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The title is from Psalm 84:11.
The Wikipedia is usually a pretty good reference. I use the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible, and try to cite it appropriately. I also use the World English Bible (WEB), which is public domain. I am grateful.
Does the Bible really say that? Excerpt from my book, 19
Continuing from last Sunday's post on the topic of whether homosexuality is the worst of sins, and continuing a list of all the scripture on homosexuality:
2) Leviticus 18:22 “‘You shall not lie with a man, as with a
woman. That is detestable.
3) Leviticus 20:13 “‘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 shall be upon them.
The two statements from Leviticus are both in the middle of
a list of forbidden unions, such as not having sex with a man’s neighbor’s
wife. There are eighteen forbidden sexual acts in Leviticus 18, and eleven in Leviticus 20. Clearly, homosexual
sin is not being highlighted in Leviticus. The two lists are similar. I don’t know
why there are two lists.
4) Deuteronomy 23:17 There shall be no prostitute of the
daughters of Israel, neither shall there be a sodomite of the sons of Israel.
18 You shall not bring the hire of a prostitute, or the wages of a male
prostitute, into the house of Yahweh your God for any vow; for both of these
are an abomination to Yahweh your God.
(Some other versions of the Bible are not so definite about
this, and reading them may leave some doubt as to whether this refers to male
homosexual prostitution. However, the World English Bible is used throughout
this book, unless there’s a good reason to use another version, in which case
the other version is named. And, besides, sodomite
implies male homosexuality.)
5) Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became
fools, 23 and traded the glory of the incorruptible God for the likeness of an
image of corruptible man, and of birds, and four-footed animals, and creeping
things. 24 Therefore God also gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to
uncleanness, that their bodies should be dishonored among themselves, 25 who
exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature
rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
26 For this reason, God gave them up to vile passions. For
their women changed the natural function into that which is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural
function of the woman, burned in their lust toward one another, men doing what
is inappropriate with men, and receiving in themselves the due penalty of
Note that the fundamental sin here is unbelief, or idolatry,
6) 1 Corinthians 6:9b Neither the sexually immoral, nor
idolaters, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexuals, 10 nor
thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor slanderers,
nor extortionists, will inherit God’s Kingdom. 11 Such were some of you, but you were washed. But you were sanctified.
But you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and in the Spirit of our
God. 12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are expedient.
“All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be brought under the power of
anything. 13 “Foods for the belly, and the belly for foods,” but God will bring
to nothing both it and them. But the body is not for sexual immorality, but for
the Lord; and the Lord for the body.
Notice three interesting things about the above quote.
First, “homosexuals” is fifth on the list, with “sexually immoral” being first.
Second, verse 11 clearly indicates that redemption is possible, for homosexuals
and other types of sinners listed. Third, slander, saying something bad about
someone that isn’t true, is on the same list, although it’s at the end of it. A
search using the New International Version showed that slander is condemned
more often in the New Testament than homosexuality is.
7) 1 Timothy 1:9 as knowing this, that law is not made for a
righteous man, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and
sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of
mothers, for man slayers, 10 for the sexually immoral, for homosexuals, for
slave-traders, for liars, for perjurers, and for any other thing contrary to
the sound doctrine;
There are, then, only seven passages that condemn
homosexuality in the entire Bible. Jesus said nothing specifically about it.
The brevity of this list indicates that homosexuality is not high on the list
The above is an excerpt from my recently published e-book, Does the Bible Really Say That?, which may be obtained free of charge, or purchased from Amazon
for $0.99, which is the lowest price Amazon lets an author set.
Scripture quotations are from the World English Bible, public domain.
The previous post in this series is here. God willing, the next excerpt will continue discussion of a this topic.