Was the centurion really gay and if so, why did Paul speak against homosexuality?
Rick Brentlinger Answers -
A centurion in Bible times was a non-com officer in the Roman Army (kind of like a gunny sergeant in the Marine Corps today), who commanded 100 men. Centurions are mentioned 21 times
in 21 verses of the Bible. The gay centurion
is found in Matthew 8:5 and Luke 7:2. There are sound reasons to believe this centurion was a gay man. Here is some information most Christians have not considered about the possibility that the Centurion was gay.
There is another centurion mentioned who was present at the crucifixion of Christ, Matthew 27:54. While it is possible this centurion is the gay centurion from Matthew 8:5, these events happened two thousand years ago and there is no way to prove it one way or the other.
The apostle Peter had the privilege of leading another centurion to saving faith in Christ, Acts 10.
The apostle Paul interacted with three centurions, Acts 22:25, 24:23 and 27:1 but there is nothing in scripture to indicate that these centurions were the same individual as the centurion in Matthew 8.
Did Paul speak against homosexuality?
It is a common misconception that the Apostle Paul spoke out against homosexuality. Here are some of the links where I deal with that misconception.The Context of Romans 1Romans 1 and HomosexualityWhat did arsenokoites mean to Paul?What did malakoi mean to Paul?
To answer your question then, nothing in the Bible indicates that Paul came in contact with the gay centurion of Matthew 8:5 and Paul did not speak against homosexuality.
The practice Paul spoke out against was temple prostitution, people engaging in illicit sexual relationships to worship the fertility goddess.We’ve studied the centurion question. Click here to return to GayChristian101.com Home Page.