First and foremost, this blog is a safe place for all people to discuss the topic of Christianity and homosexuality. That being said, I get a lot of questions about what I think the Bible does or doesn’t say about the topic. Since the “What We Believe” section of the website is one of the most visited pages, I thought it might be constructive to do a 4-part series on the clobber passages—the six passages of the Bible most often used to condemn homosexuals. The majority of the material I will use comes from Dr. Rembert Truluck, simply because I think he does a fantastic job at hashing out these passages. As always, discussion is encouraged!
Genesis 19:5: “Bring them out to us that we may know them”.
Sodom and Gomorrah… for decades this story has been used in some congregations to condemn homosexuality. The citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah were known for inhospitality. Instead of feeding, clothing, and providing shelter for the angelic wanderers who were hiding in Lot’s house, they wanted to gang rape them. Why in the world would they want to do that? I surmise it’s one of two reasons. The first is the more obvious… perhaps they wanted to engage in these acts for sexual pleasure. They may have also been demonstrating an exertion of power over their victims and humiliating them. (A common practice of that time and culture was for men to undermine and conquer other men by raping them.)
Further into the passage, Lot tells the men that they can have sex with his daughters instead! What?! How is that any better? Interestingly, the people who use this passage to condemn homosexuals never make it to this verse. Until I began researching this topic myself, I didn’t even know this part of the story existed! And let’s not forget the incestuous relationship between Lot and his two daughters in verses 30-39!
The Bible, in its entirety, mentions the sins of Sodom in 22 different verses. Nowhere does it mention homosexuality. Here is a list of those passages:
Isaiah 13: 11-19
2 Peter 2:6
Jude 1:7-8 ****(This verse is most commonly used to support homosexuality as a sin of Sodom, due to the “strange flesh” reference. While some assume “strange flesh” refers to homosexual acts, it actually refers to the “sons of God” that came to earth and had sexual intercourse with women, as recorded in traditional Jewish history and literature.)
As Truluck stated, “The story of Sodom clearly teaches that evil and violent people who attack aliens and strangers whom they do not know or understand receive God’s quick and terrible punishment. The purpose of the story is to show that misunderstood, strange, or feared minorities in any community are in danger from violence by the majority when that majority is ignorant, ungodly, selfish and afraid.”
Isn’t it interesting that a passage commonly used to promote homophobia actually denounces it?