This article was originally published in the January, 2009 His Way Out Ministries. (Pro-Gay Argument is Stated in Italics)
“The Apostle Paul’s statements are ‘culturally bound.’ They are addressed to first-century Jews; they don’t apply to us today.” Under this reasoning, we can toss out the entire Bible. None of it was written to twenty-first century people. This argument implies that God’s standards change from era to era. But here is what the Biblical writers said: “The Word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8) and “All your words are true; all righteous laws are eternal” (Psalm 119:160).
“Paul didn’t understand the complexities of homosexuality as we do today. He never condemned permanent, loving homosexual relationships, just homosexual lust and promiscuity.” Paul lived in a complex society, similar to our own in many ways. “New Testament authors could not have been ignorant of something so common as homosexuality in the Greco-Roman world,” says Dr. J. Harold Greenlee, former professor of New Testament Greek at Asbury Theological Seminary. William Barclay, a well-known New Testament scholar, says that, although homosexuality permeated Greek society, “it was regarded as abnormal, and it was never legal.” Paul could have easily drawn a distinction between various forms of homosexuality if appropriate, but he condemned all homosexual behavior, with no exceptions.
Ultimately, the Bible never speaks positively about homosexuality or any other sexual practices outside a lifelong heterosexual commitment. Difficult as this standard is to obey; it is the calling of Christ for all His followers, including those with same-gender attractions and desires.
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