Who Is to Blame for Homosexuality?
Rev. Angus Stewart
Some people perversely suggest that the God and
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is to "blame" for homosexuality. "Blame"
requires transgression of the law and hence guilt, but the Almighty
cannot sin or even be tempted to sin. All Jehovah’s ways are "just and
right" for He is "a God of truth and without iniquity" (Deut. 32:4).
Thus Scripture asks rhetorically and indignantly, "O man, who art thou
that repliest against God?" (Rom. 9:20).
God created man holy and righteous and made all
things "very good" in the beginning (Gen. 1:31), including the
honourable creation institution of marriage between one man and one
woman for life (Gen. 2:24; Matt. 19:4-6; Heb. 13:4). However, as Solomon
says, "God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many
inventions" (Ecc. 7:29), including pornography, fornication, adultery,
rape, bestiality, paedophilia, sodomy and lesbianism.
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, speaks of the "vile
affections" of lesbianism ("even their women did change the natural use
into that which is against nature") and sodomy ("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 recompence of their error which was meet") (Rom.
1:26-27). Presbyterianism’s Westminster Larger Catechism cites
these verses as proof that "sodomy and all unnatural lusts" are amongst
those "sins forbidden in the seventh commandment" (Q. & A. 139).
So far is God from being to "blame" for homosexuality
that He blames those guilty of these "vile affections" and unnatural
activities (Rom. 1:26-27) and punishes them. However, it is not only
homosexuals who will receive "the judgment of God;" idolaters, inventors
of evil things, backbiters, boasters, whisperers, covenant breakers,
those disobedient to parents, the proud, the deceitful, the covetous,
the envious, the unmerciful, etc. are also under "the wrath of God"
Thankfully, the Scriptures reveal to us the perfect
righteousness of another, the incarnate Son of God, which is reckoned to
our account through faith. The gospel of Christ "is the power of God
unto salvation to every one that believeth," including the repentant
homosexual (Rom. 1:16-17).
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