Paul on Homosexuality

The Apostle Paul preaching

Today the court struck down Proposition 8, literally accusing the majority of California voters of discriminatory intent when casting their votes. The role of the courts is to interpret and apply the law only as enacted by the people and their elected representatives, not to impose new social policies. (Source: Andy Pugno, general counsel for

I suspect that many of the voters of California were using the far more reliable Holy Bible as their guide when deciding how to vote, perhaps reviewing what the Apostle Paul wrote about homosexuality:

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. (Romans 1:26-27)

In the following scripture “abusers of themselves with mankind” refers to the homosexual act and “effeminate” refers to Catamites, adolescent boys in a sexual relationship with an adult male.

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,
Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

Obviously “them that defile themselves with mankind” refers to homosexuality:

Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; (1 Timothy 1:9-10)

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  1. Gwendolyn Boucher says:

    I have an astonishing amount of ambivalence around the whole constellation of issues this debate embodies. On the one hand, I know exactly what the Bible says, and on the other I have friends who say it is not a choice. Adding to the mix, the research I read implies that none of this is very settled at all. One group insists that GBLT folk are constantly involved in so many immoral acts, I find it difficult to understand where anyone would get that much energy. Yet, on the other, I hear the wounded voices of those who have experienced horrifically painful rejection by family and those around them. I insist that it is possible to be loving to people whose life we do not live, yet I also know the frustration of being accused of hate when I do not participate in a life style I do not understand.

    I hope that someone else can solve these problems; someone who really knows, and can tell me when they are done, because I do not.


    • As I don’t know either I have tried to take my guidance from the scriptures and the prophets. The issue for the Church, as I have observed, is the definition of marriage and they have spoken clearly on that.

      There is no doubt in my mind that traditional marriage is under attack. I am resolved to defend it.

      • Traditional marriage is under attack? Wow, I’m flabbergasted, if you have one wife, it’s not traditional marriage. “Traditional marriage” was banned in The United States awhile ago, buddy. :)

  2. Gwendolyn Boucher says:

    3“Let us tear their fetters apart
    And cast away their cords from us!”
    4He who sits in the heavens laughs,
    The Lord scoffs at them.

    5Then He will speak to them in His anger
    And terrify them in His fury, saying,

    6“But as for Me, I have installed My King
    Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”

    I am so glad that I only have to live MY life before the Lord and no one elses.

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