I was in a Facebook interaction today and spent a few minutes drafting a comment that I figured I’d share (just to toss something on here). I was going back and forth with a good friend on the whole Duck Dynasty/Phil Robertson/GQ Interview/American Media melt down and tossed out a some thoughts that I’ll share, mostly because as I was looking around the internet for an article, I found out that around 98% of the articles on the internet that address the term arsenokoites show that almost all the intellectual defenders of the whole “gay and Christian” movement don’t really know how to do a serious word study (or are willful liars). Here’s my comments on the term, preceded by comments on another issue that comes up all the time:
How about those of us who claim to be Christians derive our theology of sin from the scripture and talk about sin like Jesus did?
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:17-20
In that one passage, Jesus affirmed the entire OT law…including Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13.
Then, in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Jesus says (via the Spirit, whom he sent to speak through his apostles):
“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
In that one passage, Jesus gives examples of unrighteousness that are specific. Not only does he give specific examples, but he has the audacity to say “and such were some of you”. There Christ, speaking through the apostle Paul, claims that some of the Corinthians were ex-idolaters, ex-immoral heterosexuals, ex-thieves, ex-greedy folks, ex-revilers, ex-drunks, ex-con men and then ex-sinners described by two other specific terms (the subtle differences of which I’ll illustrate with pictures):
a. Malakos – This was the Greek term for the submissive partner in a homosexual relationship. These were sometimes actors, boys, or generally boys/men who were “soft” (the word basically means “soft”).
b. Arsenokoites – This word is actually a word made up from two words in Leviticus 18:22. In Leviticus 18:22, your ESV bible reads: “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” but in the Greek version of the Old Testament (the Septuagint), the passage reads “καὶ μετὰ ἄρσενος οὐ κοιμηθήσῃ κοίτην γυναικός βδέλυγμα γάρ ἐστιν”. The two important words there are ἄρσενος (arsen = man) and κοίτην (koites = the marriage bed, or a euphemism for the things that happen therein). Being set in contrast with Malakos, this term is likely being used by Paul to describe the dominant partner in a homosexual relationship (the one that lures the other to bed). This term also comes up in 1 Timothy 1:10, where it’s used as a shorthand term for all men who participate in “marital relations” with other men.
In an interesting side-note, the next term in 1 Tim. 1:10 is andrapodistes, which is a term used for men who steal other men for the purpose of making them into slaves. That one passage is reason enough for the overthrow of the entire slave trade that was abolished in 1834 in Canada (which was in full swing long before the Europeans arrived and even included European settlers from time to time when the natives caught an ill-fated European. That’s a freebie interesting point of Canadian history nobody has the canjones to bring up…not even Don Cherry…).
Jesus didn’t beat around the bush with regards to homosexuality, and neither did his apostles who spoke his words on his behalf via his Spirit.
Anyway, something to put in the filing cabinet when the issue of Paul, Jesus and homosexuality comes up.
Until Next Time,
Lyndon “Merry Christmas” Unger
Disclaimer – Neither Edward nor Jake were homosexual, as far as I know…but now the the whole Twilight phenomenon is over, I should be allowed to make fun of Stephanie Meyer’s lipstick-wearing/constantly shirtless version of what passed for masculinity. Sparkly emo vampires and nudist werewolves demand to be mocked, okay? Speaking of which: