N.T. Wright on gay marriage—and why we’re not arguing over a few verses

June 11, 2014

Adam Hamilton and many other proponents of changing our United Methodist doctrine on human sexuality often point to the paucity of verses in scripture that relate to homosexual practice—as if that were an argument against the orthodox position. In his coming out sermon a couple of years ago, in which Hamilton said he was (merely) “leaning” toward full inclusion (those were the days!), Hamilton emphasized that we were really only arguing over five verses (if you don’t believe Sodom has anything to do with homosexual practice, then you must also reject Jude).

By what doctrine of scripture would the number of verses matter? Even one verse would suffice, if its meaning were sufficiently clear. After all, there are more verses about homosexual practice then incest or bestiality, yet no one is saying we ought to revise what the Church believes about those things.

Regardless, in this recent interview eminent New Testament scholar (and retired Bishop of Durham in the Church of England) N.T. Wright gives the lie to the idea that we’re really arguing about a few verses when it comes to gay marriage. I’ve made these points before, but not as well and not with a lovely English accent. Wright’s point is that the complentarity of the sexes is one essential feature of God’s plan for Creation. That God designed sex for male and female alone conforms to the whole narrative sweep of scripture.

And he’s unimpressed by the idea that we orthodox Christians are on the dreaded “wrong side of history.”

2 Responses to “N.T. Wright on gay marriage—and why we’re not arguing over a few verses”

  1. Tom Harkins Says:

    “As it was in the days of Noah and Lot, so shall it be,” Jesus said. It certainly appears that we are reaching the replica of the “days of Lot.” Despite being a very sad thing, maybe the slight “silver lining” is that our “redemption draws nigh.” “Now learn a lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.” Matthew 24:32. “Even so come, Lord Jesus.”

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