I want to end our discussion about the post by nextyearsgirl with a look at what the Scriptures say about homosexuality.
Many have pointed to various passages over the years to condemn homosexuality, a lot of them coming from the Old Testament and the laws set forth for the nation of Israel. This can be dangerous, because there are some laws that don’t hold the same weight today as they did back then because of the purpose of the law (more on that later).
However, looking at some of the laws in the Old Testament can point to a clearer understanding of how God views certain acts in our lives, including homosexuality.
Leviticus 18:22 states, “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” Now, many have pointed to this verse, and another that we will talk about later, and stated that this proves that homosexuality is wrong and a sin in God’s eyes. Others have torn that discussion apart, saying that it is a law only written for the Israelites and we do not need to worry about them. But let’s look at what’s around that verse regarding inappropriate sexual behavior:
- don’t sleep with your mom or step-mom (18:7)
- don’t sleep with your sister (verse 9)
- don’t sleep with your niece (verse 10)
- don’t sleep with your step-sister (verse 11)
- don’t sleep with your uncle (verse 12)
The list goes on: aunt, daughter-in-law, mother-in-law, threesomes with a mother and her daughter, having sex with a woman while she is on her period, having sex with your neighbor’s wife, etc. (All of this is found in Leviticus 18.) I’m sure all of us will agree that many of these acts we find repulsive and shouldn’t be done by someone in their right mind. As a matter of fact, God declares all of these things abominations (verse 29-30). Abominations are things that are exceptionally loathsome, wicked, vile, sinful, hateful. So, God calls homosexuality sinful. He even states that homosexuality deserves the death penalty (Leviticus 20:13).
Don’t mishear me. We should not be going out and killing all the homosexuals. If we do that, we cross a very dangerous line. But it’s clear from these passages that God detests homosexuality, as well as any form of sexual immorality. There is no sin that is greater than any other sin, so I don’t want you to think that I’m saying that homosexuality is a worse sin than any other sin. Sin is sin and all sin is detestable in the eyes of God.
I want to look at a couple more passages to solidify this point about homosexuality, and they are found in the New Testament.
When writing to the church in Rome, Paul says that because humans refused to worship God and instead worshiped idols and animals and nature, God let their sinful nature take over. Paul states that, “…God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature and men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men…” (Romans 1:18-27).
Paul goes on to say in his first letter to the Corinthians, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” (6:9-10)
This is a list of people excluded from God’s kingdom, and note that homosexuals are listed among them.
So, yes, homosexuality is a sin. It is condemned by God. It is an abomination. Detestable in the eyes of God. But so is every sin.
Thankfully, we have a solution: regeneration, the coming of the new man in Christ.
“As such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:11)
This is what the Sovereign LORD says.