Anything Goes If Marriage Is Redefined

abc-qaABC TV show “Q & A” on Sep 19, 2011 was a disturbing display of biblical ignorance.

None other than the former NSW Premier Kristina Keneally – who boasted that she had studied theology – implied that Jesus would have approved of homosexuality. She said His main message of “love one another as I have loved you” meant He would approve homosexual marriage.

Kristina was one of two professing Christians on the program – pitted against two agnostics and one atheist lesbian.

This is balance, ABC-style!

What did Jesus teach?

No one on the program pointed out that Jesus explicitly condemned homosexual behaviour in Matthew 15:19 and Mark 7:21, where Jesus talks about the evil things which come out of a person.

One of the evils listed is “porneia” {greek1)http://www.studylight.org/lexicons/greek/gwview.cgi?n=4202} or “porneiai” {greek2)http://biblehub.com/greek/porneiai_4202.htm} (plural) in the Greek – sometimes translated “sexual immorality”, or, in the King James Bible, “fornications” – and includes all forms of sexual expression apart from sex between a married man and woman.

Moreover, in Matthew 19:4-5, Jesus affirmed marriage as male-female:

Haven’t you read that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh?’

Walter Martin,3)Jesus Does Condemn Homosexuality ((http://apprising.org/2011/03/21/jesus-does-condemn-homosexuality/ quoted by Pastor Ken Silva on his website, explains it well:

You say, “Where in the New Testament did Jesus ever mention homosexuality?”

Open your Bibles and find out; because contrary to what the gay church says, He not only spoke against it—He went out of His way to make it very clear so nobody would misunderstand Him.

Of course, you do have to study your Greek New Testament to come up with it.

Most homosexual theologians that I have talked to don’t even know the Greek alphabet, much less their Greek exegesis, so they miss it completely – but it’s here in the passage and it should be looked at. Matthew, chapter 15, Christ is speaking, verse 19, “For out of the heart proceeds evil thoughts, murders”, notice the differentiation, “adulteries, fornications”,plural, “thefts, false witness, blasphemies”. “These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile.

You say: “The word homosexual is not there; what are you arguing about?”

I’m arguing about the use of the word porneia, which was found written over the wall, and the doorway, and the arches, in excavations by archaeologists of Roman brothels. And the word porneia did not mean “sex before marriage” alone.

It meant homosexuality, bestiality, and all forms of degraded sex. And it became well known to everybody in the culture, that porneia referred to “anything goes”.

Jesus well knew the Roman brothels.

He well knew the culture of His time; and when He said “adulteries and fornications” – plural – He was making a direct reference to the practices of the Romans and the Greeks and the pagans of the time who prostituted themselves to all forms of evil.

He knew it; He condemned it.

It’s not just the matter of the word, it’s a matter of the culture; and Jesus certainly understood the culture of His time.

And therefore, when He used the word “fornications”, He obviously was making reference to all forms – all forms, inclusive forms – of that which was the deviation from the norm of Jewish law.

Mrs Roslyn Phillips, B Sc Dip Ed
National Research Officer
FamilyVoice Australia: a Christian voice for family, faith and freedom
Email: rhp@fava.org.au Website: www.fava.org.au

(Original article dated Sep 20, 2011 – published with permission from author)

References   [ + ]

1. http://www.studylight.org/lexicons/greek/gwview.cgi?n=4202
2. http://biblehub.com/greek/porneiai_4202.htm
3. Jesus Does Condemn Homosexuality ((http://apprising.org/2011/03/21/jesus-does-condemn-homosexuality/

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