All those who have attempted to discuss the biblical stance on homosexuality have inevitably encountered persons who note that if we wish to apply the OT law concerning homosexuality we are also bound to observe the laws relating to mixed garments, unclean foods, and the like. Their argument runs something like this:
‘If you apply the OT legislation concerning homosexual behavior – that is, a man shall not lie with a man as with a woman, than you have to stop eating shrimp and you have to stop wearing garments of mixed fabrics’.
The problem with this argument is that it fails to distinguish moral law from ritual law. As such, and as a failure to understand genre, category, and purpose, these arguments are flawed and inappropriate.
Unfortunately, too few of those engaged in discussions about biblical texts have the necessary skills or training to understand their own lack of understanding. Which is exactly why such discussions never go anywhere. Those unable to or unwilling to recognize that moral law is one thing and ritual law another will never, in 100 lifetimes, grasp the biblical text. Their hermeneutical method is skewed and they can’t see it.