The Bible speaks of sin as black and white; but mankind lives in sin in shades of gray, dabbling in more white or black as needed.
I recently read where Christian artist Jennifer Knapp has admitted that she is homosexual.
She was recently on Larry King Live and though I did not see the program, I have read an article about that encounter.
During her appearance she pointed out that believers rely on a text that is not in the original language. She said scholars have questioned the interpretation of the original Greek words that have been translated to homosexuality.
In other words, she believes that perhaps homosexuality is not the sin that we believe it is.
I’m thinking, if that’s the case then maybe fornication, adultery, and rape aren’t either, a completely ludicrous idea on my behalf.
Pastor Bob Botsford of Horizon Christian Fellowship in San Diego was also on the program along with former evangelical leader Ted Haggard, who was involved in a gay sex scandal in 2006.
Throughout the show, Botsford pointed to Scripture, which he believes to be inerrant, to argue that Knapp has succumbed to sin. He said while everyone is a sinner, the difference is that some people allow the sin to rule over their life and others try to overcome the sin.
“Allowing that to continue to reign over your life is not allowing Jesus Christ to be Lord,” said Botsford. “My role is to die to sin not to justify it.”
Throughout the show, Haggard took a vague middle ground and refused to answer questions directly. He refused to give a clear answer when asked if homosexuality is a sin and whether it is a choice or not. The disgraced former megachurch pastor said both sides have valid points and that the most important thing is for people to have a personal relationship with God.
So what does the Bible say?
Lev 20:13 If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.
What does the word “lies with” mean?
It comes from a Hebrew word shakab; a primitive root; to lie down (for rest, sexual connection, decease or any other purpose)
Hebrew words with multiple meanings are determined by the words surrounding them.
Why would a male lie with a woman?
Ask any teenage boy why he would like to lie down with a girl.
The principle reason is not rest or decease but a sexual connection.
It would seem a homosexual connection is meant and God calls it a capital offense abomination.
While so many want to muddle it up and confuse the issue, God is not the author of confusion. 1 Cor 14:33
If it causes confusion then it is not of God.