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Gay-Affirming Churches: The stats and the movement

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?

Gay affirming 2011

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

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11 Responses to “Gay-Affirming Churches: The stats and the movement”

  1. Joelle #

    G-d will hold Matthew Vines accountable for what he has done. I have lost my own son to homosexuality because of Matthew and his book of false teaching. The Word is very clear…Homosexuals will NOT inherit the kingdom of G-d (1 Corinthians 6). Twist as you may Mr. Vines, you will not escape G-d's judgement and neither will those who follow your lead. G-d will hand them over to their lusts and they will suffer the due penalty for it (Romans 1).

    July 25, 2014 at 6:13 AM
  2. Eliza #

    Militant homosexuality is driven by depravity and seeks to spread the disease of unbelief and rebellion against God through spreading their "good news" of deviancy. Why would they demand that biblical believers bow to their wickedness? As those who love Jesus Christ we need to be ready to stand up for His Word and His righteous requirements that those who know Him reject those who cause divisions through spreading demonic doctrines and live godly lives of faith and holiness. Churches succumbing to this damnable heresy indicates they are under God's just judgment for rejecting His truth and refusing to worship and thank Him as He truly is revealed to us through His Son Jesus Christ and in the Scripture. (Romans 1:18-27) God bless you:)

    July 25, 2014 at 12:47 AM
  3. Matthew Vines is no more a Christian then Howard Stern currently is one. He is lost and foolish. One day unless he repents he will see the full recompense for his demonic choice of homosexuality and trying to influence others….

    June 10, 2014 at 2:44 PM
  4. judya49 #

    The only ones will be reformed to this perversion are those who do not really know the Lord Jesus christ…those who are not grounded in the word of God…those who never really had a relationship with the Lord Jesus and those who do not believe what God said in His word about this abomination….Judgement is coming…Repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ!

    May 29, 2014 at 12:01 PM
  5. John Heimerschlitz #

    Wait a minute, he says he wants to reform churches all over the world but he never mentions Saudi Arabia or Iran. Don't they need reform when it comes to their views on gays too? This guy is a joke he is trying too hard. He should just quit what he is doing.

    April 29, 2014 at 7:41 AM
  6. James #

    It is always beyond comprehension about where they got that term homophobia from. Because true believers of Christ call it sin they have a phobia of them?
    With Vines, I believe God has turned him over to his reprobate ways at this point as he in no way is open to follow the ONE and ONLY JESUS CHRIST who was sacrificed for everyone's sins, and homosexuality is included in this.
    Many will get convinced in his message as they do not know the Bible, or want to accept what is spoken in the Bible about this.
    This makes my Spirit cry in what they are doing. If Mat Vines put this much energy into reaching people for Christ he would have a true ministry in his hands. The way it is now, by twisting scriptures, how many will fall into the path of going to hell by believing these lies of Satan.
    They really need intercessors to pray for them, and especially Matthew Vines for doing all his deceitful research to be such a soldier of Satan in doing a lot of the footwork in this.
    Please Lord, help these wayward souls in falling for these lies.

    April 25, 2014 at 8:23 PM
  7. Matt #

    If he doesn't see the sin in being a homosexual while proclaiming to be a Christian I think he might be a reprobate(I don't like to throw around that term around lightly). He is leading others astray (sin is still sin, even if its 2013 AD or 1013 AD). I think he might fall for the coming strong delusion.

    March 25, 2013 at 2:25 PM
  8. I used to be addicted to men, but 7 years ago Jesus set me FREE! (YouTube video) I am now free from the sin of homosexuality. Marriage is between 1 man and 1 woman according to the King James Bible (Genesis 2:24) December 19, 2010 I married a beautiful woman of God. FREE AT LAST FREE AT LAST, THANK GOD ALMIGHTY I'M FREE AT LAST!!!! JESUS IS LORD!!
    I have NOT had ex-gay therapy, unless you consider Jesus my Therapist.

    March 22, 2013 at 9:47 AM
  9. Kathy #

    America has move so far from God! This is what the religious leaders did during the time of christ. They made manmade rules and called themselves righteous. Just as most Americans have today. Christ said He came for the sick who would trust in Him and have eternal life. When America feels Gods judgment (which will happen) I don't want to be here.

    March 21, 2013 at 7:27 AM