I need to thank Gary for pushing me into this study and for being a good sport as we’ve disagreed on so many things — and for putting up with a massive number of comments.
Frankly, men such as Gary are rare. Few who disagree with me (and most readers) at such a fundamental level are willing to stand in and reply — often far more graciously than the commenter to whom he is replying — for so long. Gary must have posted hundreds of comments. Continue reading →
So I was sitting at home, minding my own business, reading Christopher J. H. Wright’s commentary on Deuteronomy (Understanding the Bible Commentary Series) (review forthcoming) for a little relaxation when — all of a sudden — I stumbled across this passage — which seems to be a pretty good place to wind up this series. (We’re getting close to the end. Really.)
Wait … wait … I’ve gotten ahead myself. We’ll come back to Deuteronomy. First we have to review Matthew.
Here’s the question: In Matthew 19, why did Jesus choose to refer to those who choose to be celibate for the sake of the Kingdom as “eunuchs”? Continue reading →
For example, all Christians agree that slavery is wrong, even though the New Testament does not clearly condemn it. Well, if slavery can be wrong despite the absence of a condemnation, could homosexuality be permissible despite the absence of approval?
(Rom 13:8-10 ESV) 8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
Well, now we’ve come full circle! This takes us back to my first post of this series. Continue reading →
I had always glossed over it before, but now that this passage seemed directly relevant to my future, I discovered that I had a lot of questions about it. For example, this passage made it sound like God gave people over to homosexuality as a result of their turning from Him. Did that mean that straight people had become gay when they turned from God? Was being gay a punishment for turning from God?
Lee is, of course, making the very mistake addressed by N. T. Wright in the quotations quoted in the earlier posts in this series. He is assuming that Paul is speaking of individuals and the individual histories of sinners. But Paul is speaking of the history of humanity, beginning with Genesis 1 - 3. Continue reading →