"Because Vinism diminishes God's Standard of righteousness and redefines sin, as well as does violence to passages like 1 Corinthians 6:8-11, the heresy has eternal negative consequences for the adherent." - J.D. Hall
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Vinism (Also known as Gay Theology or Queer Theology) is, most simply put, the belief that homosexuality is not a sin. Often times proponents either twist Scripture, adopt Anti-Paulinism, or throw out Scripture altogether and become theological liberals in order to defend this.
Some Vinists have accused Biblical figures such as King David, Prince Jonathan, Ruth, Naomi, Apostle Paul of Tarsus, and even Jesus Himself of being homosexual.
Through most of history, homosexuality has mostly been condemned by almost all pseudo-Christian cults and all Christian groups. The first known and recorded case was 11th Century Archbishop Ralph of Tours and his lover, who was the Bishop of Orleans. This was ignored by both of the Popes that the two lived under. Archbishop Baldric of Dol also had a homosexual lover named "Walter". In the 1600s, Bishop Marbodius of Rennes also had attraction to men. Anglican Archbishop William Laud, was a closet homosexual that wrote about his lusts in his journal. In 1907, Charles Parham, the founder of the Charismatic Movement, was arrested for sodomy. While there were many isolated incidents, there wasn't much of an widespread acceptance until later.
In the late 1900s and early 2000s, many groups started to challenge the traditional stance on homosexuality. Hugh Montfiore accused Jesus of being a homosexual in 1967. The first Gay Episcopal bishop, Otis Charles, came out in 1993. In 2003, an openly and practicing gay bishop was elected to the Episcopal church. In the 1970s certain Anglican bishops were gay but practiced celibacy. By 2013, the Anglican Church had officially embraced homosexuality. Along with these groups, the ELCA and PCUSA have officially embraced homosexuality along with the majority of United Methodists and Emergents.
In 2001, Justin Lee founded the Gay Christian Network (GCN) in order to blur the lines on the issue. In 2013, Matthew Vines released a YouTube video claiming Christianity and Homosexuality were not incompatible and the next year he wrote a book called God and the Gay Christian which pushed his case (Heavily relying on the teachings of James Brownson). Vines eventually became a poster child for "Gay Christianity". To this day, many others have spoken in favor of homosexuality, including Word of Faith pastrix Juanita Bynum, emergent Universalist Rob Bell, Kinist SJW "pastor" Al Sharpton, Anglican Bishop John Shelby Spong, the founder of the Red Letter Christian movement Tony Campolo, popular author Phillip Yancey, and Liberal blogger Rachel Held-Evans.