Disciple of Thecla
1/27/12 at 08:57 AM 18 Comments

What Happened to Leviticus 18:20?

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A friend of mine who read my recent articles pointed to this website.  The author lists some hatred from a pseudo-Christian.  There is this false belief that heterosexuals are somehow immune from sexual sin or that heterosexuals will go to Heaven just for being the way they are.  While some people take this false belief to conclude that homosexuals will or should automatically go to Heaven, bigots take this belief to conclude that homosexuals will automatically go to Hell.

One of the hateful quotes reads from Jeffrey Don Davis: "Yes homosexuality is a perversion just like pedophilia, bestiality, incest, coprophagia, necrophilia, etc. Actually I had a pervert call me a bigot for opposing homosexuality, I spit in his face, he swung at me and I kicked the **** out of him."

As I was reading, "homosexuality is a perversion just like pedophilia, bestiality, incest..." I thought to myself, "and so is adultery." (Leviticus 18:20)

Jeffrey Don Davis is NOT a Christian, and his behavior goes against the teachings of Christ I described in my article against Westboro.  Although Paul of Tarsus is often (and appropriately) cited as proof that gay sex remains a sin, Paul of Tarsus also declared bigotry and hatred to be a sin.  In order to be holy Christians who act according to the ways of Christ, we must both cease sinning and cease hating anyone.

"Therefore, purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened.  For indeed, Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.  Therefore, let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth." (1 Corinthians 5:7-8)

"Nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness."  Hatred and bigotry are sins!  Although Distefano makes a reference to Leviticus, he ignores the prohibition on adultery.

So, what happened to our understanding of Leviticus 18:20, the prohibition on adultery?  Unlike the other prohibitions, this has somehow been tossed out of our consciousness when people decry sexual sin plaguing our nation.  An argument based entirely upon silence is difficult.  Due to the silence, we do not have any sufficient evidence.  Yes, Jesus did discuss adultery but none of the other prohibitions.  John 8:2-12 is one of the most well-known stories about Him.

Some people take the argument of silence to mean that the prohibitions have been removed and that Jesus never prohibited them.  Some people take the argument of silence with the adultery story to mean that all prohibitions except adultery remain in place.  All have little actual evidence to support their position.  Jesus never changed the prohibitions.  He never argued that adultery is now acceptable.  He never told the woman or the Pharisees that she was an innocent.  Rather, He told her: "go and sin no more." (John 8:11), implying that she did commit a sin.  Adultery is still a sin.  Leviticus 18:20 remains in place.

I think of that scene as summing up all the sexual prohibitions, yet we are to have mercy and compassion.  Also, "Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy." (Luke 12:1)  This quote from Jesus fits well with 1 Corinthians 5:7-8.  The Pharisees adhered to the law and abandoned compassion, gloating in the suffering of sinners.  The Pharisees were full of hatred and bigotry.

If Jesus changed anything in John 8:11, then He changed the punishment of sins.  Changing the punishment does not mean that the sin has been changed or altered.  Consider the infancy of the Israelite nation during the time of Leviticus.  If a baby misbehaves, the parent cannot talk or ground the child.  The baby will not understand.  As the child matures, the punishment for misbehavior must change accordingly.  Changing the punishment is responsible parenting.

So, what happened to Leviticus 18:20, the prohibition on adultery?  Why do so many people ignore Leviticus 18:20?  Adultery remains a sin.  Adultery is listed between incest and homosexuality.  If someone talks about how homosexuals are exactly like beastial or pedophiles, then tell them that homosexuals are exactly like heterosexual adulterers and point to Leviticus 18:20.  If they feel deeply offended and insulted, then tell them that the people they insult feel the same way.

Note: The person making those hateful comments against homosexuals was Jeffrey Don Davis, not Joe Distefano.  I corrected the names.  The way the article that I read had cited those quotes looked like an instant message format.

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