“Are you a sodomite?”
These words burned in my ears, as I was asked this question by one of the people who heard my testimony. He didn’t mean anything by it; in fact he was amazed that I reject the gay lifestyle. Of course my defensive nature tried to take hold and the enemy immediately threw up Matthew 7:1 (“Judge not, lest you be judged.”) But what good did this do? The man said this out of sheer ignorance, not malice.
So what is a sodomite?
There are two kinds that are in the Bible. The first are mentioned in Genesis 19 with the story of Sodom and Gomorrah; and later in Judges 19. These are gang rapists, who use fear and intimidation by sex acts as means of coercion. The sin of Sodom was not gay sex, but inhospitality, much of which is fully outline in the non-canonical book of Jasher, which is mentioned in Joshua 10:12-13 & II Samuel 1:18-27. Jasher was left out of the KJV due to non synchronized dating with other Biblical books.
The other type of sodomite that is mentioned is a temple prostitute. They are mentioned in Deuteronomy 23:17, I Kings 14:24, 15:12, 22:46 & II Kings 23:7. What’s more they are mentioned alongside the word ‘whore’ in Deuteronomy. In the original Hebrew that the Old Testament is written in, the word ‘sodomite’ is the word ‘qadesh’ (H6945) and the word ‘whore’ is the word ‘qadeshah’ (H6949). In Hebrew, each word is of a three letter root consisting of three letters and no vowels. All nouns are considered masculine unless an ‘h’ is added at the end; hence in Hebrew, a sodomite and a whore are the same thing. ‘Qadesh’ comes from the root ‘qodesh’ meaning sacred or holy.
These were people who sold their bodies (for money) to people so they could engage in pagan sex rites in the worship of pagan gods.
I think the best word that describes a person like me is ‘eunuch’. A eunuch is male person who does not reproduce, either by natural means, born unable to reproduce or mutilated by other (see Matthew 19:12 for a definition).
This does not give a free license to have gay sex, not does it condone marriage of two gay people. Marriage is to be between a single man and woman, PERIOD.