The First Same Sex Holy Union in the Bible

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1Samuel 18:3 (KJV)

“Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul…”

 1Samuel20:16 – 17 (KJV)

“So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, Let the LORD even require it at the hand of David’s enemies. and Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he loved him: for he loved him as he loved his own soul…”

1Samuel 20:41-42 (KJV)

“And as soon as the lad was gone, David arose out of a place toward the south, and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed himself three times: and they kissed one another, and wept one with another, until David exceeded. And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, forasmuch as we have sworn both of us in the name of the LORD, saying, The LORD be between me and thee, and between my seed and thy seed for ever. And he arose and departed: and Jonathan went into the city…”

2 Samuel 1:26 (KJV)

“I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women…”

One morning a certain person sent me a text message questioning me about the validity of the Same Sex Holy Union being done by our church.  This is also in relation to the Same Sex Mass Wedding held in Baguio City last June 29.  He was debating with me and he told me where in the Bible would we find same sex marriage? And I also asked him where will we find in the Bible that God made a marriage ceremony between male and females?  He answered back by saying, “Where will I find same sex holy union ceremony?”.  I told him that he should answer my first question and then I added where will you find in the Bible that Jesus Christ performed a wedding ceremony for males and females and so is the 12 apostles?.  So he didn’t answer either and the person changed the topic by asking another question if our church was built by God then he would become a member.  Then I answered back, “Is your religion built by God?” and he answered yes and for your reference here is World history with author and page number.  I asked him do you have any supporting verses from the Bible that your church was founded by God instead of verses from world history?  Then he stopped and there was silence in the land. Ha! Ha! Ha!

The reason why I made this simple article is to inform and educate people on why we perform same sex holy unions.  We do not call it SAME SEX MARRIAGE.  We always call it SAME SEX HOLY UNION or SAME GENDER RELATIONSHIP BLESSING.  We do not marry same sex couples, we bless them.  So for the purpose of informing the general public especially those who hate us, discriminate us, and will later prosecute us at least in my simple way I will explain what we believe and why we believe in same sex holy unions.

The first male same sex holy union was done by David and Jonathan in the presence of the Lord. Most churches will say that David and Jonathan was best friends, close friends, spiritual friends and they have invented so many adjectives just to get out of the interpretation that it is a homosexual or bisexual relationship.

 1.          Same Sex Holy union is a Covenant. 1Samuel 18:3 (KJV) “Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul…”

A covenant is a solemn agreement between two persons.  It maybe God or a human beings or two persons regardless of their sex.

2. Same Sex Holy Union is a Covenant of Love. 1Samuel 18:3 (KJV) “Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul…”

This covenant is done not because of sex but because of LOVE.  This covenant is not done because of pro-creation but because of LOVE.

3.  Same Sex Holy Union is a Covenant between TWO individuals. 1Samuel20:16 – 17 (KJV) “So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, Let the LORD even require it at the hand of David’s enemies. and Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he loved him: for he loved him as he loved his own soul…”

This covenant involves an agreement between two people.  It also involves SWEARING or making a solemn VOW or PROMISE to each other.

4.  Same Sex Holy Union is always sealed with a KISS. 1Samuel 20:41-42 (KJV) “And as soon as the lad was gone, David arose out of a place toward the south, and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed himself three times: and they kissed one another, and wept one with another, until David exceeded. And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, forasmuch as we have sworn both of us in the name of the LORD, saying, The LORD be between me and thee, and between my seed and thy seed for ever. And he arose and departed: and Jonathan went into the city…”

5.  Same Sex Holy Union is a Covenant in the presence of GOD. 1Samuel 20:41-42 (KJV) “And as soon as the lad was gone, David arose out of a place toward the south, and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed himself three times: and they kissed one another, and wept one with another, until David exceeded. And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, forasmuch as we have sworn both of us in the name of the LORD, saying, The LORD be between me and thee, and between my seed and thy seed for ever. And he arose and departed: and Jonathan went into the city…”

This covenant is made in the presence of God ALONE.  This is not a GOVERNMENT INVOLVED ceremony.  It is a private ceremony between individuals and GOD.  The promises are made in the NAME OF THE LORD.

6. Same Sex Holy Union’s validity is FOREVER. 1Samuel 20:41-42 (KJV) “And as soon as the lad was gone, David arose out of a place toward the south, and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed himself three times: and they kissed one another, and wept one with another, until David exceeded. And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, forasmuch as we have sworn both of us in the name of the LORD, saying, The LORD be between me and thee, and between my seed and thy seed for ever. And he arose and departed: and Jonathan went into the city…”

The affectivity and the validity of this covenant is FOREVER.  No need for any written contract during those times.  This is a personal covenant between two people and God.

7. Same Sex Holy Union encompasses heterosexual love. 2 Samuel 1:26 (KJV)  “I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women…”

David was very precise in explaining the kind of love that Jonathan had for him.  It passed the love of women.  It is BEYOND heterosexual love.  It is not just friendship its BEYOND friendship.

8. Same Sex Holy Union is a union of two SOULS. 1Samuel 18:1(KJV)  “And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul…”

The soul of David and Jonathan was knitted as ONE.  We call this UNION.  The union of two souls.  It is beyond heterosexual marriages because the Bible explains heterosexual marriage as physical union.  In Same Sex Holy Union it is the union of two souls.  That is why we call it a HOLY UNION.

9. Same Sex Holy Union is a type of covenant that no one can break. Galatians 3:15 (GNB)  “My friends, I am going to use an everyday example: when two people agree on a matter and sign an agreement, no one can break it or add anything to it…”

Any type of covenant or agreement that two people will enter into and then put it in writing no one can break or add anything into it.  Same Sex Holy Union is a type of agreement between couples of the same sex.  Our government should respect these agreements between two consenting adults and must not be prohibited in anyway.  This is their right.

10. Same sex Holy Unions promotes monogamy.  It also promotes commitment.  It promotes moral behavior.  It doesn’t promote promiscuous behavior.  It also adds to the fact that couples will not engage in any sex outside of their covenant, thus reducing the chances of spreading HIV, AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections.

11. Same Sex Holy Union promotes the beauty of partnership. Ecclesiastes 4:9  “Two are better off than one, because together they can work more effectively. If one of them falls down, the other can help him up. But if someone is alone and falls, it’s just too bad, because there is no one to help him. If it is cold, two can sleep together and stay warm, but how can you keep warm by yourself ? Two people can resist an attack that would defeat one person alone. A rope made of three cords is hard to break…”

So to our Christian brothers and sisters from other denominations who couldn’t understand why we are performing Same Sex Holy Unions. We urge you to have an open mind and an open heart.  We respect your religious practices.  We do not condemn your ceremonies.  So our appeal to the general public is to please try to understand because we know that you only want what’s best for us and for our country as a whole.

Most LGBT people are afraid of getting old alone.  So please, same sex holy unions promotes partnership and companionship.  The spread of HIV and AIDS is now a reality in our country and in most cases the LGBT community now has the biggest rate on infections.  So please same sex holy union promotes monogamy and being committed to one partner only.  It will help in reducing the number of HIV/AIDS cases in our country.

Respect our rights as we respect yours.  Love your neighbor as you love yourself.  When we know how to love we know how to respect.  We are not asking for any special rights we are asking to respect our rights.  I have been conducting same sex holy unions in the country since 2005 and I have seen the profound and beautiful effects of this rite to the LGBT community.  Some may say that this community does not need this rite but in our experiences it’s otherwise.  Our requests are all over the country and these requests are not diminishing but more and more couples are seeking us to bless their relationship.  If you can’t bless this people please do not hinder them or even prohibit them from coming to God.

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