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What you need to know and say when they say:
“But the Bible clearly condemns homosexuality!”
Compiled and written* by Rev. Stephen Parelli
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.
Books and Web Sites Cited

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
condemnation of

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
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Note:  All the books and web sites cited in this paper are pro-LGBT except for Gagnon and Davies

Books Cited

Countryman, L. William, 1988, Dirt, Greed and Sex:  Sexual Ethics in the New Testament and Their
Implications for Today, Philadelphia, PA:  Fortress Press.

Davies, Bob and Lori Rentzel, 1993, Coming out of Homosexuality:  New Freedom for Men and
Women, Downers Grove, IL:  Inter Varsity Press

Gagnon, Robert A. J., 2001, The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics, Nashville,
TN: Abinton Press

Goss, Robert E., 2002, Queering Christ:  Beyond Jesus Acted Up, Cleveland, OH:  The Pilgrim Press.
Helminiak, Daniel A., 1994, What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality, San Francisco, CA:  
Alamo Square Press.

Jennings, Theodore W., Jr., 2005, Jacob's Wound:  Homoerotic Narrative in the Literature of Ancient
Israel, New York, New York:  Continuum.

Martin, Dale B., 2006, Sex and the Single Savior:  Gender and Sexuality in Biblical Interpretation,
Louisville, KY:  Westminster John Knox Press.  Note: for Martin’s chapter on arsenokoitai and malakoi
(complete and unabridged) go to http://www.clgs.org/arsenokoit%C3%A9s-and-malakos-meanings-

Miner, Jeff and John Tyler Connoley, 2002, The Children Are Free:  Reexamining the Biblical
Evidence on Same-sex Relationships, Indianapolis, Indiana: Jesus Metropolitan Community Church.

Nelson, James B, “Sources for Body Theology: Homosexuality as a Test Case,” in Homosexulaity in
the Church, edited by Jeffrey S. Siker, 1994, Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press.

Nissen, Martti, 1998, Homoeroticism in the Biblical World:  A Historical Perspective, Minneapolis, MN:
Augsburg Fortress.

Stuart, Elizabeth, 2003, Gay and Lesbian Theologies: Repetitions with Critical Difference, Aldershot,
Hampshire, England: Ashgate Publishing Limited

Web Sites Cited

Blair, Dr. Ralph, www.ecinc.org
  • On “Kadesh” and “kedeshah”

Hanks, Rev. Dr. Thomas, www.othersheep.org, www.fundotrasovejas.org
  • On Romans 1, see PDF “Twelve Myths in the Homophobic Interpretations of Romans 1:24-27
  • On Jude 7, see PDF “Violence to the Bible? Or Inspired by the Bible?

Martin, Dale.  
  • For Dale Martin’s chapter (from his book Sex and the Single Savior) on arsenokoitai and
    malakoi (complete and unabridged) go to

Townsley, Jeramy
  • List.  For a good list of all the instances of arsenokoitai and its derivatives in ancient Greek   
    literature http://www.jeramyt.org/gay/arsenok.htm
  • Addendum 3  of “Search for God’s heart and truth”
  • My Position from “Search for God’s heart and truth”
This paper was originally written for instructional purposes for the 2012 July-August summer ministry
of Other Sheep with Rev.Steve Parelli and Jose Ortiz for meetings in Uganda and St. Lucia. This
paper was revised, in March of 2013, with minor changes in its outline format and word structure for
clarity, not in its content.