Table of contents

  1. The traditional Christian approach to homosexuality
  2. Gay Christians? Imagine gay Christians who bring glory and honor to God, and are pleasing to Him
  3. Does the possibility exist? 
  4. The word “homosexuals” in the Bible
    1. Arsenokoitai and malakos
    2. Baldock and Oxford’s monumental research
    3. A brief summary of the chapters to follow
  5. Bible passages which address same-gender sexual activity
    1. Genesis 19 – The story of Sodom and Gomorrah
    2. Two passages from Leviticus
      1. Leviticus 18:22
      2. Leviticus 20:13 
    3. Romans 1:18-32 – The antithesis of grace by faith in Christ 
      1. Paul’s description of these people
      2. The Christian’s response to each descriptive term
      3. Porneia
      4. Reversing Paul’s premise
      5. Shameful, unnatural, reprobate
      6. Romans 2:1
    4. I Timothy 1:9-11 – The ungodly and sinful 
      1. The list of behaviors in the NIV
      2. Eleven other translations
      3. The list using the footnote from the Passion Translation
    5. I Corinthians 6:9 – Those who will not inherit the kingdom of God 
      1. Arren, from the Levitical passages
      2. Koite, from the Levitical passages
  6. Complementarity: One man, one woman
    1. One flesh
    2. Some eunuchs are born that way
    3. Male and female
    4. Procreation
    5. The creation story
  7. Exceptions, reversals, and other labels
    1. Women are not allowed to speak in church
    2. Slavery
    3. Deacons
    4. Elders
    5. Eunuchs
    6. Food sacrificed to idols
    7. The sun rises, and the sun sets
    8. Love your enemies
    9. Pearls, gold jewelry
    10. Greet each other with a holy kiss
    11. Head coverings
    12. Interracial marriage
    13. Remarriage
    14. Tithe
    15. One man, one woman
  8. Other Scriptures sometimes used to refer to gay people 
    1. John 8:11b
    2. Matthew 19:1-12
    3. Proverbs 14:12
    4. Hosea 12:8
    5. Revelation 3:16
    6. Revelation 3:17
    7. Ephesians 5:22-25
    8. Romans 15:5-7
    9. Matthew 12:7
    10. Romans 14:4
    11. John 9:3
    12. Acts 10:28b
    13. Romans 14:16
    14. I John 3:6b
  9. Eating defiled food and forbidding people to marry
    1. Our freedom in Christ
    2. Some Christians will forbid people to marry
    3. Sin requires harm
      1. Harm to God, to participants, or to neighbors
      2. “Promoting homosexuality” among children
  10.  God heals: Ex-gay ministries
  11.  Therefore, celibacy
  12.  Where did this extreme aversion to gay people come from? 
  13.  Same-gender attraction does not imply pedophilia. 
  14.  Should gay Christians be allowed to serve in the church, or should they remain visitors? 
    1. Cornelius and family baptized in the Holy Spirit
    2. God told Peter not to call any man unclean or impure.
    3. “So if God gave them the same gift as He gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to hinder the work of God?”
  15.  If it’s true, how could we have gotten it so wrong for so long?
    1. Slavery
    2. Interracial marriage
    3. Bible translations: “helpful” clarifications, opinions, objections, errors
    4. Tony Campolo
  16.  Heart to heart – To my traditional, non-affirming brother or sister in Christ, one of us is wrong. 
    1. Gay Christians who trust in the atoning work of Christ on the cross and His resurrection are in the family of God.
    2. I Corinthians 12:24b-25
    3. Conflicting ideas
    4. Does the possibility exists that the modern translations are wrong and the footnotes are correct?
    5. “Don’t judge me” 
    6. New Covenant Church of Atlanta
    7. What I believe should be the Church’s response to gay Christians
    8. Pastor Clay Peck, Berthoud, Colorado: Agree to disagree
  17.  The non-affirming positions
    1. Gay people either can or cannot be Christians.
    2. Gay people can be Christians, but their sin disqualifies them from membership in the local church.
    3. Addressing other non-affirming arguments
      1. No question as to what the two Greeks words mean
      2. No new data
      3. Eunuchs 
      4. Slippery slope
  18.  Summarizing the premise: Is Scripture crystal clear that homosexuality is a sin?
    1. The clobber passages
    2. Complementarity – “one man, one woman”
    3. The whole of the Bible presupposes heterosexuality.
  19.  Where do you stand? Email me:
  20. Appendix: The Baptism in the Holy Spirit
  21. Reference list
  22. Acknowledgements

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