I'm giving this dissertation as a Fundamentalist Christian who takes the Bible literally, who once held the common assumption that it condemns homosexuality. I don’t change my views to appease anyone, but I always try to be polite towards and tolerant of people with different views, including those who may disagree with me on this. My views on this matter changed as a result of my carefully studying (with the guidance of the Holy Spirit) all of the passages of Scripture relevant to this issue.
I explain everything in detail, here is the gist of it. Most of the
passages are dealing with Pagan Goddess worship rituals involving Anal
intercourse. And the Sin of Sodom was in-hospitality.
also want to make clear, that even when I did hold the common
assumption, I was still very different from your typical Fundamentalist
on the issue. I never obsessed over it as though it was the main
spiritual problem facing the nation; in my view, that’s always been
Darwinism. And I’ve never liked homophobes. Nothing is more offensive
or blasphemous to me than to accuse God of hating anyone. “God is Love”-
1 John 4:8; and Jesus said to “love your enemies”. As Chuck Missler
often says, “there is no sin God doesn’t hate but no sinner God doesn’t
love“. He gave his only begotten Son to die for us, hatred is not in his
vocabulary. It is of course only a loud minority of Christians who make
the offensive statement that he hates homosexuals. But the majority of
“conservative” Christians are also under the common misconception that
the Bible condemns homosexuality, which is why I’m doing this.
will say I’m twisting things around to try and change what to them is
the clear plain reading of the text. Many of these same Christians
however will be unlikely to defend the out of context plain reading of
many other verses in the KJV and other modern English translations as
they're frequently cited by unbelievers to allege contradictions or make God look cruel. I believe that the design of
God’s Word is perfect and precise, and every detail both of what it does
and does not say is important.
Matthew 5:18 “For verily I say
unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no
wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” The Jot/Yot/Yod is the
smallest and most frequently used letter of the Hebrew alphabet. It
would look to us like an apostrophe. A tittle is a small decorative
hook on many letters. One doesn’t really need a brief Hebrew lesson to
understand this, the point being that every detail of God’s Word
matters, even the little ones, because seemingly insignificant details
can make a world of difference, as any good detective would tell you.
Baptists who are KJV-Only are the Christians most likely to be hostile
to this interpretation. This is what makes my holding this view even
more surprising, because I do basically consider myself an Independent
Baptist. But being Independent means I don‘t just blindly
follow what a Pastor tells me the Bible says, but rather I look it up
for myself. I’m also basically KJV-Only, since I absolutely consider the
King James Authorized Version to be the best English translation; it’s
always the one I default to using. And I absolutely reject the changes
made in modern translations based on the Alexandrian Manuscripts and the
textual criticisms of Wescott and Hort, such as removing many critical
occurrences of the word 'Blood'. Unlike some KJV-Only believers
however, I do acknowledge certain imperfections of the KJV. It is in
fact impossible to perfectly translate either Hebrew or Greek into
English. NONE of those imperfections effect the Gospel, but some will
be relevant to passages I will discuses on this issue. Unlike many
KVJ-Onliers I do not discourage studying the original Hebrew and Greek;
in fact I encourage it. I believe the Masorectic should be used for the
Hebrew, and the Textus Receptus for the Greek (the sources for the KJV)
are what should be relied upon.
Thing is though I do also
believe even the KJV renderings are not blanket condemnations of all
homosexual or even all male homosexual affection. And in some cases
it's simply a matter of understanding the context of what those words
meant in 1611 rather then what man has changed them to mean today.
In fact in some cases the modern versions are more blatantly anti Homosexual then the KJV. Which tells me the perception that The Bible condemns Homosexuality is something Satan really wants to promote. There is a popular meme out there that a "Lesbian goddess worshiper" helped write the NIV and that's why it removed Sodomite. Regardless of if such a person was involved however the NIV does blatantly condemn Homosexuality in the New Testament. In verses where the KJV is more ambiguous.
is, the common understanding of the relevant verses is based on just
casually reciting the way they're usually rendered in modern English
without putting much thought into them. What I have done is put a lot of
thought and study into it - always under the starting premise that the
Bible is the inspired, infallible, inherent Word of God, using Scripture
to interpret Scripture and doing so logically and consistently.
written other articles about sex and marriage in the Bible, and in
general, which would be useful to cross reference here.
Part 2: The Sin of Sodom
Part 3: Leviticus 18 and 20
Part 4: Romans 1
Part 5: Corinthians and Timothy
Part 6: Condoned Homosexual Affection
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