Cult prostitutes were
NOT gay or lesbian

Cybele or one of her archigalli priests

Cult prostitutes were not gays and lesbians. They were usually heterosexuals who used anal sex to worship the Canaanite fertility goddess. There is no rational analogy between pagan worship of false gods and the loving lesbian and gay relationships we see today.

Did you know that cult prostitutes are condemned in the Bible but gays and lesbians in committed, faithful, non- cultic partnership are never condemned in the Bible? Many anti-gay Christians argue: In the last 100 years, gays have been reinterpreting the Bible to make it look like homosexuality is okay.

Aren’t gay people just trying
to find an alibi for their sin?

No, most definitely not. The destruction of Sodom occurred around 1850 BC. For about 1800 years after the destruction of Sodom in Genesis 19, our ancient Jewish and Christian ancestors, some of whom were the human authors of scripture, did not interpret the Sodom story as condemning gays and lesbians.

For most of the last 2000 years, the Church has not interpreted the Greek word malakoi in 1 Cor 6:9 to mean homosexual.

Anti-gay Christians are the ones who
re-interpreted the Sodom story.

Ancient Canaanite fertility goddess

The people doing the reinterpretation are anti-gay Christians who departed from the Biblical witness and from traditional Jewish and Christian teaching. They are the ones who have reinterpreted verses about cult prostitutes. They now allege that verses about cult prostitution actually refer to committed, faithful, non-cultic same sex relationships as we know them in modern times.

They are wrong. There is no logical analogy between ancient cult prostitutes who worshiped the fertility goddess and modern homosexuals, many of whom are born again Christians who love and serve Jesus Christ. Cult prostitution is about idolatry. It is simply a fact that non-cultic, same sex relationships are never condemned in the Bible.

I challenge you to present a verse which in context, condemns non-cultic
same sex partnerships.

If you can find such a verse, I'll be happy to post it here in large letters. Of course, such a verse does not exist. What the Bible condemns are cultic sex practices which were performed in worship of the Canaanite fertility goddess. The Bible condemns cult prostitutes and cult prostitution but the Bible never condemns committed, faithful, non-cultic same sex partnerships.

Pagan worship of the fertility goddess by cult prostitutes is not the same as a committed, faithful, non-cultic same sex partnership. It is dishonest and unfair for anti-gay christians to keep lying about this issue.

The testimony of Roman coins

A Cybele coin,

circulated in first century Rome, where Cybele is referred to as “Mater Deum” meaning “Mother of the gods.” Think about it for a minute. Cybele coins similar to the one pictured here were circulating in the Roman Empire for at least 75 years before the birth of Christ and for two hundred years afterward.

This particular coin was circulating in Rome in the first century, around AD 58, when Paul wrote his epistle to the Romans. Cybele worship and the power and influence of this fertility goddess whose temple loomed over Rome from atop the Palatine hill, frame the historical context of Romans 1.

Additional information
about cult prostitutes

1. The prohibited sexual activity Paul mentions in Romans 1:26-27 was fertility goddess worship.

2. Shrine prostitutes are not the same as homosexuals.

3. The Bible forbids worship of the fertility goddess under the rubric of Molech worship.

4. The Bible is absolutely clear about pagan worship practices.

5. Romans 1:26-27 is in the historical context of worshiping Cybele, the ancient fertility goddess.

6. The Greek word arsenokoites, in I Cor 6:9, never meant homosexual.

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