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Homosexuality and the Bible

First of all I want to make something very clear, it is not our place to hold judgment or to condemn someone for their actions or their behavior.  Our job is to gently guide and lead people to the understanding of truth, and the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  It is not to harass, abuse, degrade, or attack (physically or verbally) another individual.

Now, because our focus is on truth, and what the Bible says, I think it is very important to take a look at the above statement which very aggressively states that Homosexuality is acceptable to God, and that no where in the Bible does it state (correctly) that homosexuality is a sin.

To start off we will look at Leviticus 18:22, which states:

You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. (ESV)

This is again repeated in Leviticus 20:13:

If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. (ESV)

The Liberated Christian group claims that neither of these verses were intended for the general Christian population, but were instead only intended for those Christians who were heterosexual.  They also state that the translation of abomination does not mean a sin, but rather a "ritual impurity," and therefore it is an action/ lifestyle that is acceptable to God.

They then contradict this statement by saying "it is a ritual violation, an uncleanness."  If we look at Leviticus 15:31 we can see that it specifically commands the Israelites to be "separate from the things that make you unclean...defiling my dwelling place, which is among them."

They then go on further to contradict themselves by stating that these commandments were not intended for a majority population, but rather only at Levitical Priests ("these laws were designed to have priests distinguish themselves").  If the priests were trying to distinguish themselves, then why would it be directed at the majority of the heterosexual population?

The third statement they make is that none of the Levitical Laws apply to Christians.

The next verse they deal with is 1 Timothy 8-10, which reads:

Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine.

Again they argue the translation of the phrase "men who practice homosexuality," saying that it should really read "sexually perverted," or even possibly "kidnapper" or "someone who lies with male prostitutes."

Now if we assume that their translation is correct, we have to ask ourselves why Paul would repeat what he just said (nearly word for word) when making a list.  If we use the definition of pervert (debase, corrupt) we could say that the phrase would then read:

" the sexually immoral, the sexually immoral (corrupt), enslavers..."

If we use the definition of kidnap, it would read:

"the sexually immoral, those who seize and detain illegally, enslavers..."

Again, Paul would be basically saying the exact same thing twice in a row.

The last translation that is suggested by the Liberated Christian group is slave dealers... but again Paul would be repeating himself by saying "...enslavers, enslavers..."

Just by looking at the sentence structure, we can see that Paul was writing about something other than slavery or sexual immorality in general.

Another verse that clearly shows homosexuality as a behavior that is unacceptable to God is 1 Corinthians 6:9

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality.

Again, this group argues that the translation should read men who practice perverted sexual acts (again repeating sexually immorality).  They continue to take this stand, despite Greek scholars stating that the combination of the two Greek words used refer "to the passive and active partners in consensual homosexual acts."

And after a long explanation of why this verse is misinterpreted, and how the current translations are incorrect, for some reason this group makes the following statement:

If the group is claiming that this is all a misunderstanding of what the author meant, then why would they then say it doesn't matter what he meant?  Why would they back track and say "Regardless of what he meant?"

The last passage I would like to look at is Romans 1:26-28:

Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.

This verse, just as the others clearly states that homosexuality is not a "natural relation," and is something that is "indecent" and a"perversion" of that which was intended.

Even if we go back to the verses where the Liberated Christian group argues the verse should read sexual perversion, this verse very clearly defines homosexuality as an act that would fall under that category.

As I mentioned last month, there are groups and people out there who will twist the Word of God to fit their lifestyle, instead of fitting their lifestyle to the Word of God.

All interpretational statements need to be carefully weighed and tested (1 Thessalonians 5:12), so that we do not fall into the traps of sin.

The last thing I will leave you with from this group is their disclaimer (I thought this was rather ironic):

Again, I want to urge the importance of rejecting a behavior or an action, and not the person.  Those who engage in homosexual acts are not "inferior," they are not "evil," they are simply people who are sinners.  It is just as important for us to remember that "none are righteous," and rather than judge and condemn a person, it is important to make it apparent that it is the action that we disapprove of.  Remember, God so loved the world... (John 3:16)

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