Though he has dealt with this issue in depth, James White points out that the arguments regarding marriage in our culture are now more emotionally-driven and will thus need to also be dealt with on that level.:
…[I]t is shallow, emotionally-driven thinking that is the staple of today’s decaying Western culture. At the highest levels of academia, culture, and government, the abuse of sound thinking through the manipulation of those who think without accuracy or depth is rampant. It is the very foundation of political success and advancement. The “spin” is all that matters anymore. Corrupt politicians know this very well….
In the United States today an argument has established itself in the minds of, it seems, the majority of those in power, and in a large portion of the populace, especially the young, that is so vacuous, so empty, so lacking in logical and intellectual rigor, that it must leave the truth-honoring mind grasping for words to express its disdain. I am being kind to use the term “argument,” for it is truly nothing more than a mantra, generously slathered with emotion. I refer to the “marriage equality” argument, the mantra of “marriage equality,” a slogan that may well result in the highest court in the land completely redefining (for the brief time any culture could survive such a catastrophe) humanity’s fundamental relationships in the very near future. Very, very few actually believe in what this mantra means, and they are the most radical ethical nihilists in the land. The vast majority of those who repeat the slogan do not, actually, believe it, and sadly, are not even aware of the contradiction in their thought.
On a similar topic, if you missed yesterday’s Dividing Line you should check it out to see how he deals with a pastor (who is currently in the SBC but that won’t last long) who recently switched his view on homosexuality and what this Bible has to say about it. He writes on a post titles, “Responding to Pastor Danny Cortez: Preparing for the Tsunami”:
Over the course of the next few years we will experience a tsunami of compromise and change relating to homosexuality, marriage, and a plethora of related concepts within what was formerly known as evangelicalism. Holding to a consistently biblical and historical view of sexuality, gender and marriage will become more and more rare, and those who do so will be marginalized in the extreme. Just look across the Atlantic at European nations such as Sweden to see the reality headed our way: the clear suppression of specifically Christian viewpoints on moral and ethical issues by official policies and agencies. Those who do not see the intimate relationship between our ability to define sin and the proclamation of the gospel will find excuses to get around the problem, excuses already being offered by “gay Christianity” and its promoters such as Justin Lee, Matthew Vines, and scholars such as James Brownson. The totalitarians on the left are happy with such compromisers, as they have nothing to fear from them. But those who will not join in the movement will find themselves marginalized in all aspects of our culture.
On this edition of the Dividing Line I took the time to review key elements of Pastor Danny Cortez’s emotional explanation to his congregation regarding his “change of mind” regarding homosexuality. There was nothing new in his comments: Brownson, Ken Wilson, and others had pronounced all these arguments before him, and with far more clarity. But to watch a congregation split by its pastor’s “change of mind,” when we have so often examined, and found deeply wanting, the arguments he puts forward, is deeply concerning. My hope is that by examining these arguments again we can, at the very least, fulfill our role as salt and light, and that the Lord will encourage His saints in their prophetic role.
Update June 6, 2014: On yesterday’s Dividing Line, James White spent some time dealing with a shortened version of Matthew Vines presentation were he give, “7 Bible Quotes Supporting Gay Relationships”. Those verses include Matt. 7:15-20; 1 Cor. 7:1-9; Gen. 19; Lev. 11:9-12, Lev. 19:19, Lev. 19:9, Lev. 18:22, 20:13; Rom. 1; 1 Cor. 6:9; . This portion of the show starts at the 26 minute mark: