The Bible on homosexuality

After I did my post on abortion the other day I got an email asking if I could share my thoughts on homosexuality so…

The Bible provides God’s blueprint for marriage and for His good gift of sex in Genesis 2:24. The gift is only to be enjoyed within a marriage between a man and a woman.

There are no exceptions suggested, such as homosexual partnerships. From Genesis on, the Bible praises the marriage of a man and a woman, but it speaks only negatively of homosexual behavior whenever it is mentioned.

The Old Testament states, “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable” (Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13). The New Testament agrees, listing “homosexual offenders” among a list of people who “will not inherit the kingdom of God” unless they are cleansed through Christ (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

Other passages are Genesis, chapter 19; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Timothy 1:8-11; and Jude, verse 7.

Sometimes it is said that the Bible does not record any words of Jesus about homosexuality, and therefore it must be acceptable to God. However, the Bible does not record sayings of Jesus about a number of other specific sins either. When people asked Jesus about marriage, He told them to remember what Genesis said about God’s plan for marriage (Matthew 19:1-12). So, in this sense, Jesus did have something to say about homosexual partnerships. God only blessed sex within the committed marriage relationship of a man and a woman.

To those of us who believe what the Bible says about love, lust, sex, and marriage, our place is not to judge the state of another’s soul, but to warn them of the dangers of a hardened conscience. With love and gentleness, we are to lead them away from the lies of the world and toward God’s truth, no matter how hard it is for them to hear and accept. “If anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins” (James 5:19-20).

Even as we do this, we need to tend to the “planks” in our own eyes—check our sins before we rashly confront another’s. Have we loved as we should, cared for the poor as God commanded, fed the fatherless, shown grace to the downtrodden, and forgiven those who have sinned against us?

This is the calling of all who claim to the followers of Christ, even as we stumble, fail, and sin along the way: to love one another as Christ has loved us. This is the testimony that will shine a light in the darkness and heal a broken world; this is the witness that will give unrepentant sinners the courage to choose to follow Christ and find more joy than they could ever imagine.



Categories: Christianity

24 replies

  1. We don’t make the rules but are blessed when we follow them.

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  2. Excellent. Exactly what needs to be said. Thanks for speaking the truth.

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  3. Clear and biblical summarizing post James!

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    • Thanks brother.

      Quick question for you. I if you could recommend one go to resource, other than the Bible, to use for ministering to people, what would it be?

      Now that I have official pastoral responsibilities, I have been doing home and hospital visits more and more.

      Thanks in advance for the recommendation.

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      • Are you asking about books to help you minister or for books that will minister to the people directly you are ministering to?
        My favorite though it focuses more on preaching is Charles Spurgeon’s Lectures to my students. For ministering to others I’m having a hard time putting my finger on just one that is “the one.” Two years ago I’ve enjoyed 9 Marks’ Ministry’s “Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus,” though I might have to re-read it again as I realized I haven’t written a review and it was read in haste before I went to teach somewhere overseas. The theme of discipleship is up your alley. Come to think of it I might have to read more practical books on pastoral responsibilities though I do read more biblical counseling booklets and that’s been personally helpful for me in ministering to others.

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  4. Despite scriptural admonitions from Paul against homosexuality official denominational positions have been agreed upon and presented along the lines of “our church recognizes the beauty and value of loving relationships of diverse kind in relationships”. Suppose it is a matter of Christianity is a religion of inclusion but that denies that not all things are acceptable to be included. Seems like disingenuous compromise with Biblical principles. I have attended a Unity Church in Miami, Florida . It is a dynamic and delightful experience. Two Sunday services with over a thousand attendees each with flourishing youth and community outreach programs. It is about 10 blocks from a large residential drug rehab and many inpatients are allowed to attend on Sunday and it is home to addicts in recovery and those still struggling. It is also home for the gay community and the arts and music community. You get a real razzle dazzle performance from a hundred artists on stage for hymns. It all seems very wholesome with committed people and it leaves me in complete confusion when trying to reach conclusions on the subject. It seems a Christian sanctuary for the “outcasts” with whom Jesus was noted to associate. Our own paster is female and she has often preached inclusion with the refrain you are not judged by who you love. But same sex sexual behavior is deleted from her comments. She may know that would be crossing a line but she is not cowardly in expressing her opinions.Slips in God as She now and then too. Second half of your essay is a generous and humble admission that we are all sinners (although practicing Christians should have more self control) and that we should love and welcome sinners. The problem here is that secular society and psychiatry and psychology and widespread contemporary norms do not consider homosexuality a sin nor aberration and is astonishingly celebrated by the Hollywood left and may be one more reason for decline in church membership and attendance.

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  5. Good input and truthful. TY:)

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