homosexuals and lesbians have gained considerable political and social
momentum in America. They have "come out" as the term goes, left their
closets, and are knocking on the doors of your homes. Through TV, Radio,
Newspapers, and Magazines, they are preaching their doctrine of tolerance,
equality, justice, and love. They do not want to be perceived as abnormal
or dangerous. They want acceptance and they want you to welcome them with
open, loving arms, approving of what they do.
In numerous states in America several bills have
been introduced by the pro homosexual politicians to ensure that the
practice of homosexuality is a right protected by law. Included in these
bills are statements affecting employers, renters, and schools. Even
churches would be required to hire a quota of homosexuals with
"sensitivity" training courses to be "strongly urged" in various work
places. There is even legislation that would make the state pick up the
tab for the defense of homosexuality in lawsuits, while requiring the non
homosexual side to pay out of his/her pocket.
The Christian church has not stood idle. When it
has spoken out against this political immorality, the cry of "separation
of church and state" is shouted at the "religious bigots." But when the
homosexual community uses political power to control the church, no such
cry of bigotry is heard. Political correctness says it is okay for
the homosexual community to impose its will upon churches, but not the
other way around. Apparently, it isn't politically correct to side
What does the Bible
The Bible, as God's
word, reveals God's moral character and it shapes the morality of the
Christian. There have been those who have used the Bible to support
homosexuality, taken verses out of context and read into them
interpretations that are not there. Quite simply, the Bible condemns
homosexuality as a sin. Let's look at what it says.
"You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an
"If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a
woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely
be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them."
1 Cor. 6:9-10,
"Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the
kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters,
nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals1,
10nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers,
nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God."
"For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their
women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural,
27and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function
of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men
committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due
penalty of their error. 28And just as they did not see fit to
acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do
those things which are not proper."
With such clear statements against
homosexuality, it is difficult to see how different groups can say the
Bible supports homosexuality. But they try by redefining love,
marriage, sex, homosexuality, etc. in order to accomplish their goal.
But the truth is that God created man and woman, not man and man, or woman
and woman. Nevertheless, the Bible is a powerful book, and because
it is the homosexuals often try and make the Bible agree with its agenda.
But it doesn't work. The Bible does not support homosexuality as we
have seen from the scriptures above.
Unlike other sins, this sexual sin has a judgment
administered by God Himself: He gives them over to their passions (Rom.
1:26-28). This means that their hearts are allowed to be hardened by
their sins. As a result, they can no longer see the error of what they are
doing. Without an awareness of their sinfulness, there will be no
repentance. Without repentance, there will be no forgiveness. Without
forgiveness, there is no salvation.
Finally, with their
hardened hearts, they seek to promote their lifestyle in society.
This is become more real since homosexuals are gaining strength and
forcing those with opposing views into confinement and penalty. So
much for fairness. It is okay to demand it for themselves, but they
balk at allowing it for those who disagree.
Should homosexuals be
allowed to marry one another?
politically correct climate that relinquishes morality to the relativistic
whims of society, stating that homosexuals should not marry is becoming
unpopular. Should a woman be allowed to marry another woman?
Should a man be allowed to marry another man? Should they be given
legal protection and special rights to practice their homosexuality?
No, they should not.
The Bible, of course, condemns homosexuality. It
takes no leap of logic to discern that homosexual marriage is also
condemned. But our society does not rely on the Bible for its moral
truth. Instead, it relies on a humanistic and relativistic moral
base upon which it builds its ethical structure.
Homosexuality is not natural. Just look at the
male and female bodies. They are obviously designed to couple.
The natural design is apparent. It is not natural to couple male
with male and female with female. It would be like trying to fit two
screws together and to nuts together and then say, "See, its natural for
them to go together."
Homosexuals argue that homosexuality is natural since
it occurs in the animal world. But this is problematic. It is
true that this behavior occurs in the animal kingdom. But, it is
also true that we see animals eating their prey alive. We see
savagery, cruelty, and extreme brutality. Yet, we do not condone
such behavior in our own society. Proponents of the natural order
argument as a basis for homosexuality should not pick-and-choose the
situations that best fit their agendas. They should be consistent
and not compare us to animals. We are not animals. We are made
in God's image. Logic says that if homosexuality is natural and
acceptable because it exists in the animal world, then it must also be
natural and acceptable to eat people alive. But, this is obviously
faulty thinking. Therefore, appeal to the practice in the animal
world as support for homosexual practice is equally faulty.
Political protection of a sexual practice is ludicrous.
I do not believe it is proper to pass laws stating that homosexuals have
'rights.' What about pedophilia or bestiality? These are
sexual practices. Should they also be protected by law? If
homosexuality is protected by law, why not those as well?
Of course, these brief paragraphs can in no way exhaust
the issue of homosexuality's moral equity. But, the family is the
basis of our culture. It is the most basic unit. Destroy it
and you destroy society and homosexuality is not helping the family.
What should be the
Christian's Response to the Homosexual?
Just because someone is a homosexual does not mean that we cannot love him
(or her) or pray for him (her). Homosexuality is a sin and like any other
sin, it needs to be dealt with in the only way possible. It needs to be
laid at the cross and repented of.
Christians should pray for the salvation of the
homosexual the same they would any other person in sin. They should treat
homosexuals with the same dignity as they would anyone else because, like
or not, they are made in the image of God. However, this does not
mean that Christians should approve of their sin. Not at all.
Christians should not compromise their witness for a politically correct
opinion that is shaped by guilt and fear.
In fact the following verses should be kept in
mind when dealing with homosexuals.
do not win people to the Lord by condemning them and calling them names.
This is why God says to speak with wisdom, grace, and love. Let the
love of Christ flow through you so that the homosexuals can see true love
and turn to Christ instead of away from Him.
1) If you want to
say homosexuality is wrong based on the O.T. laws, then you must still
uphold all of the laws in Leviticus and Deuteronomy.
Old Testament laws are categorized in three groups: the civil, the
priestly, and the moral. The civil laws must be understood in the context
of a theocracy. Though the Jewish nation in the Old Testament was often
headed by a king, it was a theocratic system with the Scriptures as a
guide to the nation. Those laws that fall under this category are not
applicable today because we are not under a theocracy.
The priestly laws dealing with the Levitical and
Aaronic priesthoods, were representative of the future and true High
Priest Jesus who offered Himself as a sacrifice on the cross. Since
Jesus fulfilled the priestly laws, they are no longer necessary to be
followed and are not now applicable.
The moral laws, on the other hand, are not abolished.
Because the moral laws are based upon the character of God. Since
God's holy character does not change, the moral laws do not change either.
Therefore, the moral laws are still in effect.
In the New Testament we do not see a reestablishment of
the civil or priestly laws. But we do see a reestablishment of the
moral law. This is why we see New Testament condemnation of
homosexuality as a sin but not with the associated death penalty.
2) That homosexuality is a sin if committed outside of a loving,
committed, relationship. But a committed homosexual relationship is
acceptable to God.This is a fallacious argument.
Homosexuality is never defined in the
Bible in an acceptable behavior if it were practiced by individuals who
had a loving relationship with each other. Homosexuality is always
condemned. Homosexual acts are not natural acts and they are against God
created order. As stated above in the article, male and female are
designed to fit together -- in more ways than one. This is how God made us
and he made as this way so that we could carry out his command of filling
the earth with people. Homosexuality is an aberration from God's created
order and makes it impossible to fulfill the command that God has given
Whether or not a homosexual couple is committed to each
other is irrelevant to the argument since love and feelings do not change
moral truths. If a couple, not married to each other but married to
someone else, commits adultery yet they are committed to loving each
other, their sin is not excused.
If homosexuality is made acceptable because the
homosexual couple "loves" each other and are committed to each other, and
by that logic we can say that couples of the same sex or even of different
sexes who love each other and are committed to each other in a
relationship automatically make that relationship morally correct. The
problem is that love is used as an excuse to violate scripture. Second, it
would mean that such things as pedophilia would be acceptable if the
"couple" had a loving and committed relationship to each other. Third, the
subjectivity of what it means to "love" and the "committed" to another
person can be used to justify almost any sort of behavior.
3) That where homosexuality is mentioned in the Bible it is not how we
relate to it in the 21st century. It meant something different to the
people in Biblical times and has nothing to do with modern day
four Scriptures listed above refute this idea. Let's look at what they say
and see if there is some misunderstanding? The first scripture in
Leviticus says that it is an abomination for a man to lie with another man
as he would lie with a woman. Obviously this is referring to sexual
relationship and it is condemned. The second scripture in Leviticus says
the same thing. The third scripture in 1 Corinthians outright condemns
homosexuality. And finally, Romans clearly describes a homosexual act as
There is no mistake about it, the view of homosexuality
in the Old Testament as well as the New, is a very negative one. It
is consistently condemned as being sinful.
Whether or not people of the 21st-century think
homosexuality is acceptable or not has absolutely no bearing on whether or
not it is sinful before God. God exists and he is the standard of
righteousness. Whether or not anyone believes this or believes that
morality is a flowing and vague system of development over time, has no
bearing on truth. God has condemned homosexuality as a sin in the
Bible. It is a sin that needs to be repented of the same as any
other sense and the only way to receive this forgiveness is through the
sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
4) That the sin of Sodom was actually the sin of inhospitality.
This is a common error made by supporters of homosexuality. The
problem is this explanation does not account for the offering of Lott's
daughter to the men outside the home, a sinful act indeed, but one that
was rejected by the men outside who desired to have relations with the two
angels in Lot's home.
says, "and they called to Lot and said to him, 'Where are the men who
came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may have relations with
them.'” Those men wanted to have sexual relations with the angels who
appeared also as males. Does it make sense to claim that God destroyed two
cities because the inhabitants weren't nice to visitors? If that were the
case, then shouldn't God destroy every household that is rude to guests?
says that the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah was "exceedingly grave." Not being
hospitable to someone has never been considered an exceedingly grave sin,
especially in the Bible. But, going against God's created order in
violation of his command to fill in multiply the earth in the act of
homosexuality, is an exceedingly grave sin. In fact, we know that it
is exceedingly grave because in Romans we read about the judgment of God
upon the homosexuals in that he gives them over to the depravity of their
hearts and minds. This is a serious judgment of God upon the sinner
because it means thatat the sinner will not become convicted of his or her
sins and will not then repent. Without repentance there is no
salvation and without salvation there is damnation. Therefore, the
argument that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because they were not
hospitable, carries no validity.
1. The word "homosexual" in the NASB version is the
It occurs two times in the New Testament. The KJV translates it as
“abuser of (one’s) self with mankind” once, and “defile (one’s) self with
one who lies with a male as with a female, sodomite, homosexual.
(Strong, J. (1996). The exhaustive
concordance of the Bible : Showing every word of the test of the common
English version of the canonical books, and every occurence of each word
in regular order. (electronic ed.) (G733). Ontario: Woodside Bible
The 1901 ASV, the KJV, translate it as "abusers
of themselves." The NASB and NKJV translate it as "homosexuals."
The NIV as "homosexual offenders." The RSV as "sexual perverts."
"Basic Christian Doctrine"
by Matthew Slick, www.carm.org/basicdoc.htm.