Hat-tip to Dr.Peter Carrell, of ‘Anglican Down Under’ for a link to this amazing New Zealand video on
‘The Bible & Homosexuality’
Several New Zealand theologians and pastors have taken the time to re-assess the situation in the Church on its attitudes towards homosexuality, in the light of the Scriptures and the context in which they were written.
At this juncture of our Anglican Church in Aotearoa/New Zealand and Polynesia, where we are anticipating discussion in our upcoming General Synod in May 2018 on the subject of Same-Sex Blessings (Christchurch diocese has already voted in favour of our Motion 29, which would allow S/S Blessings to take place in specific circumstances); this interesting video presentation opens up the need for a revision of the attitudes that were traditionally held by our Church on this subject.
Two of the participating commentators, Dr.Derek Tovey and the Revd. Keith King were fellow students of mine at St.John’s Theological College in Auckland in the late 1970s, and it is with great interest that I take note of their different basic circumstances of engagement on this issue forty years later.
What is stated by all of the commentators in this video is the undoubted fact that the circumstances in which the seeming censure against homosexuality in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible need to be understood in context.
Whereas, in the Jewish religion in biblical times, the customary Holiness Code demanded a strict observance of Jewish customs; such as, for instance; circumcision for men; the subservience of women; and the obedience of slaves to their masters; these things no longer apply to Christians in our own day and age.
The homosexual activity spoken of in the N.T. – especially in Paul’s Letter to the Romans – had to do with paedophilia, lust and prostitution, all of which have little or nothing to do with the prospect of monogamous same-sex relationships that the Church is considering in today’s context of society’s overall acceptance of such relationships.
Whether one is a traditional ‘Bible believer’, or open to a new understanding of the need for a new hermeneutic on this important societal issue, this video, linked above is well worth the 20 minutes or so attention it needs.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand
(thanks to the producers of the video for permission to publicise its contents on this website)