Kirsten Powers is a new Christian. Writing in an article for Christianity Today in 2013, she explains:
“Just seven years ago, if someone had told me that I’d be writing for Christianity Today magazine about how I came to believe in God, I would have laughed out loud. If there was one thing in which I was completely secure, it was that I would never adhere to any religion—especially to evangelical Christianity, which I held in particular contempt.”
The first thing I look at when someone addresses a topic is the sources they use. If you are going to present a position on something as controversial as homosexuality, you are obliged to consult the very best material on both sides of the debate.
In her USA Today article “Christianity’s New Look on Gays,” Powers only consults pro-homosexual sources. Dr. Robert A. J. Gagnon, Associate Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, has written the definitive work on the Bible and homosexuality: The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics (2001).
Here’s what one reviewer had to say about Gagnon’s work:
“Gagnon’s work should be in every Christian leader’s library. It will serve as a valuable reference in the tumultuous days ahead! As one who has heard Dr. Gagnon’s teaching personally, this reviewer can vouch for the author’s attention to biblical detail and concern to be faithful to the biblical texts under consideration.”
Instead, Powers references Matthew Vines’ new book God and the Gay Christian where “he examines the six passages on same-sex behavior and argues that they do not address today’s long-term gay relationships.”