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Quotes from Matthew Vines

Good teachings, even when they are very difficult, are not destructive to human dignity. They don’t lead to emotional and spiritual devastation and to the loss of self-esteem and self-worth. But those have been the consequences for gay people of the traditional teaching on homosexuality. It has not borne good fruit in their lives and it’s caused them incalculable pain and suffering. If we’re taking Jesus seriously that bad fruit cannot come from a good tree then that should cause us to question whether the traditional teaching is correct. [12:55-13:40]

Vines, Matthew. “The Gay Debate: The Bible and Homosexuality.” Matthew Vines, 12 March 2012. www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezQjNJUSraY (last accessed 01 September 2020 (10:06)).


But the necessary consequence of the traditional teaching on homosexuality is that even though gay people have suitable partners they must reject them. And they must live alone for their whole lives without a spouse or family of their own. We are now declaring good the very first thing in scripture that God declared not good, for the man to be forced to be alone. And the fruit that this teaching has borne has been deeply wounding and destructive. This is a major problem. By holding to the traditional interpretation we are now contradicting the Bible’s own teachings. The Bible teaches that it is not good for the man to be forced to be alone and now we are teaching that it is. Scripture says that good teachings will bear good fruit but now the reverse is occurring, and we say it’s not a problem. [15:16-16:16]

Vines, Matthew. “The Gay Debate: The Bible and Homosexuality.” Matthew Vines, 12 March 2012. www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezQjNJUSraY (last accessed 01 September 2020 (10:06)).


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