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Was Jesus sexually abused by Roman soldiers?

19 August 2012

Was Jesus sexually abused by Roman soldiers?

Kenneth Copeland has affirmed that Jesus Christ was sexually abused by Roman soldiers. Here are his words: ‘Let me tell you something folks. Anybody in here that’s ever been sexually abused, listen to me right now. Listen to me very carefully. The Bible’s very careful about the way it says these things. But down there in that dungeon, Romans, ungodly men, ungodly men, put Him (Jesus) to every kind of abuse that you can think of. There is no sin that Jesus didn’t bare. There is no thing, there is no such thing as a sexual abuse on somebody that Jesus doesn’t know firsthand what it’s all about. He’s been where you are. I don’t care what you’ve been through, Jesus has been through it. And every-thing’s done to him that we couldn’t even speak of.” (The Resurrection Truth)

What Kenneth Copeland has stated is a lie, for Jesus was not abused sexually by Romans soldiers, because among the things He suffered from the Roman soldiers before being crucified, which are recorded in the Gospel according to Matthew, there is no sexual abuse.

Here is what Matthew says: “Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him” (Matthew 27:27-31).

Furthermore, it must be said that to state that Jesus was sexually abused is tantamount to insulting Christ, for that means that Jesus sinned and thus did not remain sinless till His death. In addition to this, I want to say that such a statement reveals a lack of knowledge of the Word of God because the Scripture predicted that the Messiah would bear all our sins, as it is written: “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6), but it did not predict that the Messiah would suffer all kinds of abuses human beings can suffer.

For instance, Jesus could not suffer an abuse which entailed an arm fracture because the Scripture predicted that not one of his bones would be broken (Psalm 34:20; John 19:36); so we must be very careful when we speak about the abuses suffered by Jesus because we must bear in mind this specific prediction which was fulfilled in Jesus. Therefore, the Scripture predicted that Jesus would be oppressed and afflicted (Isaiah 53:7) but it did not predict that He would suffer all kinds of abuses. On the contrary, as for sins, it must be said that God laid on Jesus all kinds of iniquities.

Therefore we must make a distinction between the abuses suffered by Jesus (from the hands of both the Jews and the Gentiles) and the sins which He bore in His own body. Because if we mistake the abuses for the sins that He bore we will finish by telling lies like the above mentioned ones; yes, because besides saying that Jesus was abused sexually we could say also that the Roman soldiers put out His eyes or that they cut off His fingers or that they cut off His tongue to prevent Him from speaking and other similar things, which are all lies. Do you understand what such a statement (that is to say, the Roman soldiers put Jesus to every kind of abuse that you can think of) can lead people to say about Jesus? However, it was not a part of God’s plan that Jesus should suffer certain abuses.

Brothers, learn to speak the way the Scripture speaks, and to speak when the Scripture speaks, but learn also to be silent when the Scripture is silent on certain things; by so doing you will avoid saying false things and being confused. Take heed to yourselves.

Giacinto Butindaro


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