Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed terminated the city’s fire chief, Kelvin Cochran, after he published a book titled Who Told You That You Were Naked? that contained controversial statements. The book made some references about homosexuality that it is “unclean”, “a sexual perversion”, “vulgar”, and “inappropriate”.
“Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men” – 1 Cor 6:9 (NIV). Usually you’ll find a note about this verse saying something like, “The words men who have sex with men translate two Greek words that refer to the passive and active participants in consensual homosexual acts.”
For many, they’ve never really looked into this. Especially of those being swayed by secular culture. And there are some who are trying to explain away the meaning of these words, that these words don’t really mean what we think it means. The argument is that Paul, in the historical context, meant exploitative sex, not loving, consensual sex. Is that so?
Some have said that the New Testament writers were unaware of “sexual orientation”. Because they didn’t have a word for it didn’t mean they were unaware of it. They used another word, maybe a simpler one: “desire”. Desire is attraction, which is orientation. Both men and women had a same-sex orientation. Paul here says that the attraction for the same-sex was shameful. And it was their unnatural behavior, the sex acts that stemmed from same-sex orientation (desire), which condemned them.