An argument for “Gay Christianity?” Just recently, Andrew Rappaport and AMBrewster interviewed Anthony Necerato who claimed to have a case for “gay Christianity.” When Rappaport asked if the Bible condemns homosexuality, Necerato responded, “No, I do not. Well, that is what you mean by homosexuality.” According to Anthony, a gay Christian is a person who has a genuine experience with God and who has romantic feelings for the same sex. Necerato’s argument for gay Christianity requires that he redefine the terms of what Christianity is and what homosexuality is.
Gay Christianity and the True Scotsman
During the interview Rappaport exposes the error as the true Scotsman fallacy. A Scotsman is a person born in Scotland. Yet, someone using the true Scotsman fallacy might say a true Scotsman likes haggis. Therefore–they may conclude–anyone who is born in Scotland and does not like haggis is not a true Scotsman. It is the same as saying a true American is someone who likes baseball, not someone born in America.
Bible’s Definition of Christianity
The Bible says a Christian is someone who repents of their sin, trusts in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and follows the teachings of Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20, John 3:16, Romans 1:16-17, Acts 2:38, 1 Corinthians 15:1- 11). It is seen in the regeneration section of Striving For Eternity’s What We Believe section of regeneration.
Regeneration is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit by which a new nature and eternal life are given (John 3:3-7; Titus 3:5). It is instantaneous and is accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the instrumentality of the Word of God (John 5:24) when the repentant sinner, as enabled by the Holy Spirit, responds in faith to the divine provision of salvation. Genuine regeneration is manifested by fruits worthy of repentance as demonstrated in righteous attitudes and conduct.
Biblical Definition of Homosexuality
The Bible defines homosexuality as a man lying with a man as one lays with a woman (Leviticus 18:22). It defines the act as one doing the male part of the act and one doing the female part of the act (1 Corinthians 6:9, NASB). It has a clear definition that carries over to the modern day understanding of it.
Does The Bible Condemn Homosexuality
Here are a few key passages in understanding whether or not the Bible condemns homosexuality.
- Leviticus 18:22: “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” (ESV).
- Leviticus 20:13: “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them” (ESV).
- Matthew 19:4-6: “[Jesus] He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (ESV).
- Romans 1: 26-27: “For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error” (ESV).
- 1 Corinthians 6:9: “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals,” (NASB1995).
- 1 Timothy 1:8-10: “But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching,” (NASB 1995).
Both the Old Testament and the New Testament condemn homosexuality. Also, the Bible defines a Christian as one who repents of and trusts in Jesus Christ as Lord and follows His teachings. The Bible does not recognize gay Christianity. One has to redefine both the definitions of “gay” and “Chrisitan” to make it work. Therefore, there is no compelling argument for gay Christianity. Only Jesus Christ is Lord. The Bible is God’s Word. Therefore, let us follow what the Bible says in its context.
As Necerato says in the podcast, it is an emotional appeal not a factual one. He therefore lost the debate. We pray God brings him to repentance and true faith in Jesus Christ.
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