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Offline Cincinnatus

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Coming soon to a church near you, no doubt.

Many Christians think they cannot believe in the full authority and inspiration of the Bible and at the same time support same-sex relationships, says Matthew Vines, though he hopes to convince them that isn’t the case. Vines says he’s received several hundred emails over the course of the last year-and-a-half from conservative-minded Christians who have changed their minds on the issue. Most of them were laypeople, he says, though he never expected conservative pastors to change their minds immediately.

Fifty hand-picked Christians were part of a seminal conference last week planned by Matthew Vines, a 23-year-old gay Christian who believes Scripture allows for monogamous homosexual activity, in an effort to spread the idea in the American church over the next decade.

Vines says he has had success in convincing lay members of churches over the last year that monogamous homosexual activity is allowed by Scripture, but is encountering resistance from Scriptural scholars. He is likely to encounter much more, say theologians.

More than 100 people applied to participate in the four-day conference, though only 50 were accepted, and the chosen were required to rigorously study throughout the summer before the conference even began. Vines sent them 1,100 pages of dense, academic reading material, for example, to make sure they understood both sides of the issue before the event began last Wednesday.

“The goal of the conference was to be training Christians who are in churches that don’t currently support LGBT people and to give them the biblical tools and knowledge that they need to go back to their churches and have constructive, persuasive conversations with other believers on these issues,” Vines told CP...

He told CP that the writers of Scripture understood same-sex behavior as "an impulse toward excess," much like gluttony or drunkenness. But the issue must be approached differently, he says, when discussing Christian gays who are living out "an expression of covenantal love in a faithful, monogamous relationship."

Many Christians think they cannot believe in the full authority and inspiration of the Bible and at the same time support same-sex relationships, says Vines, though he hopes to convince them that isn't the case.

This drive to normalize homosexuality seems to have come out of nowhere and is becoming relentless.

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Fifty hand-picked Christians

All from pro-homo "churches" no doubt.  Try coming into a Baptist church and see how that kind of garbage is received.
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I served Mass growing up. 

This Pope shocked everybody when he said that you didn't have to believe in God to get to heaven.

Think about that for just a second.......we were raised on the camel and the eye of the needle parable.  You either accepted or you couldn't get in.

It's just another example of what I mean when I say that there's chaos everywhere.  Up is down...left is right.     ....okay, maybe not that one!   :laugh:
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"It's not the mountain before you, but the pebble in your shoe"      ....or something like that

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monogamous homosexual activity is allowed by Scripture
It takes a whole lot of intellectual contortions, denial and imagination to believe this.
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