“You can believe in the full inspiration and authority of the bible, and still affirm committed, monogamous, lifelong same-sex relationships. That’s the basic message… The bible is not at stake in this conversation. Becoming gay-affirming does not mean rejecting the authority of the bible.” – Matthew Vines

Matthew Vines is a young Evangelical Christian activist and author who has scrupulously and faithfully examined the biblical passages that are endlessly used to bludgeon the faith and very humanity of LGBT persons. In his new book, God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case In Support of Same-Sex Relationships, Vines addresses the difference between the hedonistic and destructive behavior condemned in the scriptures, and the faithful desire to create same-gender couples that defines today’s expression of the issue.

He tells Welton Gaddy that he wrote the book for the person he himself was, four and a half years ago, when he was struggling with coming out as gay while remaining committed to his Evangelical Christian identity, and for others facing that struggle today.

Matthew Vines is founder and president of The Reformation Project, organizing lay affirming Christians to work at the grass roots to open up dialogue on faith and human sexuality.

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God and the Gay Christian: Matthew Vines State of Belief Radio Interview, May 31, 2014 by StateofBelief

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