Andrew McFarland Campbell’s Very Short Guide to Debunking The Six Traditional Clobber Passages

There are six passages traditionally used to say you can’t be gay and Christian: Genesis 19, Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13, Romans 1, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, and 1 Timothy 1:9-10.

Genesis 19 is about gang rape. Anyone who says this has anything to say about consensual relationships has bigger problems than Biblical interpretation.

Leviticus is part of the Law of Moses, which is not binding on Christians. In any case the verses use an obscure Hebrew idiom that is rather unclear (as can been seen in the KJV translation).

Romans 1 26 and 27 does speak about same-sex relationships in a negative light, but then again verses 25 and 25 speak about opposite-sex relationships in an equally negative light. Nobody believes that Romans 1 teaches you can’t be straight and Christian.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and 1 Timothy 1:9-10 use an obscure Greek word, arsenokoites, which is also used to refer to heterosexual sin. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 also uses the word malakos, which is not a sexual term. If these passages were supposed to be about same-sex relationships, the writer could have used a lot of other, more common, terms.

4 thoughts on “Andrew McFarland Campbell’s Very Short Guide to Debunking The Six Traditional Clobber Passages

  1. How can you say Leviticus does not apply to Christians- it is simple- a man must not lay with a man like with a woman, why was there a man and a woman created ? yes there was homosexuality right thru the ages, but to say being gay is norm is a hogwash. I feel for gay people and I don’t have the answer why they are attracted to the same sex. Gays cannot have children, you always need a man and a woman. I believe that you manipulate the bible to suit your own want’s. Marriage was always between the opposite sexes, but gays like it to change things around, it is wrong. It is todays society who say’s anything goes, it isn’t in God’s law.

    • Leviticus does not apply to Christians, because we are not under the Law, but under grace (see, for example, Romans 6.14, Galatians 3.24–25, and Galatians 5.18). Christians today don’t follow the Law of Moses. When was the last time you met a Christian who followed the rule in Leviticus 19:27 (“Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard”)?

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