Romans 1:26-27 and Other "Fundamental" Myths About
By: Rev. Dr. Jerry Stevenson
Miami Shores, FL
In the past few years the religious right has sought to make homosexuality
and the Bible its number one issue. Having come out of the fundamentalist
movement as a pastor, teacher and theologian, I feel it only right to answer
their bigotry, hatred and lies.
In the New Testament, the fundamentalists emphasize Romans 1:26-27 to
show that homosexuality is wrong. As with other texts, here again they fail
to use the principles for Biblical Hermenutics. One must look at the whole
passage to understand Paul's message.
Verse 23 shows us the problem, which was pagan worship. They were committing
indecent acts with animals and people. They were worshipping the creature
rather than the creator (Romans 1:25). Verse 26 gives us a key to understanding
who these people were. It can only be the men who are mentioned in verse
27. Therefore, what we have here is married men and women having an orgy.
This type of act was very common in pagan worship, a fact seen throughout
history. A sex act does not make a homosexual. This passage does not say
anything about homosexuals. Using proper Biblical Hermenuetics makes this
clear. Now, those who want to judge at this point better read Romans 2:1
and Matthew 7:1, which says, "Do not judge."
There is nothing in scripture that says homosexuality is a sin. We even
find the love story between Jonathan and David. David told Jonathan in II
Samuel 1:26 that his love was more wonderful than that of a woman.
It saddens me that fundamentalists tell me I'm going to Hell for being
a homosexual, yet the Gospel message says nothing of the sort.
There are other misconceptions that are coming out of fundamentalist
churches. They say homosexuality is a mental disorder. They conclude it
is a behavior. But, professional psychologists stopped classifying homosexuality
as a mental disorder in the 70's. Let's remember they are the experts in
The fundamentalists claim homosexuality is due to a poor father or
mother image. This is also not true. We know that sexual orientation appears
prior to adolescence and prior to homosexual or heterosexual sexual activity.
They also claim that homosexuality is due to being molested by another
homosexual. But, extensive studies by the Kinsey Institute disprove this
theory. They report that the majority of men and women they studied knew
their sexual orientation at a very young age, several years before they
actually engaged in any sexual act.
John 3:16 assures us of God's love. "For God so loved the world
that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should
not perish but have eternal life."
That is our hope. We know we are secure in Him. It is amazing how many
fundamentalists will try to convince me I am lost and going to Hell. But,
thank God, I know where my salvation lies.