1 We who strive for the equal rights of LGBT
people are sent ones – not because some
pro-LGBT organization has enlisted us – but
because Jesus Christ – his earthly ministry
to the oppressed and marginalized – has
called us to do, at this time, what he did then
in his day.  We are sent by him and the life-
giving Creator with the good news of liberty
for all.  
2 We are not alone in this mission, for
there are many with whom we work and who
work with us.  Now, it is to the churches at
large in the United States that we write this
3 We begin with this greeting:  Grace
and peace to everyone from God the Creator
and from Jesus our Lord
4 who lived for the
oppressed in society to such an extent that
he died at the hands of those who hated his
mission; he gave his life in the pursuit of
delivering us from a world where men do evil
to other men; he died for a just world for all –
a world as God originally intended it to be.  
For this sacrifice we give him the glory for
ever and ever.  Amen.

6 Dear churches in the United States:  We
are extremely surprised that you have
removed yourself from this despised and
rejected Jesus (this Jesus who has called
you, as he has called us, into this freedom
for all) unto another message of "good news"
7 – which, to tell the truth, is not
another message of the same kind, but
another message of a different kind
altogether.  And by doing this – teaching this
message of "a different kind" – you destroy
the "good news" of liberty and justice for all
the oppressed.

8 Now, why would you want to do that?  No,
you would not wish to destroy the good news
that has come to the marginalized of society
even if an "angel from heaven" were to
pretend that you should do so.  Even if we
ourselves, for some unknown reason, were
to ask you to tell forth a message different
than what we have been saying right along –
that Jesus is the liberator of all the
oppressed in society.  If we were to change
the "good news," than by all means tell us
that we have corrupted the message.  
9 You
see how important the "good news" is.  

10  We are writing not because we need to
persuade any one, or even God the Creator,
of what we are about.  Both men and God
know:  we are about the good news of setting
the captive free, that is the marginalized – the
despised and rejected of society.  Obviously
this is not about pleasing society who would
keep the oppressed in their place.  This is
about being the servants of Christ by doing
what he did.  
11 Yes, indeed, this good news
that Jesus came into the world to show us
how to live for one another (which we do tell
to everyone) is obviously – not at this time –
the way of humanity (but it is "the way" of
12 Society so often fails to model
before us this message of good news, and
therefore, we did not receive it from observing
society or any institution, but instead learned
it from observing Jesus, the one who
teaches us to give to others the rights,
privileges and freedoms we would grant

13 Dear churches of the United States:   You
know, no doubt, that we, who are a part of
you, were, like you you still are, persecutors
of the marginalized – especially those who
openly said they are gay or lesbian or
bisexual or transgender.  We, like you,
persecuted them and destroyed them by our
message that God rejected them, so much
so that many of them committed suicide, or
lived in despair and personal ruin – and
these were our own daughters and sons in
our own churches.

14 We profited financially, religiously and
politically in this religion-of-rejection, even
above other institutions-of-oppression.  And
why did we profit so much? Because we
were, like you still are now, living by the
"traditions of our fathers" who gave us the
"law" of Sodomy, and we said we were
"Biblical" and we used that for our profit,
being more zealous about this "living-by-the-
Bible" than anyone else.  

15 But God, even before we were born as it
were, had his hand upon us,
16 that we
would become messengers of his love for all
the marginalized, by reveling in us his
rejected and despised servant Jesus, who
suffered for the oppressed, so that we would
tell this good news of love to all those who
know it not;  – well, we gave it not a second
thought, but immediately entered upon the
work of preaching this good news.

17 Though we had this renewed awakening
to the knowledge of who and what Jesus did
for all, we did not immediately turn to those
having religious authority; instead we entered
into quiet places where we could think and
learn and grow and understand better the
what and how of this message of God's
inclusive love which we had come to
18 and then after that, we went to
some of the denominational seats of power,
those we felt might have sympathy, and we
spoke at first just with them, often hours at a
19 There were other religious leaders
whom we felt (or at least hoped) would be
sympathetic, but we did not at this time
speak with them.   
20 Everything I'm telling
you is the truth.  This is how it happened.

21 After speaking some with the recognized
religious leaders about God's inclusive love,
we turned to places where we knew LGBT
Christians could be found.
22 These LGBT
Christians had not yet seen us in person
but had heard about us that though the
church had persecuted them for centuries in
the name of God, there were those right now
who were of the church preaching the faith of
inclusion, a message that was formerly
being destroyed.  
24 And they gave praise to
the Jesus they found in us.
1 Paul, an apostle, (not of
men, neither by man, but
by Jesus Christ, and God
the Father, who raised
him from the dead;)
2 And
all the brethren which are
with me, unto the
churches of Galatia:
Grace be to you and
peace from God the
Father, and from our Lord
Jesus Christ,
4 Who gave
himself for our sins, that
he might deliver us from
this present evil world,
according to the will of
God and our Father:
5 To
whom be glory for ever
and ever. Amen.

6 I marvel that ye are so
soon removed from him
that called you into the
grace of Christ unto
another gospel:
7 Which
is not another; but there
be some that trouble you,
and would pervert the
gospel of Christ.

8 But though we, or an
angel from heaven,
preach any other gospel
unto you than that which
we have preached unto
you, let him be accursed.
9 As we said before, so
say I now again, If any
man preach any other
gospel unto you than that
ye have received, let him
be accursed.

10 For do I now persuade
men, or God? or do I seek
to please men? for if I yet
pleased men, I should not
be the servant of Christ.
11 But I certify you,
brethren, that the gospel
which was preached of
me is not after man.
For I neither received it of
man, neither was I taught
it, but by the revelation of
Jesus Christ.

13 For ye have heard of
my conversation in time
past in the Jews’ religion,
how that beyond measure
I persecuted the church of
God, and wasted it:

14 And profited in the
Jews’ religion above many
my equals in mine own
nation, being more
exceedingly zealous of the
traditions of my fathers.

15 But when it pleased
God, who separated me
from my mother’s womb,
and called me by his
16 To reveal his
Son in me, that I might
preach him among the
heathen; immediately I
conferred not with flesh
and blood:

17 Neither went I up to
Jerusalem to them which
were apostles before me;
but I went into Arabia, and
returned again unto
18 Then after
three years I went up to
Jerusalem to see Peter,
and abode with him fifteen
19 But other of the
apostles saw I none, save
James the Lord’s brother.
20 Now the things which I
write unto you, behold,
before God, I lie not.

21 Afterwards I came into
the regions of Syria and
22 And was
unknown by face unto the
churches of Judaea which
were in Christ:
23 But they
had heard only, That he
which persecuted us in
times past now preacheth
the faith which once he
24 And they
glorified God in me.
Queering Chapter 1 of the
Epistle to the Galatians
An adaptation of Paul's letter by Rev.
Stephen Parelli, Oct 12, 2009
Galatians 1
King James Version
My Reflections on the 2009 Equality March
the very same evening as I returned to New York
City while on the bus from Washington, D.C.

October 11, 2009
Washington, D.C.
"On this web page, I queer the
text of Galatians chapter 1

following my participation, with
Jose, in the 2009 National
Equality March."  
- Steve
by Rev. Steve Parelli
October 12, 2009
Columbus Day, Bronx, NY
This web page was created October 12, 2009, in the
Bronx, NY, and was published the same day.
Visits to this web page since October 12, 2009
To live as he lived
That the church
has mistaken the
"good news" as
something else
You see how
important it is to
keep the
message in focus
We know what
we are about
Sadly, we have
destroyed our
own daughters
and sons
A religion of
for profit
What a "calling" -
to reveal the
rejected and
despised Jesus
A time to grow in
knowledge; and a
time to speak out
from that base of
That the LGBT
Christian might see
Jesus, the friend of
the oppressed
Queering Galatians
Chapter 1 verse by verse
Chapter 2 verse by verse
4:21 - 5:1 verse by verse