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COLOSSIANS 3
Are Gays The
"Children Of Disobedience"?

 

There are some new verses which are now being used against homosexuals. The problem with the use of these verses against homosexuals is that those who use them come to the text already under the presumption that being homosexual is a sin. They then use these unrelated verses to support their presumption. Let’s look at these verses.

 

Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth;

fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: for which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: in the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

-Colossians 3:5-7

 

There are five sins listed here, which Paul equates to idolatry, and calls those who practice these sins “the children of disobedience” whom God’s wrath will fall upon. But do any of these sins specifically refer to homosexuality? Let’s look at these five sins:

 

1)    FORNICATION (in Greek, porneyan): this is the sin of sexual activity with anyone you are not married to. All sexual sin falls under this category. Sexual orientation is irrelevant here.

 

2)    UNCLEANNESS (in Greek, akatharsian): this covers a wide variety of things, such as a woman’s period, touching a dead body, having leprosy, eating or drinking specific foods, “wet dreams”, and “professing themselves to be wise they became fools and changed the glory of the uncorruptable God into an image made like to corruptible man and to birds and four-footed beasts and creeping things; wherefore God also gave them up to unncleaness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves.” Sexual orientation is irrelevant here.

 

3)    INORDINATE AFFECTION (in Greek, pathos): notice that the English translation uses two words to translate the single Greek word 'pathos' (from which we get the term pathological, meaning being such to a degree that is extreme or excessive according to Merriam-Webster.com). Nothing wrong with this two word translation at all – except that English speakers have chosen to apply their own personal interpretation by insisting that the English words inordinate affection means homosexuality. Really?

 

From three different independent Greek dictionary sources, the Greek word pathos means:  

         “ardency, passion”  - from Kypros.com

        “pity, compassion, enthusiasm, emotion” -from Babylon.com

        “suffering, a passion (especially concupiscence), (inordinate) affection, lust, from the Greek “paskho” meaning to experience a sensation or impression (usually painful), feel, passion, suffer, vex” -from Strong’s Concordance of the Bible

 

I don’t know about you, but I don’t see anything here that singles out homosexuals. Sexual orientation is irrelevant here.

 

4)    EVIL CONCUPISCENCE (in Greek, epithumian kakayn): kakayn is a basic Greek word for evil or bad (from which we get "kaka doodoo"). Epithumian is a Greek word referring to an intense craving, lust, longing, desire, coveting, for something you can’t have (remember the 10th commandment… “thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife”). Strong desire; especially sexual desire”, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Once again, sexual orientation is irrelevant here.

 

5)    COVETOUSNESS (in Greek, pleonedzian): literally meaning to be greedy or deeply desirous of that which is not yours or that which you cannot have, which echoes the previous four sins. Sexual orientation is irrelevant here.

 

While all of these words apply to everyone, in none of these words is there any reference to homosexuality. In other words, both heterosexuals and homosexuals are held to this charge without a bias to one or the other. Adultery, fornication, sexual lust, covetous lust, rape, pedophilia, whore-mongering, bestiality, etc, are sins committed by HUMANS; these verses do not single out homosexuals over heterosexuals.

 

While not targeting homosexuals specifically, these verses are speaking of something extremely serious that all of us need to pay heed to, especially men, who seem to have a more difficult time tackling the issue of lust then women. It is vital, as Christians, that we get lust under control in our lives. We have no business looking at other people lustfully, or going to strip clubs or porn shops or any place that glorifies sex and sexuality. Sex is between you and your mate, which you do in private, just as required of heterosexuals.

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