Ignorant, Vile, and Criminally Inclined: Florida Megachurch

Yvonne Owens, PhD
4 min readFeb 1, 2023
The Women of Midian Led Captive by the Hebrews,’ Referred to in Numbers 31, watercolor by James Tissot, Between 1896 and 1900, at the Jewish Museum, New York

Oh for God’s sake!

‘Jacksonville First Baptist Church is requiring members to sign an anti-LGBTQ pledge, vowing adherence to “biblical sexuality… The pledge compels members to renounce LGBTQ sexual- and gender- expression in favor or “God’s standard for human sexuality,” which the Florida church insists means there are only two genders, as well as that the only morally acceptable sexual “desire and expression” occurs within a marriage between one man and one woman. Unveiled last week, the mandatory pledge reads: “As a member of First Baptist Church, I believe that God creates people in his image as either male or female, and that this creation is a fixed matter of human biology, not individual choice. I believe marriage is instituted by God, not government, is between one man and one woman, and is the only context for sexual desire and expression. “‘

I guess these religious ‘authorities’ don’t realize that “biblical sexuality” includes:

  • Sexual slavery and rape of girl children (Numbers 31: 17–19 ~ “Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man by lying with him. But all the young girls who have not known man by lying with him, these you keep alive for yourselves…”, with girl-child rape scenarios in lots and lots and lots of other places throughout the Old Testament);
  • Concubinage, found (and advocated as having founded entire tribes and nations) in innumerable places throughout the Old Testament (especially for ranking males: 2 Samuel 20:3 ~ “When David returned to his palace in Jerusalem, he took the ten concubines he had left to take care of the palace and put them under guard,” also 2 Chronicles 11:21, 2 Samuel 3:7, Genesis 22:24, Judges 8:31, Genesis 25:6, Genesis 36:12, 1 Chronicles 2:46, 2 Samuel 16:21, Judges 19:25, Judges 20:4, 1 Chronicles 2:48, Song of Solomon 6:8 ~ “There are sixty queens and eighty concubines… Sixty queens there may be, and eighty concubines, and virgins beyond number…and countless young women,” 1 Chronicles 1:32, 1 Chronicles 3:9, 1 Chronicles 7:14, 2 Samuel 21:11, Judges 19:9, 2 Samuel 15:16, Judges 19:27, 2 Samuel 16:22, Genesis 35:22, Daniel 5:2);
  • The use of one’s father’s concubines to establish or usurp primogeniture by raping them, as when…

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Yvonne Owens, PhD

I'm a writer/researcher/arts educator on Vancouver Island and all round global citizen who loves humans even though we're such a phenomenal pain-in-the-ass.