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A ‘Bible’ For OutsidersThe Our Bible app promotes itself as “A progressive Bible app for Christians who are LGBT affirming, pro women and people of color.” Crystal Cheatham, the CEO and founder, states on their crowdfunding page:
“It’s the place where a transgender teen can find affirming bible texts. It’s the place where your church will watch and then chat about a sermon, it’s where you’ll find new books and organizations that you care about.Keeping with the current trend, the app includes gender neutral language, removes verses from Scripture the founders disagree with and includes hundreds of devotionals and podcasts that celebrate the LGBT lifestyle. The Bible of course is very clear that homosexuality is a sin:
It’s an app but it’s also a movement. It’s about ending a stigma against what it means to be a Christian and filling in a pitfall that generations before us have fallen into. We can make that difference for ourselves and for our communities. Please donate today.” (source).
“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination.” – Leviticus 18:22.The Lord Jesus Christ defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman:
“And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” – Matthew 19:4-6.In Romans 1, the Apostle Paul details homosexuality as being the result of a world whose heart has turned from The Lord:
“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:These verses clearly outline the Biblical position on sexuality. But that does not stop many pastors, teachers and lay Christians from trying to rewrite the Bible to suit their own purposes. The Our Bible app is the perfect example of twisting Scripture into heresy for the sole agenda of accommodating a lifestyle the Bible defines as sinful.
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” – Romans 1:21-27.
Dangerous Heresies Abound
In their “What We Believe” section of the website, the founders have a section entitled “Discovering the LGBT Presence In The Bible.” Here they try to make a doctrinal case for their beliefs. Like many websites for apostate churches today, the opening statement attempts to convey how seriously the founders are about adhering to the Word of God:
“Looking at the Bible in this new way is about reading between the lines. We spend a lot of time analyzing what each story, paragraph and sentence means, down to the very last comma. We should also spend time considering what the Bible is not saying, especially if we are to believe its words with our whole hearts.” (source).However, once one reviews the section where they teach their actual doctrine, the errors become obvious:
The app attempts to state that Joseph was either effeminate or transgender because of the coat of any colors his father Jacob made for him. There is nothing in the text to support this. Looking at the passage in context reveals the reasons for his special garment:
“Transgender PresenceGenesis 37: 3-4, [Like] his father, Joseph was also effeminate: 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many colors. 4 But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him.
The word described by tunic or “coat of many colors” is k’tonet passim. The only other person to wear a k’tonet passim was Tamar in 2 Samuel 13: 6-18, and is understood to be a very pretty, princess-like dress.” (source).
“And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan. These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report. Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours. And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.First and foremost, Jacob loved Joseph more than his other sons. That is the clearly stated reason for him making the coat for him. Joseph was the first son of Jacob with his wife Rachel, who was the true love of his life. Because of trickery arranged by Rachel’s brother Laban, Joseph was deceived into marrying Rachel’s older sister Leah. With Leah and two concubines Joseph fathered 10 of the 12 sons who would be the patriarchs of the 12 tribes of Israel. Late in life, Jacob and Rachel had Joseph and Benjamin. Thus, Joseph held a special place in his heart. Nothing was said about Joseph’s personality or behavior.
And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf. And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words. And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth? And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.” – Genesis 37:1-11.
Additionally, once Joseph revealed his dream to his family, a much greater work came into play: God’s providential hand at work. Joseph’s dream was a divinely inspired prophecy. After being betrayed by his brothers and sold into slavery in Egypt, Joseph rose from being in jail to being second in command to Pharaoh over the mightiest empire on Earth at that time. God would use Joseph’s position to save his family once a famine ravaged the Middle East. All of this was symbolized in the coat he received.
The app author is correct in asserting that the Hebrew term for “coat of many colors” is kĕthoneth passim. Kĕthoneth means “coat”, “robe” or “long sleeved under-garment.” It is not necessarily a female piece of clothing. In fact, the first kĕthoneth made in the Bible occurred in the Garden of Eden after Adam and Eve committed the first sin in human history and became aware of the nakedness before God:
“Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats [kĕthoneth] of skins, and clothed them.” (Genesis 3:21).Both Adam and Eve, who were married, wore kĕthoneth. Thus, there was nothing “effeminate” or “transgender” about the clothing. Additionally, the Our Bible app completely overlooks the Gospel symbolism here: after Adam and Eve sinned, God killed animals to make clothing for them. A sacrifice was performed to cover the shame of the first two human sinners. This is all remarkable foreshadowing of the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. All throughout the Old Testament, God instituted a system of repentance where animals had to be sacrificed to atone or “cover” the sins of the people and the nation of Israel. The animal served as a substitute – taking the punishment for the person who sinned. But this was a temporary measure that did not bring true forgiveness. All the Levitical sacrifices pointed to the ultimate sacrifice – Jesus Christ on the cross:
“But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.” – Hebrews 9:11-15.Joseph, who ultimately became heir to Jacob (when his older brother Reuben was disqualified), was a “Savior” to his family when he rescued them from famine. As stated in our article: Joseph Foreshadow of Jesus Christ, Joseph’s entire life was a prophetic preview of the life and ministry of The Lord Jesus Christ on Earth. And the kĕthoneth was symbolic of his special role.
In Exodus, God commanded the High Priest of the tabernacle, Aaron, to wear a colored coat:
“And thou shalt embroider the coat [kĕthoneth] of fine linen, and thou shalt make the mitre of fine linen, and thou shalt make the girdle of needlework.” –Exodus 28:9.Isaiah 22 contains a Messianic description involving rulership over Israel and the ruler wears a kĕthoneth:
“And I will clothe him with thy robe [kĕthoneth], and strengthen him with thy girdle, and I will commit thy government into his hand: and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah. And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.” – Isaiah 22:21-22.When The Lord Jesus Christ was going to be crucified, he was dressed in a kĕthoneth:
“Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.” – Matthew 27:27-30.The robe Jesus was dressed was one befitting royalty. The soldiers mocked Jesus by pretending to bow to him. Unbeknownst to them in their wickedness, they were truly bowing before God and the King of The Jews.
It is a lack of understanding of God’s Word that led to such awful actions by the Roman soldiers. And the Our Bible app completely misses the mark with its heretical re-imagining of Joseph. Rather than providing an accurate account of Joseph’s faithful service to God (or noting the fact that he married a woman and had children), and the rich Gospel-centered doctrine in his life account, they twist the verses to try to turn Joseph into a transgender.
Jacob Was Effeminate?The heretical doctrines continue on the site with their “teaching” regarding Jacob:
“Genesis 25:27, Jacob, the effeminate twin: 27 So the boys grew. And Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field; but Jacob was a mild man, dwelling in tents.” (source).So, from this one verse, the Our Bible writers conclude that Jacob was effeminate and/or transgender. There is no further attempt to explain how they derived this conclusion from Scripture. When one looks at the word “mild” in Genesis 25:27 (in the King James Version the word “plain” is used) it becomes evident that Our Bible app is incredibly wrong. The Hebrew term for plain/mild is tam, which means to be “complete, perfect, lacking in nothing in beauty, morally innocent, having integrity.” (source). There is nothing in the definition that contains any notion of being effeminate, gay or transgender.
Letting Scripture interpret Scripture, the meaning is further emphasized:
There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect [tam] and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. – Job 1:1.In each instance, the use of the word tam refers to good moral character and integrity. There is no gender or sexual connotation to the word whatsoever. Yet the Our Bible app wants its readers to believe that somehow these passages are LGBT affirming.
“Behold, God will not cast away a perfect [tam] man, neither will he help the evil doers:” – Job 8:20.
“The bloodthirsty hate the upright [tam]: but the just seek his soul.” – Proverbs 29:10.
“I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled [tam]: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.” – Song of Solomon 5:2.
Twisting The Words Of The Lord Jesus ChristThe app moves on the New Testament using the very words of Christ Jesus to teach false doctrine:
“Mark 14:12-14, Jesus gives significance to a social outsider: 12 Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they killed the Passover lamb, His disciples said to Him, “Where do You want us to go and prepare, that You may eat the Passover?”This is yet another example of misreading the text. In this passage, Jesus instructed His disciples to find appropriate lodging for them to have their Passover supper (commonly referred to as “the Last Supper”). It was at this dinner that Jesus revealed that one of the disciples would betray Him and instituted the New covenant that would be established by His shed blood on the cross. Rather than discuss these foundational doctrines, the Our Bible writers instead focus on the man who directed the disciples to the house where they would have supper.
13 And He sent out two of His disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him. 14 Wherever he goes in, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, “Where is the guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?”’
Consider how Jesus chooses this one person as a landmark. He could have chosen anyone as a landmark to guide his eager disciples to their destination, but Jesus chose to highlight the existence of a man who was not following along the traditional gender lines of his biological sex. Men did not carry pitchers of water. That was women’s work, especially in this place in history. If this happened today, it would be the same as Jesus asking one of us to go find a man wearing read high heels. It was that obvious that the man was stepping out of his gender role. Yet this was the man Jesus spoke of.” – Our Bible app (source).
The app claims:
“Jesus chose to highlight the existence of a man who was not following along the traditional gender lines of his biological sex. Men did not carry pitchers of water. That was women’s work, especially in this place in history. If this happened today, it would be the same as Jesus asking one of us to go find a man wearing read high heels.” (source).Nowhere in Scripture are we told that carrying water was “women’s work.” This is just speculation on the part of the app writers. When The Lord Jesus Christ in His pre-incarnate form, accompanied by two angels, appeared at Abraham’s home in Genesis 18, Abraham immediately took charge of all the “women’s work”:
“And the Lord appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree: And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said.Immediately, Abraham offers water to be fetched for The Lord and His angels. Abraham then rushed to prepare a meal of a beef and bread with butter. Notice that the calf that was cooked was prepared by a male servant who lived with Abraham. It was not a woman cooking, but a man. There was no gender distinction to the work done by a servant.
And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth. And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetch a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it. And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.” – Genesis 18:1-8.
Similarly, in Mark 14, the man carrying the jug was a servant. Jesus specifically told the Disciples that when they found the man with the jug they were to ask “the Master of the house” where they could eat the Passover supper. Just like Abraham’s male servant cooking food, the male servant in Mark 12 carried water for the master of his home. There was nothing transgender about the passage at all. Not to mention that again, these teachings completely ignore the Gospel – the fact that Jesus Christ was preparing to show that He was the true Passover Lamb – the Lamb who would take away the sins of the world through His death on the cross.
Somehow Adam And Eve Are A Gay Couple?The King James Version states that God made a “help meet” for Adam, which means someone who was suitable or “meet” for him. And the person God created was Eve – a woman. To somehow imply that Eve’s gender was potentially going to be a male is an outrageous misreading of the text.
King David And Jonathan
As some erring pastors have also taught in the past, the Our Bible app uses the account of King David’s love for Jonathan as proof they were a same-sex couple:
“2 Samuel 1:26, David confesses that his love for Jonathan is greater than that of a woman:The verses above were David’s words after Jonathan, his closest friend, died in battle. Jonathan, the son of David’s enemy King Saul, was a prince and potential heir to the throne of Israel. Yet Jonathan forsook any pursuit of power and even defied his father the king, to help protect David’s life. David, like Joseph, was a foreshadow of the Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, in the book of Ezekiel, a prophecy of the Messiah refers to Jesus as: “David, my servant” at a time in history when King David had been dead for centuries.
I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan;
You have been very pleasant to me;
Your love to me was wonderful,
Surpassing the love of women.” – Our Bible App, (source).
Jonathan’s love of God’s chosen King was emblematic of the love believers are to have for Christ:
“He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” – Jesus Christ, Matthew 10:37-39.Jesus made it clear that our love for Him should surpass any Earthly relationship. For the simple fact that a friend, family member or spouse could attempt to lead you away from faith in Him. So must we forego and forsake anything if it would remove us from belief in the Savior. Jonathan’s love for David was sacrificial. He risked life, reputation and the love of his father for David’s well-being. The Bible speaks of their hearts being “knit.” Rather than this being a romantic, homosexual affection, it is emphasizing the unbreakable, eternal bond the men shared. This is the love that Jesus has for all born again believers:
“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” – John 6:37.In John 17, Jesus recited one of His final prayers for His disciples and all believers before going to give His life on the cross. And in that prayer, He echoed that all believers will be “one” with Him through faith – and that this unbreakable bond was premised on love:
“And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.” – Ephesians 5:2.
“Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” – John 17:20-23.This was the love Jonathan and David typified. Their bond exceeded family, ambition, ego and self. This is the love that Jesus desires from all believers. It was not a romantic love, but a sacrificial love based on faith. Jonathan believed in David as God’s anointed King, despite Jonathan being rightful heir to the throne by blood.
Furthermore, the Our Bible app completely ignores the fact that King David married a woman. He was heterosexual and fathered children and had many concubines. Additionally, his gravest sin recorded involved sexual sin with Bathsheba, a woman (2 Samuel 11:1-5). His illicit desire for Bathsheba led him into an affair, fathering a child with her and then arranging the death of her husband to conceal his infidelity.
This is very telling. When David was confronted with his sin by the prophet Nathan, he did not proclaim his innocence or that he was making a “lifestyle” decision, or that he somehow not doing something wrong in committing adultery. Instead his response was: “… I have sinned against the Lord.” (2 Samuel 12:13). David acknowledged his heterosexual sin before The Lord, repented deeply (Psalm 51) and was forgiven.
Ignoring this, the Our Bible app instead tries to portray his friendship with Jonathan as a homosexual affair – ignoring the Gospel-centric themes of their bond.
The Prophesied Endtimes Apostasy
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” – 2 Timothy 4:3-4.The Bible predicted that in the end times, false, heretical Christianity would rise and run rampant throughout society. Rather than adhering to “sound doctrine” – meaning a proper reading of the Bible, many pastors, bloggers and “teachers” are instead twisting and reinventing Scripture to preach a message that pleases “itching ears” -avoiding discussion of sin or like the Our Bible app, declaring that certain sins no longer exist (or never existed at all).
Jesus Christ said:
“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.” – John 3:17-20.The Our Bible app promotes a false Christianity that avoids the truth: all people are sinners. All people stand condemned before a just and Holy God. All people deserve the punishment of the grave and Hell. But the greatest truth it avoids is that God in His love for all people, sent Jesus Christ, the Son of God, to die on the cross as a sacrifice – taking the punishment for all people. And it is by acknowledging our sins and trusting in the work of Christ on the cross that we receive free forgiveness of sin.
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“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” – 2 Corinthians 11:3-4.The book of 1 John says: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:8-9). Rather than telling those in the gay and transgender community a lie (that the Bible does not call homosexuality a sin), Bible-believing Christians should teach the truth – that like all people, they are sinners in need of a Savior. And God, in love, provided a way for all people to escape condemnation and the lusts of the flesh that we all experience. It is through faith in Jesus Christ.
Pray for the Our Bible app makers to repent of their rampant heresy, blatant doctrinal error and false teachings. And pray for those who are in the LGBT community or others who feel marginalized. Jesus Christ is here for those on the margins. There is forgiveness and love in the Bible for LGBTQ community. Jesus does indeed love the outsider and the outcast. But He is also God and we are to love and deal with Jesus on His terms, not our own. And that means following the Bible truthfully, not making “Our” own version that teaches another religion altogether. Our prayer is that the Our Bible app makers will realize this and experience the true love of free forgiveness in the Savior.
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