What The Bible Says Briefly About Homosexuality – By Reverend Jide Macaulay

The idea of this book is to development a biblical case, theological arguments and traditions often found in the bible with a connection with African cultures and history. There has been many discourse, scholarly papers and debates on the subject of faith and sexuality, however, there are limitations on the impact and focus of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) persons in Africa. The issues of alienation and rejection of faith communities makes this a very urgent matter for discussions.  Read More

 

Counter-Intelligence texts in Christianity.

The exercises below are related to Common texts/narratives which are used in the Bible to discriminate against LGBTIQ people. There are also texts which are more inclusive and affirming for LGBTIQ people and their families.  Read More

 

Part I – Bible Based Evidence of Same Sex.

“…in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them”, Genesis 2:27.

  • “God’s image is found only in humans
  • God made Adam and Eve, Steve and Evelyn too
  • There are TWO creation stories
  • 2% of the population means that literally millions of human beings do identify nor believe they are created male and female
  • Illustration of many men called Adam and many women called Eve
  • Adam and Eve represented the Genealogy of Jesus
  • Adam and Eve unable and incapable of populating the earth
  • Cain’s confession and trial before God – Gen.4:8-17
  • Cain’s wife (v17)
  • Adam and Eve and the birth of Seth (v25-26).

 

God’s Image not tied to heterosexuality, 2 Corinthians 4:4; Col 1:15.

  • Jesus was a single man who represented the image of God on earth
  • Divine image belongs equally to men and women, hence feminist argument on equality
  • God’s image not found only in the union of male and female. Read More

 

Does the image of God require heterosexuality?

Christian tradition offered the following as the image of God;

  • Augustine 4thC Person’s intellect
  • Thomas Aquinas 13thC Reason
  • Ambrose 4thC & Calvin 16thC Human soul
  • Irenaeus 2ndC Human reason.

Some Facts to consider…

  • How old was Adam and Eve when they were created?
  • and what race were they?
  • Where did the wife of Cain come from after he murdered his brother Abel?

Ruth loved Naomi as Adam loved Eve. Genesis 2:24; Ruth 1:14.

 

  • “Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you! Where you go, I will go; where you lodge I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die, I will die — there will I be buried. May the Lord do thus and so to me, and more as well, if even death parts me from you!” (Ruth 1:16-17).  Read More

 

Jesus affirmed a gay couple, Matthew 8:5-13.

  • In the original language, the importance of this story for gay, lesbian, and bisexual Christians is much clearer. The Greek word used in Matthew’s account to refer to the servant of the centurion is In the language of the time, pais had three possible meanings depending upon the context in which it was used. It could mean “son or boy;” it could mean “servant,” or it could mean a particular type of servant — one who was “his master’s male lover.”

Jesus said some are born gay, Matthew 19:10-12.

  • “Not everyone can accept this teaching, but only those to whom it is given. For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let anyone accept this who can.”

Three Types of Eunuchs.

  • Castrated men – the eunuchs who are made eunuch by men. (Those who work in royal palaces)
  • Voluntary celibates – the eunuchs who make themselves eunuch for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Catholic priests, Monks, Friars etc.
  • Men who are not interested in sex with women, those born that way from their mother’s womb.

Daniel 1:9 –  Ashpenaz and Daniel.

  • Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs. KJV
  • Now God had given the chief of staff both respect and affection for Daniel. NLT
  • And God gave Daniel favour and compassion in the sight of the chief of the eunuchs. ESV.

 

The early church welcomed a gay man. Acts 8:26-40. 

  • Ethiopian Eunuch met Philip, In Homoeroticism in the Biblical World,Martti Nissinen states that “any eunuch attempting to join the Christian community would have had to deliberately ignore the Torah (Old Testament Jewish Scriptures), which forbade it.”

 

Some Facts to consider…

  • In the daily mass celebrated in catholic, Anglican and orthodox churches, the congregation are required to say aloud…,” Lord I am not worthy to receive you but only say the word and I shall be healed”. Luke 7;6-7

  • These are words of faith spoken for the first time in the bible by a gay man.

 

Examples of Homoeroticism in the Bible…

  • There was a man of Benjamin….He had a son whose name was Saul, a handsome young man.

    There was not a man among the people of Israel more handsome than he; he stood head and shoulders above everyone else. 1 Samuel 9:1-2   Read More

David loved Jonathan more than women, 1 Samuel 18:1-4.

  • “When David had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was bound to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father’s house. Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul. Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that he was wearing, and gave it to David, and his armour, and even his sword and his bow and his belt.” (1 Samuel 18:1-4).

David and Jonathan experienced homophobic abuse. 1 Samuel 20:30.

  • The Saul’s anger was kindled against Jonathan. He said to him. You son of a perverse rebellious woman. Do I not know that you have chosen the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of your mother’s nakedness”?

 

Evidence of David and Jonathan’s gay love.

  • Jonathan too great delight in David (1 Sam 19:1; 7; 20:3-4;11;(12-16);17;41) David wept the more
  • 2 Samuel 1:23 & 26 – Saul and Jonathan, beloved and lovely. In live and in death they were not divided, there were swifter than eagles, stronger than lions. Jonathan lies slain upon your high places, I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan. Greatly beloved were you to me, your love to me was wonderful passing the love of women”.

 

Transgender in the Bible?

  • The subject of Transsexuality is not directly addressed in Scripture. The six passages about Homosexuality and the one passage about Cross Dressing are irrelevant since Transsexuality is a different condition than either of these
  • One might come to this issue with the perspective that where the Scriptures are silent we are to make our decisions based on empirical evidence and reason   Read more

 

Scriptures related to trans people in the bible.

  • So God created humanity in God’s own image, in the image of God, God created humanity; male and female God created them. — Genesis 1:27
  • Let not the eunuch say, ‘Behold, I am a dry tree.’ For thus says YAHWEH: ‘To the eunuchs who keep my sabbaths, who choose the things that please me and hold fast my covenant, I will give in my house and within my walls a monument and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name which shall not be cut off.’ — Isaiah 56:3-5  Read More

 

Scriptures about bodies and gender.

  • God welcomes those who were deemed too strange or impure, particularly because of their bodies. Isaiah 56:1-8
  • The stranger and the strange are welcomed into the body of worship. Act 8 (Phillip and the Ethiopian Eunuch)
  • Peter and the conversion of the Cornelius the Gentle and his household. Acts 10 demonstrates how God unravels the rigid rules about inclusion, who or what is acceptable, welcomed or forbidden.

 

Some facts about altered gender appearances not questioned.

  • Circumcision
  • Tanning
  • Implants
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Muscle loss or gain
  • Heeled shoes
  • Hair cutting or trimming
  • Bleaching skin

 

Part II – Terror Text or Clobber Passages.

Addressing the Clobber Passages.

  • There are 6 to 10 passages cited in the condemnation of homosexuality depending on which theological debates
  • Three questions we must ask throughout the study
    • Who wrote this?
    • For who was it written?
    • What is the overarching purpose?.

 

Terror Texts or Clobber Passages.

  • Genesis 1 & 2; The Creation Story
  • Genesis 19:1-9; Sodom and Gomorrah
  • Leviticus 18:22 & 20:13; Abomination
  • Leviticus 21:18, Deut. 22:5 & 23:1; Transgender or Gender Non-conforming people
  • Romans 1:24-29; Unnatural Passions
  • 1 Corinthians 6:9 & 1 Timothy 1:10; Vice Lists.

 

Sodom & Gomorrah, Genesis 18 & 19.

  • What happened in Sodom?
  • Background to the events leading to two angels arriving in Sodom
  • The men of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord (Gen 13:13) but the nature of their sin not specified
  • Abraham and Lot were models of humility and hospitality. Rewarded by God. (Gen 18:2 & 19:1)
  • It’s true that the men of Sodom did ask to have sex with the other men. A demand for these men to be subjected to multiple violent homosexual rape.
  • Nothing about consensual homosexual sex.
  • Surrounded the house
  • Called with fear to Lot
  • Ask for the visitors to be brought out
  • “Know” them – open to interpretation
  • Lot appealed to them
    • He secured the door of the house behind him
    • He begs the men of Sodom
    • Not to “act so wickedly”
    • He offered his two virgin daughters
  • Lot said “let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you please, only do nothing to these men for they have come under my roof.
  • Stand back they replied – threatening words and behaviour
  • This fellow came here as a foreigner and would play the judge – Xenophobia
  • Now we will deal worst with you than with them – threat of assault
  • Then they pressed hard against the man lot – assault
  • And came near the door to break it down – attempted criminal damage
  • God told Abraham his plans to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah.
  • Then the Lord said, “How great is the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah and how very grave their sin! 21 I must go down and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me; and if not, I will know.” Gen 18:20-21)
  • Abraham bargained with God to save Sodom. (Gen 18:23).

 

The Sin of Sodom.

  • Lack of hospitality
  • Bent towards violence
  • Opposing arrogance towards strangers and foreigners
  • Lack of generosity toward the poor
  • Emblematic of evil and injustice
  • Wickedness and disobedience.

 

Biblical references to the sin of Sodom.

  • Ezekiel 16:49-50 – This was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. 50 They were haughty, and did abominable things before me; therefore, I removed them when I saw it
  • Isaiah 1:4 & 10 – castigated Judah as a sinful nation comparing it to the rulers of Sodom and the people of Gomorrah
  • Isaiah 13:19 – “The pride and glory of the Babylonians…will be overthrown by God like Sodom and Gomorrah”, they were sins of oppressing marginalised groups, murder and theft
  • They were not of a sexual nature
  • Jeremiah 23:14- declared that the adultery, idolatry and power abuses of false prophets rendered them “all like Sodom”
  • Lamentations 4:6 – “the punishment of my people is greater than that of Sodom”
  • Amos 4:1-11 and Zephaniah 2:8-11 invoke Sodom to describe God’s judgement on those who “oppress the poor” or exhibit prideful and mocking behaviour
  • Aggression and dominance including gang rape were the motives in these situations, not sexual attraction.

 

Additional evidence of same sex gang rape in the bible.

  • See also Judges 19:22, While they were enjoying themselves, some of the wicked men of the city surrounded the house. Pounding on the door, they shouted to the old man who owned the house, “Bring out the man who came to your house so we can have sex with him.”
  • Imagine…Suppose the two angels in the story had been women, but the story otherwise unfolded exactly the same: The men of Sodom clamoured to have sex with the two female angels and God destroyed the city. Do you think anyone would conclude this story was a blanket condemnation of heterosexuality?

 

Some Facts to consider…

  • If homosexuality was so evil, why did Jesus not say anything about it?
  • Jude 5-7;
  • Ezekiel 16:49-50, reference was about the inhospitality in Sodom not homosexuality.
  • The bible never identifies same sex behaviour as the sin of Sodom
  • Ancient interpretation also differed greatly from the modern concepts of sexual orientation and gay Christians
  • Early Christians focused on inhospitality, arrogance and violence – Philo 1stC
  • Origen 3rdC, “you who avoid guest as an enemy
  • Tertullian 2nd/3rdC never concluded it was same sex behaviour when he discussed Sodom
  • Jerome 4thC lambasted the people of Sodom for pride and gluttony (greed)
  • Onanism and masturbation – Genesis 38.

 

Leviticus & the abominations, Leviticus 18:22 & 20:13.

  • Christians often disregard Old Testament laws because the New Testament teaches that Christ fulfilled the law
  • 13 And when you were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive together with him, when he forgave us all our trespasses, 14 erasing the record that stood against us with its legal demands. He set this aside, nailing it to the cross. Colossians 2:13-14
  • Romans 8:2 – For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death
  • Romans 10:4 – For Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes
  • Galatians 3:13 – Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”
  • Galatians 5:1 – For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

 

Reasons for Leviticus.

  • Holiness Code – Moral Laws Vs Ceremonial Laws
  • Written approximately 3,500 years ago in the bronze age
  • To address the needs of a prehistoric society in the Middle East
  • Leviticus 18:1-3 “The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
  • Speak to the people of Israel and say to them: I am the Lord your God. You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypt, where you lived, and you shall not do as they do in the land of Canaan, to which I am bringing you. You shall not follow their statutes
  • It is about conforming worship styles to the Hebrew culture. There were predominantly pagan idol worshipping such as Molek
  • Pagans were known for hedonism, sexual practices related to their form of religious worship and rituals
  • Prostitution and same sex sexual acts within paganism were common
  • Governing sex strictly for procreation in a time of low fertility. Leviticus also banned adultery, sleeping with close relatives etc.

 

What is an abomination?

  • Sometimes also translated as detestable
  • Distinguish Israelites from the surrounding Pagans cultures, worship rituals, practices and behaviours
  • The relevance of prohibitions
  • To express the idea that the Egyptians considered themselves as defiled when they ate with strangers (Genesis 43:32). The Jews subsequently followed the same practice, holding it unlawful to eat or drink with foreigners (John 18:28; Acts 10:28; 11:3)
  • Pharaoh was so moved by the fourth plague, that while he refused the demand of Moses, he offered a compromise, granting to the Israelites permission to hold their festival and offer their sacrifices in Egypt. This permission could not be accepted, because Moses said they would have to sacrifice “the abomination of the Egyptians” (Exodus 8:26); i.e., the cow or ox, which all the Egyptians held as sacred, and which they regarded it as sacrilegious to kill
  • This word is also used symbolically of sin in general (Isaiah 66:3); an idol (44:19); the ceremonies of the apostate Church of Rome (Revelation 17:4); a detestable act (Ezekiel 22:11)
  • Romans 8:2 – For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death
  • Romans 10:4 – For Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes
  • Galatians 3:13 – Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”
  • Galatians 5:1 – For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery
  • The original Hebrew word is Tovar means atypical, unexpected or something that is so strange as to be uncategorized
  • Is someone or something which does not comply with the Jewish purity laws which describe what was acceptable and unacceptable, also intended to separate Jews from the Gentiles (Peter and Cornelius)
  • Things that offend purity laws include eating of shellfish, wearing of mixed fabrics and having sex with a menstruating woman.

 

Does Leviticus condemn homosexuality?

  • A strongly patriarch society simply consider it is a revulsion of the idea of a male acting as a female and more so the passive partner in anal sex
  • This was about the subordinate status of women and often referred to as deformed males
    • Exodus 21:2-11 – male slaves are to be freed after six years, but female slaves are never to be freed
    • Leviticus 27:1-8 – Women are less valued than men
    • Deuteronomy 21:15-17 – women are not allowed to inherit properties
    • Deuteronomy 22:13-29 – death penalty applies to women who engage in premarital sex but not to men, and men are granted the right to initiate divorce.

 

Unnatural Acts in Romans, Romans1:26-27.

  • For emphasis we must read the full context Romans 1:18-3:24
  • Paul is concerned with attacking NOT homosexuality but idolatry, the worship of idols, rather than the worship of the creator
  • Gentile nations are idolatrous and the punishment was to be given over to degrading passion
  • Paul did not have same sex love in mind at all, he was referring to exploitative Greek and unusual Roman pederasty
  • There is no question that Romans 1:26-27 is the most significant biblical message in this debate. It is the longest New Testament reference to same sex behaviour in scripture.

 

Key Issues in Romans.

  • Turning away from God to worship idols instead is folly
    • Paul teaches “no one is righteous” and he said all people, “have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” (3:23-24)
    • Jews had the law, but didn’t follow it enough to earn their salvation (Romans 2)
  • What may be known about God is plain to them…so that people are without excuse (Romans 1:19-20)
  • It was for this reason – their idolatry – that God gave them over to shameful lusts
  • They exchanged the truth about God for a lie. Paul listed 21 different vices they engaged in, this hardly described a loving same sex relationships
  • “And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind and to things that should not be done. 29 They were filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, covetousness, malice. Full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, craftiness, they are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, rebellious toward parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 They know God’s decree, that those who practice such things deserve to die—yet they not only do them but even applaud others who practice them.” (1:28-32).

 

Reasons for Paul’s condemnation.

  • Paul condemned lustful behaviour, no mention of love, fidelity, monogamy or commitment.
  • What is natural and unnatural?
  • Straight people acting like gay people? It went against their own heterosexual natures.
  • Paul described the people who “exchange” or “abandon” opposite sex for same sex relations. Pauls advertently was condemning “homosexual acts committed by apparently heterosexual people. If the debased behaviour was heterosexual in nature are we to conclude that heterosexuality is unnatural?
  • Paul wasn’t condemning the expression of same sex orientation as opposed to the expression of an opposite sex orientation. He was condemning excess as opposed to moderation
  • Paul thinks God gave the Gentiles a homosexual orientation as a punishment, this links with Paul’s lack of understanding on human sexuality
  • The Question of nature;
    • Same sex behaviour is unnatural; it is against the order of nature – Brian Fischer
    • Not normal – Chuck Colson
  • What we do know here is that patriarchy and misogyny is at play.

 

Malakoi & Arsenokoitai 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (11) – Background.

  • Corinth was known as a nest of immorality where sex was abused and for sale in unthinkable ways
  • Various heathen gods were worshipped including Aphrodite – the goddess of love
  • More than 1000 young people, male and female worked as prostitutes in Corinth
  • Pederasty flourished in many Greek cities
  • Paul had sexual exploitation in mind when he wrote these letters
  • There was a connection to the idolatrous culture of the time
  • Great injustice
  • Modern and Ancient gay people, just like heterosexuals, have a great desire, not so much for sexual gratification, but for companionship, a loving relationship, closeness and the physical tenderness and intimacy.

 

Malakoi Definitions.

  • Malakoi is a common and masculine Greek word which definitely means “Soft”, it implies effeminacy. It was used to describe fine clothing in Matthew 11:8
  • Men failing to act like men, out of control
  • Weakness, degeneracy, weakling
  • Weak, feeble or unmanly
  • Sodomite, male prostitute or homosexual pervert
  • Those men who prettied themselves up
  • Luxury, drink wine, too much sex, love food and hire cooks
  • Malakoi was not related to sexual behaviour. It was frequently applied to men who succumbed to the charms of women
  • Loose, undisciplined.
  • Sodomites, sexual perverts, homosexuals, abusers of themselves with mankind, molester of children, effeminate men, male prostitutes etc.
  • The word homosexual was not in existence until 1869 coined by Hungarian Karoly M. Benkert. First used in English language in 1912 then the bible in 1946 and American bible in 1972.

 

Malakoi – Conforming to Gender Roles.

  • Men were strong, women were weak or soft
  • Men were courageous, women were cowardly
  • Men were dominant, women were submissive
  • Men were model of restraint, women lacked self-control
  • If a man did anything that was typically associated with women, he is Malakos.

 

How the Bible translated Malakos.

  • Weaklings (1525 Tyndale NT)
  • Wantons (1587 Geneva Bible)
  • Debauchers (1852 James Murdock Translation)
  • Licentious (1904 Ernest Malan Translation)
  • Sensual (1923 Edgar Goodspeed Translation).

 

Arsenokoitai Definitions.

  • In Greek arsen means male and koites means bed
  • Argued men who sleep with other men
  • Pederasty, prostitution, and sex between masters and slaves
  • Union of males with males.

 

How the Bible translated Arsenokoitai.

  • Abusers of themselves with the mankynde (1525 Tyndale NT)
  • Buggerers (1587 Geneva Bible)
  • The Brutal (1729 Mace NT)
  • Sodomites (1755 Wesley’s NT)
  • Liers with mankind (1899 Douay-Rheims American Edition)
  • Homosexuals (1946 RSV)
  • Perverts (1958 Phillips)
  • Homosexual perverts (1966 TEV)
  • Homosexual offenders (1973 NIV)
  • Practising Homosexuals (1987 NAB).

 

Explaining the link between 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and 11.

  • Wrongdoers
  • In exhaustive lists of wrongdoing
  • Use several translations and versions to list variances
  • Homosexual or homosexual offenders
  • Failure to link verse 11, misplaces the meaning of the text
  • Failure to apply the same level of justice in other cases mentioned is a biased against LGBT people.

 

Faith Based Textual Abuse.

  • How did Christians get it so wrong to the point that homosexuals are singled out for faith based abuses?
  • Deliberately selective interpretation and misinterpretation of isolated biblical text.
    • It ignores the surrounding social, linguistic and cultural context.
    • Prejudicial because it is selected in its usefulness to demonise a particular group of people, for example, slaves, black people, Jews, lepers, women, LGBT people, children and the disabled etc.
  • The Roman Catholic church: Letter on the pastoral care of homosexual persons (1986) – introduced the concept of homosexual condition as separate from homosexual acts. The letter demonised sexual orientation. “although the particular inclination of the homosexual person is not a sin, it is more or less strong tendency ordered towards an intrinsic moral evil and thus the inclination itself must be seen as an objective disorder”.
  • That all gay people are inherently evil.
  • The Protestant fundamentalist of the Evangelical Alliance: published Faith, Hope and Homosexuality in 1999 and it says “We affirm God’s love and concern for all humanity, including homosexual people, but believe homoerotic sexual practice to be incompatible with His will as revealed in Scripture.”
  • Evangelicals try to import modern values into Biblical texts and admit that God gave us “sex for pleasure”.
  • The Anglican Church: issues of human sexuality – took an unsympathetic hard line in this document. In 1991, the House of Bishops issued a statement declaring homosexual activity to be incompatible with Scripture, updated in 2003, purporting to be a guide to the theological debate on homosexuality.

 

Part III – Reconciliation Process for LGBT Christians.

Who are you?

  • Jeremiah 1:5 – Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations
  • Psalm 139:13-14 – For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.

Summary & Affirmation.

  • Nowhere does the bible condemn same sex love
  • LGBT lives and identity and relationships are affirmed in the bible (clear and ambiguous)
  • Anti-gay teaching of patriarchal churches are based on prejudice, not on the bible.
  • Non affirming Christians and those in leadership engage in Biblical casuistry to defend essentially ideological positions which deny LGBT people equal human rights. They aim to oppress and suppress celebrated LGBT lives in the bible

 

PRINCIPLE 21. The Right to Freedom of Thought, Conscience and Religion

  • Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. These rights may not be invoked by the State to justify laws, policies or practices which deny equal protection of the law, or discriminate, on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • States shall:
  • a)     Take all necessary legislative, administrative and other measures to ensure the right of persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, to hold and practise religious and non-religious beliefs, alone or in association with others, to be free from interference with their beliefs and to be free from coercion or the imposition of beliefs;
  • b)     Ensure that the expression, practice and promotion of different opinions, convictions and beliefs with regard to issues of sexual orientation or gender identity is not undertaken in a manner incompatible with human rights.

 

How Do LGBTIQ people reconcile Sexuality and Faith?

  • Recognise the love of God in creation
  • God made ALL people
  • Have faith in God and yourself
  • Study your Scriptures and share your understanding with others
  • Study recommended scholarly materials
  • Love thy neighbour
  • Pray daily and allow time for devotion

 

Jesus on inclusion.

  • Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.” 40 Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, “Surely we are not blind, are we?” 41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains. John 9:39-41.

 

Love Not Hate and What do we preach and teach?

  • John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life
  • Love thy neighbour
  • 1 John 4:20 – “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen
  • Lev 19:19 – “‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD”
  • Lev 19:34 – “The foreigners who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the foreigner as yourself, for you were foreigners in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God”
  • Ephesians 4:14 – That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
  • Proverbs 4:5 – Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth
  • Romans 9:25-26 – “Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’ and those who were not beloved I will call ‘beloved”. “And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people, there they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’”
  • 1 Peter 3:8-9 – Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called—that you might inherit a blessing.