Archbishop Alan Harper,the Anglican primate of Ireland says he agrees the Apostle Paul indeed rejected homosexuality in Romans 1. But, in a speech he argues it is only because heterosexuals are sinning when they commit homosexual acts because it is against their nature. Homosexuals on the other hand, because homosexuality is a natural to them, are not committing sin. Thus, he concludes Romans 1 is not applicable to them. Harper’s interpretation gives new meaning to the Romans 1 verse which says they “exchanged the truth of God for a lie.”
Even though Harper’s incredibly shallow (and regurgitated) interpretation of the Bible’s clearest condemnation of all homosexual activity, a religion writer at the London Times from called the speech “powerful, convincing and intellectual”.
Hardly. There are many fallacies attached to Harper’s conclusion of Romans 1. His very first error is to dictate to the scripture its meaning rather than allowing scripture to speak for itself. White slaveowners committed the same sin over and over by using passages of Paul to justify slavery. Harper takes what popular gay orthodoxy says ( i.e. homosexual orientation is “natural”) and superimposes it on scripture much like pouring mud onto of string of pearls. Slaveowners believed that slavery was just and therefore needed the Bible to help them prop up their wickedness. But when the Bible didn’t comply, they simply invented interpretations which agreed with their position.
Homosexuality isn’t normal for anyone, just as sin isnt normal for anyone. Sin has temporary pleasure and blinds people to its true nature and intent. Sin can feel normal and can be perceived as normal, but such deception is embedded to wit: the ability to feel and appear normal while destroying the person’s soul. What Harper and other gay christian proponents are calling natural orientation is actually sexual slavery ala sin.
According to the scripture, one cannot be both a son and a slave. One cannot be both a child of God and continually practice homosexuality as a lifestyle. One is lived in freedom while the other is bound in slavery.
For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Romans 6:5-7
And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? Certainly not! Romans 6:13-15
Who’s standard are we living by?
The question is: who’s norm are we judging by? If Harper is indeed advocating “the world’s” view of normality, then homosexuality isnt a sin. But the Bible says the world’s system and perspective is influenced by satan and as such is an enemy to God. That’s exactly what Paul confronted after what he witnessed in Rome, Athens, Corinth and other cities of the antiquity where he preached.
What a shame for a “church leader” to be in the pocket of the slaveowner, defending a practice that is biblically indefensible.
Scholar Dr. Robert Gagnon also fully deconstructs Harper’s mangled mess. I’m not sure it will have any impact on those who have already made up their minds that sexual slavery is normal.