THE ARGUMENTS FOR SAME SEX MARRIAGE: Confusion and Academic Dishonesty
The current moral conversation about same sex marriage is a legitimate discussion. Unfortunately, those in favor of same sex unions often resort to confusion and trickery as they advance their arguments. For example, Matthew Vines (a “professing” evangelical) in his book, God and the Gay Christian, tries to convince us that the biblical texts traditionally seen as opposing same-sex relationships, actually do no such thing. His theological and biblical ignorance is fully on display as he manipulates Biblical passages to say what they never said originally.
The same is true of Justin Lee in his book, Torn. Lee writes well, and clearly with an inside knowledge of the evangelical world. But he then tries to argue that since the passages on homosexuality are so unclear (they’re not), that we must defer to Jesus’ ethic of love as we interpret them. This then leads to a conclusion (in Lee’s mind) that the Bible is in favor of same sex unions.
Or take a recent article in July 2018 in the New York Times by Idan Dershowitz, a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. Dershowitz tries to argue that the prohibition of men having sex with men (in Leviticus 18) is based on the fact that a later editor (or redactor) changed the text of the Bible here (there is no evidence of this, btw). By the time Dershowitz has finished his argument, Leviticus 18:22 is explained away as being a deliberate effort by a redactor to change what had been permission for sex between men into a prohibition. This is academic dishonesty at its worst.
Since June 2015, and the legalization of gay marriage in the United States, there has been a slow trickle of professing evangelical Christians who claim they’ve now “seen the light”. They claim that they are fully on board with the wider LGBT revolution. Some of these who are now embracing the LGBT agenda claim that the tipping point for them came with their proximity to gay friends and seeing their struggles up close. But that is true for a lot of us. Many of us have had cordial relationships with gay men and women for decades.
While emotional reasons are certainly valid in changing one’s mind, emotions should take a back seat to the clear teachings of the Bible. The question is simply this – what is your final source of authority? Is it God’s Word, the culture, your emotions, your friends, etc.? Your answer to the authority question will have massive consequences for the course and trajectory of your life and eternity.
I highly recommend two books on this issue for the Christian: 1. Wesley Hill, Washed and Waiting; Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality (Zondervan – 2012). Hill is a celibate gay man who is open and honest about his struggles with homosexuality, and yet is determined to live in sexual purity according to God’s Word. 2. By Kevin De Young, What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality? (Crossway 2015). Both are excellent resources.
by Jay Childs, Senior Pastor