8. Paul, Gay Marriage and Gender Pronouns
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We continue our LGBTQIA+ positive and affirming look at the Bible. In this episode we look at same-sex marriage and gender-neutral pronouns in light of Paul's writings (in Galatians 3.28 and 1 Corinthians 7.8).
Having authored three of the infamous clobber verses, the apostle Paul is generally considered hostile to the LGBTQIA+ community. But in this episode, we see one of the most controversial of the biblical authors in a different light.
We will examine Paul’s clobber verses in a future episode
Poem: Would the Apostle Paul Approve of Gay Marriage?
Would the apostle Paul approve of gay marriage?
I think you would.
On most topics involving women sex or marriage.
Paul's writings are a bit confusing.
In several instances, his meaning is obscured.
The exact translation of old Greek words lost to antiquity.
And in at least one instance, he seems to have made up a word.
Paul—who never married—has become the Bible's authority on marriage.
And on the topic of marriage.
Paul's clearest easiest to understand guidance is in his first letter to the new believers in the Greek city of Corinth
“Now to the unmarried and the widows
I say it is good for them to stay unmarried as I do,
but if they cannot control themselves, they should marry
For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.”
1 Corinthians 7: 8-9.
Doesn't this perfectly describe some gay couples?
“…If they cannot control themselves,
they should marry
for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
I can see this becoming quite popular in gay weddings.
Jonathan, and David, stand here today, obedient to the Apostle Paul, who said:
It is good to stay unmarried.
But if you cannot control yourselves, you should marry.
So, today, we celebrate the uniting of Jonathan and David
I look forward to the YouTube videos of weddings using this scripture.
And I will celebrate the day when all churches will heed Paul’s words
and marry couples regardless of their sexual orientation or gender
Postscript: One of my early reviewers noted that some believe Paul may, at one time, have been married. I had never heard this. You can read about this controversy at:
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