How did you decide that Romans 1:26 does not condemn lesbians?

by J




We believe Romans 1:26 does not condemn lesbians based on context and the words used by Paul. Its important to remember that Romans 1:26 was written to Christians in Rome around A.D. 58. To understand what God and Paul meant, we need to understand how Roman Christians would have understood this verse in the first century.

  1. Lesbians are not condemned anywhere in the Old Testament. Therefore Paul could not possibly have based his alleged condemnation of lesbians on anything the Tanakh (our Old Testament) says about lesbians.

  2. Ancient Jewish teaching in the Talmudic tradition understood that the Tanakh did not condemn lesbians. Therefore it is unlikely that Paul would have based his alleged condemnation
    of lesbians on ancient Jewish oral tradition
    which was pretty much silent about lesbians.

  3. The Old Testament (the Tanakh) DOES condemn one form of idolatry in which both women and men committed the same kind of sin (anal sex in worship of the fertility goddess - viewed as being "against nature" because it was not procreative).

    Therefore, since the context of Romans 1 is idolatry (not lesbianism and not homosexuality), Paul most likely was referencing shrine prostitution, not lesbianism, not homosexuality in Romans 1:26-27.

  4. The way early Christians understood Romans 1:26-27 informs our understanding. Aristides in AD 126 and Justin Martyr around AD 150, understood Paul to be writing about shrine prostitution. I believe they were absolutely right.

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"I don't want to start an argument. I came here because I want to understand. I love women. (I am a woman). I also love men. I study the Bible and religion extensively. I have always understood that God condemns homosexuality and was intrigued when I came across this page.

I was a little hopeful. However I do not understand how you came to connect Romans 1:26-27 with it being okay to be lesbian.

Is there a version of the Bible I haven't read? This scripture clearly condemns us. How do you reconcile what it says and homosexuality?

And what about Jude 7? There are others but I would like to know your thoughts on these first. Please be patient with me I am just trying to learn.

Please no emotional stuff, I work with the facts and reasoning. I don't do well with emotional pleas or insults. I will do the same for you. Thank you so much. -J"

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May 27, 2013
This really got me thinking
by: Augustus

Okay, I admit it. I always thought the Bible condemns gays. But this got me thinking. I never heard this argument before and it makes sense.

Why has the church got things so bass-ackwards? No pun intended.

Rick's comment: Every Christian I've ever known is a human being, thus subject to all frailties of the flesh. One of those frailties is to lambast and ridicule that which we do not understand.

To get things right doctrinally requires an honest heart and a willing mind. Some Christians lack those essentials.

Nov 02, 2016
Judgmental - painful comments
by: Jamie evans

Im very confused. Im in love and ready to marry my precious girlfriend but do not want to go against God's word and be condemned to hell for eternity.

I am saved and love the Lord. I just want reassurance that I will not go to hell. The only unforgivable sin in the bible is blasphemy toward our savior so idk, what's the answer?

Im very confused. Im in love and ready to marry my precious girlfriend but do not want to go against God's word and be condemned to hell for eternity.

I am saved and love the Lord. I just want reassurance that I will not go to hell. The only unforgivable sin in the bible is blasphemy toward our savior so idk, what's the answer?

Rick's comment: Hi Jamie - First, make sure you and your beloved know for sure you are saved.

God has good news and peace of mind for us when we believe what He says in the Bible. The most important question to answer right now is:

Am I sure I am saved?

Many gays are cultural Christians instead of born again Christians. They grew up in church or they are religious or they are spiritual. They try to do the right thing but they've never personally received Jesus Christ as their Savior from sin.

Why do so many young people quit church?

The best preparation for being a disciple of Jesus is to know for sure you are saved. Everyone needs to be saved from sin and hell and the wrath of God. Here is what Jesus taught about hell and God's wrath.

What is the wrath of God?

Jesus teaches Hell 101

Getting saved and becoming a disciple of Jesus means not trusting your good works, confirmation, baptism, sacraments, being a cultural Christian or grace allegedly infused through a church, instead, trusting by grace alone through faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ alone to save you.

What must I do to be saved?

Once you know for sure you are saved, it helps to understand what happened when you got saved.

What happens when you get saved?

Once you understand what happened when you got saved, it helps to understand how long you are saved for. Is your salvation temporary or eternal?

Am I saved for all eternity?

Second - click on and read all of the text links in the article. That will help you know for sure.

Third, read through my Gay Christian FAQ - It answers 100 important questions about being gay and Christian.

In the Old Testament, polygamy was culturally accepted, even for followers of God and it was also legal.

Gay marriage today is analogous to polygamy in the OT. Gay marriage is culturally accepted in many countries and is also legal in many countries, even for Christians.

Always love and follow Jesus as His disciple. It's better to be a disciple of Jesus than to go along with the crowd. God will give you the strength and wisdom you need to follow Jesus as lesbian Christians.

God bless you both as you walk the path of God's purpose for your lives.

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