‘Reformation Project’ Recruits Volunteers Nationwide to Influence Churches to Embrace Homosexuality

Vines ytWICHITA — A homosexual advocacy group is recruiting volunteers to influence churches nationwide to embrace homosexuality.

The Reformation Project describes itself as “a Bible-based, Christian non-profit organization that seeks to reform church teaching on sexual orientation and gender identity.” Based in Wichita, Kansas, the organization aims to “accelerate the acceptance of LGBT people in the Church.”

Matthew Vines, 23, leads the effort, and organized a conference last month for 50 selected volunteers who will go into their churches and work to convince their congregations that homosexuality is not sinful.

“The Bible is not anti-gay. It never addresses the issues of same-sex orientation or loving same-sex relationships, and the few verses that some cite to oppose those relationships have nothing to do with LGBT people,” Vines asserts on the Reformation Project website. “Careful, persistent arguments about those passages have the power to change every Christian church worldwide, no matter how conservative its theology.”

Over 100 people applied to volunteer as what Vines calls “reformers” and attend this year’s conference in Kansas, but only 50 were selected for the effort. The individuals were sent training materials prior to the event, which was held at the Asbury United Methodist Church in Prairie Village. Vines described the conference as a type of boot camp on the subject of homosexuality.

“There, we will equip them with the tools and training they need to go back to their communities and make lasting changes to beliefs and interpretations that marginalize lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people,” he outlines. “Once they go back, we will continue to offer them personal, financial, and infrastructural support for months and years to come.”

The majority of those that were selected to attend the conference are members of evangelical churches. Alabama, California, Louisiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Massachusetts and numerous other states are represented by the chosen “reformers.”

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Vines, a homosexual, had raised funds for the project earlier this year, generating over $100,000 in under two months. He has been recognized for a YouTube video in which Vines delivered a message explaining his contention that homosexuality and Christianity are compatible.

However, some have expressed strong disagreement with Vines and assert that he is twisting Scripture to suit his lifestyle. James White of Alpha Omega Ministries recorded a five-hour broadcast in response to Vines’ message, refuting his teaching line by line.

“What Matthew Vines has done in his rebellion against God [is] he has chosen to rebel against God’s created order, and then to blame everybody else for the result of pain and suffering that his own capitulation to his sexual desires has brought into his life,” he stated.

White explained that in the beginning, God specifically created a helpmate for the man–the woman. He noted that in the New Testament, Jesus pointed back to the Scriptures in Genesis and reiterated this specific design–which He created.

“One of the biggest themes in all Scripture is the reality that God is creator of all things, and therefore, He determines what is natural and right for all things,” he stated. “What needs to be said clearly and forcefully is that Christian teaching on marriage found in the Christian Scriptures, in the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, is one man and one woman together–becoming one flesh. That is the only relationship that God has ordained, and it is the only relationship that He will bless.”

“You may complain about that. You may wish to change God’s views, but don’t call that Christianity,” White asserted. “Call it whatever you want to call it, [but] don’t call it reflective of Jesus’ teaching, because isn’t.”

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  • Rob Pineda

    Its even more disgraceful that they call themselves ‘Reformers’, as somehow they are like those brave Reformation heros of the 15th – 18th Century’s.

  • The comment “The Bible… never addresses the issues of same-sex orientation or loving same-sex relationships” is certainly at stark odds with Scripture (Leviticus 18:2, 20:13, Romans 1, Jude 1:7). What can we do but stand strong ourselves and pray for this man?

  • Was that the “Reformation Project” or the “Apostasy Project”?

    Jesus Christ delivers people from homosexual sin… I happen to be one of them! Why on earth would we embrace any sin? (1 Cor 6:9-11)

  • andre

    @Justin, let me see if I understand your message, you’d like God’s children to sit back and just let sin take over, be more in line with the teachings of anti-christian doctrine. You know that the only way evil takes over is that if men of faith sit back and do nothing as suggested in your comment. I’m not reading any words to the homosexual community to stop tryin to force there sinful ways on the nation. Nope your only concern seems to be what Christians do or don’t do when evil comes a knockin. Your comment implies that attempting to teach the truth of the bible to those who practice a sexual deviant/sinful lifestyle is somehow not the work of the MINISTRY. The job of saints of Christ is to reach everyone with Gods word and I believe homosexual, transgender and any other person trapped in bondage is the work of the Holy Spirit thru his body the church. If you support such ones then the bible says you share in that persons sin. Sin by association. All sin leads to the second death and eternal separation from ur creator Jesus the Christ. Prayin for you my brother that ur heart be healed and anyone else supporting the abnormal lifestyle of those practicing alternative sexual behavior contrary to bible teachingsand yes adultery is a deviant sexual behavior! ..

  • Brother James

    Because non Christians have their own worldview which excludes the spiritual Christians must approach this subject and all other moral issues from their wordy viewpoint. They will not, nay cannot, accept (see 1st Corinthians 1 ) or even understand arguments based on the Christian World view any more can most Christian accept (or are even willing) to understand their world view. So, if the basic principle of biology is our starting point when discussing this subject, that is that the one and ONLY purpose of Sex is for procreation the non Christian (unless they deny the principles of biology) do not have any logical or practical bases for their view point that any sexual activity between the same sex is a normal biological function.
    This approach bypasses the moral and spiritual arguments non Christians may use to justify their lifestyles and avoids unproductive discussion.
    Christians must, I say MUST, show ALL sinners the same love that the Christ showed ALL sinners who came to Him without partiality or favoritism “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God Rom_3:23 .
    Read 1st John 2 & 3 in the Amplified version (prayerfully) to obtain Yahweh’s viewpoint on the matter also see Romans 1&2.

  • Charlie

    It must so deeply sadden Christ to see his children judging one another, outcasting as his people were outcasted and he himself was accused of being a false prophet. Obama and this project of Satan, sounds like the Pharisees, legalism and ignorance none of which Christ walked with.