Justin Lee of the The Gay Christian Network has an excellent article on why God blesses same-sex marriages. Yet someone who uses the Bible to support a certain issue, should be consistent in his exegesis.
# Should he include verse 11?
Among others, he discusses the very contentious 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 passage: ‘Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Do not be deceived [don’t believe lies]: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers not male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the Kingdom of God.’ In his attempt to explain away the offence of ‘male prostitutes and homosexual offenders,’ he leaves out the verse that follows.
Verse 11 says, ‘And that is what some of you were [referring to 9&10]. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of God.’ It means that some of the members of the church in Corinth came out of sinful lifestyles, but they were changed by the powerful blood of Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
# Did the Holy Spirit err?
Why does Mr Lee not give the same amount of attention to verse 11 as he does to verses 9 &10? Is it only to ‘justify’ same sex marriages? Does he insinuate that the Holy Spirit erred because He didn’t know that the ‘homosexual offenders’ refers to a Greek Roman problem in ancient times?
# Does the Bible misrepresent God’s design of marriage?
Scripture is very ‘one-sided’ when it discusses marriage. Ephesians 5:22-33 bases the marriage relationship on Jesus the Bridegroom and His Bride, the Church. Husband and wife are a shadow or reflection of Jesus and the Church. Colossians 3:18-19 and 1 Peter 3:1-7 also mention only male/female marriages. Does that mean the Bible misrepresents the truth because it doesn’t include same-sex marriages?
# Should we absolve all the offenders in the list?
If you are consistent, what about the idolaters, adulterers, thieves, swindlers, et cetera, in the 1 Corinthians 6 list? Does the passage mean what it says, or is a thief not a thief, or an adulterer something else?
If you begin to chop and change Scripture and don’t check with other passages that discuss the same issue, you make the Bible a useless guide to the Kingdom of God. So why refer to the Bible at all?