Understanding 1 Corinthians 6:9-

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Objection: The words have been badly translated

The major objection here is the one we have already mentioned i.e. that the words Paul used have been mistranslated. (See the objection that says that the New Testament words have not been translated properly.) Once it is shown that that objection lacks credibility, the passage is straight-forward.

Response

Rather than deal with objections, we can simply see what the passage teaches: a. Practising homosexuals are listed amongst other sinners. Of course there are many sins other than homosexuality. b. There are four references to sexual sin: sexual immorality, adultery, male prostitutes, and practising homosexuals. In a short list, that is a lot. Sexual sin (whether heterosexual or homosexual) receives considerable attention. c. It is twice mentioned (vv.9, 10) that people who do these things will not inherit the Kingdom of God. d. It is clear that salvation is available. Some in the Corinthian church had been practising homosexuals but were now washed, sanctified and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God (v.11). There is hope for those who repent, no matter what has happened in the past. Related pages Read the passage Will practising homosexuals go to hell? What hope is there for homosexuals?
© 2017 Peter Cheyne
A Christian’s Guide To Homosexuality
Truth In Love
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Corinthians 6:9-11

Objection: The words have been badly

translated

The major objection here is the one we have already mentioned i.e. that the words Paul used have been mistranslated. (See the objection that says that the New Testament words have not been translated properly.) Once it is shown that that objection lacks credibility, the passage is straight- forward.

Response

Rather than deal with objections, we can simply see what the passage teaches: a. Practising homosexuals are listed amongst other sinners. Of course there are many sins other than homosexuality. b. There are four references to sexual sin: sexual immorality, adultery, male prostitutes, and practising homosexuals. In a short list, that is a lot. Sexual sin (whether heterosexual or homosexual) receives considerable attention. c. It is twice mentioned (vv.9, 10) that people who do these things will not inherit the Kingdom of God. d. It is clear that salvation is available. Some in the Corinthian church had been practising homosexuals but were now washed, sanctified and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God (v.11). There is hope for those who repent, no matter what has happened in the past. Related pages Read the passage Will practising homosexuals go to hell? What hope is there for homosexuals?
© Peter Cheyne 2017.
A Christian’s Guide To Homosexuality
Truth In Love
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