Bible: Homosexuality
-In the Quran
-In the Book of Mormon

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(From Chapter 1 of Strange Flesh: The Bible and Homosexuality by Steve Wells)

Explicit Verse #4: Abusers of themselves with mankind

In this passage, Paul tells us who shall not inherit the kingdom of God—which I assume means who will not be going to heaven when they die. (Guess where they will be going...)
The unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God ... neither fornicators ... nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind … shall inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Unrighteous fornicators, effeminate men, and “abusers of themselves with mankind” will all be excluded from God’s magic kingdom.

I’m not sure what Paul meant by “effeminate men” but I’m pretty sure I know what he meant by “abusers of themselves with mankind.”

Liberals, however, interpret this passage differently. Here’s what they have to say:

The greek word that the KJV translates as “abusers of themselves with mankind” is “arsenokoitai,” a word that was coined by Paul and literally means “man-beds.” Whatever he might have meant by this word, there is one thing we know for sure: he didn’t mean “male homosexuals.” 1

And what about the “effeminate men” thing? What was Paul referring to there? Well, the Greek word is “malakoi”, which means “soft.”

In context, then, it would mean a weak or unmanly man. It is regrettable that such men will be excluded from the kingdom of God, but it is consoling to know that male homosexuals will be welcome there so long as they are manly men. 2

  1. “Arsenokoitai is a word made up by Paul. Nobody can be sure what it means. He did not use the the perfectly good words for homsexuals available at the time.” Keith Sharpe, The Gay Gospels, p. 67.

  2. “[M]alakos could be translated ‘effeminate,’ but there is very little evidence--and it is forced--that the term malakos was specifically linked with this effeminate homosexual style.” Daniel Helminiak, What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality, p. 108.