my books: friends & counselors #13

In his comments on Leviticus 18-20, Timothy Willis reminds – and challenges – us to ever be consistent in our interpretation and application of Scripture.

These ideas about holiness provide an interesting test case for contemporary American Christians. Two of the primary passages concerning homosexuality stand in chapters 18 and 20, framing this chapter on holiness. Many speak out against homosexuality as an unholy state on the basis of those passages. Leviticus 19 challenges the same Christians to be just as vocal about treating aliens like citizens (19.34). The general context suggests that the violation of one of these commands defiles the believer as much as violation of any other command defiles. All derive from the same foundation, “I am the Lord your God.”

Leviticus by Timothy M. Willis (Abingdon, 2009); pp.172-173