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Note: Liberated Christians is a primarily about heterosexual relationships.
While we are supportive of all sexual orientations, the leaders do not have the
resources to assist them in their special issues. Thus, our Fellowship groups are
not appropriate for gays/lesbians. However, individually Dave (an extreme heterosexual
- Kinsey Scale= 0) has done extensive biblical research and has been active supporting
biblical homosexuality for many years. However, there is no "official"
stand as an organization on homosexuality other than general support.
Vague Reference In Revelation 11:8
Most translations don't include homosexuality in the "sin lists" since
this is a long stretch from the vague reference to Sodom in Rev 11:8, since the
listed sins of Sodom did not include homosexuality and it seems clear that homosexuality
had nothing to do with the evils of Sodom. In Rev 21:8 most translations read "But
as for the cowardly, the faithless, and the vile, murderers, fornicators (or immoral),
sorcerers, idolaters, and liars of every kind, their lot will be the second death..."
Doesn't even include homosexuals!
The word translated immoral or fornicators actually is our old greek friend "pornos"
which I have discussed before. It is the male form of porneia (which from 1 Cor
6:9 is the female temple sexgoddess prostitute). Even Strong's shows a narrow meaning
of pornos being male prostitute or a male having unlawful sexual intercourse - like
in with another mans wife). Clearly seems nothing at all to do with non prostitution,
loving homosexual acts.
The Revelation of John was written at a time of great stress for Christians, perhaps
in the last decade of the first century. The circumstances were exactly the sort
in which one would expect to find a threatened community raising barriers of purity
between itself and the hostile world. The book often uses the language of purity.
But given its highly imagistic nature, it is often difficult to know how the author
might have applied the language in practical situations. Thus, he speaks often of
abominations, uncleanness, and harlotry of Babylon. The New Jerusalem, by contrast
is clothed in clean, shining linen, which is the righteous deeds of the saints.
It helps to understand the persecution the Christians faced under the early Roman
Empire which may explain the concern of the author. The Roman courts sought to persuade
those accused as Christians to commit apostasy by performing an act of worship before
the image of the false gods - or be killed!
The high success of the Roman courts explains why the list of terrible acts begins
with the cowardly, unfaithful, and polluted referring to those agreeing to offer
sacrifices to the gods. All those considered liars who,having claimed to be servants
of Christ, finally betrayed that commitment by saving their life by obeying the
Roman court order to offer sacrifices to their gods.
But its clearly not homosexuality.
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