Homosexuality. This is one of those issues that frustrates me, I must admit. I’ll be up front here and say, “I think it is wrong.” There is no question about it in my opinion. I am troubled every time a hear something in the news about gay marriage and gay rights. Gay rights? The last time I checked, gays have the same rights everyone else does. Why are we presented with the notion that gays are without their rights? Gays are free to live the lifestyle they wish. Furthermore, this lifestyle is a behavior that should never be equated to someone’s ethnicity. The color of one’s skin is in no way comparable to how someone chooses to behave.
The reason I am writing this is for the hope that people will understand that homosexuality is wrong. It is contrary to the created physiology of man, it is socially deviant and morally wrong. I am not trying to promote any kind of hate speech here. We all should realize that stating whether a behavior is wrong does not imply hate, anger or discrimination. I have no intention of ever promoting any kind of these behaviors toward those who live a lifestyle contrary to what I agree with. Raising a child is a great example of the point I am trying to make with this article: Loving parents have to guide a child through life by teaching right from wrong. Concerned parents must discipline their children in a nurturing manner. Telling a child his or her behavior is wrong by no means implies any kind of hatred or anger. A good parent disciplines the child yet loves him or her fully.
From a Christian perspective, it should be clear that homosexual behavior is totally unacceptable. Please note that I place emphasis here on behavior, not one’s propensity toward such. So what does the Bible say? Well, here it is! Please note that all of the following scriptural and New Testament references will be from the New International Version.
Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed: A famous story from the book of Genesis. Basically, this area was full of homosexual sin and was destroyed because of it. A godly man named Lot had lived in that area. Lot and his family were spared from the destruction because they were warned ahead of time and fled. Not to get off on a tangent, but you should notice that Lot himself had issues with right and wrong. He loved the Lord God, however and I believe this was his saving grace.
1 The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. 2 “My lords,” he said, “please turn aside to your servant’s house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning.” “No,” they answered, “we will spend the night in the square.” 3 But he insisted so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house. He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast, and they ate. 4 Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom–both young and old–surrounded the house. 5 They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.” 6 Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him 7 and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing. 8 Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.” 9 “Get out of our way,” they replied. And they said, “This fellow came here as an alien, and now he wants to play the judge! We’ll treat you worse than them.” They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door. 10 But the men inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door. 11 Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness so that they could not find the door. 12 The two men said to Lot, “Do you have anyone else here–sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you? Get them out of here, 13 because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the LORD against its people is so great that he has sent us to destroy it.” 14 So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to marry his daughters. He said, “Hurry and get out of this place, because the LORD is about to destroy the city!” But his sons-in-law thought he was joking. 15 With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.” 16 When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the LORD was merciful to them. 17 As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!” 18 But Lot said to them, “No, my lords, please! 19 Your servant has found favor in your eyes, and you have shown great kindness to me in sparing my life. But I can’t flee to the mountains; this disaster will overtake me, and I’ll die. 20 Look, here is a town near enough to run to, and it is small. Let me flee to it–it is very small, isn’t it? Then my life will be spared.” 21 He said to him, “Very well, I will grant this request too; I will not overthrow the town you speak of. 22 But flee there quickly, because I cannot do anything until you reach it.” (That is why the town was called Zoar.) 23 By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land. 24 Then the LORD rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah–from the LORD out of the heavens. 25 Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities–and also the vegetation in the land. 26 But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. 27 Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the LORD. 28 He looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, toward all the land of the plain, and he saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace. 29 So when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived.
END Genesis 19:1-29
Jude, in the New Testament, refers to Sodom and Gomorrah as well.
1Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James,
To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by[a] Jesus Christ:
2Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.
3Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. 4For certain men whose condemnation was written about[b] long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.
5Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord[c] delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. 6And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. 7In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.
END Jude 1:1-7
Perhaps the next Biblical reference is slightly off the subject, but it indicates the Lord’s view regarding sexuality.
5 A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the LORD your God detests anyone who does this.
END Deuteronomy 22:5
I think there are some gray areas with regard to the previous passage. Nevertheless, it is clear from the passage that men and women must dress according to their sexuality. This does not imply that a person should dress according to what he or she thinks he should be. We are to dress in a manner according to what we are physically, whether man or woman.
In the book of Leviticus we find all kinds of rules and instructions given by the Lord to Moses. These so called ordinances are spelled out quite plainly and are easily understood. In Leviticus chapter 18, we see specific demands regarding sexual behavior, including homosexual behavior.
Leviticus 18: Whole chapter
1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘I am the LORD your God. 3 You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices. 4 You must obey my laws and be careful to follow my decrees. I am the LORD your God. 5 Keep my decrees and laws, for the man who obeys them will live by them. I am the LORD.
6 ” ‘No one is to approach any close relative to have sexual relations. I am the LORD.
7 ” ‘Do not dishonor your father by having sexual relations with your mother. She is your mother; do not have relations with her.
8 ” ‘Do not have sexual relations with your father’s wife; that would dishonor your father.
9 ” ‘Do not have sexual relations with your sister, either your father’s daughter or your mother’s daughter, whether she was born in the same home or elsewhere.
10 ” ‘Do not have sexual relations with your son’s daughter or your daughter’s daughter; that would dishonor you.
11 ” ‘Do not have sexual relations with the daughter of your father’s wife, born to your father; she is your sister.
12 ” ‘Do not have sexual relations with your father’s sister; she is your father’s close relative.
13 ” ‘Do not have sexual relations with your mother’s sister, because she is your mother’s close relative.
14 ” ‘Do not dishonor your father’s brother by approaching his wife to have sexual relations; she is your aunt.
15 ” ‘Do not have sexual relations with your daughter-in-law. She is your son’s wife; do not have relations with her.
16 ” ‘Do not have sexual relations with your brother’s wife; that would dishonor your brother.
17 ” ‘Do not have sexual relations with both a woman and her daughter. Do not have sexual relations with either her son’s daughter or her daughter’s daughter; they are her close relatives. That is wickedness.
18 ” ‘Do not take your wife’s sister as a rival wife and have sexual relations with her while your wife is living.
19 ” ‘Do not approach a woman to have sexual relations during the uncleanness of her monthly period.
20 ” ‘Do not have sexual relations with your neighbor’s wife and defile yourself with her.
21 ” ‘Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed [a] to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the LORD.
22 ” ‘Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.
23 ” ‘Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.
24 ” ‘Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled. 25 Even the land was defiled; so I punished it for its sin, and the land vomited out its inhabitants. 26 But you must keep my decrees and my laws. The native-born and the aliens living among you must not do any of these detestable things, 27 for all these things were done by the people who lived in the land before you, and the land became defiled. 28 And if you defile the land, it will vomit you out as it vomited out the nations that were before you.
29 ” ‘Everyone who does any of these detestable things—such persons must be cut off from their people. 30 Keep my requirements and do not follow any of the detestable customs that were practiced before you came and do not defile yourselves with them. I am the LORD your God.’ ”
END Leviticus 18
Just in case you missed it, verse 22 says plainly, ” Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.” It sure seems obvious to me what the truth is here. A similar statement to Leviticus 18:22 is Leviticus 20:13.
13 ” ‘If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.
END Leviticus 20:13
Leviticus 20:13 is quite harsh. Today, we do not put people to death for such behavior as this. Explaining why (for Christians) is another topic altogether. No matter, the point here is that the Lord God takes these behaviors extremely seriously.
So, is homosexual behavior wrong? Is it immoral? Of course it is! The previously quoted Bible verses definitely indicate that the Lord detests homosexual acts. All can be forgiven though, which is why Christ came into the world, that we may have forgiveness. That forgiveness comes with a price however, and that price is that we lay down our old sinful ways and instead lead a new life of repentance. We must not take God lightly, Christ’s coming was by no means a license to be immoral.
Other Bible passages directly related:
Romans chapter 1 1 Corinthians 1:9,10 2 Peter chapter 2 Revelation 21:6-8