We still have Romans 1:
"Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error."
This one is not a matter of the definition of words. It's a very clear cut description of homosexuality. I don't see how anyone can get around it.
Anyway, in all love, I wish you the best, I respect your right to interpret this another way- I just don't agree with it. Agree with you about the wrath of God coming upon the world soon, though. Don't we sound like a couple of nutjobs? Oh well.
As I respect your right. It is a right given by God - part of that "free will" thing that gets us in so much trouble.
I will end on my thougths of the Romans 1 passage:
"Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts.
Because of what? Let's look to the earlier passage to find out:
21) For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22) Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23) and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. .... and in 25) They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator--who is forever praised.
I do my best to glorify God and give thanks to him constantly (especially when I work out a bad piece of code at work). I do not worship images made to look like men or birds or reptiles ... And I am **positive** I had done none of that before I knew I was gay at age 9. (I knew I was "different as early as age 5 - I just couldn't put a "label" on it until later) So I'm also certain Romans 1 does not pertain to me. I don't fit the "because" reasons. Also, because of the limited scope (non-glorifying God) - my faith says God's punishment was to give them lusts unnatural TO THEM so THEY would be shamed. Not that the act itself is "shameful". The passage is not about same-gender sex - it's about not glorifying God. Just like Sodom's sin wasn't homosexuality - it was lack of compassion to strangers.
Again - in love ... I just think we try too hard to put a box around God's love - and it's too big and keeps pushing down the sides. It has in the past, and I believe it is doing so now on the issue of same-gender love. Man is just, as is typical of man, many many years (centuries) behind God.