With the current focus on homosexuality and its impact on society, culture and religion, it is crucial that we as Christians examine this issue in some depth. What does the Bible say about it? Is it sin? Or is it just a misunderstood factor in human sexuality that requires a change in how we look at it now that we understand it better? Does one develop into a homosexual based on external events or is one born a homosexual? Should Christians be tolerant of homosexual marriage and homosexual clergy? I hope to answer all these questions with the grace of God.
Is Homosexuality Sin?
As Christians, the first and most crucial question we must ask is whether or not homosexuality is sin. Before we answer this, it must be clearly understood that whether or not someone was born with homosexual tendencies or not is irrelevant in answering this question. The question being asked does not have anything whatsoever to do with the disposition of the homosexual, but rather on the act of homosexuality itself. The disposition of the homosexual is another matter which I will discuss in the next section. Is the homosexual act sin? That is the question. Of course, the only place from which we as Christians can get this answer is the Bible.
The Bible makes it quite clear that homosexuality is sin. God says that a man having sex with another man in any form is a sin, mentioning it in the same context with incest, adultery, human sacrifice, and bestiality (Lev. 18). God even goes further and calls homosexuality an “abomination” (Lev. 18:22; 20:13). There is no soft context here in the passage, no distinction between love and lust. For God, all homosexuality is sin (Rom 1:26-27; 1 Tim 1:10). Homosexuality was a sin punishable by death in Old Testament times (Lev. 20:13). Though proponents of LGBT ideas may try to argue the meaning in some of these passages, the translation of the original languages within the context are rather clear.
“But I was Born this Way”
When a homosexual is faced with the concept of homosexuality as sin, they often dismiss this with the claim that they were born with homosexual tendencies. How could a just God condemn them when it was in their genes? Though on the surface this argument may seem valid, it really is insignificant when examined in the light of biblical truth. The debate as to whether or not a homosexual is born that way or not can rage on, but that argument is missing the point we have already discussed. There is no doubt that homosexual acts are sin.
Let us examine the claim for justification based on the supposition of being born with homosexual tendencies. If we accept this premise, then where do we stop? Are pedophiles born that way? If one is to claim that one can be born with sexual attraction to the same sex but not to children, then they are not being honest with their conclusions. And if one can be born with child molestation tendencies in their genes, then what is the difference between the claim of the homosexual and the possible claim of the pedophile? Pedophiles can use all the same arguments as the homosexual to prove they were born that way. Of course, homosexuality is less offensive and may not harm innocent children, but that is not the point of this argument. I am not arguing which may be more morally acceptable. I am just trying to point out that homosexuality cannot justify itself on the claim that they were born that way even if admitted that this is true.
In one sense, all Christians must agree with the homosexual claim of being born that way, though there may be disagreement on exactly what that means. There can be no doubt that the homosexual is born with a sinful nature like other men, which is the real source of homosexuality. All men and women are born with a sinful nature and are compelled toward sin in some manner or form, so whether or not one can be born with homosexual tendencies is somewhat irrelevant in their argument of sin and fairness.
Is being born with a sinful nature a justification for the sins of mankind? Can the adulterous man argue that he was born with a natural desire to bed many women to dismiss the fact that this is sin? For there is no doubt that many men are driven by a natural impulse in their fallen sinful state to mate with beautiful women. The sinful state of a heterosexual male is not to be content with one woman as a lifetime mate; that is the result of social, cultural and religious conviction and conditioning rather than the sinful impulse with which they were born. The fact that someone is born with sinful inclinations does not provide justification for those sins, whether it be homosexuality, adultery, alcoholism, or any other practice condemned by God as sin.
As we get closer and closer to the end of the world, we will see more and more of a push for acceptance of homosexuality and the LGBT lifestyle, including the insistence that the established norms of marriage in society be redefined to accommodate homosexuals as we supposedly arrive at a better understanding of homosexuality as a normal alternative to the heterosexual lifestyle. This is already happening in many countries throughout the world. It will only get worse to the point where we have a world gone mad and lost in the blindness of their sexual obsessions as they were in Sodom.
The real issue of importance here is how we, as Christians, need to respond. Let me strongly emphasize that this issue for genuine Christians is not about what one considers as fair, tolerant, etc., but instead whether or not all this is acceptable to God. We already know that God refers to homosexuality as an abomination that deviates from his creative purpose and plan for mankind. Jesus further clarifies this for us while speaking about the practice of men divorcing their wife, when he says:
But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And the two shall be one flesh: so then they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder. (Mark 10:6-9)
This is the very foundation of marriage as conveyed in the very beginning of the creation (Gen. 2:24) with the ideal that the first woman came from the first man as part of his flesh, so that marriage is a man and a woman again reuniting as one flesh. It is a harmonious balance designed by God who first made woman from man and then designated man and woman to be one even as Adam and Eve were one.
There is no logical argument here for two males or two females. Two individuals of the same sex entering into a sexual union is a deviation of this ideal, and two individuals of the same sex choosing to enter into marriage vows is a horrible desecration of the holy matrimony designed by God, and it is a direct attack on the very foundations of the sanctity of marriage. In addition, even the natural form of man and woman clearly conveys that we cannot accept homosexuality as a normal alternative to heterosexual relationships; nature itself bears witness that it is a deviation rather than an acceptable alternative. Marriage is clearly for a man and a woman and will receive a blessing from God only under the ideal He designed. Those of the same sex who choose to marry and mock God with their total disregard and desecration of his sacred institution will find a curse and misery rather than a blessing, and they will be in danger of eternal damnation away from the presence of God unless they repent.
Any Christian who can give their approval to homosexuality does not really know God. They may have deceived themselves into believing that they do, but they cannot know the Almighty Living God and approve the practice of such an abomination and deviation of God’s most sacred union designated for a man and a woman.
Now, to move on further to even more sinful rebellion against God in this matter. For a practicing homosexual to be active in the clergy, teaching approval of homosexuality, and spreading such a falsehood into the minds of others as if homosexuality is a practice blessed by God, is to bring the wrath of God down upon their own heads. They are deceived and deceiving others–the blind leading the blind. I assure you, if they do not repent, they will be cast into the outer darkness. The Lord will tell them, “I never knew you, depart from me you that work iniquity” (Matt. 7:23). There is absolutely no way that these men know the real living God. They are the tools of Satan used to desecrate the community of God with their unholy and abominable teaching.
Christians who find themselves in a church with clergy who claim that homosexuality should be accepted in the church need to flee as quickly as possible from that congregation of the Devil and find a balanced church that maintains adherence to a true biblical perspective and a genuine desire to serve and obey God. Do not give them your attendance, service, or money, but depart from under their heretical teaching, reject them and rebuke their falsehood, and then pray for them in the hope that they will repent from their sin and find God before its too late.
We are to seek to be united as Christians, but on an issue like this, we need to divide, clearly and without hesitation. Those who teach and/or practice the approval of homosexuality as something blessed by God are not in a real relationship with the living God and so are not our brothers and sisters. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing. And what fellowship does light have with darkness, or holiness with sin? Christians need to take a stand for God and profess the truth despite the consequences that might come our way for doing so.
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