A CAREFUL VIEW OF SCRIPTURE with Regard to LGBT Questions
I Timothy 1:9
I Timothy was one of Paul's letters to Timothy ... his spiritual son. He gives him specific instructions on how to lead in the circumstances he fins himself in. My analysis of the passage in question here is quite short... see the passage below... 8 But we know that the law is good, if a person uses it lawfully, 9 as knowing this, that law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 for the sexually immoral, for homosexuals, for slave-traders, for liars, for perjurers, and for any other thing contrary to the sound doctrine; 11 according to the Good News of the glory of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. (from World English Bible ... public domain)
We see here again that a modern word (homosexuals) has been used in the place of 'arsenokoites'. See blueletterbible reference. As I noted in the study on I Corinthians 6:9-11 this interpretation is problematic. First of all it is strictly a male term no matter how you break it down. Secondly, it is a compound word ... noting that compound words are not the sum of their parts. And thirdly it is referenced to be the active partner in a male same sex relationship which (in the I Corinthians 6:9-11 study) I concluded was a pederastic one. Even if you disagree with my conclusion the facts remain that this refers to male same sex sexual activity only. Using the gender neutral term "homosexuals" is not a correct interpretation of the original understanding. For a deeper study of the word 'arsenokoite' please go to my I Corinthians 6:9-11 page.
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