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Homosexuality & The New Testament

AS CONTINUED FROM THE DUNAMIS WORD:

What Does the Bible Really Teach Regarding The Issue Of Homosexuality?

Let’s Look Closer:

I Cor. 6:9 ~ “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,”

Arguably, one of the most controversial and direct scriptures in the New Testament regarding homosexuality, 1 Cor. 6:9 is the topic of much debate and consternation.

In the mind of the skeptic and homosexual, everything hinges on the proper meaning and application of the phrase “nor abusers of themselves with mankind,” which is all one word in the Greek [ajrsenokoivth”] or arsenokoites. The first 3 parts of this scripture are clearly understood, fornicators, idolaters, adulterers… That is easy for most people to understand. Some say that the fourth category, effeminate [malakov” ] malakos which is a young male or female prostitute kept for the sexual pleasure of an adult usually male (which was a rather in-vogue practice in both Greek and Roman aristocracy) is the totality of the fifth category. Therefore, in their opinion, arsenokoites only refers to the customers of these young prostitutes by class rather than referring to homosexual activity or behavior in general. Mel White and other christian-gay advocates suggest that this scripture is only relevant to the people of that culture, with no superimposition on modern culture or sexual behavior. Finally, they are quick to suggest that any further or additional interpretive is simply reading into the text what is not there.

Outspoken theologian Mel White (A gay –christian minister, filmmaker and book writer) asks the question, “Is a word in Greek that has no clear definition, being used to reflect society’s prejudice and condemn God’s gay children?”

In order to get the key (the proper understanding) we must view scripture as Paul would have viewed it. Remember, he was more likely working with a Greek translation of the Hebrew scriptures of his day. Either the Septuagint or a LXX version. The reason we know this is because it shows forth in the usage of Paul’s words regarding the issue. I’ll explain:

Lev. 18:22 ~ “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”

Lev. 20:13 ~ “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them”

These verses were the basis for Paul’s teaching on this subject. The Greek translation here condemns a “man”-(arseno) from “lying with”- (koitai) another “man”- (arseno). Paul joins these words together in 1 Cor. 6:9 to produce one singular word in order to relay the proper message (arsenokoites). This is called a neologism. This is the same way we use words to create new words. For example, “software” and “database” were created as new words during the computer revolution. We do this every day to relay meaning and more complete thoughts on certain subjects.

There are 4 facts in support of this argument set forth by theologian Robert A. Gagnon “The Bible And Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermenuitics” (Abingdon Press 2001) pg. 303-339 that must be pointed out to drive home the point:

  1. It is highly unlikely that the word arsenokoites(ai) should be broadened to include exploitive hetrosexual intercourse which appears especially unlikely in light of the Levitical prohibitions that we are aware of and that Paul would have also been aware of.
  2. In every instance that we see the arsenokoit word group, in a context that offers clues to its meaning, it denotes homosexual intercourse.
  3. The term Paul used, arsenokoites, is an inclusive term regarding all men who play an active roll in homosexual intercourse. Were this limited to pederests, as some suggest, Paul would have used the term paiderfastis.
  4. The meaning of the 1 Cor. 6:9 passage is even better understood in light of Romans 1:24-27: 

“Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.”

When Paul uses the term “men with men”- (arsenes en arsenes) this is obviously another way for him to say arsenokoites (homosexuality).

C. Wayne Mayhall in the ‘Christian Research Journal’ (Vol. 30 # 6 2007) “Practical Hermenutics” pg. 50-51 says, “Having more closely documanted the particular use of the word arsenokoitai and it’s consistent witness in the New Teastment, we have discovered that homosexual sin in 1 Cor. 6:9-10 isn’t as culturally relevent as many who support the pro-homosexual agenda to normalize aberrant sexual behavior would have us believe”

In other words, “The Bible says what it means and means what it says consistently” Homosexuality, among sinner or “supposed” saint is a practice and life CHOICE that is unacceptable to God and that will not stand in the day of judgement. Further, this ungodly practice, similar to hetrosexual sin, does not allow one to experience Biblical salvation and freedom from sin and it’s effects on the spirit of man.

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16 Responses

  1. Chas Diamond says:

    I think that God probably thinks gay people are OK

  2. dunamis2 says:

    Chas Diamond~ I think so too…in fact I’ll even go one better…I think God LOVES gay people. So much so until he gave his life to bring them to himself.

    Out of all that God has simultaneously left a guideline to certain standards of acceptable behavior for us to follow and ask for HIS intervention with. If we ignore that, we prove that we don’t think HE’S OK.

    Many of us have a better respect for corporations that we work for when we seek to go by their “Rules of Ethics” or “employee manuals”. Go to work tomorrow and tell your boss that you WON’T abide by company policy because you weren’t “born” to…Then call me from the Unemployment office and I’ll tell you what I say now…HIS love, view or opinion of us isn’t the problem, neither is HIS approval of us…Our love for him and what he thinks is the issue…

    Do you agree that homosexuality is a sin? If not, what is your basis? Thanks.

  3. CheTeach says:

    Thank you for this wealth of information that breaths the truth of God’s word into the dark deceptive homosexual lifestyle. Homosexual is a choice. God’s word is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore. We has the true remnant of Christ must continue to hold up the banner of Christ and his redemptive power to save and whom the Son sets free is free indeed. Divine truth never sits well with those who chose to live in sin of any kind. Truth causes man to make choices that will either lead to life or death. The wages of sin (including), but not limited to homosexuality is death. But Christ has come to bring life. I feel to so blessed to know that their are still Chrisitians that believe and stand for holiness, righteousness, and truth.

  4. dunamis2 says:

    Thank you for commenting and I hope something here will help as you share the message of Christ within your community. We’re in this battle together!

    God Bless.

  5. Queen says:

    Unfortunately due to so many ministers not preaching and teaching against homosexuality it has become acceptable throughout the church. Preachers are no longer teaching what the bible says about it. Homosexuality is a SIN! Men with men & women with women is all throughout the church also ministers are coming out the closet like its ok. I see why God is coming back sooner than we think its not pleasing to him and its time to get the church back to the way its suppose to be. All these ministers will be judged harshly because they know what they are doing is not of God.

  6. dunamis2 says:

    Sister Queen,

    You are right and those non-actions have given way to a completely new homosexual agenda and multiple homosexual ministries such as Soulforce and what is called SGL (Same Gender Loving) Churches.

    The homosexual and lesbian are loved and encouraged to battle this demon with true believers. There are individuals that don’t want to be this way and all they need is help. God has an answer and solution for them that want the deliverance. Thanks Sister and God bless.

    Pastor Burnett

  7. Jimmy says:

    It is very clear what the holy scriptures says about the subject of homosexuality. There is no excuse for a man’s life style desire to be a woman yet they cannot stand women! the fact that a woman who desires to be a man cannot stand men! The entire concept of it is confusion especially when there are children involved.I believe that people simply need true deliverance from this “anti-Christ” spirit. It is a fact that Jesus is soon to return and as “signs” of preachers comming out of their closets is a sure thing that Jesus is returning for HIS church.Gays, transvestites, trans-gender, can be delivered through real repentance and Holy Ghost empowerment! Living a clean life until Jesus comes back. Thank you for the truth about this subject especially in the black church community. NO ON WANTS TO TAKE A STAND FOR THE TRUTH> Thank you for your real stance on Holiness vs Homosexuality.

  8. Rene Donaldson says:

    I’ve been reading your blog -excellent information. I don’t know why the whole lesbian epidemic amongst women hasn’t been put on blast. In the black (and white) community all I see are lesbian/bisexual women. Women who wouldn’t mind sleeping with another woman but confess they’re straight or women who are openly lesbian in public. As a guy it makes me wonder are we good enough? Are we being replaced? It makes me wonder if there are any real heterosexual women in the black(white)communities. And then it’s so blatant in the church and no one says anything about it. You’ll see to young women arm in arm and no one says a word about it in church. This blog has been very enlightening.

  9. dunamis2 says:

    Rene,

    I think what happens is that there’s a difference cultural norm for women than for men. Women accompany each other to the bathroom and most I know have absolutely no feelings for the other. Women compliment, do hair, etc…men normally do none of those things. So a woman, especially a feminine bi or lesbian, can hide out (at least when it comes to men) Usually women pick up on it right away though.

    There are some sistahs who speak up on the issue. Gcmwatch at http://www.gcmwatch.com has a video of a young lady breaking the silence on the issue.

    All too often however, we don’t use spiritual discernment…Then there’s another part that I don’t touch here…there are individuals who have an interest to NOT say anything about that sort of behavior….I won’t go into details why at this point.

    Thanks for your observations.

  10. Kenneth Redmond says:

    Homosexuality is a devil spirit, not a demon(where’s that word in the bible?), choice, or genetic disposition. Fighting the acceptance of it is only part of the solution. Without power in ones life(the word is dunamis, used 116 times in the NT), nothing will ever change in a homosexual’s life. They must desire change, it can’t be forced. The goodness of God leads a man to repentance(change)Rom 2.4. The Power I am speaking of is in a prayer of believing to a heart with high expectations and the Name of Jesus Christ is used with believing.

  11. Sylvia Wanjiku says:

    Homosexuality is an evil spirit and tends to be glorified among some churches…If God had intented for this to happen then men would also have been given the gift of bearing children but it was given to women.The church needs to take a stand and we as Christians need to stand firm in the truth and minister it to the youth and stop the ignorance sometimes associated with Homosexuality and Holiness.
    The scriptures are clear about the views of we need to stop living in reality and live in the truth of Gods word and not offer our own interpretations…
    Blessings Pastor Burnett

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  13. Kelli Garner says:

    Really nice posts. I will be checking back here regularly.

  14. TB says:

    I’m curious if you can show me [anywhere] in the scripture where there is biblical proof that homosexuality is a “spirit”. This kind of “kitchen sink Bible-reading” is deplorable and very dangerous. I’ll wait for a direct scriptural link to homosexuality being a “spirit” or a “demonic incursion”, as I’ve heard it before.

    Thanks

    • dunamis2 says:

      TB,

      I suppose you’re just wanting to know general information because your question has nothing to do with anything I’ve written on the topic and is certainly not contained within this article.

      I suppose one thought would be that since we have an immaterial reality about us called spirit, and are spiritual beings and are influenced spiritually whether to do good or to do bad, that one could draw the line and say that practices that are harmful or dangerous or practices that are not according to God’s will is inspired by the realm of demons or demonic activity.

      Scripturally we see people cutting themselves, disassociating themselves, really doing all kinds of damage to both themselves and the community because of demons and demonic activity. (Matthew 8) Then even others that were considered to be demoniacs, had cognitive awareness of their surrounding and were able to communicate quite well (Mark, 1:32-33) I think the problem in understanding the issue is in what those critical of the subject expect to see or find. I think too many of us expect “The Exorcist” or a Hollywood production and then we’ll claim “that’s a demon”. However, what if a demon or demonic activity “appears” to be what we consider normal? What if the rage of discovering that homosexuality is not even a solid or good practical lifestyle choice, becomes so uncontrollable that a person hates God and all Christians because of it, or begins to create a new Gospel in which their sin is hailed as a virtue? Is that a demon? Sounds like what a demon would do to me. What if it is that a person, although knowing that they are with an AIDS infected partner (male or female) is so overwhelmed sexually that they cannot stop themselves from running headlong into self destruction? Is that a demon or is that just “normal” for a person to do?

      So you may level a certain set of criticism at the idea, but when examined thoroughly, fairly and in a balanced manner, one can’t simply discount the idea that homosexuality and other activities may have a demonic element to them. Certainly there is human responsibility in it, but there could be some demonic elements present…Good question and one that requires a balanced, spiritual approach to really address properly in my opinion.

      Hope that addresses the issue for you.
      Thanks.

  15. BishopEXCEL says:

    “The Church” (a term that I have come to the understand solely and significantly indicates the American Church only) has for the last almost 100 years propitiated a compromising religious based message which pompously sourced alcohol as the capital and chief repeat offender against our version of holiness and righteousness. (Which of course conflicts with the extravagant previsions of Christ’s first miracle at the wedding of Cana of Galilee! )

    For almost 100 years while we preached so vehemently against alcohol, we said nothing about obesity, abortion, homosexuality, divorce and pornography. We majored on the minors and minored on the majors! We shouted what God whispered, and whispered what God shouted!

    By our silence we have given our consent to the very things which have now infiltrated our ranks from the pulpit to the pew! Now that the enemy has breached the gates we find that our Pious theology offers no hiding places and we are now forced to say what we should have been saying all along, at the cost of being hailed as bigots, and homophobes.

    We have given birth to sons and daughters who live through the revisitation of sin on the third and fourth generation. In our current day the divorce rate is higher in the church than it is in the world. We have a diluted concept of contract and not even the most remote understanding of Covenant. Which results in us cycling through marital spouses as we do the tires on our vehicles. (2 years)

    With that being said I can’t even talk about “Church Abortions” without bursting into tears and running to weep between the porch and the altar. But the issue of topic is even more scary.

    HOMOSEXUALITY. Another product of our silence was the fact that if the kindness of God leads us repentance, how can they hear except they have a preacher……. Well the preachers said nothing about the issue allowing the problem to go unchecked and unchallenged, putting our children at risk! There was no preaching therefore no conviction. That combined with another tragedy of promoting peoples gifts despite the deficit of their character was fuel for closet homosexuals to ascend to the hilltops of rank and affect the change that they wanted to see. (which was ultimately to have their sin accepted). In the Church I grew up in several men (even married ones) practiced homosexuality. I knew that at 13 years of age. But their behavior was excused because of their musical abilities or relation to the pastor.

    Many Denominations that have stood through the theological storms of history as pillars of the protestant evangelical movement have now crumbled, their beautiful worship centers and cathedrals now charge admission as mere museums entertaining the mobile masses as only an echo of yesterdays prolific voices.

    Dear God Help us!

    The Current rate of divorce coupled with the recent Supreme Court rulings just crowned the American Family at the top of the endangered species list.

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