What does the Bible say about Homosexuality?

By Michael W. Gardner

            Did you know that the Bible says that homosexuals are worthy of death?  It does not say we can kill them, quite the contrary, but it does say they deserve death.  The first instance in the Bible that indicates the practice of homosexual activity is Sodom in Genesis 19:4-8.  Whether homosexual activity is what is in play may be arguable but the men of the city wanted to “Know” the strangers to their city.  They were offered two young women to do with as they will and they showed no interest, rejecting the offer rather forcefully.   How did God deal with these “evil” men?   He bombed them out of existence.

            The Bible does not recognize homosexuality as a lifestyle.  It recognizes homosexuality as a sin and ranks it right up there with murder.  Consider the following:

“For they changed the truth of God into a lie, and they worshiped and served the created thing more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
For this cause, God gave them up to dishonorable affections. For even their women changed the natural use into that which is against nature.
And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust toward one another; males with males working out shamefulness, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was fitting for their error.
And even as they did not think fit to have God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do the things not right, being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; being full of envy, murder, quarrels, deceit, evil habits, becoming whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, insolent, proud, braggarts, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, perfidious, without natural affection, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous order of God, that those practicing such things are worthy of death, not only do them, but have pleasure in those practicing them.”

Romans 1:25-32

              First, notice that there is natural and unnatural affection and that unnatural affection is dishonorable.  The Bible says a male with a male should be a thing of shame.  The Bible continues by saying that these people practicing unnatural love do not have God in their knowledge.  I have heard the arguments that gays are just like everyone else and that they go to church and worship God and are just normal people.  I have heard that and then I read 2 Timothy 3:2-7 and see another ranking of unnatural affection with all forms of evil and then the comment that they have a “form of Godliness” but deny the power of the word of God by denying the part that says they are sinning against God.  Actually, the Bible says if they do these things they are actually deciding to ignore God and what he wants.  So, to God, the homosexual just appears Godly but is not that way inside.  The result of denying what God says is to fill them up with wickedness and as such is “worthy of death”.  For added curiosity it also says that Gays will not just be happy in their practice but take pleasure in knowing about others practicing homosexuality.  Do Gays want civil rights or do they just get enjoyment out of the exhibition that is involved in shouting to the world for their right to be openly Gay?

            Here is another passage, take a look at the First book of Timothy:

“But we know that the law is good if a man uses it lawfully, knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous one, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for homosexuals, for slave-traders, for liars, for perjurers, and anything else that is contrary to sound doctrine, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.”

1 Timothy 1:8-11   

            Again the Bible ranks homosexuality with patricide and slavery.  It goes farther by saying that it is “contrary to sound doctrine”.  Being contrary is not just being a little off, being contrary means being way off.  Not only is it not an acceptable lifestyle but is also mutually exclusive of Bible doctrine.  Remember that the Bible doctrine is how God chose to share his wants and desires to us humans (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

              Have you heard the argument that gays are born that way?  That is not what the Bible says.   Look in the 6th chapter of First Corinthians.  Verse 9 says, “the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God” and then it list the unrighteous and there again are the homosexuals.  It lists them as effeminates or abusers of themselves with mankind.  Then in verse 10 it repeats that these will not inherit the kingdom of God.  It says they won’t go to heaven, but the thing to notice in verse 11 was that some of the Christians had been homosexuals and were not now.  If Homosexuality is hereditary then they would not have been able to stop being homosexual but the Bible says they did stop.  Why did they stop?  If an adulterer obeys the gospel would you expect them to continue in adultery?  If a thief becomes a child of God is it okay that they continue stealing?  Then if a homosexual accepts God and obeys the Gospel God expects that person to stop being homosexual.  The Bible does not say it is easy to resist temptation and that the homosexual will instantly crave the affections of the opposite sex but it does expect the sin to stop.   God expects the practice and advocacy to stop if a person wants to be a child of God and live with him in Heaven for eternity.

              The Bible says homosexuality is not a life style but a level of immorality equal to immorality we all recognize as wrong, which is robbery and murder.  The Bible also says that if we have given in to the temptation of homosexuality we must stop the practice when we accept our Lord as savior.  The next person to consider is the Christian that is not tempted this way, what is expected from us on this issue?  Do we love the sinner and hate the sin?  Do we have a right to put our Bible beliefs against those that advocate a sin as an alternative lifestyle?  Well, actually the answer is yes and no.  It is a balance.  We are to be lovers of the peace but there is a line that cannot be peacefully crossed.    Romans 14:12 says we will all give our own account to God.  Verse 13 says we should live our lives and to not cause other people problems and verse 19 says we should all pursue peace.  However, it is not true that we can just stand by and let whatever the Gay community wants just pass us by.  

              Openly practiced immorality is an incredibly dangerous thing.  In the open it becomes common and takes on the appearance of acceptability.  Look in 1 Corinthians chapter 5 and starting at verse 1 and you will see that an immoral thing was tolerated in open community and instead of being sorry or ashamed that the immorality was among them they were “puffed up”.  The Corinthians had their chests stuck out with pride in their tolerance.  In verse 6 he explains what is so wrong here.  Immoral activity, like homosexuality, if tolerated spreads like a cancer.  It gets a foothold of respectability and the temptation to some is overwhelming.  It is because of the tendency of tolerated immorality to spread that Paul, by the inspiration of God, says deliver the practitioner to the devil.  He means that they should not tolerate it, reason with it or delay opposing it because if you do it will only get worse.

              The Bible uses the example of meat offered to idols to let us know that we are not the bedroom police.  Meat offered to an idol is nothing to a Christian because he knows the idol is nothing, but if a Christian is confronted by an idolater that it will be know as support for the idol if the Christian eats then the Christian must not eat.  Like that we must recognize that we are not sent on a mission to monitor people to make sure they do not sin.  At the same time, if a Christian has immorality thrown in their face with same sex marriage or the like we must oppose aggressively or the immorality will spread and we will be guilty of placing that temptation before those that Christ died for and that is something we must not do.  (1 Corinthians 10:25-28)

              Preachers preaching a diatribe of tolerance without end in the hope of superficial Church growth have caused us to loose the ability to know when the line has been crossed.  Without the confrontation being pushed on us there would be no authority but to preach Christ and him crucified but now the pressure of sin is too much to ignore.  The Gay community claims that they are now 12% of us.  When will Christians recognize their obligation to resist the attempts to make immorality the law of the land?  Who can deny that the Gay community has made it clear that they will, by force of law, make us accept their idol?  When will we deliver them to the devil that their souls may be saved and Homosexuality will be put back in the closet?

              Don’t ask, don’t tell is actually scriptural.  Things done in private are between those doing and God and he will ask an account.  Sometimes he asks an account to civil authority and laws against immorality are from God.  It does not make immorality right just because it is not paraded down the street but vengeance is reserved to God.  We have no individual right to persecute the perverted.   However, things change when our silence becomes acceptance because that makes us partakers in the sin we accept as normal or just another lifestyle and no man has a right to make another an unwilling partner in sin.

              I expect the response to explaining what the Bible says about Homosexuality to draw attacks.  If those that do not love the truth stay true to form we will be called homophobic.  Satan likes to defend with an attack.  He comes up with a name for those against the sin that implies sickness.  Phobia implies and illness but, as everyone knows, the psychiatric world has ruled that Homosexuality is not an illness.  Therefore, being against it can not be an illness either, especially if a position is based on logical authoritative sources.  What can be more authoritative than the word of our living God?