Is it time for a second Reformation in Christianity? Matthew Vines thinks so. Vines, who was profiled in The New York Times after his 67-minute monologue on what it meant to be gay and Christian went viral on YouTube, has started a new organization, aptly called the Reformation Project.
The project describes itself as “a Bible-based, Christian non-profit organization that seeks to reform church teaching on sexual orientation and gender identity.”
Vines was kicked out of his church in his hometown of Wichita after trying to convince fellow believers that there was nothing wrong with being gay. Since then, he has been on a mission to change the way churches think about LGBT people.
“Right now there are thousands of churches across the world where gay Christians have no voice – where coming out means getting kicked out and losing all support from family and friends,” Vines says in the video introducing the Reformation Project. “As the Bible tells us, the stone that the builders rejected has and will become the cornerstone.”
The first step for the Reformation Project will be a leadership training conference for 50 reformers who share the Project’s vision. The Project also hopes to raise $100,000 to make the conference free to all the participants.
Vines clearly has his work cut out for him. But he can take some comfort from the last Reformation. That one took over 100 years to run its course. Let’s hope this one goes a lot faster.
Check out Vines’ announcement about the Reformation Project:
Photo: The Reformation Project