There is an intentional movement by the progressive wing of Christianity to increase the number of gay-affirming churches around the world. Here in the U.S., Matthew Vines has become the catalyst and “poster child” for that movement.
Keep in mind that they are targeting NOT the churches already gay-affirming, but those who are holding fast to the truth of biblical doctrine. Will they succeed?
According to the 2011 Affirming Church Survey:
6,826 churches by the end of 2011, an increase of 367 churches from the previous year. This in spite greatly reduced man hours available to do the massive email sweeps through entire denominations required now days to find the affirming churches. The good news is that the movement has clearly ‘main line’ in several denominations (e.g. Episcopal). The ‘bad’ news is that to find the affirming churches now in these groups massive email sweeps are required. This is very time consuming, exactly the time commitment we were in short supply of this year. In spite of our resource limitations, the directory grew at a rate of over one church a day and was on pace at the early part of the year to completely smash the one year new church add record before resource limitations stepped in to slow down the ‘grand search’ for affirming churches throughout the world. Source
- Matthew Vines Launches ‘Reformation Project’ to Make Churches Gay-Affirming (standupforthetruth.com)
- Rob Bell Affirms Gay Marriage (christianresearchnetwork.org)
- Gay Christianity Refuted: James White’s Full Response to Matthew Vines