Erica Williams Simon (“a daughter of two ministers” who regularly goes to church) recently submitted a post to Upworthy that supports the a “positive biblical stand” on homosexuality by a certain Matthew Vines. According to Vines, those Christians who call homosexuality a sin are just pulling out verses out of context. But do we really? This is the first point of Vines’ outline:
. . . Here is how Vines explains [the story of Sodom and Gomorrah]: “God sends two angels disguised as men into the City of Sodom where the men of Sodom threatened to rape them. The angels blind the men, and God destroys the city. For centuries, this story was interpreted as God’s judgment on same-sex relations, but the only form of same-sex behavior described is a threatened gang rape. “
So gang rape = not good (also not the same thing as homosexuality). But the recap of Sodom & Gomorrah found in Ezekial 16:49 highlights thereal point of the story: “Now, this was the sin of your sister, Sodom. She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed, and unconcerned, they did not help the poor and needy. . .”
Now Mr. Vines is one to talk about biblical context, but was he really looking at the context himself? If so, why didn’t he continue the passage?
“…they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen.” (Ezekiel 16:49, 50; emphasis mine)
The Hebrew word for “detestable” is to’evah, which means something morally disgusting. It was the same term used in Leviticus 18:22 to point out that homosexuality is indeed “detestable.”