Does the Bible say homosexuals will go to hell?
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No, the Bible NEVER says all homosexuals will go to hell. That is a myth based primarily on the NIV mistranslation of 1 Corinthians 6:9 plus the modern Christian mis-interpretation of Revelation 22:15.
Those are the most often used verses to teach that homosexuals will go to hell. Fortunately for saved homosexuals and unfortunately for those who use those verses against us, the verses do not teach or imply that homosexuals will go to hell.
Every homosexual - gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people - will go to heaven IF they trust Jesus Christ as their Savior from sin and hell and the wrath of God.
I Cor 6:9 and Rev 22:15 describe pagan worshipers of the fertility goddess, not born again gay men or lesbian women or bisexuals or transsexuals.
Teaching that homosexuals will go to hell based on 1 Corinthians 6:9 occurs because many Christians misunderstand the Greek word, arsenokoitai.
"Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind (arsenokoitai)," 1 Cor 6:9, KJV
"Do 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 (arsenokoitai)" 1 Cor 6:9, NIV
Because the NIV did such a lousy job and mistranslated the Greek word, arsenokoitai, many people concluded that homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God.
If the NIV translators had bothered to study instead of just going by what the Greek lexicons say, the gay community could have avoided a lot of pain and heartache.
Arsenokoitai has never been a reference to a lesbian couple or a gay male couple. Instead, in the first century, arsenokoitai referred to shrine prostitution
or rape or having sex with angels. That is the behavior Paul described when he used the Greek word, arsenokoitai.
"Outside (of the holy city) are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood." Revelation 22:15, NIV
"Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the LORD thy God for any vow: for even both these are abomination unto the LORD thy God." Deu 23:18, KJV
"You must not bring the earnings of a female prostitute or of a male prostitute into the house of the Lord your God to pay any vow, because the Lord your God detests them both." Deu 23:18, NIV
The word "dog" describes one class of sinner who will not be in the New Jerusalem in heaven. Some Christians interpret Rev 22:15 to mean that all homosexuals are dogs and will not be in heaven. Of course, they are dead wrong and I'll be happy to tell them so IF THEY make it to heaven.
The Greek word for dogs is, kyon,
sometimes meaning a dog or sometimes used metaphorically as in Revelation 22:15, as a reference to shrine prostitutes, Deu 23:18.
The word "dog" was used as an epithet to describe cult prostitutes, shrine prostitute, pagan temple prostitutes, who used sex to serve the fertility goddesses of ancient Canaan. Even one of the most anti-gay Christians, Dr. Robert Gagnon, identifies the Greek word kyon as a reference to shrine prostitutes.
“The harsh descriptions of the qedesim in 1-2 Kings (1 Kgs 14:24: “even qades were in the land”) and Job 36:14, along with the epithet of “dog” in Deut 23:18, suggests a degree of revulsion more suited to same-sex male cult prostitution.” Robert Gagnon, The Bible and Homosexual Practice, p. 104Does God forgive homosexuals if they
"The existence of male (same sex) cult prostitutes was well known to Jews of the period (the first century AD), as Philo's comments testify ...Thus the most likely explanation is that the term "dogs" in Rev 22:15 primarily has in view emasculated male cult prostitutes without excluding a wider reference to any who engage in homosexual practice." Gagnon, The Bible and Homosexual Practice, p. 105
NOTE: The underlined portion is Dr. Gagnon inserting his opinion as if the Bible supports his opinion, which it does not.
“That means Josiah’s action against the qedesim in the temple precincts was likely taken as a direct result of laws in Deut 23:17-18 regarding the qedesim or “dogs.” Gagnon, The Bible and Homosexual Practice, p. 106
repent but continue to be gay?
Oh yes! God saves us from our sins, not from our sexual orientation. When anyone trusts Jesus Christ alone through faith alone (without works) for salvation, they are forgiven ALL their sins, past, present and future.
The slate is wiped clean so its as it they had never sinned and never would sin. Jesus' death on the Cross and God's forgiveness based on Jesus' payment for our sins covers EVERY sin of those who trust Jesus for salvation.
There is nothing in the Bible which indicates that God changes anyone's sexual orientation when He saves and forgives them. The Bible never records that God or an apostle healed anyone of being gay or lesbian.
The belief that gays and lesbians must change their sexual orientation when they get saved is a personal belief of many Christians, based on nothing but their own opinion instead of on anything the Bible actually says.
Also, their opinion that homosexuals go to hell is partially based on the NIV's mis-translation of 1 Cor 6:9.
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