Will Christianity Ever Accept Homosexuals?

Will Christianity Ever Accept Homosexuals? October 23, 2020

On Wednesday, Pope Francis called for the passage of civil union laws for same sex couples. Adding that “Homosexuals have a right to be part of the family.”

My initial thought was, Isn’t that thoughtful of him?

Lesbians enjoying a moment of intimacy. / Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

From a theological perspective, the Old Testament strictly condemns sexual relationships between individuals of the same sex. God even destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah due to sexual licentiousness. The New Testament edicts against homosexual activity offered in Romans 1:26-27 and 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 are equally as stern.

Since it’s now ancient history, many of us have forgotten the horrors the Catholic Church inflicted upon humanity back in the dark ages when many heretics and idolaters were burned at the stake. Among them were homosexuals:

“Starting in the 12th century, homosexuals were tortured, castrated, and burned to death on a regular basis in the Christian Church and Christian-controlled States in Europe.” Will Kohler, Back2Stonewall.

What’s significant about the Pope’s “untimely” message? 

The fact that it’s taken until October of the year 2020 for the Vatican to concede that the church — in effect God — now allows homosexuals to be a part of God’s family.

You see, the sun creeps leisurely over Vatican City. Remember Galileo? He was accused of being a heretic for having the audacity to prove that the earth revolved around the sun. Sentenced to life imprisonment in 1633, it took until October of 1992 for the Vatican to apologize for what it had done to this remarkable man.

If Pope Francis does indeed speak on behalf of God, one wonders why it also took God so long to have a change of heart towards homosexuals?

Yet, when I think about that sexually prudish Old Testament God, I can’t imagine why he would change his mind from condemning homosexual activity to condoning it as an acceptable form of sexual expression. To do so, would suggest, that when he wiped Sodom and Gomorrah off the face of the earth, he made a huge mistake. Additionally, that all the homosexuals whom he has led his faithful servants to persecute and kill from the dawn of time up to this present day was all for naught.

Perhaps we should just chalk this recent move by the Vatican as simply a new marketing strategy to gain coverts lost as a consequence of the sexual misconduct of their own clergy. In an effort to be more inclusive, the Catholic church is now willing to look the other way and accept those they once condemned.

But I much prefer to think of Pope Francis’ words in a positive light. For me it’s as an indication that the church is beginning to incorporate humanistic values into its practices; the kinds of ideals which offer far better examples of respect for human equality.

What draws the LGBTQ community to Christianity?

Having said the above, I wanted to add a quick thought which I hope will not be taken in the wrong way, because I have the utmost respect for those in the LGBTQ community …

What I am wondering, is how members of this community can be drawn to a religion which has so vehemently persecuted and killed its own members? And to which now — despite this recent acknowledgement from the Pope — still seeks to treat those who engage in many forms of sexual intimacy as evil.

Homosexuality is normal. That Christianity condemns it, is immoral. / Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

I understand there are tenets of the Christian faith that are appealing and beneficial to society. I’m also empathetic to the friendships and social bonding which occurs in faith-based settings and offer people genuine comfort and joy. Yet, speaking as a former pastor, I can confirm that the words of scripture are set in stone. Catholicism, as well as other Christian denominations, may tweak the rules from time to time, but Christianity can never back-off enforcing its prized tenets of the faith; some of which were forged in the spilling of innocent blood. And God’s Word is very clear concerning the rules and punishments governing sexual behavior.

You might say religions are a bit like a sorority or specialized club — albeit, a club in which the initiation rites force a person to suspend reason and then adhere to the strictest rules of engagement. If a person wants to be a member of such a club, they happily consent to the rites and rules and proudly serve for life. But if a person doesn’t like the rules of the club, there’s little incentive to join.

In the case of Christianity, its beliefs do not even emphasize equality of the sexes, much less respect for how people wish to sexually express themselves.

Pope Francis can say whatever he wants, but since the words of scripture can never be altered the subterfuge is evident; the Christian church will never really welcome homosexuals into God’s family.

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17 responses to “Will Christianity Ever Accept Homosexuals?”

  1. > “God even destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah due to sexual licentiousness. The New Testament edicts against homosexual activity offered in Romans 1:26-27 and 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 are equally as stern.”
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    Ezekiel 16:49

    Google “lyings of a woman”

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  2. Imagine what a different world this would be if people took Ezekiel 16:49 to heart. Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.”

    America should brace herself. 🙂

  3. Jim and Scott should read this link. https://www.britannica.com/place/Sodom-and-Gomorrah

    Got to love cherry picker. Helps defend precious ideals and ignore all the problems their faith have. I can’t really blame them, but if you believe in bible so much, then you can’t just pick what you want to listen to.

    Didn’t it say in Jude 1:7 that they suffer because of their immorally sexually. Or does Ezekil 16:49 about hospitality carry more weight. Oh, and can you guys stop just throwing random bible versus into the comments without context. Not everyone has a picture memory on what the Bible says. Hell, I wonder if you just googled up your own versus just trying to sound smart.

  4. “What I am wondering, is how members of this community can be drawn to a religion which has so vehemently persecuted and killed its own members?”

    Because the gods, including YHWH, call who They will, and don’t give that much of a rip about what consenting adults do with their naughty bits. Human interference, however, has imposed… a lot of silly rules.

  5. So I read the article and will quote a passage here from it.

    Modern scholarship, particularly in Judaism and certain branches of Christianity, has proposed that it is the inhabitants’ lack of hospitality, not their homosexuality, that gives offence to God. According to this view, the mob’s demands to rape the angelic guests reveals their deep-seated violence and inhospitality and is meant to stand in striking contrast to the gracious hospitality given by both Abraham and Lot to those same strangers.

    Source: https://www.britannica.com/place/Sodom-and-Gomorrah

    My first observation would be that the encyclopedia mentions the view on hospitality as a “proposed” view. I personally don’t believe the account of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Bible is an accurate historical account anyway. I used it because the Christianity uses it as a prop to support its own negative views of homosexuality.

    My second observation is that when the mob demands to “rape the angelic guests” I would not view this a as simple act of being inhospitable. It’s rather, a violent act of a carnal nature.

    Either way, It wasn’t my point in this article to prove by stacking on layers of Bible verses Christianity’s view of homosexuality. Christianity uses these verses as well as others to justify its treatment of homosexuals, which I think is wrong. My point was to encourage members of the LGBTQ community to not allow the Catholicism or Christianity to portray them as evil or devalue them as individuals.

  6. Scott? Catholics are Christians. The Catholic church was the first Christian church, and remained so until a disgruntled, woman- and Jew-hating former priest broke away in the protest that led to the Protestant faith, which then promptly schismed and is still schisming.

    I was raised Baptist and heard a lot of lies during those years about Catholics. Wait…I heard a lot of lies about everything in that church. Went to college, took a couple of history classes, went to a variety of churches and realized the discrepancies between Christianity and reality. Still not sure where all the Catholic hatred comes from–they’re certainly no worse than the fundagelical churches.

  7. I agree they are Christians. But I’ve known a lot of protestants who don’t accept them as Christians. My old church, the Seventh-Day Adventists, consider the Catholic church and the Papacy to represent the anti-Christ.

  8. True. And that’s great. But there’s a big difference between a denomination and its members accepting homosexuality, and what the Bible says about homosexuality. Which was kind of my point. What the Bible says will never change. The rules of this “club” will never change. People can start any kind of Christian denomination they want by picking only the beliefs they want to emphasize. But diehard Christians will always side with the Bible rather than confront their intolerance and hatred towards homosexual behavior.

  9. 🙂 Scott, talk about cherry-picking; a lot of Protestant denominations do not consider the SDAs Christian at all. Captain Cassidy over at Roll to Disbelieve talks a lot about various fundagelical sects and what they believe and don’t believe.

    Something that appalled me when I called myself a Christian was the complete ease that Lot offered up his young daughters to be gang-raped by the mob…and how okay the Baptist church was, too. Then there was David, who killed a king so he could kidnap Bathsheba and force her to be his wife. The bible is full of horrific atrocities toward women and children. People don’t agree with that anymore. Then there’s all of Leviticus that condemns men getting haircuts, planting more than one crop in a field, and wearing clothing of mixed fibers. Nobody’s frothing at the mouth over these things which are considered equally as bad as (male) homosexuality. The bible says nothing about female homosexuality.

  10. Yes, cherry-picking. Denominations are really good at trying to prove that other denominations aren’t even Christian. Having been an SDA and learning a bit about theology, I’d say SDAs are as Christian as Christians can be. Which is to say, they emphasize what they want in scripture and disregard what they don’t like.

    It’s funny (in a sad way) that Christians can condone all manner of wickedness in the Bible and when performed by God and his servants. The same attitude is what is allowing evangelicals to support Trump while turning a blind to all the other, far more significant, injustices happening in his administration.

    About female sexuality … It’s a bit telling that the Bible says nothing specific about it, and modern day attitudes people have about it today. It probably has a lot to do with living in a patriarchal society.

  11. @Scott; the Abrahamic religions rose out of what is now the Middle East. The culture was based around war and conquest and brutality, with women and children the spoils of war and the possessions of men. I think it’s heartening how far we’ve come from that brutal past, but we still have a ways to go. In my lifetime, woman were not allowed to have credit cards or bank loans in their name…and now they can. Just slightly before my time, even married couples were not allowed to use or hear about birth control to avoid pregnancy, now it’s openly discussed. It’s only the more fundamentalist of faiths–Jewish, Christian, and Muslim–where women are second-class citizens.

    As a non-believer, I spent several happy years in a Unitarian Universalist church, where a belief in a deity was not required. It’s a trite saying, but people do not need a god to be good. I argue the opposite; a belief in god spurs some people to embrace the most warlike and oppositional views of their fellow humans.

  12. I was born in ’61. As a young kid in the 60 – 70s. I missed a lot of serious events in the world that my parents did not. Sometimes I look back on those days and marvel at how women, blacks and other minorities did not have equal rights. As a white (boy) kid, whose parents made at least a little money to put a roof over my heads, I was blissfully unaware.

    You said, “I argue the opposite; a belief in god spurs some people to embrace the most warlike and oppositional views of their fellow humans.” I totally agree. I’d even argue that people have a moral obligation to part ways of religion. It’s extremely divisive.

  13. So you are without defense, O man – everyone who judges – for in that you judge another you judge yourself. Rom 2:1

    Verses 1:18-32 should probably be excerpted as interpolation: they are immediately contradicted and break the flow of the text.

    No one knows what arsenokoitai means in 1 Cor. 6:9. The word has no other known instance until the 7th century. A man who “beds”? It has a sexual connotation surely; but does it mean buggery or cuddling up with your teddy bear?

    Under continuing revelation and declaring Satan encouraged a scribe to lead the faithful astray, this job can be jobbed. We don’t have more than scraps of the NT for centuries after it is presumed created.

    Many churches are accepting of homosexuality, Queer Theology is a thing and has been for decades.

    Not that I’d take a blind bit of notice of the Capo di Tutti i Capi of the Paedophile Protection Racket, who back when he was just a Boss of one of the Argentine Families took the Pacceli line with the Junta, under any circumstances. Unlike Churchill, I won’t give even a nod to a devil incarnate.

  14. You make a good point, which I thought about when looking into some of the texts about homosexuality. I think the biblical references to it are quite vague. I do think it’s great that Christianity is opening up and beginning to accept those who enjoy different forms of sexual expression, but there seems to be far more better spiritual options out there for homosexuals who are seeking a spiritual outlet, then to settle with a religion that is so adamantly opposed to their lifestyle.

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