I'm sure several of the members here read/heard about the arguments used to show that the Holy Scriptures do not condemn homosexual acts. Including but not limited to; The verses that are used in Leviticus and Deuteronomy are not actually about two gay men having sex, but a married man having sex with another man, Romans first is not about sex in a private space, but about sex between men/women that used as an act of worship to pagan gods.
What is the conservative Christian response to these arguments ?
PS: This thread is about homosexual acts, not about being gay or gay relationships ( I'm sure there are gay couples that are together and practice chastity or trying to. In the end of the day, any relationship is not and MUST NOT be based on sex ) .
I think that the only Christian response would be to disagree with the thesis that the Holy Bible does not consider homosexual acts to be sins. In addition to disagreeing with that particular interpretation of Leviticus, Deuteronomy, and Romans, a Christian would also point out St Paul's catalogs of sins that include homosexual acts. Indeed, some translations of make it clear that he is talking about sodomites and catamites. Here are the catalogs:
"9 We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11 that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me." 1 Timothy 9-11.
"9 Don’t you know that unrighteous people will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don’t delude yourselves — people who engage in sex before marriage, who worship idols, who engage in sex after marriage with someone other than their spouse, who engage in active or passive homosexuality, 10 who steal, who are greedy, who get drunk, who assail people with contemptuous language, who rob — none of them will share in the Kingdom of God." 1 Corinthians 9-11
One correction and a few different translations with the entirety of St. Paul's directive to the Corinthians:
1 Corinthains 5.9-13
I wrote to you in the epistle not to be associating with fornicators; and yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or rapacious, or idolaters, for otherwise then ye are obliged to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to be associating with anyone, if called a brother, who is a fornicator, or coveter, or idolater, or reviler, or drunkard, or ravener--with such a one not even to eat. For what is it to me to judge also those outside? Ye judge those inside, do ye not? But God judgeth those outside. "And ye shall remove the evil from among yourselves."
Translation: Holy Apostles Convent
I Corinthians 5.9-13
I wrote to you in my letter to have no fellowship with those who are immoral; yet I did not mean with the immoral people of this world, or with those who are greedy, dishonest, or idolaters; or else you would have to leave the world! But as it is, I wrote to you not to associate wtih anyone who is called a brother who is a sexual sinner, or greedy, or an idolater, or a slanderer, or a drunkard, or someone dishonest. [In fact], do not even eat with such a person! Indeed, what do I have to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are within? But those who are outside, God judges.
"Therefore, put away the wicked man from among yourselves!"
Translation: The Eastern / Greek Orthodox New Testament. New Rome Press.