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Talking Points
What you need to know and say when they say:
“But the Bible clearly condemns homosexuality!”
Compiled and written* by Rev. Stephen Parelli
www.othersheepexecsite.com
June, 2012; revised March 2013
This paper was first presented in Kampala, Uganda, in July of 2012, by the author, at two separate
conferences. Copies of the paper were made available to conference attendees.
*Throughout this paper, the writing presented here is largely, but not entirely, in the words of the
authors cited in brackets with some alterations in some instances, and in some cases the statement
attributed to the author is actually a paraphrase or summary statement of what the author, cited in
brackets, wrote.  

This paper is a digest (in kind) of what some theologians, scholars and other notables have written
on the Bible passages traditionally used to condemn homosexuals:  Genesis 19; Lev. 18 and 20;
Romans 1;   I Cor. 9 and I Tim. 1; and Jude 7.

The intended use of this paper is to provide “talking points” that serve to support the proposition
stated under each of the six topics presented.  The outline is in four parts and is repeated per text(s)
discussed:  (1) Topic (heading), (2) In Point of Fact (stated proposition), (3) Talking Points (in
support of the stated proposition) and (4) Conclusion (summary).

The object of this paper is to equip the reader (or, seminar participant as the case may be) with
“talking points” so that he or she can succinctly speak in support of each In Point of Fact.  
Introduction
Topic #1:  The erroneous use of the word “sodomite(s)” in the 1611 King James Bible (KJV; also
known as the AV – Authorized Version)

Topic #2:  “The Gen. 19 notorious story of Sodom and Gomorrah [is] irrelevant to the topic” of
homosexuality

Topic #3:   Modern Bible versions that use the word “homosexual(s)” or “homosexuality” in its
translation of I Cor. 6:9 and I Tim. 1:10 are “driven more by ideological interests in marginalizing
gay and lesbian people” than by scholarship

Topic #4:  Romans 1, probably the passage most often used to condemn homosexuals, isn’t about
homosexuality

Topic #5:  Once the context is understood, it is clear that Lev. 18:22 and 20:13  – that a man
should not lie with a man – is not a blanket condemnation of homosexuality

Topic #6:  The reference in Jude 7 to Sodom and Gomorrah “going after strange flesh” is perhaps
best understand in light of a first century legend

Books and Web Sites Cited
Contents
use the menu in the column at left to select a corresponding topic
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Introduction

Topic #1:  
The erroneous use of
the word “sodomite
(s)” in the 1611 King
James Bible (KJV;
also known as the AV
– Authorized Version)

Topic #2:  “The
Gen. 19 notorious
story of Sodom and
Gomorrah [is]
irrelevant to the topic”
of homosexuality

Topic #3:   Modern
Bible versions that
use the word
“homosexual(s)” or
“homosexuality” in its
translation of I Cor. 6:
9 and I Tim. 1:10 are
“driven more by
ideological interests
in marginalizing gay
and lesbian people”
than by scholarship

Topic #4:  Romans
1, probably the
passage most often
used to condemn
homosexuals, isn’t
about homosexuality

Topic #5:  Once the
context is
understood, it is clear
that Lev. 18:22 and
20:13  – that a man
should not lie with a
man – is not a
blanket
condemnation of
homosexuality

Topic #6:  The
reference in Jude 7 to
Sodom and
Gomorrah “going
after strange flesh” is
perhaps best
understand in light of
a first century legend

Books and Web
Sites Cited
click Talking Points for the entire paper in Word document formate