I received an email which voiced numerous objections to the idea that Jesus accepted some sexually active gays and lesbians, which I document from Luke 17. I replied to him, “You’ve covered far too much ground to answer in one email. Let me answer one point from your first paragraph.” He had written,
But I’ve seen posts from you that say that Jesus “taught” on gay and lesbians. And that from Luke 17:34-35, that God “accepts” gays and lesbians. But that is NOT what Jesus said. All Jesus said was “there are two men in a bed… two women grinding” (if you are correct). Jesus didn’t “teach” ANYTHING in these verses. Jesus didn’t say whether it was wrong or right.
True. Jesus didn’t say whether it was wrong or right. What he said was that it didn’t matter, that it was irrelevant.
You left something out. In verses 34 and 35 we read, “one shall be taken, and the other left.” One member of each pair is acceptable to God, and one is not. Based on the testimony of Luke 17, then at least some sexually active gays and lesbians are acceptable to God, and delivered from judgment. (I’ve had some literalists ask me if I believe that 50 percent of gays and lesbians are going to heaven, which is quite silly.)
It is the separation of the righteous and the unrighteous that is the key point of my thesis. The fact that some sexually active gays and lesbians are acceptable to God is the point I am making.
The point of this passage is that homosexuality and homosexual activity are not factors in a person’s acceptability to God. God does not take sexual orientation into account. Jesus ignores it.
And the word of the Son of God, God Incarnate, is superior to voices of the Hebrew prophets, according to Hebrews 1:1-2.
In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets a many times and in various was, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son.
Moses is called a prophet in the book of Deuteronomy. “Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face.” (Deut. 34:10) You see, Jesus was the Lord himself. Jesus’ acceptance of gays and lesbians takes priority over Moses’ rejection.
This is just one more difference between life under the old covenant and life under the new. We don’t keep the Sabbath the way the Israelites did, or say “No, thanks” to shrimp and rabbit the way the Israelites did, or enforce the death penalty the way the Israelites did, or reject homosexuals the way the Israelites did.
My friend, if you’re anything like me, then you have plenty of personal weakness, plenty of areas where you fall short of Christ’s commandment to love the people around you. I’m sure you’ve read this before, but let me repeat it anyway. A little repetition never hurts.
Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
Start here. Are there any widows in your neighborhood? in your church? among your relatives? And keep yourself untainted by the world. Avoid worldly ambition, worldly ambitions, and worldly measures of success. After a while, think about this.
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
If you are interested in the evidence supporting Jesus’ acceptance of gays and lesbians in Luke 17, click here.