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I am down in the lower level looking at my New Testament commentaries on the First Epistle to the Corinthians. Today I commented on someones LJ blog and quoted these verses showing that the Bible condemns homosexuality. "I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people" 1 Corinth. 5:9; "Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God" 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.

Now what bothers me is that the person wrote that I had misinterpreted these verses from First Corinthians. That really upset me because in my library I have these commentaries on First Corinthians who all agree with me or what these verses teach about homosexuality. I also know there are people who profess to be Christians who ignore these verses. Sad to know there are professing Christians who do not hold to the authority of God's Word the Bible when it comes to ethics/Christian behavior.

I will mention the books I looked at or have in my library on First Corinthians or Christian reference books on word studies on homosexuality.

1. "Dictionary of New Theology" Volume 2 Editor Colin Brown pg. 569-671 word study on the NT Greek word male homosexual, pederast, sodomite

2. "Exegetical Dictionary Of The New Testament" Volume 1 pg. 158 "male homosexual referring to a male who engages in sexual activity with men or boys: 1 Cor. 6:9; 1 Tim. 1:10

3. "Linguistic Key To The Greek New Testament" pg. 402 1 Corinth. 6:9 "a male who has sexual relations with a male, homosexual. The Jewish punishment for the sin of homosexuality was stoning".

4. "1 Corinthians" [The NIV Application Commentary] by Craig Blomberg. I will quote Blomberg's comments on 1 Corinth 6:9-10 "By far the biggest controversy surrounding the vice list of verses 9-10 has to do with the two words for homosexual offenders. As in Romans 1:24-27, homo-and homosexual sins are paired in a way that suggests that neither is any better or any worse than the other. One can scarcely use these verses to claim that no one can simultaneously be a Christian and engage in homosexual actions unless one is prepared to say the same thing of one who commits adultery or exhibits greed! But in each of these instances true Christians should acknowledge their behavior as sinful and try to change it. Persistent rebellion increasing calls into question any prior profession of faith. The Romans chapter 1 passage also makes plain that Paul treats male and female homosexuals offenders alike, even if only men are mentioned here." pg. 121

5. "Dictionary Of Paul And His Letters" Editors: Gerald F. Hawthorne, Ralph P. Martin, Daniel G. Reid. The article "Homosexuality" is on page 413-415. "Certainly Paul could not have envisaged some facets of contemporary debates, such as "monogamous" same-sex relationships between persons of homosexual preference. It is nevertheless a safe conclusion that whatever might be said about individual orientations or dispositions, Paul could only have regarded all homosexual erotic and genital behavior as contrary to the creator's plan for human life, to be abandoned on conversion (cf. 1 Corinth 6:11)." pg. 414

6. "The First Epistle To The Corinthians" [The New International Commentary On The New Testament] by Gordon D. Fee

7. "The First Epistle to the Corinthians" [The New International Greek Testament Commentary] by Anthony C. Thiselton

8. "Conflict & Community In Corinth: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on 1 and 2 Corinthians" by Ben Witherington III "Some have urged that only pederasty is condemned in the NT, not homosexuality in general. If this were the only passage where Paul addressed the issue, one could argue in that way. But Romans 1:26f. clearly shows Paul's view of homosexual relationships in general. The reference there to lesbian relationships shows that Paul's condemnation of same-sex relationships is not limited to pederasty." pg. 166

9. "First Corinthians" [Sacra Pagina] by Raymond F. Collins "In 1 Thess. 5:6-8a Paul underscored the incompatibility between drunkenness and the Christian eschatological condition. The inclusion of "homosexuals" on the list of vices in 1 Corinth. 6:10 is apparently the first recorded use of the term (cf. First Timothy 1:10). The neologism may derive from the prohibitions cited in Lev. 18:22 and 20:13. It came to denote male homosexual activity, which was, in the eyes of Jewish authors such as Philo, Josephus, and the Pseudo-Phocylides, a sign of Gentile moral depravity. Paul apparently shared the Jewish prejudice on the sexual mores of Gentiles (Romans 1:24-27; 1 Thess 4:5) "Perverts" is a term that was pejoratively used in Hellenistic Greek to describe passive partners, often young boys, in homosexual activity" pg. 236

Well I could go on all night showing that the Bible condemns homosexuality/same-sex marriage. But I also fully recognize that most people do not embrace with the heart the authority of the Bible when it comes to ethics/Christian holiness. I just get upset when someone tell me I do not understand the Bible/First Corinthians chapter 6 on the evil of homosexual activity. What really amazes me is there are people who really believe they know the Bible more than I do when they by their life style show they hate God. If one is not a Christian he or she is a child of the devil. Either one is a lover of God or a lover of the evil one.

"[1] This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
[2] That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
[3] Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
[4] And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
[5] For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
[6] Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
[7] But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
[8] But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
[9] The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." 2 Peter 3:1-9
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