concluding the bans are not relevant today.
“He said that Sodom was judged because it was inhospitable rather than guilty of the sin of sodomy,” Comfort said. “It was because of Matthew’s influence that our movie contains one of the most powerful discourses in the movie, where some of these questions were addressed.”
Comfort accuses Vines of not telling the full story of what Scripture says about homosexuality.
“Matthew was recently featured on the Religious News Service where he listed ’40 questions for Christians who oppose marriage equality.’ However, he showed his hand when he asked, ‘Did you spend any time studying the Bible’s verses on the topic before you felt comfortable believing that the earth revolves around the sun?’ The Bible often speaks of the sun moving across the sky and rising and setting. That is supposedly a mistake, because we now know that the earth revolves around the sun,” Comfort said.
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