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What Does The Bible Say About Homosexuality?

The issue of homosexuality, specifically gay marriage, has been focused on a lot lately, especially as a hot topic of discussion in the news.  North Carolina voted to define marriage as between a man and a woman recently, to be followed a few days later by President Obama giving his unequivocal support of same-sex marriage.  At the conventions a few weeks ago, the Democratic Party officially endorsed same-sex marriage in its 2012 platform, while the Republican Party officially condemned it.  Watch the commentators on TV and read the blogs on the Internet, and you will be exposed to views on this subject ranging from complete acceptance and/or apathy to complete, unconditional rejection and/or hatred.  I’ve found it interesting that the Bible is often used by both sides to justify their views.  As a result, it can be easy to either misconstrue or be completely ignorant of what God’s Word says on the matter.  We are told to accurately handle God’s Word (2 Tim. 2:15), and the way to do so on an issue like this is to simply take it for what it says with honest and open hearts rather than with preconceived prejudices (Luke 8:15).

Some say that the Bible promotes hatred of homosexuals.  They say that Christians are taught to speak hatefully to homosexuals, or even to promote or partake in acts of violence against them.  I have not found that to be true.  Yes, there are Old Testament passages which both condemn homosexuality and pronounce the penalty of death upon those who commit it (Lev. 20:13).  However, the Old Testament law of Moses was taken out of the way when Christ died (Col. 2:14-16) and the New Testament has taken its place (Heb. 8:6-13).  This New Testament, the law of Christ, is what we are under today, and the New Testament in no place teaches that Christians are to harm or speak hatefully to anyone (Eph. 4:29-32; Matt. 7:12), including homosexuals.  Therefore, the Bible promotes love of homosexuals, not hatred.

That said, it is clear that while the Bible promotes the love of all men, including homosexuals, it does not promote the acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle.  The New Testament clearly condemns the practice of homosexuality (Rom. 1:26-27; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; 1 Tim. 1:9-10).  Therefore, the Bible teaches that Christians are to love homosexuals, but not condone or approve of homosexuality.  There is a distinct difference.  You can love someone and yet not approve or condone what they choose to do.  Good parents do this with disobedient children all the time.  In fact, that’s how God is with us.

The Bible also makes it clear that homosexuals can become Christians, but only after they repent of the sin of homosexuality (1 Cor. 6:9-11).  In the cited passage, Paul welcomes those who were once homosexuals (as well as those who were once idolaters, thieves, greedy, drunkards, revilers, and swindlers) into the church, but he made it clear that they were no longer involved in such sins.  “And such WERE some of you…”  Repentance – the cessation of sins, including the sin of homosexuality – is the key.

Jesus died for everyone, including homosexuals. Will we accept his gift through our obedience, or will we reject him? (Heb. 10:26-31)

I recognize that this is not the most politically correct, “tolerant” message out there today.  But do not be deceived.  The Bible does not teach complete acceptance of homosexuality.  It does not teach that one should be apathetic about the subject.  However, it also does not teach hatred of homosexuals, or unconditional rejection regardless of repentance.  God loved the whole world, including homosexuals.  That’s why he sent his Son, Jesus, to die for us all (John 3:16).  It is up to us all, including those of us who are homosexual, as to whether or not we will accept that free gift of salvation through obedience to his will (Heb. 5:9).

When any of us who are sinners (and that would be all of us – 1 John 1:8) decide to accept God’s grace through obedience to his Word, he accepts us after we repent of our sins, and that is when we should accept each other – as Christians who have been washed clean of sin through the waters of baptism (Acts 22:16).

Do Consequences Determine Truth?

God warned Christians, “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ” (Col. 2:8).  There’s a reason we have this warning.  One of the most effective devices Satan has ever used to deceive mankind are false doctrines and philosophies (Matt. 7:15-20), particularly the false concept floating around these days that truth is determined by its results.

Many believe that truth is defined by whatever works, whatever is good or expedient.  They say a statement is true or false depending on its results.  This has led to the popularity of “political correctness,” a philosophy which seems to promote “tolerance” for everything except Christian commandments and principles.  Therefore, “tolerance” demands that we support abortion and same-sex marriage, and that we must not disagree with any religious faiths (even the ones which go against biblical teaching).  This is different from the notion of earlier generations that tolerance permits each of us the right to believe or disbelieve according to our own conscience.  No, modern “tolerance” demands acceptance of all truths, beliefs, and values…no matter how spiritually or morally bankrupt they are…as being equally valid.

What it all boils down to is this:  What works for you?  That is the key.  If you “need” to have your unborn child burned alive by a saline solution while still in your womb, if euthanasia would make your life easier, or if homosexuality works for you…then those are the right things to do.  “What works” is the governing principle.

Believe it or not, this philosophy has existed from the beginning of time.  Cain and Abel both brought an offering to God (Gen. 4:3-5), but Abel’s sacrifice was offered “by faith” (Heb. 11:4).  Since faith comes from God’s Word (Rom. 10:17), God must have had specifically told them what kind of sacrifice he wanted.  Abel honored what God had said, while Cain didn’t.  The “if it works for me” mindset would have demanded acceptance for Cain’s sacrifice, because what worked for Cain would be all that matters…but God didn’t see it that way.

Nadab and Abihu made a similar error (Lev. 10:1-3).  These two priests decided to off “strange” or “unauthorized”fire in their sacrifices, fire which God had not commanded.  God burned them alive as a result…but they were only doing what worked for them, right?  Apparently that wasn’t enough for God.

Here’s the thing.  “What works” does not determine doctrinal or moral truth.  What determines truth in these areas is and always has been God’s Word!  Read Psalm 19:7-11.  What is the law of the Lord?  Perfect.  What are the judgments of the Lord?  True and right.  What happens when we keep them?  Great reward.  What “is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”?  God’s Word (Ps. 119:105), not the philosophy of “the ends justifying the means.”

The time has come to embrace the philosophy of “Thus says the Lord!”  The time has come to get back to the mindset of not going beyond what is written in the Scriptures (1 Cor. 4:6)!