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Friday, April 25, 2014

With 'a nudge' from Jesus, evangelical minister supports gay marriage

Prophecy Sign:  The abandonment of sound doctrine - the Apostate Church

In the very near future, any church that continues to hold to the biblical prohibition against homosexuality will be the exception rather than the rule.  This is precisely what the Apostle Paul was referring to when he said a time would come when the churches would not put up with sound doctrine.  Rather false teachers will engage in blurring the lines of biblical interpretation to obfuscate the issue; Just as men such as those mentioned in these articles are now doing.

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 2 Timothy 4:3 NIV

With 'a nudge' from Jesus, evangelical minister supports gay marriage
When the Rev. Ken Wilson was younger, he didn’t know anyone who was openly gay. Like many of his peers, he saw people in the LGBT community as criminals, perverts or homos, a bigoted insult he heard in school. And when he started his church in the 1970s in Ann Arbor, the evangelical pastor maintained a policy of not allowing gays who were actively sexual. But about a dozen years ago, the founder and leader of Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor started to have some misgivings about his views. Members of his Christian congregation were coming forward to talk about siblings and children who were openly identified as gay.
In 2011, “I got a strong nudge from Jesus,” telling him to write a letter to his congregation about his changing views on gay issues, the 62-year-old minister said. It was a slow process, one that involved prayer, introspection and scholarship as he pored over the Bible and interpretations of it from various writers. Last month, the long letter he wrote to his congregation was published as a book that embraces LGBT people.

Reformation Or Revolution? A Review Of God And The Gay Christian
If I were mapping a playbook for the gay rights movement, this book is an important point in the strategy. It has to be written in order to introduce confusion within the evangelical firmament, one of the last remaining constituencies in America that has not embraced homosexuality with gusto. This book need not be 100 percent compelling or accurate in order to succeed. All that needs to happen for Vines to claim victory is for his readers to be confused and not necessarily convinced of his argument.
Vines will have succeeded in re-fashioning evangelicalism in his image by allowing sexuality to be treated hermeneutically akin to baptism or the Lord’s Supper. If Vines can blur the lines of interpretation, such that evangelicals can rest at ease with “disagreement at how best to interpret Scripture on sexuality,” he will have succeeded. 

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