Romans 1 26-28 not condemning gays

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There is no mistaking Paul here. Men were the active participants in sex, the penetrators. Those who hold this view argue that many Greco-Roman writers believed same-sex eroticism arose out of excessive lust, and Paul was one of them To complicate matters further, Paul writes not only from the perspective of a Roman citizen, but from that of a devout Jew. She has a long-standing intellectual crush on feminist biblical scholar Phyllis Trible, but still regularly gets her mixed up with Phyllis Schlafly.

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Conclusions In the end, the three primary arguments used by homosexual proponents to say Paul is disapproving only of specific homosexual behavioral types and not homosexual behavior in general fail when analyzed against the actual text of Romans 1.

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Paul reminds the church in Rome: Women were the passive participants in sex, the penetrated. While Paul may have been condemning same-sex behavior in this passage, it is important to distinguish this from condemnation of a same-sex orientation—a modern concept that would have been foreign to Paul and his contemporaries.

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So, when a man either voluntarily took, or was placed in, the sexual role of a woman as the penetrated partner, his entire social and personal status was degraded to that of a woman.