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Biblical Inclusion Of Homosexuality

The majority Evangelical position on Homosexuality is that it is believed to be a sin. It is typically clarified that orientation is NOT a sin. The gay thoughts and feelings are seen NOT as sin, but as temptation to flee from. And that giving into that temptation and proceeding toward the act itself, or even worse the lifestyle, that is seen as sin. There really isn’t any room for debate on the matter because it is seen as “clear” and “plain” in scripture. 

This subject is primarily seen by evangelicals as a matter of biblical inerrancy. They believe this because unfortunately, there are still too many people that take this approach. But the strongest argument that evangelicals need to contend with is by those that affirm biblical inerrancy. It’s not about running from the authority of scripture, but instead diving deeper into the scriptures to apply proper hermeneutics and exegesis. 

The “plain reading of scripture” isn’t always sufficient to understanding an ancient text? But it’s natural to hold tight to that hermeneutic when it suits our view. There are a couple different ways in which scripture is dealt with that seemingly condemns homosexuality. 
1) What is the intended meaning of the text from the author and to its original audience?
2) How does the text apply to the lives of a 21st century readers?

So the question is, if we dive deeper into the scriptures, does the Bible condemn committed same sex relationships exhibited in self sacrificial love in marriage? There are 6 passages, referred to as the clobber passages, that are used to stifle dialogue and conclude based on the plain understanding of scripture.

Genesis 19:4-7

Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house. They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.” Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing.

If you isolate verses 4-7 as it is above, it can look like it’s speaking against homosexuality. And some people still think this. But more and more people are reading the whole chapter and context and seeing that this is not talking about committed same sex relationships exhibiting self sacrificial love in marriage. This is violent gang rape. Wow, that’s quite a difference. 

Lev. 18:22 & Lev. 20:13

You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. Lev.18:22

If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them. Lev. 20:13

Do these passages apply to Christians today? Some people say no as they are apart of the old covenant law of Moses. Some say yes as it is apart of a moral law that stands forever that we must obey.

Are these verses speaking of committed same sex relationships exhibiting self sacrificial love in marriage? 

1 Cor. 6:9-10 & 1 Tim. 1:9-10

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, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Cor. 6:9-10

…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, 1 Tim. 1:9-10

Does “malakoi arsenokoitai” mean homosexuals? 

Romans 1:26-27

For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. Rom. 1:26-27

Is this text talking about committed same sex relationships exhibiting self sacrificial love in marriage? It may appear so if you isolate the verses. But if you read the whole chapter and context a different narrative emerges.