Volume 6
1 and 2 Corinthians

   Paul originally wrote 1 Corinthians 6.9 to condemn those who violate Jesus' Golden Rule (such as the rapists of young boys). However, conventional translations have rewritten the verse as a condemnation of homosexuals instead. Sadly, this mistranslation has been misused to inflict great harm on our homosexual brothers and sisters.

   We must always remember that Paul was the first Christian to openly defend homosexuals (see Volume 1 — Romans). Every Christian should follow Paul's lead on this. For Paul was always a great defender of Jesus' Golden Rule, which is why in 1 Corinthians 6.9-10 he wrote:

Don't you know that those lacking altruism won't inherit God's Kingdom? Don't be deceived; neither the seducers of men's wives, nor idolators,* nor adulterers, nor the self-indulgent, nor rapists of young boys, nor thieves, nor greedy people, nor drunkards, nor abusive people, nor robbers, will inherit God's Kingdom.


Footnotes

* Hellenistic Judaism commonly associated idolatry with cruelty. (See Wisdom of Solomon 14.23-27.) Like his fellow countrymen, Paul considered idolatry to be the source of Gentile cruelty. (See Romans 2.28-32.) This idolatry/cruelty connection caused "idolators" to be a natural choice for Paul's list of "those lacking altruism."


† Conventional translations say "homosexuals." However, the Greek word arsenokoitai had only one meaning at the time Paul wrote this letter: rapists of young boys — not homosexuals. For documentation: click here.


‡ Paul's contemporaries associated drunkards with cruelty: “A devotion to drink generally does bring cruelty in its train… continual drunkenness causes the mind to become brutish.”—Seneca (Moral Epistles 83.25-26)

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