15 Propositions Regarding the Bible and Homosexuality



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The Centurion's Boy

Actually, we do have an example of one of those today socially unacceptable Roman master/slave pederastic relationships, and it isn't in Paul or James, but in the synoptic Gospels of Matthew and Luke, and it relates an incident in Christ's own ministry.

There was a Roman Centurion, who had a slave (pais or doulos) who was dear to him and very ill. This Centurion wasn't Jewish. He probably was a devotee of the Mithraic Mysteries which were popular with Roman soldiers. But he head of Jesus as a healer and, despairing for his beloved servant, sought Him out and begged His help.

Jesus did not say, "Sorry, you are a Pagan." He didn't even say, "Sorry, but your lover is also male, and you own him." He said, "Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, [so] be it done unto thee." And the Centurion's boy was healed.

Jesus used this as what we now call a "teachable moment", that faith was faith whether from an Israelite or a pagan, and love was love. This is the kind of thing Jesus is doing all through the Gospels - not just ministering to those socially acceptable to the Jewish establishment of his day, but among the outcast.

I have not attended seminary, but my laymans impression is that our Wesleyan heritage arose from exactly this kind of ministry among those who were unacceptable to the Anglican Church of John Wesley's day.

What it comes down to, for me, in resolving this dilemma is to ask, is it better to extend misplaced tolerance and charity to those who are unrepentant sinners, or to hedge our bets and only let in those we approve of? Which did John Wesley do? Which did Jesus do?

Daniel more than 9 years ago


Thanks for bringing this to my attention, James. We're updating the website, and it appears that our Comments list has become very popular. We'll restore/add it to all the pages.

Cynthia Astle more than 9 years ago

What happened?

What happened to the comments?

James Lung more than 9 years ago