|A Christian Perspective on Homosexuality|
- What the Bible Says about Homosexuality
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A Christian Perspective on Homosexuality
What is, is OK
What is, has been warped by the Fall
Homosexual feelings are natural
Homosexual feelings are abnormal
All homosexual activity is a viable choice
All homosexual activity is sin
There's nothing to feel guilty about
Jesus forgives sinners and offers wholeness
- What the Bible says about homosexuality
- Old Testament
Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom--both
young and old--surrounded the house. They called to Lot, 'Where are the men who
came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them' (Gen.
Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable (Lev. 18:22).
If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is
detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads (Lev.
- New Testament
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and
wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be
known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. . . . For
although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him,
but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. . . . Therefore
God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the
degrading of their bodies with one another. . . . Because of this, God gave them over to
shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In
the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were
inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and
received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion (Ro. 1:18--19, 21, 24, 26--
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be
deceived: Neither the sexually immoral not idolaters nor adulterers nor male
prostitutes nor homosexual offenders . . . will inherit the kingdom of God (I Cor. 6:9--
- All arguments for or against homosexuality get down to the question of ethics.
The naturalistic world view says, "What is, is. There is no 'normal' or 'moral,' for
those terms presuppose some kind of standard. Therefore, homosexuality is just as
viable a sexual orientation and lifestyle as any other."
The Christian world view says, "God has spoken in absolute terms about
homosexuality. He says it is a perversion and a sin. God has also spoken in absolute
terms about mercy. He says He is a God of compassion, and He extends mercy to
those caught in sin. That is why Christ died."
- Is homosexuality natural or unnatural?
In light of what God says in Romans 1, we must conclude that homosexual
desires, which feel natural, are actually unnatural. All three parts of us--spirit,
soul, and body--were warped in the Fall. Much of what feels or appears
natural in this post-Fall world is not what God originally created.
Some people point to apparent homosexual behavior in the animal kingdom as
proof that homosexuality is natural. However, in animals, this behavior is
either a display of aggression and dominance, to secure the top place in the
animal society hierarchy, or it is playfulness. It is never a homosexual lifestyle,
and when a female is available for mating, males will always choose a female
over a male.
- Is homosexuality moral or immoral?
There are forty-four references to fornication (sexual immorality) in the Bible.
All sexual activity outside of marriage is fornication. Therefore, any form of
homosexual activity, whether a one-night stand or a long-term monogamous
relationship, is immoral.
- Is homosexuality an orientation God intended for some people, or is it a
perversion of normal sexuality?
If God had intended homosexuality as a viable sexual orientation for some
people, He wouldn't have condemned it as an abomination. Homosexuality is
never mentioned in Scripture in anything but negative terms, and there is
nothing in the Bible even hinting at commendation or instruction for
homosexual relationships. Some gay theology attempts to make David and
Jonathan's relationship (1 Sam. 18--20) a homosexual one. Their deep
friendship, however, was not sexual, but one of godly emotional intimacy that
truly glorified God.
God's plan is holy heterosexuality: "In the beginning the Creator made them
male and female. For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and
be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh" (Matt. 19:4).
The importance of the created order of male and female in union with each
other is a reflection of how the marriage relationship is an illustration of the
relationship between Yahweh and His people, between Christ and the Church.
The union of two utterly different people (male/female) is an earthbound
illustration of the mystery of the union between the amazingly "otherness" of
Christ and His bride. A male/male or female/female union cannot reflect the
"unity in otherness" that marks either the earthly or heavenly marriage.