If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an
abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
This is one of the clearest verses in the Bible; it is ignored by virtually all Bible
believers.1 Not even the Westboro Baptist Church, whose members loudly quote
Leviticus 18:22 by saying “God hates fags,” are willing to obey God on this
Its meaning, however, is simple and indisputable: God commands believers to kill male homosexuals.
The only question is, how?3
That’s not really much of a question, though. There are only two means of execution in the Bible:
stoning and burning, and there are examples of both in the same chapter of Leviticus.
If a man take a wife and her mother, it is wickedness: they shall be burnt with fire,
both he and they. Leviticus 20:14
A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death:
they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them. Leviticus 20:27
So should gay men be burned to death, like the strange threesome in verse 14, or stoned to death,
like the witches and wizards in verse 27?
Or maybe we should stone them and burn them as God did to the original Sodomites.
The LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven.
And as Joshua did to Achan and his family to punish Achan for taking the accursed thing.
And Joshua ... took Achan ... and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his
sheep... And all of Israel stoned them with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned
them with stones … So the LORD turned from the fierceness of his anger.
We may never know the answer for sure, but the chosen method should be bloody, since the phrase
“their blood shall be upon them” is used in Leviticus 20:13.
(So lethal injection, electrocution, the gas chamber, strangulation, boiling, drowning, or
hanging are not biblically correct options.)
Liberals tend to ignore this verse since even conservative Christians admit that God went way too far on
this one. When the conservatives start executing their disobedient children, as required by
Deuteronomy 21:18-21a href="#4">4, the liberals will start worrying about
the application of Leviticus 20:135.
This reaction is similar to that of Jesus in
Matthew 15:1-76 in which he is criticized
by the Pharisees for not washing his hands before eating. He defends himself by attacking them for
not killing disobedient children according to the commandment: "He that curseth father or
mother, let him die the death."6 When the Pharisees start executing disobedient
children, Jesus will start washing his hands before eating.
There are a few Christian extremists who are willing to obey God’s command in
Leviticus 20:13. See, for example,
Credena Agenda (Editor: Douglas Wilson, Pastor of Christ Church, Moscow, ID): "The civil
magistrate is the minister of God to execute wrath on the wrongdoer (Rom. 13:4). God has not
left his civil minister without guidance on how to exercise his office. The Scriptures set
forth clear standards of judgment for many offenses. Capital crimes, for example, include
premeditated killing (murder), kidnapping, sorcery, bestiality, adultery, homosexuality, and
cursing one's parents (Ex. 21:14; 21:16; 22:18; 22:19; Lev. 20:10; 20:13; Ex. 21:17)."
Eye Shall Not Pity.
Members of the Westboro Baptist Church do, however, like to quote
Leviticus 20:13 and hold up signs saying, “Death Penalty For Fags.”
But even they are unwilling to obey God by directly killing homosexuals as that verse commands.
They think the government should do it for them. (See the video,
Penalty For Fags” at godhatesfags.com.)
Well, that’s not the only question. There’s also the question of who should be
killed. Robert Gagnon answers that by saying, “In the Levitical laws, the penalty for homosexual
intercourse was death for both the passive partner (presumably consenting) and the active partner
(whether acting with the consent of the passive partner or not).” Robert Gagnon,
The Bible and Homosexual Practice, p.56.
"If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the
voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will
not hearken unto them: Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out
unto the elders of his city … And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is
stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. And all
the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die.”
Deuteronomy 21:18-21 (See also Exodus 21:15,
“Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem,
saying, Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their
hands when they eat bread. But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the
commandment of God by your tradition? For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother:
and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. But ye say, Whosoever ... honour
not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none
effect by your tradition. Ye hypocrites.” Matthew 15:1-7
“He that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.”