to "Dispelling the Myth". Our purpose is to discover through the use
of the fundamental rules of biblical interpretation, the truths of
the teachings of Jesus Christ. "Dispelling the Myth" was conceived
as an exegetical Bible study guide dealing with the traditional
passages about homosexuality. Rev. Ellis has compiled and edited
this information into this easy to read format. This article is an
eye opening experience as it relates to the subject of homosexuality
to the biblical text.
So many lives have been
adversely affected by rampant homophobia. It has been fueled unfortunately
by a very vocal misguided few, who seem intent on representing the Gospel of
Grace with condemnation. Parents have been separated from their children,
brothers from their brothers, wives from husbands….and yet despite the tragedy
of these broken relationships, broken hearts and sometimes the loss of life
altogether, self-righteous hatred and disgust toward homosexuals continues.
Surely the healing of all this brokenness lies not in hatred, but in love.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever
believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” Jesus did
not stop there, but went on to say, “For God did not send His Son into the
world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever
believes in Him is not condemned…”
A myth has grown up around the
issue of homosexuality that for centuries has kept God’s people in bondage to
condemning and being condemned. But the message of grace is clearly
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, for
the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of
sin and death.” Those who believe in Jesus have been released from the
continuous cycle of sin and its consequence, death. Now, we are free to
love one another with the love of Christ, no strings attached. As Paul
stated it, now we must “keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a
yoke of slavery……” We have been set free to ”through love serve one
another.” Those who have understood this, regardless of which side of
the issue they stand on, have taken an important step toward embracing the true
meaning of “GRACE”, (God’s unmerited favor to all); freely
receiving it themselves and sharing it with every person along the way.
Because of this, God causes them to “reign in life” through Jesus Christ
Christianity and Homosexuality?
- Jesus is Lord.
As Christians, our behavior is subject to the Holy Word of God and all
believers are accountable to the Lord. As His disciples, we demonstrate our
love for Him through obedience to His commands (John 15:10). We must,
therefore, understand what His commands are.
- Our Mission: To Set
The Captive Free! This task, left to us by the
Lord himself, is the heart of our concern. The Scriptures declare that God
has set us free from the Law; free to be who God created us to be; free to
love him and each other (Galatians 5:1, 13-14), Jesus said that knowledge of
the truth would bring freedom (John 8:32). The combination of love and
truth brings about changed character enabling the maturation process in
people; which is conformity to the image of Christ (Ephesians 4:13-15)
- Standing By The Truth.
We must share the truth with all who will listen. If challenged, we will be
ready to give a defense for the truth of the hope we have (1 Peter 3:15)
- Our Mission Defined.
Before the return of Jesus for His bride, the church must return to its
first love (Revelation 19:7). It is a love freely extended to all; as Jesus
loved, so we must love one another. Much of the church has forgotten its
primary responsibility to be the light of the world and instead is consumed
with bringing discrimination and condemnation. Some have forgotten that no
one comes to God the Father except those He invites (John 14:6); all
who believe are joined to His family and in all its diversity, this family
must learn to love (John 13:34-35).
- Reshaping The Image.
It is our responsibility to study and understand the truth and model it to
the world through His church (2 Timothy 2:15). This modeling will reshape
the image of homosexuality from the stereotype that has brought such
condemnation to an understanding that God has made all of us and to all of
us his grace is extended. Only then will freedom reign. We must seize the
moment. It was for such a time as this that God has raised up those who
live by the Spirit. The prevalence of the myth has kept misunderstanding in
charge for centuries causing pain and suffering not only for gay people, but
for their families and friends and everyone else. We now have the
opportunity to break the curse and set many captives free (Esther 4:14).
The captives are on both sides of the issue. Knowledge of the truth will
loose the bonds and set us all free to love one another just as Christ has
The basis of the
research contained in this pamphlet and all the conclusions and positions taken
herein have at their center the understanding that the Bible, inspired by the
Holy Spirit, is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for
training in righteousness; so that each person can be adequately equipped for
every good work. It was written by men and no doubt influenced by women,
appointed and anointed by God for a special purpose. Their stories testify
about their encounters with the living God, the Almighty Creator of everything.
Through them His character is revealed. Through them we learn about God’s
only Son, Jesus, through whom God redeemed the lost creation from sin that had
separated mankind from Him; and He made it possible for all to come by faith and
engage in a personal right standing relationship with Him. Through their
testimonies we know that God has given us new life by way of regeneration and
renewal (new birth) by the Holy Spirit.
approach is inductive by method. In doing this, the hope is to
eliminate a great deal of assumption and traditional teaching. Every
attempt not to bring pre-conceived ideas and beliefs which can only prejudice
the understanding of the Scriptures has been made. It is believed that
through objectively letting the Scriptures speak for themselves through their
original languages, we can reach the truth of these issues. The English
translations are at best “translations” where often meanings of words
are sometimes lost or changed because the original text is not clearly
understood or there is no comparable word in English to describe the Hebrew or
Greek expression. In some translations, traditional points of view are
perpetuated with what seems to be bias and a disregard for the clear text in the
original language. Following these rules of interpretation, this study
attempts to discover what the Bible is and is not saying about the
subject of homosexuality.
The research and
editing of this study is based on the fundamental rules of interpretation of the
Scriptures using conservative, orthodox references and scholarly commentaries.
Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible and Thayer’s
Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament were primarily used for the
objective basis of this study. Other scholarly works are referenced and
noted throughout the study.
The Bible itself
combined with these other writings forms the basis of the hope that is within.
Subjectively, let us listen to the witness of the Holy Spirit, who Jesus clearly
taught would lead us into all truth. On Him we must rely heavily.
All who want to come to a knowledge of the truth must lean on the witness of the
Spirit Himself without whose counsel none of us could know any truth about God.