Re: Homosexuality and Scripture

On Fri, 16 Sep 1994 Dvdmoore@aol.com wrote:

> 	Others on this list, including myself, are not convinced by your treatment
> of scriptures relating to homosexuality.  I, for one, believe that your
> personal orientation concerning this subject colors your judgement.  Your
> interpretations overreach any reasoned reading of the text as you try to keep
> homosexuality from being classed as sin.  You ignore or frantically
> reinterpret any surrounding context to fit your presupposition that
> homosexual activity is a legitimate, non-sinful expression of sexuality.
>  That may sound good to those concerned with conforming to political
> correctness.  But it makes no sense from a Christian point of view to be
> pimarily concerned to take a politically correct position in an age that
> cynically calls itself post-Christian.
	I, too, am another Bible believing Christian who has heard the 
argument from the homosexual community and have found them lacking.  I am 
afraid that "God has given them over to depraved minds" and our common 
sense and proper exegesis is falling on deaf (and corrupt) ears. 
	I can only stand with Paul (and Moses, Jesus, etc...) :

Romans 1:18-31 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all
ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in
unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident
within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of
the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature,
have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so
that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did
not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their
speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be
wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible
God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and
four-footed animals and crawling creatures. 24 Therefore God gave them
over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, that their bodies might be
dishonored among them. 25 For they 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 over to degrading
passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is
unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural
function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men
with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the
due penalty of their error. 28 And just as they did not see fit to
acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do
those things which are not proper, 29 being filled with all
unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife,
deceit, malice; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent,
arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 without
understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; 

	It doesn't get much clearer than that!

In Christ name,
Michael Lipsey (Tyndale Theological Seminary)

P.S.  As stated by the infamous Martin Luther, "Here I stand, I can do no 

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