One bad habit that I have is that I periodically check Steven Anderson’s YouTube channel to see if there is anything to make me mad. I often find what I am looking for and then I fuel that anger into taking up another project. Often that means writing a quick article.
Today I saw this:
He has a series of questions about the verse that he demands a Baptist pastor answer for him. So I will. What follows are his questions and my answers.
Here is the verse. Lev 20:13, “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”
Question 1: What is the context of the chapter?
The context is the nation of Israel. They were given land (Lev 20:24). They were given rules for a government and sacrifices and holy days and they were told which foods were dirty and which were clean. The rules in Exodus through Leviticus are for the people to enforce as a both nation and personally. But when it comes to verses like this, there is no way to apply the governmental laws as a Christian today. Our government would look on Anderson’s killing of a homosexual as murder. The ordinances of Lev 20 couldn’t be applied personally today.
All through the chapter God prescribes the death sentence on certain crimes. People involved in homosexual acts are given the death sentence (vs 23) as are people involved in the following:
Human sacrifice (vs 2)
Not killing people who are sacrificing humans (vs 5)
Involvement in the occult (vs 6)
Cursing your parents (vs 9)
Committing adultery (vs 10)
Various forms of incest (vs 11, 12, 14, 17, 19-21)
Bestiality (vs 16)
Having relations with a woman during her period (vs 18)
These are rules given to the nation of Israel to be enforced during the time of their Theocracy. They are comprehensive and you better be glad that you aren’t under this system of government because a lot of us have been guilty of cursing our parents, sadly. But we can look to the cross for forgiveness. There’s a difference. There is no “asking for forgiveness” in the passage. They were to be killed.
Anderson doesn’t follow through. Surely someone in Anderson’s church has cursed their parents. If so, why hasn’t Anderson gotten an ax and chopped off his heads. Answer: he is nothing more than an act. He just wants people to notice him and get a following. He doesn’t really believe any of this stuff. He’s a hypocrite. He also wouldn’t dare follow through on his supposed beliefs on this chapter, because then his “dear leader” Chairman Hyles would need to be put to death as he transgressed against vs 10.
But I digress…
Notice that the consequences of not doing what the chapter says to do about those sins, namely the death sentence, is getting kicked out of the land (vs 22). How can that be something for the Christian? We don’t have any land to get kicked out of. You couldn’t find rules for a Christian in Leviticus 20 with a “finding machine.”
Question 2: What does this verse mean and what was the practical application back then?
It means: you are to kill them. By “them” I mean a man who lies with a man. And by “you”, I mean the theocratic state of Israel.
Question 3: How do we interpret this today? What’s the New Testament doctrine on that verse?
The New Testament application is that we should be glad that we don’t live in Old Testament times. I’ve cursed my parents. I should be killed in the OT theocracy. But we don’t have a state. Christ didn’t have an earthly kingdom. The Jews of Leviticus 20 all the way through Lamentations 5:16 have an earthly kingdom and they were following the laws for that kingdom. They are no longer in effect because the kingdom is gone.
Christ submitted himself to the laws of a foreign nation. Paul submitted himself to the laws of the Roman Empire in Acts 25:10. Peter did the same. He didn’t consider himself to be under the law of the Old Testament, he considered himself to be under the law of Rome when it came to physical punishments. Clearly, something had changed. The kingdom was gone.
Christ said “Render unto Caesar.” Paul taught that we should “be subject unto the higher powers” in Romans 13. Peter taught that Christians should submit to the government in I Peter 3:13-17 and that our submission should be like our wife’s submission to us (I Peter 3:1)
We all know why Anderson doesn’t like these truths. He won’t submit to the government. Instead he wants to provoke border patrol officers and make a name for himself. We all know what the real motive was. Anderson is nothing more than a showboater.
Question 4: What’s the practical application for today?
We should notice the difference between the Old Testament theocracy and how Paul and Christ lived in a time when the kingdom was gone. Today, in 2019, there is no Kingdom. It is coming. When it does, that’s when, “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” Matt 5:18. Lev 20:13 is for the theocracy of the Old Testament nation of Israel and will be back in place during the Millennial reign of Christ.
Now, Stevie. Repent of your hotdogging, showmanship, and heresy. Lest ye be reprobate… Haha. I won’t be holding my breathe.
Finally, we all know that Anderson will question my credentials. I am an ordained pastor, ministering to a small Baptist church and sent out of a New Testament local church.