The Bible & Same-Sex Relations: A Biblical Analysis from an Incarnational Perspective

The-manuscript-of-the-BibleI recently reconnected with a classmate from my high school days. Our first several exchanges focused on updating each other on what had happened in the decades since our graduation. Once we discovered that both of us had become Christ-followers, the discussion turned to sharing our respective points of view on a variety of subjects – prayer, spiritual life, the Bible – and eventually to the issue of sexual orientation. My former classmate was surprised to hear that I had a very high view of the inspiration of Scripture, yet favored the full inclusion of gay and lesbian people in the life of the Church. He asked if I would mind explaining my thinking on this subject in a plain and straightforward way. This article is my response to that request.

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5 thoughts on “The Bible & Same-Sex Relations: A Biblical Analysis from an Incarnational Perspective

    • Dear Jay,

      I normally do not approved comments that fail to comport with my Biblically-based “Comment Covenant.” But in your case I am making an exception to explain what that covenant is about.

      You dismiss my extensive, Biblically-based arguments with name-calling, without even taking the time to address them. That is neither civil nor does it live up to the standards Jesus set for Christians engaging in dialogue with each other.

      If you would like to engage in actually dialogue with me – or even civilized debate – I am would be happy to engage with you about what the Scripture actually says on the subject, I would be happy to accommodate you. But if you only want to call names, let me know, so we can just agree to disagree.

      • Genesis 19:5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them. 19:6 And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, 19:7 And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. 19:10 But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door. 19:11 And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door. 19:12 And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place: 19:13 For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.

      • Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

  1. Dear Jim,

    To merely throw back at me two of the same texts that I have laboriously and extensively translated from the original Greek, without putting in the same exegetical work to make a opposing argument is the theological equivalent of saying, “because I said so.” It makes me wonder whether you actually read the document or are simply reacting to the title.

    As I said, I’m willing to have a dialogue on the merits of my exegetical work and my arguments. If you’d like to do that, that would be great. Otherwise, it seems to be a waste of your time and mine to simply quote proof texts.

    Blessings and thanks!

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