I thought I had seen just about every possible scheme from the pro homosexual crowd in their trying to spin and reinterpret the Bible to excuse their sinful lifestyles. I have seen people claim that Jonathan and David from the Old Testament were homosexual lovers. I have heard others call Ruth and Naomi lesbians. Both of those accusations are absurd but people will do just about anything to try and calm their conscious and justify their actions. The newest pro homosexual Biblical passage spun to try and convince everyone that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality is the Roman officer and his servant. Here is the passage. The account is found in two of the synoptic Gospels.
5 And when Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, imploring Him, 6 and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented.” 7 Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” 8 But the centurion said, “Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 “For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go !’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come !’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this !’ and he does it.” 10 Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel. 11 “I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven ; 12 but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness ; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13 And Jesus said to the centurion, “Go ; it shall be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed that very moment. (Matthew 8)
The parallel account is found is Luke.
1 When He had completed all His discourse in the hearing of the people, He went to Capernaum. 2 And a centurion’s slave, who was highly regarded by him, was sick and about to die. 3 When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders asking Him to come and save the life of his slave. 4 When they came to Jesus, they earnestly implored Him, saying, “He is worthy for You to grant this to him; 5 for he loves our nation and it was he who built us our synagogue.” 6 Now Jesus started on His way with them; and when He was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to Him, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself further, for I am not worthy for You to come under my roof ; 7 for this reason I did not even consider myself worthy to come to You, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 “For I also am a man placed under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go !’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come !’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this !’ and he does it.” 9 Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled at him, and turned and said to the crowd that was following Him, “I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such great faith.” 10 When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health. (Luke 7)
So you may be thinking, “how could this passage be used to justify homosexuality?” Here is where the fun begins, some real mental gymnastics must be performed to get to the homosexual aspect.
The first account is written by Matthew, a Jewish tax collector whose life was changed by the Lord Jesus Christ. He wants to write out an account of what he witnessed while walking with and learning from Jesus Christ. In his Gospel, he chooses the word “pais” to designate the Roman officer’s slave or servant. Pais is a word that means “young slave or servant” and can refer to a boy or a girl. The homosexuals love to latch on to words and construct arguments out of thin air instead of debating by actually using the text and its surrounding context. You will see them do this by latching on to a person’s word, ripping it from the context, and then spinning the argument to explain “what the author really meant to say”. This happens in the political arena every single day. This is exactly what they have done here. They claim that “pais” refers to a young male and that this young male is the Roman officer’s lover. By doing this, they then claim that Jesus does not condemn their homosexual relationship but instead, He actually blessed it because He heals the young boy/man so that they can continue their “relationship” together. From the text, there is no hint of their being a homosexual relationship. We do not even know if the slave is male or female. We do know that the servant is young (probably a teen). The English translators assume that the servant is male and insert the pronoun “him” but the original Greek word used could be either make or female. So again, 2 assumptions are made on behalf of the homosexual crowd, 1) the servant is male, and 2) there is an implied homosexual relationship.
Dr. Luke, a Gentile, and extremely well educated man, also included this account in his Gospel. He did not choose the same word that Matthew did. He chose the word “doulos” which is the same word that Paul chose to describe himself, a bondservant, or slave of Jesus Christ. Again, there is no indication from the text, nor from the specific words chosen, to indicate that there was any kind of homosexual relationship between the Roman officer and his servant (possibly male, or female). This is just pure speculation of behalf of the homosexual crowd. The Bible condemns the sin of homosexuality in all of its forms in both the Old and New Testaments. Jesus, Himself, agreed with the punishment that those who lived the homosexual lifestyle in Sodom received.
We do see two amazing qualities about the Roman officer. 1) He is a man of faith. He believes in Jesus Christ. 2) He humbles himself under Jesus’ authority. From what I have seen about rebellious sinners who live in open sin (homosexuality is open sin), they do not want to believe the Words of Jesus, especially when it comes to teachings against homosexuality and they do not want to humble themselves under Jesus Christ’s authority.
What about you, are you a person of faith like the Roman officer or are you a proud person who thinks that you know better than God does? The Roman officer had reasons to be proud because of his position in society yet he chose to humble himself. Where do you stand when it comes to Jesus Christ and the Word of God, are you proud, arrogant, and lost or are you humble, respectful, and obedient?