WHERE WAS THE FIRST CENTURY CHRISTIAN COUNCIL ON THE ISSUE OF HOMOSEXUALITY?

Paul was very specific in his language. He was well aware of legalese. He knew the Old Testament very well. He was thoroughly trained by the Pharisee, Gamaliel, one of the leading Pharisees if not the leading Pharisaic teacher of the day, in fact. Paul went into great detail about his thinking concerning circumcision and what he called "the law." He was referring to the Law of Moses. Now, what he ended up talking about was what is referred to in the Old Testament as circumcising the heart. Jesus made Paul think harder – to question all that Paul had been doing and why. That's why Paul connected the dots to circumcising the heart. Paul saw more light on account of Jesus – much greater light than that which Paul had received from Gamaliel.

What didn't happen in this process was Paul lowering the concept of sin but rather moving closer to the perfect harmlessness shown forth by Jesus Christ, who told us to be as harmless as doves.

Moses is the one who explicitly said that homosexuality is verboten (even confusion meriting instant capital punishment). Paul argued that uncircumcised Gentiles be accepted into the body of Christ by the Christian Church. It would be a terrible stretch to suggest that Paul was claiming that the end of "the law" meant the acceptability of homosexuality, especially in light of the fact that it is not harmless as a dove but demonstrably damaging (see: "Homosexuals: What they ignore"). Only those of hyper-antinomianism, headed in the direction of the ancient Gnostics who believed defiling the flesh was its denunciation and would lift the soul to Heaven, would believe that harmful homosexuality is liberated/hedonistic Christianity. There is no such thing as hedonistic Christianity.

Also consider that if there were no "law" according to Paul, Paul would not have listed any sins at all.

If the brothers in a hugely important conference in Jerusalem headed up by James argued so over circumcision and blood in meat and so forth, who in his or her right mind would suggest that they would open doors to homosexuals without a clear debate on the record? It's a ridiculous notion.

Also, Peter lived with Jesus and the other Apostles. They continued practicing the Torah Judaism of the day. They did follow Jesus who enhanced the law – raised the standard. He raised it so high that his own disciples wondered how anyone could enter Heaven. However, here come the homosexuals lowering the threshold down, down, down. It's obvious where that's coming from. It's from darkness.

Don't forget how James pressed Paul hard upon Paul's visit to Jerusalem clearly to demonstrate to the naysayer Jewish Christians and others that Paul still kept the ritual laws. Paul immediately fell right into line with James' request — hardly in keeping with one who would denounce Moses' view that homosexuality was a sin.

Remember that Jesus didn't destroy the law but fulfilled it when he raised, not lowered, the standard. He didn't stone people, but he did still tell them to go and sin no more.

He was murdered for raising, not lowering, the standard. He didn't open the door to other forms of harm (homosexuality) while closing it to stoning.

I add this paragraph as an update:

Also, where does it say verbatim in the Bible, "Thou shalt not have sexual intercourse with a dead body" (necrophilia) or words to that effect; or, is it understood from the whole context that such an act would be a grave error? Is the list of sins in the Bible all-inclusive, or is it written as a list where the reader is to understand that sins are not limited to the list? Did Paul include in any of his lists that immediate siblings are not to have sex with each other (one form of incest), or did he rely upon Moses who had already said it? Why then are those who are pro-homosexuality insisting that Jesus and Paul had to use a term that those who are pro-homosexuality relate directly and exclusively to homosexuality? Accordingly, the terms of Paul and Jesus may not have any additional connotations to the pro-homosexuality crowd.

I just posted a link to this post on Facebook with the following Intro. I thought it might help to clarify a bit more here:

The post-title should be self-explanatory. In the post, I put forward an argument never made before by anyone. As they say in journalism, you heard it here first.

Some of the text deals with matters that may be out of reach for those not very well-versed in the Bible; however, it's worth reading including by those who think twisting a word here or there in the New Testament and especially concerning Paul is going to get them by.

It was something I dashed off to aid a friend who is in a debate on the matter of Paul and homosexuality. That debate has boiled down to the same points being repeated around by pro-homosexuals in their attempt to suggest that Jesus did not (or at least possibly did not) consider homosexuality a sin. Their position is utterly ridiculous as ought to be perfectly clear from a quick reading of my short post.

Lastly, some my take this as bragging. It is not. I am repenting and repentant. Credit goes to the Holy Spirit. I know that is difficult for some (seemingly impossible) to comprehend, but they need to admit that there are things they don't know. I would not have come to say what I have here in this post were it not for the movement of the Holy Spirit.

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    • Quote: “Don't forget how James pressed Paul hard upon Paul's visit to Jerusalem clearly to demonstrate to the naysayer Jewish Christians and others “

      (le-havdil), A logical analysis (found here: http://www.netzarim.co.il" target="_blank">www.netzarim.co.il (that is the only legitimate Netzarim)) of all extant source documents and archeology proves that the historical Ribi Yehosuha ha-Mashiakh (the Messiah) from Nazareth and his talmidim (apprentice-students), called the Netzarim, taught and lived Torah all of their lives; and that Netzarim and Christianity were always antithetical.

      Judaism and Christianity have always been two antithetical religions, and thus the term “Jewish Christians” is an oxymoron.

      • Anders Branderud,

        Courtesy.

        I was familiar with these things. "Jewish Christian" is used for the sake of beginning common dialogue with those who are not aware of various distinctions.

        As for your point and if we are going to be completely precise, there is no Judaism. There is only belief in the universal God. If I move back from speaking at that level of language, then I may say that Christianity is the only real religion of Jacob, who is alive with Jesus. Even at that, many will not grasp.

        The prophecy did not end with the Torah. The Torah observances were cut off by God. Animal sacrifices came to stink.

        This is not to say that I don't appreciate having an understanding of the religious observances laid out in the Torah. To understand many of the points of Jesus, one needs that continuity of language. However, those observances are no longer required as in the days of Moses.

        I am not required by God to live according to the ritual observances and other "laws" laid down by Moses.

        Peace,

        Tom Usher