A controversial new book from a mainstream, evangelical Christian publisher is being described by a critic as a “new low-water mark” for the industry while an advocate calls it a “game changer.” “God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships,” by Matthew Vines, who describes himself as a gay Christian, has been released by Convergent Books, an imprint of WaterBrook/Multnomah Publishing. Ingrid Schlueter, a long-time conservative voice in Christian media, sees Vines’ book as yet another example of evangelicals accommodating “a culture in moral free-fall.” “All the theological contortions in the world by evangelical authors and publishers cannot change the Word of God and its teachings on the issue of marriage and homosexuality,” she said. “The fact that this book is being published, by a mainstream evangelical publisher is no surprise, as evangelicalism is largely jettisoning the authority of the Word of God on sexual ethics and is instead accommodating a culture in moral free-fall.” More