Homosexuality in Scripture

Lance Haverkamp

Denominations worldwide have been arguing about homosexuality for a few decades. In the USA this is amplified by the American tendency to see everything in political terms—even topics that don’t make sense being politicized.

The CUA has a strong inclination to see Christian Universalism as the sole major doctrinal issue. This has the unintended consequence of knocking-down every other doctrinal topic to minor, or at least secondary, importance. While we don’t make much noise about homosexuality, we have had an official position for years.

Anti-homosexual Christians assume that everyone else is choosing to disobey Scripture. That’s entirely inaccurate, it’s their interpretation we disagree with, not obedience to God. We disagree with the idea that Scripture can be translated and interpreted in a vacuum—to the exclusion of the worldview of the original audience. We hear the Law, the Prophets, and Paul telling an entirely different message. Here are a couple of books that do a very good job of discussing the homosexuality portions of Scripture in their original context:


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4 Replies to “Homosexuality in Scripture”

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    ypmarlier@yahoo.com

    Thank you for the article.

    Is there perhaps a link to CUA official position on homosexuality?
    Also for some reason the reference to the hermeneutics books and course do not show on my side.
    Could mention again what they are please?

    Bless you

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      Lance Haverkamp

      Do you, by chance have an ad-blocker running in your browser? If so, the Amazon links won’t appear. Here are all three books mentioned:

      Paul On Homosexuality: https://amzn.to/39rZtP9
      UnClobber: https://amzn.to/39ruRNC
      Grasping God’s Word: A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible: https://amzn.to/33V4Hl8

      The CUA stance is non-discrimination based. Individual members agree “…not support or engage in any discrimination or hate based on race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.”

      Clergy & other ministry leaders sign a few page ethics agreement that, among many other topics says:
      Ministry leaders respect the inherent worth and dignity of all people, and actively work to counter attitudes & actions that inflict harm to individuals and communities. These include, but are not limited to, bias or discrimination on the basis of race, gender, gender identity, age, class, nationality, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, and any other characteristic of human diversity. We strive to ensure that our words and deeds do not directly lead to physical, psychological, spiritual, or ritual abuse.

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    roger@normanestatelaw.com

    …The CUA has a strong inclination to see Christian Universalism as the sole major doctrinal issue. This has the unintended consequence of knocking-down every other doctrinal topic to minor, or at least secondary, importance. While we don’t make much noise about homosexuality (I have not found this “not much noise”to be the case among many Universalists, and as I am new to you, I cannot speak directly to how much “noise about homosexuality” you have made), we have had an official position for years (what is your official position?)…

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