Homosexuality is truly a hot topic in our culture and even the church. Few issues are as debated and talked about as the issue of homosexuality. Just open a newspaper, page down your Facebook feed, or consider entertainment and its portrayal of both sides of the issue—everyone has talked about or at least formed opinions in the privacy of their mind.
My purpose in sharing the following notes is simply to detail what the Bible says about homosexuality.
You may not read or believe the Bible, that’s OK; you may be surprised by some of the content below.
To examine what the Bible says about homosexuality it makes sense to begin at the beginning.
Genesis 1:26-28 26Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number;
Within the details concerning the creation of man Three Foundational Truths are presented:
1. Physical Sex Illustrates Spiritual Truth
Man and Woman Were Created For Each Other. In Genesis 2:24 the Bible says, “a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.”
Sex between a man and woman illustrate how God views the two as; “one flesh”.
The following lyrics to the song Such Great Heights describe this beautifully:
I am thinking it’s a sign that the freckles
In our eyes are mirror images and when
We kiss they’re perfectly aligned
And I have to speculate that God himself
Did make us into corresponding shapes like
Puzzle pieces from the clay
The union of a man and women represent two becoming one the best because of the nature in how they fit together. This supports Gods view of two becoming “one flesh”.
2. The Union of Man and Women Represent the Spiritual Make-Up of God.
In the Bible God is defined as three distinct persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The Godhead is described as the trinity. Each person is complimentary to each other yet different in their role and how they operate. The three are ONE yet not the same.
3. Only Different Sexes Can Naturally Multiply Together.
With those three biblical truths in mind let’s move on to the “fall of man”. For a detailed account of exactly what happened read Genesis 3 but for the purpose of speed know that sin entered into the human race because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience. Eating the fruit was the action; the sin was disobedience to Gods command to not eat the fruit.
Every person is born with the ability and more so, the desire to do wrong. This means we all have the potential to do things that are not right such as steal, talk slanderously, or be prideful.
One question that is asked is, “Is a person born a homosexual?”
From a biblical perspective it is more important to answer if homosexuality is a sin. If it is then the issue is not how you were born but what God says is right. Is a person born a thief? Is a person born an adulterer? Is a person born a murderer? We are all born with the potential and desire to sin.
The issue becomes not what a person’s physical drive is but how they develop spiritually based upon Biblical text.
Because of our sin nature we all have the tendency to move away from God towards things that we may be bent towards. A person who is greedy has a choice; will he continue to move naturally towards acquiring more or will he allow God to supernaturally move him towards generosity? The matter of spiritual growth is dependent upon transformation—another truth that will be addressed below.
Leviticus 18:22 specifically addresses homosexuality: 22 Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.
A common response to this verse is that it is Old Testament law. We are under the New Testament.
That is true. But there are some things within the Old Testament that remain true eternally. Some laws were culturally relevant and some are eternally relevant.
I think you would agree considering the context surrounding this verse:
21“Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molek, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the Lord.
22 “Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.
23 “Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.
Few in our society would suggest that sacrificing your child to a false god is right or that having sex with an animal is normal. I trust that you agree with this. In fact many of the verses in Leviticus 18 are laws that are eternally true and ones that most everyone would agree with. Because of this it must be taken into consideration that God forbids homosexual relationship right in the midst of these other verses.
Again, it must be stated that the point of this post is not to isolate a person but to examine the Scripture. If homosexuality is a sin then it is a sin alongside every other wrong doing.
It is important to realize that although sin can have different earthly consequences all sins are equally, eternally condemning.
God does not view or love a person more or less based upon what they’ve done or who they are.
Consider 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 9Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
In this passage of Scripture homosexuality is listed among practices that are wrong.
According to the Bible one of the purposes of coming to Christ is to receive a new identity.
Look at the passage following verse 1 Corinthians 11:
11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
Everyone prior to Christ has an identity. Some were sex addicts others idolaters. Some people were thieves others were greedy or drunks. These practices or characteristics may have been how they described themself or what others knew them to be.
This means that a follower of Jesus should not identify their self as a thief, even though they may have to fight against not stealing. A believer in Christ is defined in the bible as a child of God. A believer should not define their-self based on who they’ve been but on what they’re becoming —Christ-like.
It is crucially important to know that God can transform anyone, no matter what their preference or desires are.
(For other Scripture referencing homosexuality please refer to Romans 1:26-27 and 1Timothy 1:8-11.)
Thought Processes That Take Scripture Out of Biblical Context:
1. Gay sex is an abomination so a Christian should not welcome a homosexual.
The Bible clearly tells us to not judge one another (Luke 6:37). Is one sin less than another? A homosexual should have a seat just as much as the one who is vain. A Christian should never separate by judging others using a scale to measure the degree of sins they are not bent towards.
2. The verses referencing homosexuality are cultural.
As one reads through the Bible they will discover multiple verses that are presented in both the Old & New Testament, Scriptures that were written in different time periods, in different places, to different people.
3. Jesus never said anything against homosexuality so it should be accepted.
Jesus also never specifically said anything about pornography or raping children but it is clear that He was/is against both.
Jesus in scripture most heavily assaulted hypocrisy. Jesus didn’t come to condemn but to save. It was not necessary for Jesus to provide a list of things He was for and against. He came to rescue those who desire to be free from the power of sin.
It simply cannot be gathered that the God of the Bible says that homosexuality is right. Support for practicing homosexuality cannot be found based upon His book. However His love and His mercy towards all people can be.
Do you desire to live the life God has for you, no matter what sins you have committed? Pray this prayer meaningfully to Him.
Jesus, I ask you to forgive me of my sins. I believe that you are the Son of God who died and rose again for me. I give you my heart and life. I want to live for you. Amen.
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