These two verses use the terms "ABUSERS OF THEMSELVES
WITH MANKIND" and "THEM THAT DEFILE THEMSELVES WITH MANKIND", and Paul sums up in 1 Corinthians with "and such were some of
Actually these two terms mean exactly the same thing,
and we know this because they are both translated from the same Greek word: "Arsenokoitays"
First, the temptation will be (and the error of
the church has been) to define these statements as we perceive them in today's American English. On the surface, the American
English words used in these verses can be used to refer to ANY form of abuse between people, including drug use, violence,
rape and the like. In this particular case, though, an understanding of the Koine Greek language of the Textus Receptus
New Testament and the traditions of the time, is vital to the meaning implied. We cannot just apply what WE WANT
TO THINK the text means. Paul tells us that we must "study to show yourselves approved unto God." So let's study.
Although the exact definition of this word has been
hotly debated among scholars for centuries, we do have a general understanding of the word. ARSENO means "a man/male", and
KOITAYS means literally a bed for sex, and it is from this that we get "coitus/to have sex". It is a generic term referring
to men who fornicate. It includes adultery, fornication, rape, incest, sex with a prepubescent child, whoremongering, prostitution,
etc. - heterosexually AND/OR homosexually - that is, the sex of the other party isn't the issue; and it is also a particular
word used for Greek men who sponsored the education of a young boy and had sex with him. It is definitely a sexual term,
but it does not SPECIFICALLY or NECESSARILY refer to love/attraction/married sex between two males; it is not an "anti-gay"
term. I should mention here also that many modern Greek dictionaries also biasedly translate this word as a
slang for "masturbation", while others translate it as "men watchers" (that is, someone who ogles men). However, Modern Greek
and Koine Greek are practically two different languages. A Modern Greek person would have as much a difficult time understanding
Koine Greek as a Modern American English-speaking person would have a difficult time understanding 8th century British
If you use an NIV, ASB, NKJV, Living Bible or other
new age bible version, this verse may say "homosexual offenders", or something similar. This is utterly and shamefully incorrect
and an INTENTIONALLY false rendering of the KJV English and not based on any biblical manuscript evidence whatsoever.
Until the 19th century, not only was there no such word as "homosexual", but there was no word AT ALL for a homosexual. Heterosexual
or homosexual identity was automatically implied by context, and a particular sexuality is in no way contextually implied
in these verses. The use of "homosexual" in the new bible versions is purely a personal bias on the part of the authors. The
problem is that most Christians are under the naive impression that a book that says "Holy Bible" on the cover must be a Holy
Bible. Nothing could be further from the truth. For those of you who are unaware, the NIV alone has over 60,000 omissions,
additions and alterations to the biblical text, and is translated from some of the most corrupted and scholarly-denounced
manuscripts ever written (such as the Septuagint LXX, the Vaticanus and Sinaiticus). The NIV, in the book of Isaiah, even
goes so far as to accuse Jesus of being Lucifer and cast out of heaven for blasphemy - so it is no wonder that these verses
are corrupted as well. Why trust a Bible version whose authors not only hate God enough to tamper with His Word, but who personally
hate YOU TOO! For more on this subject, and why you should only trust the KJV, select "Why Trust the KJV?" in the main menu. You'll find it more interesting a subject
than you might first suppose.
EFFEMINATE / MALAKOS
1st Corinthians also uses the word "effeminate",
which is often used against homosexuals. Anyone with an education in English grammar knows that effeminate does NOT mean "homosexual"
- and neither does it's biblical Greek word, "malakos". The Strong's Concordance defines this word as "soft, i.e. fine (clothing),
effeminate". The Webster's New World Dictionary of 1951 defines it as "having the qualities generally attributed to women,
as weakness, gentleness, delicacy, etc. Unmanly, weak, soft, decadent." I, for example, am homosexual but I am not effeminate.
On the other hand, Michael Jackson is a heterosexual who is highly effeminate. I know about as many heterosexuals as homosexuals
who behave in this manner. In fact, only a small minority of homosexuals are effeminate. The main reason that most homosexuals
have been able to hide in the "closet" so well is because they are NOT effeminate. Being effeminate is not a homosexual
trait, it is an "unmasculine" trait.
Jesus used this very same word when He compared
John the Baptist's clothing to that worn in king's houses:
"But what went ye out
for to see? A man clothed in soft
Behold, they that wear soft [malakos] raiment
are in kings' houses."
- Matthew 11:8
Those that live in king's houses dress effeminate
(malakoi), while John's clothing was merely a ruff camel's skin. The daintiness and niceties of a royal court, where every
luxury is indulged, is a perfect example of the biblical use of "effeminate".
To use these verses solely against homosexuals is
totally in error, and is nothing less than an attempt to invent Scriptures to use against homosexuals. The sad thing is that,
by attributing these verses to homosexuality, those to whom it is really meant happily continue on in there ways, content
that the Lord has nothing to chastise them for. We may not have control over who and what we are on a basic human level,
but we do have control over how we behave; and the Lord expects us to behave in a manner which edifies HIM. He must increase
and we must decrease, as John the Baptist put it.
We should be proud of who God made us to be, because
He created us in His very own image. Whether you are gay or straight, if you were created as a female, thank the Lord for
creating you as a female and honor Him in your female body! If you were created as a male, thank the Lord for creating you
as a male and honor Him in your male body! If God made you as a woman it was because He WANTED a woman, and if He created
you as a man it was because He WANTED a man. Behave in a manner that properly edifies what HE wants. If you are a man or woman
and do not know how to "fit" into your male or female body, simply ask the Lord to help you; and to the church I say that
such men and women are in need the gentle strength and support of your compassion and understanding and mercy, rather
than a wagging and bitter tongue of hate and condemnation and self-righteousness. Don't confuse being gay with being
unmanly, nor being lesbian with being unwomanly. There is no law against being gay or lesbian, but God is clear that He expects us
to align ourselves with the physical body He has blessed us with. We were bought with the price of God's blood; we are
not our own property. And a believer's body is specifically the Temple of God. Let God not find confusion
in His temple, for it is not HE that is the author of confusion.
Unfortunately, because these verses have been
interpreted in modern times to mean homosexual, the so-called exgay ministries, in their aforementioned ceaseless cause
to mentally castrate homosexual men and women and even children have tried to use Paul's phrase, "and such were some
of you", as evidence that homosexuals can "change" to heterosexuality, and many homosexuals have been deceived by
this lie, and have been severally psychologically harmed by it; and others have inflicted physical mutilations on themselves
or have committed suicide.
But Paul was speaking to sexually debauched and
effeminate men among a long list of offenders - especially to those wealthy and educated heterosexual men in Greece and
Rome who participated in the very common practice of taking young teenagers into their home to educate them and
engage in sexual activity with them (the parents of the children and the wives of the teachers knew full well AND
APPROVED of what was involved, and it was considered a great honor for a child to be taken in by the Teachers for these
practices - the sexual acts were part of the package). If you saw the movie 300, which is a very loose retelling
of the army of the ancient Spartans, who were well known for their adult-with-adult-only bisexual fornication, you'll
have noted the Spartan king's disgusted reference to "those boy-lovers in Athens". These deeds by the Greeks
were well known. And, the near worshipful adoration of the male body in Greek society was so prevelent that women were
even forbidden to attend the ancient Olympic Games because the athletes were required to go naked in order
to sport and flaunt their bodies. Such wickedness should be enough to cause any godly man or woman -straight or gay-
to want to vomit.
So these activities, condemned by Paul, are not
historical secrets, but are known the world over - and Paul rightly rebuked them, as we do also. Perhaps our Christian
society should stop misplacing biblical references like this by wrongfully accusing homosexuals, and start to place biblical
criticisms where they rightly belongs. If the Christian community desires to launch a public tirade against societal
immorality, perhaps directing it towards the rampant heterosexual adultery and divorce and the total inundation of sex and
violence in the entertainment industry might be a better and more productive place to start - rather than railing against
a group of people just because they aren't attracted to certain genitals.
But I myself recommend that Christians do exactly
what Jesus Himself commanded, which is that we ought not to raise up our voices in the streets like riotous fools, with protesting
and picketing entangling religion with politics; but rather, remember that Christ said MY KINGDOM IS NOT OF THIS
WORLD, and therefore we must STOP trying to create God's Kingdom here on this earth with this absurd attempt to enforce
the Gospel on the People by force of Law (instead of willful acceptance by faith), and when any society refuses to hear God's Word,
we MUST NOT retaliate by forcing our religion upon them by law but instead simply wipe their dust off our feet and
MOVE ON. Let GOD be judge, and leave the Right of Vengeance in GOD'S hands - as He Himself commanded. Those who dare
to usurp from God the sole Right of Vengeance will face this punishment: that which you mete out will be meted to you
and you will be judged with the judgement that you judge others. We have the right to determine right from wrong
and to live righteously - but we do not have the power to judge individuals with condemnation; and we most certainly
do not have the authority to use God's holy and precious Scriptures as a weapon against mankind ("for the weapons of our warfare
are NOT CARNAL... for we wrestle NOT against flesh and blood!"). LOVE our neighbors, DO GOOD to our enemies, and
TEACH the Gospel of Christ TO THOSE WHO WILL HEAR: and that is what we've been authorized to do. Be wary
of any "Christian" who does contrary to this. The self righteous will be brought down low.