Bible Abuse Directed at Homosexuals

Matthew 15

Having looked at the passages that supposedly condemn homosexuals and having found them wanting, it is appropriate to look at passages that show the exact opposite.

Paul’s first letter to the church at Corinth and his first letter to Timothy both include lists; 1 Corinthians include a list of actions that will keep someone from inheriting the Kingdom of God, and 1 Timothy includes a listing of unrighteous people. Neither of these lists claims to be all-inclusive.

On the other hand, Jesus made a list that does appear comprehensive.

Matthew 15:18-20

KJV: (King James Version, 1611): “…those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man…”

MSG (The Message, 1993): “But what comes out of the mouth gets its start in the heart. It’s from the heart that we vomit up evil arguments, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, lies, and cussing. That’s what pollutes.”

Apparently, either Jesus did not consider homosexuality important enough to specify in what looks like an all-inclusive list, or the author(s) of Matthew imperfectly recorded what Jesus said, which would mean that this supposedly infallible word of God is flawed.

Matthew 19 has a more significant message.