Rebutting Romans in 140 Characters or Less

Rebutting Scriptural arguments is best done with Scripture itself, the one thing that a religiously motivated bigot can’t hide from is the words that they use against us. The ONLY explicit mention of homosexuality in any form in the New Testament is in the book of Romans. Notice that I do not cite a specific verse as the basis of any Scriptural argument should be put in the context in which it was written meaning that when arguing a point with Scripture one must know the context of the entire book. Romans was written as a letter by Paul around 50-55 A.D. most likely while Paul was visiting the city of Corinth in Greece. It is widely believed by historians that until the Roman era, homosexuality was openly practiced in ancient Greece and sometimes was under official sanction. However, this was not what would be considered the practice of “gay marriage”, it was pederasty, sexual relations between two males where one is a minor. The practice of pederasty is still common in many middle eastern cultures today although it is not widely discussed and the parties involved consider their relationship business and pleasure, not a life long committed loving relationship.

Below is a transcript of a conversation that I had with Mike C. from Seattle, WA on twitter:

cwpseattle Mike C

Liberals and homosexuals hate Christianity because they know they are in the wrong. #seattle #liberal #gay #p2 You can’t hide from God!

BigGayReverend Gay Reverend

@cwpseattle Homosexuals don’t hate Christianity – they hate Christians that have distorted Christianity for their own agendas.

cwpseattle Mike C

@BigGayReverend Gays believe that God made them that way. I don’t buy that excuse. I dont hate gays. It is the sin that is hated

BigGayReverend Gay Reverend

@cwpseattle Pop quiz: How many times did Jesus reference homosexuality?

cwpseattle Mike C

@BigGayReverend Bible does not address same-sex marriage nor is Christ quoted as speaking about homosexuality. | However, Romans 1:18-36 does address and condemn homosexuality.

BigGayReverend Gay Reverend

@cwpseattle it is best to quote an entire book so that context is kept – this Scripture refers to LUST and IDOLATRY not committed loving | relationships. If taken in your context gays would also be 1:29-31 “full of envy murder strife deceit..” see | Romans 3:28 “there is no one who is righteous, not even one.” at this time in history there was no concept of a | gay committed relationship – only prostitutes, concubines, and pederasty men with men and women with women is not justifiable. Marriage is between a man and woman.

cwpseattle Mike C

@BigGayReverend I do not believe that God would promote an abomination to satisfy man’s sexual cravings (gay)

BigGayReverend Gay Reverend

@cwpseattle what happened to Scripture? “I believe” is not Scripture, it is your personal belief. You are talking LUST I am talking LOVE. | furthermore, religious freedom means that your religious beliefs can’t infringe on the religious beliefs and practices of others

After this conversation it appears that Mike C. blocked me, so once his argument was broken he quit so that I could no longer respond to him. Notice that I did not make personal attacks, it is important that both sides use constructive dialogue when debating moral or political issues. Coming from a place of love and respect and attempting to have a genuine conversation is vital in winning the fight for equality. Some people don’t realize the errors of their logic until it is plainly laid out for them. While this conversation does not fill all of the holes when arguing the book of Romans for equality, it can serve as a basic template for genuine discussion.