Nouns and Verbs

I’ve been quoted as saying that there is no such thing as “a homosexual”.  And, frankly, I’m quoting that from Dr. Joe Nicolosi and Richard Cohen.  But much ado was made about “Such were some of you” at the Restored Hope Network Conference this summer.  They’re quoting a verse which says “Do not be deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.  Such were some of you;” “but God.”  I’m going to assume Christians will know what the “but God” part stands for.  It would appear that “the Bible says there’s such a thing as a homosexual”.  But our modern English definition of “a homosexual” as a noun and the Greek language’s definition of “a homosexual” as a noun are different.  Let’s look at all of these words:

fornicator: a man who committed fornication

idolater: a man who idolized something other than God

adulterer: a man who had an extra-marital erotic sexual relations

effeminate: a man who submitted for prostitution

homosexual: a man who committed erotic activities with other men

thief: a man who stole something from another man

the covetous: a man who coveted a belonging of another man

drunkard: a man who drank to the point of intoxication

reviler: a man who insulted another man angrily

swindler: a man who cheated another man


See what they all have in common?  “a man” followed by a verb.  The noun part of the definitions are all “a man”.  Now, truthfully, I’ve tweaked the list.  Most of these can be “a human who”, but in the case of the “effeminate” it actually is specifically men, so I just adapted them all so it’s easier to see the distinction:  Is the verb part a noun?  Are our verbs what we are?  Or are our being part, the noun part, the ‘man’ part what we are? and the rest what we do?  I tend to think of it the second way.  Especially, for men with pre-oedipal disorder, their homosexuality is mainly caused by a deficiency of feeling what they are.  Teaching men who have been wounded in this way, that it’s what they are is counterproductive.