“For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.” (Romans 1:26-27)
The above words of the Apostle Paul are one of the Bible’s key insights on how God views homosexuality and gay marriage. In fact, this passage gives the most detail and is the longest of all the passages condemning this practice. Paul’s words could not be more clear: naturally sex is between a man and a woman, and homosexuality opposes that. Further, homosexual practices in every shape and size are degrading and indecent.
However, in our culture today, many so-called Christians are openly practicing homosexuality or are in same-sex relationships without any regret. Many are outright saying the Bible is outdated, and modern research attempts to prove Paul’s (God’s) view of homosexuality wrong. Matthew Vines is a man who takes it a step further. He does not reject inspiration or biblical authority, but rather, seeks to show that we have been misreading the Bible on this issue the whole time. Among other things, he is famous for his recent book, God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships (New York: Convergent, 2014) where he hashes out his position. Continue reading Is Romans 1:26-27 Talking About Homosexuality? A Response to Matthew Vines