Scriptures on GLBT-related Subjects

Some of the following are often quoted concerning GLBT issues.  I submit there are other scriptures bearing on how we should treat others that also bear upon the issue of how we treat GLBT’s.

Genesis 19:1-29 

Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed

3 But he insisted so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house. He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast, and they ate. 4 Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house. 5 They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.”

Leviticus 18:22 

22 ” ‘Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.

Leviticus 20:13 

13 ” ‘If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.

Psalm 139

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

Proverbs 15:1 

1 A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Matthew 5:43-48 

Love for Enemies

43“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.

Matthew 7

16 By their fruit you will recognize them.

Matthew 25:31-46

A paraphrase might be: Inasmuch as you have done it unto the least of these, my brethren, you have done it for me.  Enter into the kingdom prepared for you.  Inasmuch as you did not do it unto the least of these, you did not do it for me.  Depart from me to eternal punishment.

Luke 10:25-37 

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27He answered: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”

36“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

37The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Romans 1:26-27 

26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 

9Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

1 Corinthians 13 

1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 16:14 

14Do everything in love.

2 Corinthians 5:17-20 

17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.

Galatians 3:23-29 

26You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, 27for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Galatians 5:13-23 

13You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. 14The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

Life by the Spirit

18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.

19The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Galatians 6:15 

15Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 

16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.


 Is there any conflict in the Old Testaments provisions concerning homosexual acts?

Are there any Old Testament commands concerning our treatment of trans-sexuals?

Paul is often quoted concerning judgment of homosexual behaviors.  Does Jesus say anything that could be construed to condemn it?

What does Jesus say about judgment of the behaviors of others?

What is the relationship of the commands of Jesus to love our neighbor and not to judge?

What is the nature of forgiveness that we are called to?

What does forgiveness have to do with relationships?

What does forgiveness do for the one forgiving?  For the person who we believe has offended us?

With respect to the sexual behaviors of homosexuals, bi-sexuals and trans-sexuals with other persons, is there anything done to us for us to forgive?

If loving relationship is the core of the Christian life, what are we called to in our community?

Is it possible to both love another and judge whether that person is sinning or not?   If it is possible, does the activity of the one necessarily complicate the exercise of the other?


Next blog post: Love and Mercy                      

Scriptures on GLBT-related Subjects

Detestable or Abominable Things

The Bible is often quoted to condemn homosexual acts as “abominable” or “destable.”  We will look at other abominable or detestable things or acts to give some context to the condemnation.

Leviticus 7

19 ” ‘Meat that touches anything ceremonially unclean must not be eaten; it must be burned up. . . .. 20 But if anyone who is unclean eats any meat of the fellowship offering belonging to the LORD, that person must be cut off from his people. 21 If anyone touches something unclean—whether human uncleanness or an unclean animal or any unclean, detestable thing—and then eats any of the meat of the fellowship offering belonging to the LORD, that person must be cut off from his people.’ ”

22 The LORD said to Moses, 23 “Say to the Israelites: ‘Do not eat any of the fat of cattle, sheep or goats. . . .. 25 Anyone who eats the fat of an animal from which an offering by fire may be made to the LORD must be cut off from his people. 26 And wherever you live, you must not eat the blood of any bird or animal. 27 If anyone eats blood, that person must be cut off from his people.’ ”

Leviticus 11:12

12 Anything living in the water that does not have fins and scales is to be detestable to you.

Leviticus 11:12-14

12 Anything living in the water that does not have fins and scales is to be detestable to you.

13 ” ‘These are the birds you are to detest and not eat because they are detestable: the eagle, the vulture, the black vulture, 14 the red kite, any kind of black kite,

Leviticus 11:20

20 ” ‘All flying insects that walk on all fours are to be detestable to you.

Leviticus 11:41

41 ” ‘Every creature that moves about on the ground is detestable; it is not to be eaten.

Leviticus 11:42

42 You are not to eat any creature that moves about on the ground, whether it moves on its belly or walks on all fours or on many feet; it is detestable.

Leviticus 18:22

22 ” ‘Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.

Leviticus 18:28-30

28 And if you defile the land, it will vomit you out as it vomited out the nations that were before you.

29 ” ‘Everyone who does any of these detestable things—such persons must be cut off from their people. 30 Keep my requirements and do not follow any of the detestable customs that were practiced before you came and do not defile yourselves with them. I am the LORD your God.’ ”

Leviticus 20:13

13 ” ‘If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.

Deuteronomy 7

25 The images of their gods you are to burn in the fire. Do not covet the silver and gold on them, and do not take it for yourselves, or you will be ensnared by it, for it is detestable to the LORD your God. 26 Do not bring a detestable thing into your house or you, like it, will be set apart for destruction. Utterly abhor and detest it, for it is set apart for destruction.

Deuteronomy 13

12 If you hear it said about one of the towns the LORD your God is giving you to live in 13 that wicked men have arisen among you and have led the people of their town astray, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods you have not known), 14 then you must inquire, probe and investigate it thoroughly. And if it is true and it has been proved that this detestable thing has been done among you, 15 you must certainly put to the sword all who live in that town. Destroy it completely, both its people and its livestock. 16 Gather all the plunder of the town into the middle of the public square and completely burn the town and all its plunder as a whole burnt offering to the LORD your God. It is to remain a ruin forever, never to be rebuilt.


Do you do, or have you done, any of the acts above-declared to be detestible or abominable?  Do you eat shrimp?  Catfish? Bacon or pork?  Defiled the land by throwing trash out upon it?  Put batteries of paint into the trash?

How are the words “detestible” or “abominable” used or applied in the above passages?  Are they always the same use?  Do we evenly apply them as we read these passages today?

Are the consequences of doing detestible or abominable things always the same in the passages?  If not, why the difference?  If the rules do not apply to us today or apply but with different consequences, how do we know what God authorizes for alteration or expungement?

If our position is that these are ritual rules of the Old Testament, but that Jesus fulfilled the law so that we are not today bound by it, then why do Christians apply them to some situations but not to others?

To what degree, whether these rules are determined to be given by God or determined by man to be God-ordained, are they and their extent determined by the circumstances of that time, so that their validity depends upon the existence of those conditions and disappear of are validly changed with a change of those conditions?

If they change because of the change of conditions, how does God ordain or authorize the new rules?


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Detestable or Abominable Things