What is the meaning of Leviticus 22:30?
It's not about gays and lesbians!
Leviticus was written to the children of Israel as they prepared to enter the promised land around 1400 BC. Thirteen times in the book of Leviticus, God and Moses say that Leviticus is for the children of Israel. Christians have been free from the law of Moses since Jesus died on Calvary for our sins. God does not require any Christian anywhere to live under the law of Moses today because we are free in Christ Jesus.
Leviticus contains the Holiness Code, (Leviticus chapters 17-26), which gives specific instructions for the children of Israel to obey but which Christians today do not have to obey because we are not under Old Testament Law.
Context is always important!
The context of the Holiness Code and the parts of Levitical law often used against gays is the false worship of pagan gods. The biblical cultural doctrinal historical linguistic literary and religious context of the so called clobber passages in the Bible is NEVER gays and lesbians.
The context of the clobber passages is always cult prostitutes, shrine prostitutes and temple prostitutes (three ways scholars have of describing pagan idolaters and their worship practices), using sex to worship false gods. Idolatry and idol worship are always linked to the sexual worship of false gods.
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1. Lev 17:7 and goat idols, part 1
2. Lev 17:7 and goat idols, part 2
3. Lev 17:7 establishes context
4. To whom is the
Book of Leviticus addressed?
5. Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13
is about pagan worship practices.
6. How is Molech linked to
Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13?
7. Shrine prostitutes & ancient Israel
According to Acts 21:20-25, first century Jews who got saved did try to keep the Old Testament law, Acts 21:20 but Gentiles did not have to keep the law, Acts 21:25. The Bible links the pagan practices of false religions with the prohibitions of the Holiness Code.
Those pagan practices included using sex to worship the fertility goddess.
That is what God and Moses intended to prohibit in Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13.
God and Moses never intended to prohibit two men or two women who love each other from partnering in committed, faithful, non-cultic relationship or gay marriage. That was not then and is not now the context of Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, therefore, gay marriage and/or being gay is not what those verses address.
It is wicked and sinful and spiritual malpractice when anti-gay Christians rip those verses out of their context of shrine prostitution and use them as weapons to hurt their gay brothers and lesbian sisters.
Scripture cannot mean now If it wasn't talking about gays and lesbians when Moses originally wrote it, then it isn't talking about gays and lesbians now.The key to understanding the Bible is to
what it did not mean then.
know for sure you are saved.
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This page updated April 25, 2018