Those churchmen pushing the gay agenda will be quick to tell you that the prohibition on homosexual acts is, well, just a sooo Old Testament Vengeful God kind of thing. We Christians are way past that. Well, perhaps those Christians are.
True, there’s an awful lot of smiting going on in the Hebrew Scriptures, as the Lord of Hosts tunes up Israel and its enemies, making straight the path for our salvation in the Promised Land. As for being a vengeful God, yep, guilty as charged. But that hasn’t changed. Just that God hates sin, you see…always has, always will.
Homosexuality is banned in language that should leave no room for interpretation. Leviticus 18:22:
You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.
That’s God His Own Self talking, mind you. But wait, the apologists for keeping up with the times will say — there’s an awful lot of prohibitions in the Old Testament that seem to be peculiar to nomadic tribes in the Bronze Age (ca. 3500-1100 BC).
In Judaism, there are 613 commandments that are considered normative*. They include specific references to people no longer with us (e.g. Canaanites) as well as many things that seem to apply only to the ancient kingdom of Israel. And things that seem to have no meaning for today, which are held up as counter-examples. One such is Leviticus Leviticus 10:19:
“You shall keep my statutes. You shall not let your cattle breed with a different kind. You shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor shall you wear a garment of cloth made of two kinds of material.
There go all my cotton-poly blend shirts and wool-blend pants. I have to agree, that some commandments of those 613 either don’t apply today, or don’t make much sense.
But the basic rules for living right have not changed. Paul was rather specific when it comes to homosexuality. 1 Corinthians 6:
9Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
The point? Some things are eternal. Those who try to argue that homosexual acts are just fine, now that we’ve got Jesus Christ, are arguing against the greatest disciple that our Lord ever had.
Go ahead and accept that argument, but don’t try to claim that Christianity and homosexual acts are compatible. They are not. Unless you consider yourselves a greater authority than both God and Paul.
*For more information, I recommend Tracey Rich, no relation, who has a very informative website, Judaism 101.