Jesus says ‘It’s OK to be Gay’

I’m not a Christian, not anymore at least, but I still have several friends who are devout bible-believing Christians. One of the things that frustrates me about modern Christianity is the whole gay issue. There is a loud group in our country who push and push for the unequal treatment of homosexual men and women. I know there are other Christians (some of my close friends believe this) who think that homosexuality is a sinful lifestyle but believe that since this is America (land of the free) gays and lesbians should have the right to marry each other (Sadly these people are clearly in the minority, or at least aren’t out there in the media spotlight).

I know that this article has an inflamatory title (it got you to read it though didn’t it?) but I think there is another option for Christians who are serious about the bible. It’s ok to be gay. Now you may be saying ‘wait a minute, wait a minute!’ the bible clearly says that homosexuality is sinful. I believe you’re referring to the story of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19:1-29, a law in Leviticus 18:22/20:13 and two brief references in Paul’s Letters: 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and Romans 1:26-27. These passages are called Clobber Verses by Homosexual Christians because they’re used to Clobber them over the head with the bible, and their suppossed sinful lifestyle. However these passages “have been revisited and vigorously reexamined by scholars – who in general have come to the conclusion that many things have been read into the Bible in the past, related to homosexuality, that the text just cannot sustain”. Click here for the article from the Epistle website by Bruce L Gerig, which argues strongly from a biblical basis that God accepts homosexuals just like heterosexuals: as they are. This website examines closely the scripture and parses it down to the original greek words. Here are the Clobber Verses, clobbered by good hermenuetics.

There is another option in the culture wars: Christians can come down on the side of homosexuals and accept them into the life of the church. After all, who are you to deny God to another person? Christians, I hope this article can get you to rethink some of your positions on homosexuality. Put aside your preconceived notions and read with an open mind.

The Epistle: make sure to read both pages


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