The truth about homosexuality

Posted: April 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

As I came to my house today for a quiet lunch, I turned on ESPN.  I watched as they praised an NBA player for “coming out” and saying he was gay.  He was said to be courageous…a hero.  It was also stated that this was a historical moment in sports history.  One analyst even said, “finally, tolerance can be found in pro sports.”  As a Christian who is also an avid sports fan, I was saddened by this day.  When did courage get defined as going public with a sin?  Since when did historical moments become about a man who plays a sport publicly claiming to have a lifestyle that is against God’s natural design?  Why are Christians being so silent in fear of not being “politically correct?”  Has being politically correct caused us to be Biblically corrupt?

Contrary to the thoughts of our culture, homosexuality is most definitely a sin.  You see, I believe that the main way we KNOW how God wants us to conduct our lives is by reading the Bible. God’s written Word—not culture, not experience, not tradition—no, the Bible—is the ONLY trustworthy guide for faith and practice. Scripture then, is the MAIN source of MY convictions when I say that I believe the practice of homosexuality is sinful. It is an act that is clearly contrary to God’s will. I realize that many people these days feel that it’s wrong to interpret the Bible in this way so let’s pause and briefly examine the texts that deal with this practice so that we can understand exactly what God says about this area of sexuality.

In Genesis 19, the Lord had come to Abraham along with some men who were angels.  The Lord told Abraham that He was going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah.  Abraham pleads with the Lord to spare the city if just a few there were righteous.  There was a righteous man and his name was Lot.  The two angels, with the Lord, left for Sodom and we pick up the story as these two angels meet up with Lot….Genesis 19:4-13 (NIV)

    [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.”

Romans 1:24-27 (NIV) Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. [25] They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised. Amen.  [26] Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. [27] In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

But these are not the only texts in the Bible where homosexual practice is condemned. Both Leviticus 18:22 and 19:13 say that it is detestable for, a man to lie with a man as one lies with a woman. 1 Timothy 1:10-11 speaks against the act and I Corinthians 6:9 says, do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders…nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

So…it is striking to note that EVERY SINGLE TIME homosexual practice is mentioned in the Scriptures, it IS condemned. There ARE only two ways to can get around the biblical teaching against homosexual behavior:
1.  by gross misinterpretation
2.  or by moving away from a high view of Scripture as the Word of God.

I believe then that homosexuality then is not a political issue, or a civil rights issue, or even a tolerance issue. It is a MORAL issue.

And just so I can be clear, no where in the scriptures is homosexuality singled out as a special sin, especially offensive to God beyond any other sin.  God deals with all sin through the cross.  On the other hand, however, homosexual behavior should not be singled out for special leniency either.

The church cannot condone the lifestyle of homosexuals nor encourage their involvement as unrepentant sinners in the life of the church.  On the other hand, however the church should not try to pretend that the problem does not exist.  Churches should address the problem honestly and realistically, in love and understanding.  It is not God’s will that anyone should be bound by the sin of homosexuality.  His grace is sufficient to bring victory to those who are willing to submit this area to Him.  The church needs to take the initiative in encouraging the homosexual with this message.

Real courageous heroes are those who repent of their sins and turn their life over to God and serve him.  Real historical moments are when individuals give their lives to Jesus.

  1. Jeff says:

    Hi Pastor David. Great post, rooted in the scripture. One point I would like to make is this, when you wrote:

    “And just so I can be clear, no where in the scriptures is homosexuality singled out as a special sin, especially offensive to God beyond any other sin. God deals with all sin through the cross. On the other hand, however, homosexual behavior should not be singled out for special leniency either.”

    I would like to point out that as far as I can tell, the sin of homosexuality is the only sin I am aware of in which God turns people over to a reprobate mind. I think that this sin no more offensive than any other sin, but it does have this added component of the offender becoming a spiritual and mental castaway to God. Perhaps it is because God created the married man and woman to be a picture of both God and Israel and Christ and the church; homosexuality and its attending relationships make a perversion of what God is trying to show us in those things.

    Thankfully, God changes people through encountering the cross!

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