Christian leaders have written about homosexual male—male sexual activities since the first decades of Christianity ; female—female sexual behaviour was almost entirely ignored. However, in the 20th century some prominent theologians and Christian religious groups have espoused a wide variety of beliefs and practices towards homosexuals, including the establishment of some "open and accepting" congregations that actively support LGBT members, which they consider biblical in light of other rebukes in the New Testament that Christians might gloss over, such as wealth,  women refraining from speaking in church  or covering their heads while praying,  and Protestant churches' lack of support for adults who do not want to marry, such as building monasteries,  even though New Testament verses speak of the virtues of remaining single,  such as the example of , males who are not to be "defiled"  with females before being redeemed in the Apocalypse. The first instance of the English word "homosexuals" used in a Biblical translation was in the RSV New Testament published from until ,  which simultaneously removed most "fornication" admonitions found in the prior ASV and KJV Bibles. Several post-World War II translations now have one to four verses literally rebuking homosexuals while replacing all mention of fornicators with "the immoral" or "sexual immoral" and leaving ambiguous homosexual or heterosexual immorality.
Was Jesus gay? Probably
Within Christianity , there are a variety of views on sexual orientation and homosexuality. Even within a denomination, individuals and groups may hold different views, and not all members of a denomination necessarily support their church's views on homosexuality. The history of Christianity and homosexuality has been much debated. Some maintain early Christian Churches deplored same-sex relationships , while others maintain they accepted these relationships on the level of their heterosexual counterparts.
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Question: "Is it possible to be a gay Christian? There is a tendency to declare homosexuality as the worst of all sins. While it is undeniable, biblically speaking, that homosexuality is immoral and unnatural Romans , in no sense does the Bible describe homosexuality as an unforgivable sin. Nor does the Bible teach that homosexuality is a sin Christians will never struggle against. Many homosexuals who become Christians have ongoing struggles with homosexual feelings and desires.
One night I was reading the stories of people who had left the church because they thought God hated them simply because they were attracted to the same sex. I was so overcome with emotion that I put the book down, got alone in another room, fell to my knees and wept. The pain of these men and women for whom Jesus died was palpable and heartbreaking. Could it be that we have been misinterpreting Scripture when it comes to their salvation?