My daughter came to me recently and asked if Jesus ever condemned homosexuality. She had been in a conversation with others who were trying to argue that Jesus would not have disapproved of such.


Though Jesus does not directly mention homosexuality, he does infer that homosexuality is sin and that those who practice such cannot be saved if they continue in that sin. First, he specifically defines a God ordained relationship as only that between a man and a woman:

Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? (Matt. 19:4-5 ESV)

Another point from the same conversation is that Jesus refers to fornication in a negative context (Matt 19:9; he also refers to fornication as sin in Matt 15:19). The Greek word used here means any sex whatsoever outside of the covenant of a marriage between a man and woman, especially when being used for a discussion in a Jewish context. In addition, Jesus himself later says that those who practice fornication will not enter into the city of God and partake of the tree of life (Rev 21:8), meaning they will not be saved (also see Rev 21:8 that says fornicators will be cast into the Lake of Fire).


As can be seen from the content above, any suggestion that Jesus did not condemn homosexuality as sin is incorrect. Though he did not directly mention homosexuality, he also did not directly mention incest, rape, bestiality, and many other specific types of sexual sin. The practice of homosexuality falls within the realm of fornication which Jesus did speak about, and he even warned that those practicing such would not be saved.


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