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The Bible and Homosexuality

Master's Commission New Covenant Church

'My house is a house of
prayer for all peoples.'
(Isaiah 56:7)


The following information was prepared by Rev. Karen to examine the Bible passages often used to put down, persecute, and condemn the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) community. Upon close examination of these scriptures, the so-called "clobber passages", Rev. Karen presents compelling information and arguments to prove that
these scriptures DO NOT CONDEMN THE GLBT COMMUNITY.
May God bless you as you read this information.


The word homosexual is composed of the Greek word homo which means “the same” and the Latin word sexualis in which the English word “sex” is derived and was first used in 1892.

The Bible has been wrongfully used in an abusive way to oppress and condemn women, children, many racial groups and other minorities as well as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered people.

The Bible has always been used in an attempt to omit one group or another from being part of the kingdom of God.

The Jews thought the Gentiles (Nations) were excluded from the kingdom of God because they were not God’s chosen people. But, by the grace of God, they found out they were wrong. “I will call them ‘my people’ who are not my people; and I will call her ‘my loved one’ who is not my loved one, and “It will happen that in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’” (Romans 9:25-26)

Some have used the Bible in an attempt to oppress women and African-Americans and now there are many who twist scriptures in a bias and condemning way to separate the GLBT people from God. But, by grace we all are accepted. Jesus did not die for just a selected few as some would want you to believe. “For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. For as many [of you] as were baptized into Christ [into a spiritual union and communion with Christ, the Anointed One, the Messiah] have put on (clothed yourselves with) Christ. There is [now no distinction] neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:26-28)

There are a few passages in the Bible which are used in a way to oppress and condemn homosexuals. These passages are known within the homosexual community as “clobber passages.” Many preachers, teachers and theologians incorrectly condemn homosexuality for different reasons. For example, some have their minds so saturated in doctrine and religion that they just assume that their church’s stance on homosexuality is correct without ever studying the matter. All you have to do is study Church history to come to the conclusion that the Church has incorrectly persecuted certain groups of people based on faulty doctrine and theology. Many just assume the passages in question were correctly translated and therefore never question the validity of the translation because it does not affect them. But, there are some who will just refuse to study the subject because of their preconceived bias and they would rather persecute and condemn homosexuals than to admit they have been wrong. God said in Acts 10:15: “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”

When the Bible is being used in such a way that it affects you and others, then it is time to study the subject in order to find out if what you have been told is really true. If you take the time to carefully study history and the clobber passages, you will find out that the Bible doesn’t condemn homosexuality, people do. What does the Bible really say about this topic.


Genesis 19:4-5

“But, before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, where are these men which come in to thee this night? Bring them out unto us, that we may know them.”

The Hebrew word for “to know” is Yada. This word is used 943 times in the Old Testament and it has various meanings. It can mean to know right from wrong, good from evil, to know God, to know the truth, the law, people, places and things. Only about a dozen times does this word refer to sexual activity. Yada is a general term that describes many kinds of intimate relationships.

 

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