According to James Neill, the Greek term "pais" used for the servant in Matthew's account almost always had a sexual connotation. Sexual Inversion2n ed. While the Jewish prophets spoke only of lack of charity as the sin of Sodom,  the exclusively sexual interpretation became so prevalent among Christian communities that the name "Sodom" became the basis of the word " sodomy ", still a legal synonym for homosexual and non-procreative sexual acts, particularly anal or oral sex. The Bible explicitly condemns Sodom for its arrogance, inhospitality and apathy toward the poor — not for same-sex behavior. Sexual orientation was not understood in biblical times. Available online at http:
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Available online at http: There are references in the Bible to same-gender sexual behavior, and all of them are undeniably negative. The Bible honors celibacy as a good way of living — Jesus was celibate, after all — but it also makes clear that celibacy must be a voluntary choice. This article relies too much on references to primary sources.
LGBT Christian clergy.