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Homosexuality and the Christian Response

Updated on February 23, 2018

The Subject in General

This is always a touchy subject to write or speak on and is avoided by the church generally because of its complexity. There are also many translations of the bible and many versions i.e. New Living Translation, New International Version, and the King James Version. All bibles have the same message but, some just use different words to keep up with contemporary language and to make it more easily understood.

My Goal isn't to argue or say that I'm definitively correct but, to share my interpretation of what I read in the scriptures. If you disagree, please feel free to explain your point in the comments area but, please do so in a respectful manner.

My belief is that the bible speaks out against homosexuality as a sin and I have laid out a few references from different translations and versions of the bible to reinforce my point. While believing that the bible shows us that homosexuality is a sin, I also have the strong belief that we need to love all people regardless of their life choices and lifestyles.

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What Does the Bible Say?

The Christian Bible is very clear in saying that God is not pleased with homosexuality. God loves sinners, so much so that He died for us but, He also despises and condemns sin itself.

First of all we have to remember the story of Sodom and Gomorrah from the book of Genesis 19:1-11. In this passage two angels went to visit Lot in the city of Sodom and after they had been invited into his home and had eaten they were surrounded by a group of men, young and old, who demanded that Lot send the men out to have sex with them. The angels struck them men surrounding the house with blindness so that they could not find the door. Soon afterwords the angels told Lot to flee the city with his family and not look back for the Lord was to destroy it because of the wickedness that lived in it.

The second passage I have found is Leviticus 18:22 in which the Lord says, "Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin." (NLT)

Finally, 1 Corinthians 6: 9-11 says, "Don't you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don't fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people-none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God." (NLT)


As I had said earlier in the message, God does not endorse or tolerate homosexuality in our lives just as He detests all sin. The thing to keep in mind through all of the trials we go through involving this subject is that we must show compassion and need not judge, this is God's job. Our job is to show love and let God's light shine through our lives.

Marriage of Homosexual Couples

Recently, my church had a vote on if we should or should not marry homosexual couples in the church. The vote was overwhelmingly no, we should not marry them in our church. I agreed with this vote but, there were a few who actually left our church because of the decision.

This kind of opened my eyes to how we, as Christians, are being desensitized to think that it is okay to do this, and tolerating homosexuality.

Marriage of same sex couple in the church is, in my opinion, wrong. If we allow marriage of these couple aren't we also, in a way, saying that it's alright? We have to stand strong for our beliefs and also know what the Bible has to say about subjects of this nature.

This article isn't a hate message or anything of the kind but, we also must remember that in God's eyes homosexuality is an abomination and we must not endorse it. On the same token, we have to continually show love as God has commanded us and cannot judge their sins as all sins have the same penalty.

Joel Osteen, a very popular preacher and evangelist, does a great job at explaining homosexuality in the church and makes a few good points along the way.

A Bad Name for Christians

When we do things like public protest in a way that is either negative or could easily be constrewed as negative we create a bad name for ourselves as Christians. We need to be focused on what God wants and not start our own personal vendetta against the things in this world that displease us and call it God's will. We aren't the judge of whether people go to heaven or hell, our job is to try to save them and share the good news of Jesus Christ.

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    • Jack Jenn profile image

      Jack Jenn 

      2 weeks ago from Nelson Bay NSW Australia.

      Hi Nick,

      I will throw my 2 cents worth into the mix if I may.

      Firstly, there are many who say these people are born that way - i.e. God made them that way. Personally I don't believe that, God doesn't make mistakes of this kind and believing what He says about it - why would He cause something He is quite clearly opposed to?

      Can you look at a baby that has just recently been born and say with absolute surety - that child is gay? No, you can't - so being gay is a choice that is made as a person gets older. And there may be a number of reasons that brought it about.

      The only thing I will say - if these individuals, men and women, are this way from birth, then something has gone wrong in the genes and I cannot believe God is to blame.

      There is a very good tv ad in Australia regarding cancer that is caused by smoking and the punch line says 'You have one clear way of reducing your risk, and that is abstention.'

      And just as that ad was very good in encouraging those afflicted to stop - or suffer the consequences, this same analogy can be across a wide range of things, gambling, drinking to excess, anything that is detrimental to your health - you have one clear way of reducing your risk.

      And so it with the gay community - if they want salvation, abstention from this affliction is the ONLY answer. Of course if two gay persons choose to live together in a Godly life without committing the act, which is what makes it sinful in God's eyes, then I would say that He is comfortable with that but I doubt many could abstain. So knowing that, those in that community can attain salvation by abstaining.

      Being gay isn't a sin, committing the act is and that is no different from anyone else who isn't afflicted that way because we ALL sin in some form everyday and if we don't repent of whatever sin that afflicts us, we too will suffer the same fate.

      Just my 2 cents worth Nick.

      Regards,

      Jack.

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      stepsbysam 

      4 years ago from Minnesota

      Nice conversation and interesting to hear different takes from different stand points. I would also be approaching this topic from a spiritual Bible based view and from that view, as well as from my personal view/beliefs/convictions, I agree with the writer.

    • Downtoearthadvice profile imageAUTHOR

      Nick McGillivray 

      4 years ago from Austin, TX

      Romans 1: 18-32

      God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity

      "18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

      21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

      24 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 about 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 sexual 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 shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

      28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them." (NIV)

      The Bible is very clear about this subject regardless of how many verses you can argue I suppose it's really up to interpretation. You mentioned that the bible only mentions men, in the verse above it also mentions women. You say that the bible changed over time but i disagree. The words may have changed to fit the times, to make it easily understandable but the meaning is mostly the same but obviously it could be tweaked a bit because of foreign words that don't exactly line up with translations.

      Now with S&G, I realize that the city wasn't destroyed for the sole purpose of homosexuality but at the same time, they were clearly not pleased by it.

      You are correct when you say that the bible is full of laws and things written to the Israelites back in the day but the bible is also referred to as the "living word" and to me that means it applies to all generations. Regardless of when it was written and to whom the bible was made for Christians, not just Christians 2000 years ago but to apply to situations that arise even today, as it has proven to countless times in my life.

      You have valid points but they are from an intellectual standpoint and my article is written from a spiritual standpoint. To address your opening comment, I never said they were going to hell and i don't strand behind anybody who does because, first of all, I'm not the one to judge, I'm simply a man. Secondly, I believe that we are all forgiven for our sins when we repent, as long as we repent with a contrite heart and with sincerity. The justification that you brought up by saying that it's in our nature, we can't change it; is arguable. In the book of Matthew Jesus lists off many sins such as lust, stealing, etc..and He goes on to say that if we have looked upon a woman with lust then we have already committed adultery in our minds so by those standards we are all guilty of having sinful thoughts, not? How is homosexuality any different?

      I wrote on this topic because of all of the attention it's getting and how a lot of Christians react to it; not because it's worse than other sin or because i think there are different degrees of severity in which we sin.

      The laws written by the Jewish people were laws derived by man. They had over 600 hundred laws but they were written by a man or men, not by God. I think that the words written in the bible, all words within reason, constitute a universal code of conduct.

      I don't understand all of the complexities in the bible and i promise I never will but I old firm to what I have written in this article.

      Thank you for the comment, you seem like a very intelligent individual.

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      pay2cEM 

      4 years ago from Nashville

      I think the homosexuality issue is one of the most egregiously misunderstood topics in all of Christianity. I say it's egregious because homosexuality is a state of Being rather than a state of Doing. You're only a thief if you steal something, but you're still a homosexual even if you never act on it. Saying that homosexuals are going to hell isn't much different than declaring that left-handed people are going to hell. It's the recognition that sexuality is a biological imperative - rather than a choice - that suggests these verses were penned by ignorant human rather than the Creator of the universe, and thus should be regarded with a grain a salt.

      A few points on your specific passages:

      1. Sodom & Gomorrah (S&G) weren't destroyed for what the men of the town did the night the angels showed up. Remember, the angels were ALREADY on their way to the destroy the town. Ezekiel 16:49 later says S&G's sins were pride, haughtiness, arrogance, gluttony, laziness, and not helping the poor and needy.

      2. Lev 18:22 does call a man lying with another man an "abomination," but the passages you quoted above is from a recent translation that inserted "practice homosexuality," which is nowhere in the original text. (One of the problems with translations is that people with doctrinal biases keep inserting new things into it to get it to say what they want it to say). A few problems with Leviticus are:

      A: It only refers to men (not women)

      B: It refers to them engaging in a particular act (so a boy going on a date with a boy, and just holding hands in the movies wouldn't violate this)

      C: Leviticus also describes other "abominable" things: eating shellfish, wearing clothes made of 2 different materials, planting 2 different seeds in the same field, touching a dead pig, etc. Christians happily ignore all those.

      D: Leviticus was written specifically for the Israelites. God didn't give these bizarre laws to any other people group on earth, so it's pretty difficult to argue that they constitute Universal codes of conduct.

      E: Paul came along and essentially voided out Old Testament Law because of Christ. But even that was only for the people the Law originally applied to: the people of Israel. Why would any non-Jews in the 21st century insist that other non-Jews follow ancient Jewish laws that the New Testament abolished?

      3. I Corinthians 6 is another example of a passage that has been revamped countless time to get to where it is today. The word "homosexual" never even appeared in the Bible until 1946 (in the Revised Standard Version). Prior to that, it referred to "effeminate men," which was someone's best guess at what the Greek words "malokois" and "arsenokoitai" meant. Scholars still aren't sure what those words mean. Paul had words available to him at the time that meant what we mean to day when we say "homosexual," but he didn't use those words.

    • Downtoearthadvice profile imageAUTHOR

      Nick McGillivray 

      4 years ago from Austin, TX

      are different you still found the article worth reading! That's fantastic. Thanks for the feed back, it's always appreciated!

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      Mr. Happy 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I appreciate the article and your honesty towards the subject at hand, although I do not share the same beliefs. I am a pagan and pray to many Gods. : )

      I found the following lines just awesome and thank You for writing them: "The thing to keep in mind through all of the trials we go through involving this subject is that we must show compassion and we need not judge, this is God's job. Our job is to show love and let God's light shine through our lives. "

      The Wheel of Time keeps turning.

      May Wakan Tanka guide your path Amigo.

      Cheers!

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