GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

July 17, 2013

Letter: The scriptures and gay relationships


Gloucester Daily Times

---- — To the editor:

Rev. Rona Tyndall wrote in her Midweek Musing essay: “Jesus said nothing – not one word – about homosexuality” (Midweek Musings, the Times, Wednesday, July 10).

I believe that such an assertion is deceptive and Biblically untrue.

When asked when the kingdom of God should come, Jesus replied, “Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot: they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the son of man is revealed. (Luke’s gospel)”

In Genesis 19, we see that aggressive homosexuality was afoot in Sodom and provoked God to incinerate the city. Jesus’ reference to that event makes it perfectly clear he, who is God incarnate, approved of God’s wrathful judgment upon that sin.

Jesus was Jewish. And he continually quotes the Torah, the Jewish scriptures. The rabbi lived every moment of every single day of his life in strict unerring obedience to the 613 laws of the Mosaic code. Without that perfect moral record, his bloodshed on the cross could not atone for anyone’s sins.

One of those 613 laws is found in the 3rd book of Moses called Leviticus: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”

Jesus attended synagogue where the Law of Moses was read and taught. So, He knew God’s law in Leviticus prohibited homosexual behavior.

The Apostle Paul’s letters make up a large part of the New Testament. For 2,000 years the Christian church has held Paul’s teachings to have equal authority as the gospels.

In Timothy we read: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” We know Paul met the resurrected Christ on the road to Damascus while he was persecuting followers of Jesus. He never forgets this. Opening his letter to the church in Galatia: “Paul, an apostle (not of men, neither by men, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;) The word apostle means “one who is sent.”

Paul forcefully condemns homosexuality in two epistles. Romans and I Corinthians: “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God. Do not be deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who have sex with men, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God” (I Corinthians). The words “men who have sex with men” translates two Greek words that refer to the passive and active participants in homosexual acts.

So, it is crystal clear to me from scripture that Moses, Jesus, and his apostle, Paul, all condemn homosexual behavior — and call those guilty of it to repentance and mercy in Christ’s shed blood for sin.

STUART DIAMOND

Rockport