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The Bible on Homosexuality


 

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“Where do you stand on homosexuality?”  That was a question posed to us via email.  In fact, that was this person’s only question.  I wasn’t surprised.  Homosexuality is passing into the mainstream of secular society, and is even making inroads within some Christian denominations.  To the chagrin of those who consider themselves “enlightened,” and at the risk of violating Canadian and Swedish human rights laws, I must side with the Bible, which describes homosexuality as being a sin. 

Some people, uneducated in scripture, are under the mistaken impression that all forms of sexuality are sinful according to the Bible.  With this misconception, they readily disregard anything the Bible might say with regards to sexuality, choosing instead to side with their sexual desires.  What they don’t understand is that they are completely wrong.  Sex is a creation of God, who pronounced all His creation “good!”  Sexuality is not sinful.  It is a wonderful part of God’s plan. 

God put a limit on sex, though.  Yes, a limit – only one.  There is no long dissertation on the do’s and don’ts of sex.  The only caveat to the enjoyment of sex is this:  sex is meant to be enjoyed in the context of marriage – not outside of it.  Unfortunately, these days we must be specific.  Sex is to be enjoyed within the context of a marriage between a man and a woman.  That’s it!  That’s the limit.  Genesis 2:24-25 says, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.  And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”  Hebrews 13:4 says, “Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”  All sexual sins (i.e. promiscuity, adultery, homosexuality, prostitution, etc.) are sins because they do not conform to the limit of sex being a marital activity. 

Some homosexual advocates will contend that homosexuality is natural, and point to homosexual activity within some animal species as evidence.  However, it’s not hard to figure out that homosexuality is decidedly unnatural.  My wife and I used to have a couple of pendant necklaces.  Each of us had half of a pendant on our necklace.  When we put our two halves together, the zigzag pattern meshed together flawlessly to create a single, whole pendant (which, by the way, bore the words of Genesis 2:24).  God made men and women different, both emotionally and physically.  Physically, we were created to fit together anatomically much like our pendant.  Our parts just match up!  Remember the child’s game of matching the round peg into the round hole, the square peg into the square hole, etc.?  The homosexual is trying to force two pegs together, in blatant disregard for God’s natural design!  The argument above also falls flat on its face when you consider that some animal species also eat their young.  I don’t think we can extrapolate that into an acceptable practice for human beings.  God created man in His image.  He gave us sex, and the single rule for its use.  To use sex for a purpose outside of God’s plan is unnatural, and a perversion. 

The men of Sodom and Gomorrah were the first recorded in the Bible to face punishment for their sexual perversion.  In Genesis chapter 19, we find two angels that pay a visit to Lot’s home in Sodom.  In verse four, we find that “all the men from every part of Sodom” surrounded Lot’s house, and told Lot to bring out his visitors “so that we can have sex with them.”  The pro-homosexual revisionist argues that the wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah was that the residents wanted to commit an act of rape.  That the rape would have been homosexual is not an issue, according to their argument. However, Jude 7 indicates that Sodom and Gomorrah’s punishment was due to their sexual perversion.

As further evidence of the sinful nature of homosexuality, Leviticus 18:22, and 20:13 both describe homosexuality as “an abomination.”  Romans 1:26-27 is very specific when Paul says, “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.” 

Having established that homosexuality is a sin, we must now face that we live in increasingly pro-homosexual societies.  The media and the schools have become mouthpieces for the gay subculture, and are working hard to marginalize those of us who take a moral, biblical stance on the issue.  A few have hurt the cause of morality, by acting out violently and/or hatefully against homosexuals.  When Matthew Shepard was killed for being homosexual *, a Baptist congregation gathered outside the courthouse during his killers’ trial.  They held up banners that stated how many days Shepard had been in hell, and used some disgusting names to describe him.  They seemed to be happy that he had been brutally murdered.  Hate is not the answer to anything.  Every one of us is sinful, yet every one of us is loved by God.  Jesus did not celebrate the death of Matthew Shepherd, and neither should we.  “Hate the sin, but love the sinner,” is how the saying goes, and that applies to homosexuals as well. 

In Canada and Sweden, current and existing laws are including slurs against homosexuality in the definition of hate crimes.  In fact, some in Canada have found themselves in legal trouble for reading the first chapter of Romans over the airwaves.  This is a pattern that is sweeping the Western world, and I predict we’ll see similar legislation in the United States within the next few years.  Homosexual advocacy groups are allowed into public elementary and middle schools to educate your children that homosexuality is normal and acceptable.  Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America has instructed its local chapters to ensure that they have at least one homosexual volunteer per chapter.  The Boy Scouts of America is repeatedly attacked for its refusal to permit homosexual men to be troop leaders.

Even the church today is not immune to the mainstreaming of immorality.  The Anglican Church in Canada is suffering a rift because some of its leaders have deemed it appropriate to perform homosexual marriages.  The Methodist Church has allowed openly homosexual ministers to retain their positions.  Let me make this clear:  I do not oppose allowing homosexuals to attend church.  In fact, I think that’s where they should be.  However, we must not condone sinful immorality by allowing our clergy to practice it openly.  Homosexuality is a sin.  Homosexuals are unrepentant of their sin.  If they were repentant, they would no longer identify themselves as homosexual.  Just as no church would allow their minister to engage in an ongoing adulterous affair and retain his position, so we must not allow homosexual ministers to retain their positions of leadership. 

God’s laws were handed down for our benefit.  HIV and AIDS, while no longer exclusive to homosexuals, are still much more rampant and spreading more quickly among the gay community.  Our children are at risk as well.  While GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) will tell your seventh-grader during a school assembly that heterosexual men molest more children than homosexual men do, they are not telling the whole story.  That statistic is only true because homosexuals make up only 4-10% of the population.  Statistically though, a homosexual man is 10 to 20 times more likely than a heterosexual man to sexually abuse a minor.  While the homosexual advocate would like you to believe that people are “born gay,” there is no scientific evidence to support this notion.  Homosexuality is a choice, not a genetic predisposition. 

With that said, we must not be afraid to stand up and champion the cause of morality.  Some will call us bigots and homophobes for our belief that homosexuality is a sin, but we cannot let name-calling soften our beliefs in God’s moral code.  The pro-homosexual movement can only marginalize us if we allow ourselves to be marginalized.  There are two ways we can do that:  a) we exhibit hate toward homosexuals rather than love, or b) we remain silent.  We must proudly champion God’s love toward the homosexual without condoning his or her behavior.  Let His love shine through us, and may we all be examples of the morality God desires.

*UPDATE, 11/23/2004:  An investigation by ABC's newsmagazine 20/20 has revealed that the murder of Matthew Shepard was not motivated by anti-homosexual violence as once thought.