Before I start, I would like to define a term for you. I will use it throughout the article, so remember it.
Vinism - The heretical belief that Homosexuality is not sinful and that Practicing Homosexuals can be Christians (See: Romans 1, especially verse 32)
This heresy is rising. With it rising, there are many who embrace this heresy that you can get from you local LifeWay book store. LifeWay is known for their lack of discernment, from books that claim to be equal to the Bible to Heaven Tourism that they knew was fake to books by a Word of Faith pastor and his daughter who both deny the trinity. So it wouldn't be a surprise that we would see these here. Here are just a few.
1. Justin Lee
Justin Lee is the founder of the Gay Christian Network, and the author of "Torn". While he is not currently in a Gay Relationship, he has admitted to being a homosexual and said that he is open to the idea of dating and marrying another guy. You will not see his books on the shelves of LifeWay (As of now), but you could just as easily call LifeWay and order by the hundreds, just as this one man did. If LifeWay is willing to call in and order a book by Justin Lee, who's to say they wouldn't do the same for Matthew Vines's book? This is like a Pharmacy proudly stating they don't carry illegal drugs, but then going to the alley and buying them from the dealer if someone comes in and asks. The only difference is that drugs destroy the body, but heresy destroys the soul.
2. Juanita Bynum
Juanita Bynum is a popular Word-Faith pastor who teaches a Prosperity Gospel among other rank heresies. Just one of these is Vinism. She has attended a Gay Person's Ordination, this person being Oliver Clyde Allen, III. What's worse is that she has actually admitted to being attracted to the same sex and fornicating with both men and women. Yet this doesn't stop LifeWay from selling her CD.
3. Amy Grant
Amy Grant is a popular singer who is known to have had a divorce and remarriage, among other signs of a worldly lifestyle. One such sign is that, in an interview with the gay press, she admitted that she has known about her Gay Fan Base since she was 18 years old. She recalled being honored to be asked to sing at a gay wedding, she has preformed alongside open lesbians, and even the fact that she accepted the interview is definitely off. Her actions speak loud enough to show that she is most definitely a vinist, but somehow (Not Surprisingly) many of her CDs made it into the official bookstore of the Southern Baptist Convention, LifeWay.
4. Philip Yancey
Philip Yancey is well known for his popular book about God's grace, but a little digging shows that he has a confused view of God's law and is a definite Vinist. He has said, "Do I believe that gay people can be committed Christians? Absolutely. I know far too many of them to doubt that." (See here). He had spoken at the GCN Conference in 2011, and his website still says that he wishes to please both that hold an orthodox view of this sin and those who hold to a Vinist view of this sin, but as you can see he clearly acts as if the "Gay Christians" are in no error. In the same article sited before, he even admitted, "I’ve attended a few gay and lesbian churches..." His actions and words both show that he is a vinist heretic.The late Ken Silva had written a few articles about Yancey throughout his life, and those articles can still be read here. Even in spite of these mountains of evidence, LifeWay sells Philip Yancey's books.
5. Tony Campolo
If you know who Tony Campolo is, you already know he is trouble. He is a very liberal teacher. He is an inclusivist (He believes that people can be saved without believing in Jesus). He is Pro-Abortion. And in the midst of these, he is a Vinist. He has recently come out in full support of Homosexuality, contrary to what the Bible says on the topic. You would think the Inclusivism alone would have him banned from discerning bookshelves. And you'd be right. But in light of his Vinism, Inclusivism, Liberalism, and Pro-Abortion stance, LifeWay still peddles this book, with him writing the Forward.
6. David P. Gushee
David Gushee is a Vinist of Vinists. He preforms Vinist apologetics, partners with Vinist ministries, and has even been endorsed by and shared a stage with Matthew Vines, the man for whom "Vinism" was named. He has been thorougly refuted by Dr. James R. White. If you look him up, you'll be sure to find something very quickly. And, as you would guess, LifeWay sells one of his books.
Vinism is one of the most obvious of heresies around today. It is up there with Arianism and Legalism in the most blatantly unbiblical teachings. If these people could slip through the cracks, then what else could? Sadly, this is just a small amount of the false doctrine within the LifeWay stores. There is so much more that it could take months to discern and document each book, maybe even years. LifeWay is one of the most dangerous stores for a new believer to go to, and that is in need of a change. So please consider doing what you can to call LifeWay to repentance and have them remove their heretical teachings.
About the Author
Brandon C. Hines is a young writer from somewhere in northern Alabama who writes about Theology, Polemics, and Apologetics. His beliefs are best summarized by the 1689 London Baptist Confession.
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