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Question and Answer

I’m a KJV man, which says that homosexuals are sinners—something your NIV won’t do. How do you explain that the people before the Flood were not called sinners?

Because space is limited, I cannot list the NIV’s references to homosexuals. However, a concordance and Bible dictionary may persuade you to agree with me that the NIV is as soundly critical of the homosexual way of life as is the KJV.

In response to your question, I note that Genesis 6—which deals with humanity before the Flood—says, “The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time” (v. 5, NIV). That statement of indictment clearly reflects that God considered these people to be sinners.

BY C. Donald Cole

C. DONALD COLE hosted Moody Radio’s Open Line for 26 years before retiring in 2008. Before joining the team at the Moody Bible Institute in 1971, Pastor Cole and his wife, Naomi, served the Lord as missionaries in Angola from 1948 until 1966. Pastor Cole then served as a faculty member of Emmaus Bible College of Dubuque and as editor of Interest magazine.

Pastor Cole authored several books, and was married to his wife Naomi for 65 years before he went home to the Lord in 2012.

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