The Galilee Episode

Yes, the historical Jesus actually mentioned gays and lesbians. And the passage in which the two couples are mentioned is fairly well-known among evangelicals, especially those who believe in the rapture.

I tell you, in that night,
there shall be two men in one bed;
the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
Two women will be grinding together,
the one shall be taken, and the other left.
(Luke 17:34-35)

But the verses don’t refer to a rapture. They refer to a first-century legal ruling.

“One seized, one released.”

In a way it is similar to the phrase, “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” Many people know the details of “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” But the number of people who know those details will grow smaller and smaller as time goes by.

Today, the main people interested in those details are like those who work at the ACLU and Lambda Legal, people concerned with the legal nuts and bolts of legal disputes.

We can’t depend on rank-and-file Southern Baptists or surviving members of the Moral Majority to preserve the memory of major events in LGBT history. Anti-homosexuals have no positive interest in  the Stonewall Riots or the repeal of DOMA.

As it turns out, we still can’t depend on people with an anti-gay bias to be straight with us about Luke 17:34-35. If you want the facts about this so-called rapture verse, this is your must-read book for 2020.

My new book, The Galilee Episode: Two Men in One Bed, Two Women Grinding, is available on Click here to order your copy.

About Ron Goetz

My first wife used to say, "There's nothing so sacred that Ron won't pick it apart." My desire to be a pastor -- that was a temperamental mismatch. She was so patient. If my birth mother had lived somewhere else, maybe I would've become a cold case detective. But I would have had to be J instead of a P, I think. And that mid-life reevaluation, starting adolescence as a GARB fundamentalist and transitioning to a non-theist, that gave me an unusual skill set.
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