I spent the better part of this evening debating homosexuality with someone.
It all started from someone posting something ex president Jimmy Carter said “Homosexuality was well known in the ancient world, well before Christ was born and Jesus never said a word about homosexuality. In all of his teachings about multiple things — he never said that gay people should be condemned. I personally think it is very fine for gay people to be married in civil ceremonies.”
I have lost any respect I might have had for Carter after reading that…
I replied with “1 Corinthians 6:9 & 10 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor EFFEMINATE, nor HOMOSEXUALS, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God”.
Then I was told that scholars are still debating what the original word for homosexuals, “ἀρσενοκοῖται”, really meant. Some say homosexual, some say not.
So I replied, if it’s not for sure either way, why would you risk salvation on something you’re not sure of? If you choose homosexuality and are wrong, you lose salvation, but if you decide to stay away from homosexuality and are wrong, there is no loss. But I studied this and Strong’s Concordance is accurate when it says ἀρσενοκοῖται means homosexual…
Then, later I found this:
Revisionist hermeneutics can seem pretty silly when we consider who Jesus was. Jesus, a first-century Jewish theologian, would almost certainly have held the traditional Jewish belief about same-sex relations—that is, he would have believed such sexual activity was sinful. Had Jesus departed significantly from Jewish tradition on this front, we can be sure that his disagreement would have been recorded (just like his reconsideration of divorce or his new interpretation of adultery). None of his biographers include a single instance of Jesus challenging the mainstream Jewish understanding of homosexuality, and Jesus more than once affirmed a male-female pattern of coupling as the proper domestic arrangement; it’s safe to conclude, then, that Christ would have agreed with the Levitical assessment of homosexuality as a sin. Any confusion about this seems motivated by contemporary politics, not ancient history.
To top if off, if you think about the actual act of sodomy, something that involves touching feces, well, there is no way that can be Godly.
I will most likely be unfriended for that, no biggie. As the end draws near, followers of God will find their worst enemies will be people who call themselves Christians. It will be friends, family, church members that will do the most persecution of God’s true church. This world has come to a point where people use the word “love” to dismiss sins, but that’s mans standards, not God’s.
What is a true Christian?
So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.
The true Christians keep the commandments of God, as well as the testimony of Jesus.