QUOTE: Jim Wallis: ‘Abomination Is a Pretty Strong Word’

“Abomination is a pretty strong word.”

– Leftist evangelical writer Jim Wallis, as part of his reponse to a question by Peter LaBarbera (of Americans For Truth) on the Christian Moody Radio Network in Chicago, February 19, 2008. Wallis, who is on a book tour and is speaking tonight (Feb. 19) at Wheaton College, was asked how he reconciles his support for granting civil rights based on homosexuality –  including government-sanctioned “civil unions” — with the Bible, which calls homosexual behavior an “abomination.” Wallis says supporting “gay” rights — he opposes homosexual “marriage” – is a “justice issue.”  He said in the Moody interview that there is a debate and questions over the meaning of the word “abomination,” yet he said (correctly) that the Bible is very clear about the need to help the poor.

For clarity’s sake, here are a few major Bible translations of the Old Testament Levitical prohibition on homosexual sodomy (men having sex with men), Leviticus 18:22; click HERE for the Bible Gateway site and then you can choose whatever Bible translation you want. This is among the commandments given by God to Moses regarding unlawful sexual relations (emphasis added); as always, we remind our readers that this sin, like any sin, can be overcome and forgiven through faith in Jesus Christ (1 Cor 6:9-11):

  • You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination. (Lev. 18:22; New American Standard Bible; NASB)
  • Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. (King Jame’s Version, KJV)
  • Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable. (New International Version, NIV)
  • Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin. (New Living Translation)
  • You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. (English Standard Version, ESV)
  • It is disgusting for a man to have sex with another man. (Contemporary English Version)
This article was posted on Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 at 3:39 pm and is filed under A - What does the Bible say about homosexuality?, B - Ex-Homosexual Testimonies, Bible, Christian, D - GLBTQ Pressure Within Churches, Government Promotion, Media Promotion, News, The Bible, Churches, & Homosexuality. You can follow any updates to this article through the RSS 2.0 feed.

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