The standard biblical case against homosexuality is based on a collection of verses which some people call the “Clobber Passages.” These verses and passages are found mainly in Leviticus and Romans, and in Paul’s famous “sin lists.” I’ve heard and read some of these refutations of the Clobber Passages, but I’ve never felt completely satisfied with them. During the past several years I have come to realize that the Bible itself proves that the way many of these passages are used by anti-homosexual Christians is actually a misuse and a twisting of the Bible on behalf of their anti-gay crusade. In the weeks and months to come I will be blogging about the deficiencies, and in places the outright twisted falsehood, of the standard anti-homosexual case. You will discover that:
- Some passages are used in ways that actually indict the motives and credibility of the people who invoke them, and not their targets
- Some passages are interpreted impressionistically, like a Rorschach Inkblot test
- Some verses are used illegitimately as evidence–verses that the Bible itself says no longer apply to us
- Some passages are used in a way that is exactly opposite of the intended purpose, the purpose stated in the passage itself
I do not simply ignore parts of the Bible that I don’t like it. I do, however, compare scripture with scripture. As Paul wrote to the Christians in Thessalonica, “Test everything; hold fast what is good.” The Bible verses used by anti-homosexual Christians sound so slam-dunk convincing that some people feel compelled to ignore the Bible on this topic. That is understandable, since:
“The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.” (Proverbs 18:17)
I will be doing precisely that, however—examining the case presented by anti-homosexual Christians, and demonstrating that it is not nearly as air-tight as it seems.