TikTok user Tim Beeckman Davis, who goes by the moniker GleefullyTim on social media, took it upon himself to explain exactly where the Bible stands on the subject of homosexuality.
When it comes to justifying their unfair prejudices, people use just about anything to support their stance. The biggest example of this, of course, is the Bible and its supposed references to homosexuality. Rather than admit that they are homophobic, plain and simple, religious homophobes hide behind the "but the bible says homosexuality is a sin" lie to justify their intolerance towards the LGBTQIA+ community. While such people have stood by and watched as this crucifixion of homosexuality has cost many individuals their familial bonds, homes, job opportunities, and even lives, some Christians are on a mission to set the record straight.
TikTok user Tim Beeckman Davis, who goes by the moniker GleefullyTim on social media, took it upon himself to explain exactly where the Bible stands on the subject of homosexuality. In a one-minute-long video uploaded to the platform, Davis — an avid Christian who has studied the Bible for years — explained in perfect detail how the Bible has been wrongfully used against the queer community for decades. "Class is in session, Karen," he begins. "If you or someone you know uses the Bible against the queer community, this video is for you. I've studied theology to a degree my entire life, so here's what I know."
First and foremost, Davis reveals that the word "homosexual" doesn't actually exist in the Bible. "In the original Greek and Hebrew text, the word that we now translate to 'homosexual,' actually translates to 'pedophile' or specifically an older man who sleeps with a young boy. The sexual sin in question here is an abuse of power," he says. "This is the same with Sodom and Gomorrah," Davis whispers to the camera, explaining that "in Sodom and Gomorrah, it wasn't that they were gay, it's that they were gay raping people."
According to Christianity.com, the story of Sodom and its sister city of Gomorrah "is a cautionary tale of the destructive consequences of sin." Chapter 19 in the book of Genesis details the destruction of the two cities due to the "lustful, degenerate sins" of its people. "One of the most prevalent sins in Sodom was the homosexuality of the men, engaging in sexual relations with the other men and boys. Sodom is where we get the term 'sodomy and sodomites' named after this widespread sin of the town," states the website, citing Genesis 19:5 — which states "They called to Lot, 'Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.'"
While this has long been construed as the Bible considering homosexuality a sin, Davis claims that "the word 'homosexual' wasn't introduced until the early 1900s when an American conservative company paid a German translator to put it into the Bible." The TikToker also touched upon a couple of other important topics in his video, saying: "If you have a problem, with the gender thing, God is genderless and we are created in his image. Number three, if you have a problem with trans people, we as Christians believe that we are a soul placed in a vessel, and if we were placed in the wrong vessel, it’s like any other birth defect."
Concluding his masterclass on the Bible's relationship with the LGBTQIA+ community, Davis explains that none of what he has said is contradicted in the ten commandments or the words of Jesus, "so basically, God doesn't give a sh*t." Although the video was originally uploaded to TikTok back in June, it only recently went viral across other social media platforms, earning him a slew of new followers and praise.
Hearing you say ‘God is genderless and we are all made in his image’ was a powerful thing indeed, even to this cynical old agnostic! Loving your work!— Greg D Smith (@GregDWordSmith) August 21, 2020
Unironically you’re making me want to learn more if there’s such transparency that the Catholic Church doesn’t mention like the homosexual part.— COMMISSIONS OPEN (@dumbasssobbing) August 21, 2020
You’re precious, and such a bright light in a very dark world. ✨💕— rae (@__rmyates) August 21, 2020