Jesus and Queerness

Queerness fits naturally with the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. The New Testament
shows that Jesus stood in solidarity with those on the margins of society, keeping many of
his harshest words for the rich, the powerful and religious hypocrites.

Jesus challenged the sexual conventions of his day. He allowed women to make physical
contact with him in a culture that found it shocking. He socialised with prostitutes. He
criticised divorce in a society in which only a man could initiate a divorce, often throwing
his wife into social disgrace and poverty. He made clear that sexual ethics are about
people’s hearts as well as their bodies. He redefined family, saying that whoever does the
will of God is his brother, sister and mother.

Early Christians gradually moved away from Jesus’ radicalism. Christianity was
domesticated by the Roman Empire in the fourth century, beginning a long period
of Christendom, in which the Church became associated with wealth and power. As
Christianity moves from the centre of power in a multicultural society, we have an excellent
opportunity to look again at the radical teachings of Jesus.

We believe that the homophobia and sexism displayed by certain forms of Christianity are
a distortion of the Gospel. At the same time, influential views in our society continue to
uphold binary gender, along with a shallow, comercialised approach to sexuality. Queers
for Jesus aim to challenge dominant views in both Church and society. We hope that we
are also open to being challenged and to learning from others with different perspectives.

6 thoughts on “Jesus and Queerness

  1. Jeremy says:

    I’m interested to know where your belief in acceptability of homosexuality in the Bible stems from. I do not look to condemn (for we have all sinned, I am not on any pedastal of righteousness) only to discuss.

    “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”

    It was the Laws through Moses that condemned homosexuality as deviation from God’s intention (“1. And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ “and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?’” (Matt. 19:4.)” that man be united with woman, not any other combination.

    Furthermore, Paul (who does not say anything that contradicts other scripture) states that the Corinthians cleansed themselves of immorality (1 Cor 6:9-11) and one of the sins was homosexuality. The Greek ἀρσενοκοῖται certainly means “men who have sexual relations with men” and any attempts to conclude it only refers to pederasty is speculative, there is no evidence of specific natures of sexual relations.

    If you’re a brother in Christ, I hope you will pray with me that God will open our eyes and that we do not intend to become consumed by pride over our human intellect, which has failed mankind time and time again.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    @Jeremy: Homosexuality was forbidden under the law , Jesus came to establish Grace ( Hebrews 10 v9 and so by logical conclusion He took away the Law of Moses. To bring the matter home He paid the penalty of us breaking the law of moses by becoming a curse for us. Galatians 3:13

    Paul is ALWAYS CONTRADICTING the GRACE OF OUR LORD. for eg , the Holy Spirit has been given to all male and female yet Paul will not allow women to preach to men or even ask questions about the Word but are to wait till they get home to do so. He fell from Grace and went back under his pharaseesm.

    Christian gays and lesbians believe that Jesus has paid the price for their sins, they are forever perfected by the Offering that He offered up, there are two sets of transgressions – one based on breaking the laws stated in the Old testament which was the Old testerment definition of sin (for sin is the transgression of the law) . Under Grace there is only one law set – Law of Christ ( Law of Love) walk in love and you will not walk in sin and death.

  3. jghunter says:

    @Elizabeth

    He paid the penalty but he did not remove the law. There was no logical conclusion, Jesus said himself:

    Matthew 5:18

    “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved.”

    Regardless of what “its purpose” is, and regardless of whether it has been achieved, Heaven and earth have not disappeared (you may have noticed). You accept that Christ pays the price for our sins, yet you believe it is okay to keep on crucifying him with unrepentant sin? The things the law states as immoral are still immoral, like sexual “unity” of a nature that is never condoned throughout the Bible, not just homosexuality, but bigamy, polygamy, incest and so forth. If the law was done away with as you suggest, then there would be nothing for unbelievers to be judged by. However the law is still there. Jesus took our place for the price of the sins that the law states. If the law did not apply to anyone at all after he was crucified, then he would not have been sacrificed, just killed, as there would be no more sin in the future (now). But we know this to be false.

    If you reject Paul’s teachings, you reject half of the New Testament. Christ revealed himself to Paul and Paul did not teach anything that contradicted anything else. Paul never said women must not evangelise to male non-believers, but they are not to teach Christian men in churches. That is one very particular role out of hundreds in the church. If you don’t like it, you should either give up Christianity or accept it, rather than adulterate it with false teachings.

  4. Colin says:

    Quote: so by logical conclusion He took away the Law of Moses

    Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. Matthew 5:17

    Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. Romans 3:31

    (1) God showed respect to the law, in being unwilling to pardon sinners without an atonement. He showed that it could not be violated with impunity; that he was resolved to fulfil its threatenings.

    (2) Jesus Christ came to magnify the law, and to make it honorable. He showed respect to it in his life; and he died to show that God was determined to inflict its penalty.

    (3) the plan of justification by faith leads to an observance of the Law. The sinner sees the evil of transgression. He sees the respect which God has shown to the Law. He gives his heart to God, and yields himself to obey his Law.

    All the sentiments that arise from the conviction of sin; that flow from gratitude for mercies; that spring from love to God; all his views of the sacredness of the Law, prompt him to yield obedience to it.

    The fact that Christ endured such sufferings to show the evil of violating the Law, is one of the strongest motives prompting to obedience. We do not easily and readily repeat what overwhelms our best friends in calamity; and we are brought to hate what inflicted such woes on the Saviour’s soul

  5. deadin says:

    Quote: Christian gays and lesbians believe that Jesus has paid the price for their sins, they are forever perfected by the Offering that He offered up, there are two sets of transgressions – one based on breaking the laws stated in the Old testament which was the Old testerment definition of sin (for sin is the transgression of the law) . Under Grace there is only one law set – Law of Christ ( Law of Love) walk in love and you will not walk in sin and death.
    ———
    The grace of God is not a license to sin.
    What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? Roms6:1
    God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Rom6:2
    The Word of God warns that certain types of behavior will cause people to be lost.
    Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God..

  6. Thanks for your witness to the queerness of Christ! You are in good company. One of my specialties is writing about artists, authors, theologians and others who present the queer Christ. You can find some of them at this link:
    http://jesusinlove.org/queer-christ.php

    God bless you!

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