The Bible and Homosexuality
Rev. Angus Stewart
Jesus Christ taught that marriage is an one flesh
union between one man and one woman for life: "Have ye not read [in
Genesis 1:27 and 2:24], that he which made them at the beginning made
them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father
and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one
flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore
God hath joined together, let not man put asunder" (Matt. 19:4-6). Thus
sex between a man and a woman before marriage (fornication) or between a
married person and someone other than his or her spouse (adultery) or
between a man or woman and an animal (bestiality) or between two men
(sodomy) or between two women (lesbianism) is sinful. If Christ even
declared that "whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath
committed adultery with her already in his heart" (Matt. 5:28), two men
lying together is also evil.
After His atoning death and resurrection, the
glorified Christ commissioned His apostles to declare His Word to the
nations and to write inspired Scripture. Paul, "a servant of Jesus
Christ" (Rom. 1:1), 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). "Be not deceived," writes
the apostle, "abusers of themselves with mankind" (sodomites) shall not
"inherit the kingdom of God" (I Cor. 6:9-10). These were not merely
Paul’s own speculations, for he declares, "the things that I write unto
you are the commandments of the Lord" (I Cor. 14:37).
All sins not atoned for by the blood of Christ and
not repented of bring everlasting punishment in Hell, but homosexuality
is an especially grievous transgression. First, it is "against nature"
as it is contrary to God’s creation of us as male and female (Rom.
1:26-27). Second, it is itself a judgement of God upon men and women for
their idolatry (Rom. 1:18-25): "For this cause God gave them up
unto [the] vile affections" of lesbianism and sodomy (Rom. 1:26-27).
God’s giving someone over to homosexuality is an instance of "the wrath
of God … revealed from heaven" in this world (Rom. 1:18). Third, sodomy
is the central sin which brought down fire from heaven: "Sodom and
Gomorrah … going after strange flesh [cf. Gen. 19:4-5], are set forth
for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire" (Jude 7). God’s
raining down fire and brimstone upon Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen. 19:24)
pictures the Hell fire that awaits impenitent homosexuals, and, indeed,
all impenitent sinners (II Peter 2:6). Fourth, homosexuality, once it
gains societal approval (as in our day), is paraded brazenly: "they
declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not" (Isa. 3:9). Thus they
"glory ... in their shame" (Phil. 3:19) with all the debaucheries of
their Gay Pride parades.
However, homosexuality is not the unpardonable sin.
After listing various iniquities, including sodomy ("abusers of
themselves with mankind"), the apostle declares to the Corinthian
believers, "And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye
are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and
by the Spirit of our God" (I Cor. 6:9-11). This is the way of
deliverance for the homosexual, the only way of deliverance for us all.
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