The Attitudes of the Roman Catholic, Methodist and Anglican Churches to Homosexuality
Homosexuality is the manifestation of sexual desire towards one’s own
sex or erotic activity of one’s own sex. At this moment of time,
where homosexuals can be more open about their sexuality; the churches
of Christianity find that the acceptance of homosexuals is the
innermost issue dividing the churches today.
The Christian churches and the wider society has found the issue of
homosexuality a difficult issue to discuss.
Should the Christianity treat homosexual people with ‘Love’ or should
they take biblical references as condemning homosexuals.
Should you “Love thy Neighbour as thyself” or “You shall not lie with
a male as with woman, it is an abomination”-Leviticus 18:22. Some
biblical quotations absolutely do not support the idea that
homosexuals could join the church, and certainly not become a higher
member of the church clergy.
Many Biblical texts imply that homosexual is wrong and condemn
homosexuality such as Genesis 2:24 which advocate that the only
divinely ordained sexual relationship is between two consenting
partners or the opposite sex. Women are described as being created
specifically as a partner for man- ‘a helper fit for him’ – Genesis
2:18. This relationship is open for reproduction as they are
instructed to be ‘fruitful and multiply’ (Genesis 1:28).
Leviticus 20:13 also warns against homosexual practices, which carry
the death penalty, and the story of Lot and the angelic visitors,
suggests that it is even more serious than heterosexual rape in
Genesis 19. Leviticus 20:13- Any Israelite who ‘lie with a man as
with a woman’ will be ‘vomited out of the land’ (18:28).
In Judges 19:22-30 A Concubines is murdered in order to avoid the
worst sin- ‘this vile thing’ – of homosexual rape.
Corinthians 6:9-10- Paul continues the condemnation of homosexuality ‘Do
not be deceived; neither the immoral…nor sexual perverts…will inherit
the kingdom of God’ He suggests that homosexuality was a result of the
Fall, after which ‘men… gave up natural relations with women’ (Romans
However despite the above quotes that condemn homosexuality; it is not
clear whether the sin of Sodom was homosexuality or inhospitality.
The Hebrew verb ‘yada’ – ‘to know’- may allure to sexual knowledge,
but could simply mean ‘to become familiar’ the bibles translation from
Hebrew to English can have misinterpretations. Paul admits that some
of his teaching is ‘not command of the lord, but I give my opinion as
one who by the lord’s mercy is trustworthy’ (1 Corinthians 7:25).
Paul does not derive his teaching on homosexuality directly from
The bible translations are questioned, especially in the region of
where the reason of the fall of Sodom is described. Also, one of the