Tim Mackie run ‘Bible Project’, a popular bible-teaching YouTube channel with over 3.5M subscribers. In a recent teaching video, Mackie offers a theology of human sexuality that seems to be a ‘Side B Revoicer Special,” which holds aberrant and unbiblical perspectives on homosexuality. The Dissenter explains:
Side B Christianity is essentially the teaching of Revoice, a movement condemned as false and heretical by conservative, Bible-believing Christianity. It teaches that homosexuality as an “orientation” is normative; Christians can have strong, romantic, sexual feelings for people of the same sex. As long as they don’t actually have sex, they are not sinning. In other words, it completely denies the Holy Spirit’s power to change one’s thoughts and desires upon repentance and faith.
Earlier in the clip, Mackie says Jesus acknowledges (Matthew 19:12) that some people are ‘eunuchs by birth’ but then twists this passage to make it as though Jesus is saying that some people are homosexuals by birth.
Later he engages in a bit of bible twisting to monkey about with Galatians 3:28, rewording it to add, “there is no male or female, no slave or free, no Jew or non-Jew, no gay or straight…”
Why is it that in the majority of American churches, single people feel isolated, and not included, and alone? Because the dominant paradigm is ‘get married and have kids- that’s the pathway to a meaningful life’. And just to be super clear, I’m really, pretty sure that Jesus doesn’t share that view. He didn’t get married, right? I mean, just like, historical fact number one.
Do you think Jesus did not have a meaningful life? Do you think Jesus actually didn’t think meaningful life was possible because he didn’t have sex and he didn’t get married? Like, we laugh at it because all of a sudden we realize that’s so ridiculous, he had probably the most meaningful human life that a human has ever had. But somehow, we don’t compute that. And so we end up creating churches where people who are not married, feel second class, and where people who are gay feel even more ostracized because they where do they fit, right?
And so here, we’re right to it. In Jesus’ view, there are multiple ways that a human can image God’s love. What does a life of singleness- whether you’re straight, whether you’re gay it doesn’t matter- what is the life of singlenes dedicated to Jesus lead to? You have enormous amounts of time and resources free now, to dedicate to serving others to loving others, in the name of Jesus.
And the history of the church is marked by incredible, incredible heroes and heroines of the faith who have done that. And their lives were not diminished in one bit. And so if I’m a follower of Jesus and I sent the High Calling to not be married and to give my life, sexual orientation, doesn’t matter. He’s calling me to not have sex with people of the opposite gender or the same gender, he doesn’t highlight one more than the other.
Just says, sex has its place within the Covenant symbol-making of the image of God. It’s not the only way to symbol the image of God, but it is that way, in Messiah Jesus, there is no male or female, no slave or free. No Jew or non-Jew, No gay. No straight. Just beautiful humans made in the image of God who are deeply flawed and who all need God’s grace.
Slowly, but surely, the downgrade marches on.