Notes Concerning the Eight "Flog Passages"
Used to Condemn LGBT People
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- Genesis 19 (the story of Sodom)
- Sodom was slated for destruction before the angels visited: (Genesis 18:16-32).
- The mob that wanted to rape the angels included every last male in Sodom (Genesis 19:4). If all the men were gay, where did the children come from?
- In that culture and era, it was customary to humiliate male enemies by raping them.
- Jeremiah 23:14 and II Peter 2:6-14 associate Sodom with adultery.
- Jesus interprets the sin of Sodom as “lack of hospitality” (Matthew 10:11-15; Luke 10:10-13; see also Ezekiel 16:49.
- Jude 7 says the people of Sodom pursued “unnatural lust.” The Greek indicates that they went after “alien or other strange flesh” (i.e. angelic “flesh”).
- Passages in the King James Version that use the word “Sodomite,” such as Deuteronomy 23:17; I Kings 14:24, 15:12, 22:46; and II Kings 23:7 mistranslate a word meaning a male Canaanite priest (qadesh) or a female priest (qadeshah). Cult practices may have included same-sex acts, but mainly the fertility rites were heterosexual, intended to stimulate good crops. These passages condemn idolatrous rituals, not gay love.
- Leviticus 18:22 (see Leviticus 20:13 below)
- Leviticus 20:13 (The Holiness Code).
- The concern here was ritual purity – no mixing of two kinds of yarn in one material; no field planted with two different kinds of seed; no confusion of what men do with women by men doing it with men.
- The need for population required no waste of semen in masturbation (onanism), anal intercourse. premature withdrawal, or any other loss of semen. By contrast, our world is already overpopulated.
- Romans 1
- The whole chapter is about the idolatry of judging others instead of leaving judgment to God, as indicated by Romans 2:1: “Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.”
- The passage refers to lust, not love.
- Regarding the phrase “against nature” (26-27):
- Stoics taught that procreation was the only natural purpose of intercourse.
- Some scholars say this refers to oral or anal intercourse.
- Citizens (free males) could have sex with women, boys, foreigners, or slaves, but not with fellow free male citizens. This inequity violates the New Testament's emphasis on mutuality and one-fleshedness between sexual partners.
- I Corinthians 6:9-10, KJV (see I Timothy below)
- I Timothy 1:9-10, KJV
- “Effeminate” in I Corinthians is the translation of the Greek word “malakos” perhaps better translated “call boys.” To the 1611 translators “effeminate” meant lazy, self-indulgent, and womanizing (cf. Milton's Paradise Lost).
- “Abusers of themselves with mankind” is the translation of the Greek word “arsenokoites,” which is perhaps more accurately translated as “male prostitutes.”
- Both of the above refer to sexual abuses, not love. These abuses are on a par with lying, stealing, coveting, idolatry, or disparaging other people.