pederasty, temple prostitution and rape. He claims that loving, committed same sex relationships were unknown to the Biblical writers. Consequently, he reasons, Moses and Paul had no idea that the loving relationships that present day Gay Christians enjoy meet with the Lord's approval.
Clearly, young Mr. Vines reads quite a bit into Scripture. Worse, he forgets that the Holy Spirit, Who inspired every word of Scripture, is every bit as much God as the Father and the Son. Being divine, the Holy Spirit obviously would know about today's homosexual relationships, as well as about homosexual orientations. Surely He wouldn't have limited His Word to First Century experience, ignoring all the men and women throughout history who struggled with same sex attractions.
Vines desires, sincerely, I believe, to be true to Christ. Sadly, his same sex attractions create a painful conflict between his faith and his romantic/sexual desires. Having thought, for over 40 years, that my Cerebral Palsy excluded me from marriage, I do sympathize with his frustration over the prospect of lifelong celibacy. Yet I never rationalized the opportunities I had for sexual behavior that Scripture expressly forbids by reinterpreting God's Word to accommodate my longings. The Bible unapologetically declares that following the Lord requires dying to self. Yes, such emotional death causes deep pain. But isn't Jesus worth it?