Monday, September 1, 2014

Matthew Vines' Greatest Fallacy

On page 178 of his book God and the Gay Christian, Matthew Vines says, “As more believers are coming to realize, [affirming same-sex relations as moral] is, in fact, a requirement of Christian faithfulness.

Can anyone spot the fallacious argument made in that statement by Matthew Vines? There are actually several fallacies found here, but one big one in particular. Do you see it? He is saying that if you do not affirm same-sex relations then you are an unfaithful Christian. The gullible and easily influenced Christians will read that and think to themselves, "I don't want to be an unfaithful Christian, so I better affirm same-sex relations." Vines constantly and consistently employs pervasive use of logical fallacies, forces false choices, assumes conclusions, makes faulty appeals to authority, makes false analogies, etc., throughout his entire book. Not only that, but when he shares his story, he does so via emotional manipulation, employing the Appeal to Pity and Appeal to Sympathy fallacies. He has to resort to deceptive tactics and manipulation (like all homosexuals) because he does not have the truth and the truth undermines him and condemns him once and for all time.

Affirming same-sex relations as moral is not a requirement of Christian faithfulness and has nothing to do with Christian faithfulness whatsoever. Contrary to Vines' false declaration, more believers are not coming to the realization of his fallacious statement. Same-sex relations are immoral, unhealthy, and unnatural. They are perversions of the created order, as anyone who stops to use their brain knows full well. When they are manipulated via emotional blackmail and fallacious logic they forget their brain and succumb to the idiocy. But let them stop and think, making full use of their brain's capacity (something many people rarely do any more these days because they do not like to think, otherwise they are faced with issues they do not want to deal with), and they know full well that homosexuality is a perversion of both human and sexual natures.

On pages 31 and 32 of God and the Gay Christian?: A Response to Matthew Vines, it has this to say:
"Answering a question about divorce in Matthew 19:4–5, Jesus quotes Genesis 1:27, “male and female he created them,” then Jesus quotes Genesis 2:24, “Therefore a man. …” Significantly, Jesus attributes the words of Genesis 2:24 to the one who made them male and female. Jesus asserts that God himself declared that what happened between Adam and Eve was determinative for mankind in general. When Vines argues against the idea that Genesis 1–2 teaches that procreation is a fixed standard for marriage (137–41), and when he argues that sexual complementarity is not required for the one flesh union (144–48), he sets himself against the understanding of Genesis 1–2 articulated by Jesus of Nazareth.
Jesus said that God the Father created them male and female (Gen 1:27), and Jesus said that God the Father concluded from the union of Adam and Eve that man should leave father and mother and cleave to his wife, the two becoming one flesh (Gen 2:24; see Matt 19:4–5). Matthew Vines does not interpret Genesis 1–2 the way Jesus did. The interpretation of Genesis 1–2 provided by Jesus is the one that binds the conscience of Christians.
Prior to sin, prior to the curses spoken in Genesis 3:14–19, God instituted marriage as a permanent, exclusive covenant between one man and one woman, and the one flesh union of their bodies brings about a biological miracle neither could experience without the cooperation of the other: the begetting of children, procreation. Marriage is referred to as a creation ordinance because God made it in the garden prior to sin as a moral norm for all humans at all times in all places."
Matthew Vines stands against and in direct contrast to Christ Jesus. Vines makes arguments in his book that are contradictory to the very words of Jesus. Jesus affirmed both gender complementarity (that men and women, although equal in value, dignity, and worth, have different roles) and sexual complementarity (that one man and one woman only form the bonds of marriage, and no other union), both of which Vines and other homosexuals want people to dissolve.

Vines also attempts the old "divide and conquer" with the 6 main passages of Scripture that condemn homosexuality. He attempts to remove them from their immediate context, as well as from the context of the rest of Scripture, and then attempts to destroy the understanding held for 2000 plus years by reinterpreting them. He claims that he took a year off school to study this subject, which is another blatant lie. Had he actually studied it, he would have read the opposing side and not merely non-scholarly books that support his position and further tickle his itching ears. Contrary to Vines' self-deception, he is not a Christian and will find himself in hell (like every other homosexual) if he does not repent and turn to the true Jesus (not the one he has created as an idol who accepts and affirms his homosexual choices).

If you would like to learn more about the truth concerning homosexuality and the biblical passages that condemn it, see these blog entries:
1.) "Homosexuality" (The facts and evidences from nature.)
http://bereansdesk.blogspot.com/2012/01/homosexuality.html

2.) "Exegeting Homosexuality, Part 1" (An in depth look at Leviticus 18:22, 20:13, and Romans 1:26-27.)
http://bereansdesk.blogspot.com/2012/10/exegeting-homosexuality-part-1.html

3.) "Exegeting Homosexuality, Part 2" (An in depth look at the words Malakoi [Mαλακοι] & Arsenokoiai [Aρσενοκοιται] from 1 Timothy 1:8-11 and 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.)
http://bereansdesk.blogspot.com/2012/10/exegeting-homosexuality-part-2.html

4.) "Exegeting Homosexuality, Part 3" (An in depth look at Genesis 19, Judges 19, 2 Peter 2:6-8, and Jude 7.)
http://bereansdesk.blogspot.com/2012/10/exegeting-homosexuality-part-3.html

5.) "Exegeting Homosexuality, Part 4" (An examination of several translations in various languages for 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.)
http://bereansdesk.blogspot.com/2012/10/exegeting-homosexuality-part-4.html

6.) "Leviticus 18" (Exposing Alex Haiken's crude handling of the Word of God as he is caught with his hand in the cookie jar.)
http://bereansdesk.blogspot.com/2012/10/leviticus-18.html

7.) "Handling the Word of God Deceitfully" (Answering the homosexuals' recent translation of the Bible.)
http://bereansdesk.blogspot.com/2013/01/handling-word-of-god-deceitfully.html

8.) "Bow Down and Worship" (Demonstrating how homosexuality is attempting to make the rest of the world bow down and worship it.)
http://bereansdesk.blogspot.com/2013/01/bow-down-and-worship.html

9.) "The Creation Account vs. Homosexuality" (Demonstrating God's design and intentions for ALL humanity.)
http://bereansdesk.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-creation-account-vs-homosexuality.html

10.) "Genesis 19: What the Bible Really Says Were the Sins of Sodom"
http://bereansdesk.blogspot.com/2013/09/genesis-19.html

11.) "Romans 1: What Was Paul Ranting About?"
http://bereansdesk.blogspot.com/2013/09/romans-1.html

12.) "Why No One in the Biblical World Had a Word for Homosexuality" (A deliberately misleading title to the article as the biblical world has both words and descriptions for the acts of homosexuality, contrary to the lies of homosexuals and homosexual advocates.)
http://bereansdesk.blogspot.com/2013/09/biblical-word-for-homosexuality.html

13.) "Leviticus 18 and 20" (An examination of the contexts of both chapters.)
http://bereansdesk.blogspot.com/2013/09/leviticus-18-and-20.html

14.) "The Bible and Homosexuality" (A thoroughly sound exegetical response to Alex Haiken's erroneous arguments.)
http://bereansdesk.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-bible-and-homosexuality.html

15.) "Why Christians Should NOT Re-think "Gay Marriage"
http://bereansdesk.blogspot.com/2013/12/why-church-should-not-re-think-gay.html

16.) "Illogical Homosexual Arguments" (The many foolish things they use to argue with.)
http://bereansdesk.blogspot.com/2014/01/illogical-homosexual-arguments.html

17.) "A Letter to Harry Knox"
http://bereansdesk.blogspot.com/2014/01/a-letter-to-harry-knox.html

18.) "Exegesis Avoids Abusing Scripture" (A look, once again, at the context of Leviticus 18 and 20.)
http://bereansdesk.blogspot.com/2014/03/exegesis-avoids-abusing-scripture.html

19.) "Does the Bible Forbid Homosexual Behaviour and Not Homosexuality?" (A response to some erroneous statements made by William Lane Craig.)
http://bereansdesk.blogspot.com/2014/03/does-bible-forbid-homosexual-behavior.html

20.) "Temptations: The Truth Behind Homosexuality" (What is the the real drive behind people being homosexual?)
http://bereansdesk.blogspot.com/2014/03/temptations-truth-behind-homosexuality.html

21.) "Pais (παις): A Young Male Lover?" (A response dealing with the false interpretation of the Centurion passage.)
http://bereansdesk.blogspot.com/2014/04/pais-young-male-lover.html

22.) Ezekiel 16 and Sodom's Sin (A response to Alex Haiken's eisegetical interpretation of Ezekiel 16.)
http://bereansdesk.blogspot.com/2014/09/ezekiel-16-and-sodoms-sin.html
And for facts and evidence regarding the behaviours, ploys, tactics, and agenda of homosexuality, please see these following links:
1.) "The True Objective Of `Gay Rights' - Total Domination!"
http://prolife.ath.cx:8000/plae117.htm

2.) "Homosexual Tactics: Anything Goes!"
http://prolife.ath.cx:8000/plae118.htm

3.) "The Real Homosexual Agenda"
http://www.truenews.org/Homosexuality/real_agenda.html

4.) "Crafting 'Gay' Children: An Inquiry Into the Abuse of Vulnerable Youth Via Government Schooling & Mainstream Media"
http://www.defendthefamily.com/_docs/resources/6390601.pdf
And to see how homosexuality is indeed harmful to not only the individuals, but to others and to society as a whole, see this link:
1.) "The Risks of Gay Sex" (Written by a doctor.)
http://bereansdesk.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-health-risks-of-gay-sex.html
Here are some books I encourage you to read in order to educate yourself better on the truth of the matter:
  1. The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics by Robert A. J. Gagnon
  2. The Same Sex Controversy by James R. White and Jeffrey D. Niell
  3. The Gay Gospel? How Pro-Gay Advocates Misread the Bible by Joe Dallas (a former practicing homosexual)
  4. A Queer Thing Happened to America by Michael L. Brown
  5. The Homosexual Agenda: Exposing the Principle Threat to Religious Freedom Today by Alan Sears and Craig Osten