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Topic For Friday, March 7th, 2014:
GATEKEEPER'S IN THE BIBLE: The Terror Texts or, 
Religious Privilege As A Tool of SGL Oppression

- Are homosexual acts serious sins, as suggested by Leviticus 20:13? Or minor sins, not being mentioned in the Ten Commandments or by Jesus? *

- Is the New Testament prohibition against homosexual acts an important spiritual law for all times? Or was it a warning against creating a scandal by violating the cultural norms of that time in history, (as in the case of slavery, the role of women, dress, etc.?) *

- Is the friendship between David and Jonathan in Samuel 18:3-4, Samuel 1:26 an example of a homosexual relationship? *

- If homosexual acts were viewed as a violation of the "holiness code" of Leviticus (which separated the Israelites from the conduct of the pagans) then, do consensual homosexual acts violate Bible teachings, or were the Bible passages intended to apply only to homosexual acts involving idolatry, rape, prostitution or pederasty? *

- And what, if anything, has all of this to do with 21st Century Black people?

If accurate interpretation of the Bible is to determine what message was originally intended and understood by people of that time, then specialized knowledge of the original Biblical languages, culture and issues of the time are necessary.*

Many SGL/LGBT Black women and men have been injured by misinterpretations of scripture.  

Join us with Divinity scholar, Michael Elam, MDiv. for:

GATEKEEPER'S IN THE BIBLE: The Terror Texts or, Religious Privilege As A Tool of SGL Oppression to reveal how homosexuality in scripture has been used to maintain religious privilege in the oppression of SGL/LGBT people, and begin a dialogue on reframing issues of sexuality and spirituality in the Black community.

Also joining us will be
Pastor Vanessa Brown of Rivers of Rehoboth Church.



THE GATEKEEPER’S COLLECTIVE
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Brothers, please invite SGL Sisters for this caucus.

*Christian Bible Reference Site



Recommended Reading:
Their Own Receive them Not:
African American Lesbians & Gays in Black Churches
by Horace I. Griffin


BTW, you can find TGC caucus summaries, events info, and other information here at our website: gatekeepers-collective.com

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