...Bonner has hit upon an essential dilemma within Protestantism. One person reads the Bible and determines homosexuality is immoral, based on an interpretation of such passages as Leviticus 18:22, 20:13; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; and 1 Timothy 1:10. Some of these passages suggest that some sexual immorality may even disqualify one from heaven. Another person reads the Bible and determines that God’s unconditional love should contextualize all Biblical injunctions, and that one should read passages about sex in cultural and historical context. Indeed, do not most Christians read passages about women being silent in church (1 Cor. 14:34) or covering their hair (1 Cor. 11:2-16) as being culturally conditioned? Thus no LGBTQ behavior can disqualify one from the kingdom of heaven, despite St. Paul’s admonitions. At least, this is the kind of reasoning such persons employ....
*Cough* how about that "MERCY," eh? Or that "Who am I to judge?"....hmmmmm? How about that Jebbie Martin? Or the Kasper/Marx wonzos??
I can hear the Methodists (et al) now: "Hey!! If we knew those damn Romans would cave on all this, we coulda hung around!! We coulda kept Latin!!!"
Yah, you coulda.