Is Homosexuality a Sin?

   As many who read the things I post may note, I am not one to shy away from tough subjects. Many people call themselves Christians, yet are fearful of touching on things that can be politically incorrect or make someone feel bad about themselves. This is why the topics of homosexuality, adultery, divorce, hell, and Jesus being the only way are often side-stepped. When you preach a Gospel that is not in line with the essence of who God is....then you don't preach a true Gospel. Now, questioning came as this subject has seemed to be untouched on my website, regardless of what I say in public. So the question then becomes, will I stand for what I say and believe. And you will now see a resounding, YES, from me.

   I want the reader to first understand, this is in no wise bashing anyone, but it is presenting God's truth on a subject many stray from because they do not want to offend someone. The offense comes not from being wrong in the view, but rather, the offense comes from the fact that we are shown where we are wrong in God's eyes. Since we have a tendency to be rebellious towards God, it does not sit well. This truth is not limited to homosexuality, but all sin. We can be shown plain truth from Scripture, and people will pick and choose things that make them want to feel good, regardless of what God has said. In this I will address 5 specific objections supporters of homosexuality have.

1. Homosexuality as a sin was only given to the Jews because it is in the Old Testament.

2. Sodom and Gomorrah were not destroyed because of homosexuality, and a passage in Ezekiel proves it.

3. Jesus never said anything about homosexuality.

4. Being homosexual is a preference, and humans can't control it.

5. God will forgive me.

FIRST

Now, let us first address the question of whether or not God ever thought  that this was a sin for all. There are two very specific passages on this subject.....

Leviticus 18:22

Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Leviticus 20:13

If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

   The first thing that people normally do is say this is the Old Testament, and applied to Jews. They will say we are under grace, and not the laws of the Jews. While that may be true, that we are under grace, there is a big mistake made in thinking this way. Certainly we are not under the punishment portion of those laws anymore; however, to say that it is no longer a sin is ludicrous! You then make God changeable and say that He now winks at sin and makes it okay. That just cannot be true. Understand, the word abomination means detestable, and although sin is sin in God's eyes, these were acts specifically called out that are repulsive to God. What does God say about Him changing? One description is found here...

Malachi 3:6

For I am the LORD, I change not;

   This is God speaking....so since He changes not, if it were ever a sin, it is still a sin. If it were ever an abomination, it is still an abomination. He does not change, and if He did, He would not be God. To maintain it is only for the Jews, again goes against God's words.

Leviticus 18:26-27

26 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you:

27 (For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled;)

   Now, we see this decree is to strangers in the land as well. It is for everybody in the land. The outside nations did as they would but were not to do so here, because it defiles the land. How does this point to us? When God allowed the Gospel and Salvation to be available even to those outside of Israel (the Jews), we are told that we would be grafted in. To what? To His chosen ones, the Bride of Christ. We do not become Jews, we become part of His chosen ones. So, in essence, we become part of the "land" so to speak. As such, we can't bring those abominations before him, as He clearly spoke....it will defile us. That's how those tie into us today, as children of God, we are not to defile ourselves with the abominations, just as we should not worship false gods, and so forth.

   Now, besides this, how do we know how strongly God felt about this subject? The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is evidence. He destroyed them both for their wickedness and their homosexuality. You can read the story for yourself in Genesis starting towards the end of chapter 18. Basically God told Abraham that if He could find 10 righteous people in Sodom, He would not destroy it. Two angels went into the city to see Lot, Abraham's nephew. In doing so, the Bible tells us ALL the men of the city, young and old came to Lot's house demanding to "know" the two men. The Hebrew word used for "know" is the same used in the Old Testament anytime a man and woman had sexual relations, such as in the stories of Adam & Eve, etc. These men, all of them, wanted to have sex with the angels who appeared as men. Lot went out and told them he had two virgin daughters he would let them have if they would leave the men alone, yet the men of the city refused and said they wanted nothing to do with them, they wanted the men. The angels blinded them all, Lot and his family left, and the city was destroyed by God. Now, the city was wicked, and had many sins, surely, but the most abundant, the one called out, is homosexuality.

 

SECOND

   Next, proponents for excusing homosexuality have used a passage in Ezekiel to try and defend what they are doing. However, in doing this, they put Ezekiel and Moses (the writer of Genesis) at odds. They try to say that the sin of Sodom was in-hospitability, pride, the attempted rape, as well as being haughty. Let's look at the passage first.

Ezekiel 16:49-50

49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.

50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.

   At first glance, one might tend to agree. Yes, they were guilty of all these things. But this passage simply names the things that they had been doing wrong. Notice that the very last thing listed in these verses is that they committed abomination. We know from what we talked of before, exactly what that abomination was. The sin could not be because the men tried to rape the angels, because God had already passed judgment on the city before the angels were there. So that point is invalid. To then say it is because they were inhospitable, haughty, or because of pride is off the mark as well. We have that right now everywhere, as did the world then. It doesn't fit what God shows deserves His wrath such as idol worship, lawlessness, A quick look at a verse in the new Testament...

2nd Peter 2:6-8

6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;

7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:

8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)

   We see here, even more of a rebuttal to the rape being the reason as some attest. Some say it was because the men tried to know them, and that was both rape and being inhospitable. Peter tells us that this happened day after day, and Lot saw it. If rape were the case here, that happened day after day in plain view, eventually the city would have crumbled because nobody would come visiting the city and economically it would become worthless, and that was not the case with Sodom. So it can be neither of the arguments outside of homosexuality being the ongoing, day after day, wickedness that was in the city that God judged them in wrath on. Further, these views go completely against another scripture as well.

Jude 7

Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

   There should be no question of what going after strange flesh means. Any argument trying to say that the abomination that was taking place in those cities was not homosexuality, is futile, and has no basis. It is just people trying to make excuses.

 

THIRD

   The third point to address is that Jesus never said anything about homosexuality. First, let me point out, Jesus is God in the flesh. John 1:1 and 1:14 clearly show us this. If you deny this, please look at my two articles on "Explaining the Trinity", as I won't address that here. I will put in short order, two verses that absolutely declare this.

John 1:1

1n the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

   It is quite clear that the "Word" is God. You cannot deny that. So who is the Word?

John 1:14

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

   There should be no doubt that this is Jesus. He was God, who became flesh. Just in this, and knowing what we already said on how God views homosexuality as an abomination, it is quite clear how Jesus viewed it, regardless of whether or not He said anything specific to this. For one to think because Jesus said to love one another, that this allows homosexuality, would be to put God at odds with Himself. It's just not possible. Did Jesus say the words, "Homosexuality is a sin"? No. There are many things Jesus did not pointedly say a specific word for, yet still taught on it. We do that ourselves, why should He not be able to? Jesus did in fact teach against it and quite clearly.

Matthew 19:4-6

4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,

5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

   The teaching here is quite to the point. From the beginning of time, humans were made as male and female. The man (this is definitive as the male human being) is to leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife (which is a definitive of the female human being). Besides the facts that homosexuals cannot reproduce together (without the aid of in-vitro science), they can absolutely, positively, never stack up to fitting what Jesus, God in the flesh, teaches here. Some then argue, that it only pertains to being married, so it is okay for them as long as they do not marry. WRONG! Fornication (sex outside of marriage) is a sin. To take that view would again put God at odds with Himself and have Him saying sin is okay. Quite clearly we now see, that Jesus DID teach against homosexuality.

 

FOURTH

   The  fourth thing supporters of being homosexual, or gay, have is that it is a preference not an act. The claim is that abominations are those things which are acts, but this is their choice or preference. This is one of the most ridiculous forms of circular logic I have seen. Since the pedophile has a preference towards children, should God excuse it? Since the adulterous husband has a preference to lie with many women instead of just his wife, should God excuse it? What about those who have a preference to murder? Hitler had a preference that there should be no Jews and had a preference to kill and torture them. Should this also be an excuse? The list goes on, but how ludicrous each case is, is a common factor in them all. The argument that people are just born that way can be shown to be just a circular in the same way too. Each and every scenario, and nobody in their right mind would ever say that it was okay because they were born that way. So you cannot use that argument here either. You, might try to tell me, but you can't tell  God, that you can't change. The fact is you can! There are countless stories of people who were once homosexual, who came to God, saw this sin, and stopped the act. Some became celibate rather than take part in the abomination, some have moved into heterosexual relationships. The fact is, it's all about how much control you have in your life, versus how much control you let God have in your life. You can't do it on your own. It's not easy, but life as a Christian is not easy because the world is against you with its prince being Satan.

 

FIFTH

   The final point is whether or not God will forgive you. Will He? Yes, without a doubt, if you truly want forgiveness. It requires repenting, which is truly being sorry, and a willingness to turn away. If I stole money from you, and then asked to be forgiven, you might be inclined to forgive me because you truly believe I am sorry. But what if I stole again from you? You may be inclined again. But how about after the 10th time? I think your patience will have run out. The reason is because you would see that I was never truly sorry for hurting you. If I had been, I would have never done it again. But I did, so I was never truly sorry in the first place. In fact, I probably already knew I was going to do it again and just ask you to forgive me since I knew what a nice person you are. You finally realize my intention and no longer forgive me. Further, your acts of forgiveness don't really count from before because they were only good for somebody who was truly sorry. The difference with God is the fact that He knows your heart from the very beginning when you come to Him. If you repent, and ask to be forgiven, you can't continue on in the lifestyle. If you do, you can ask all you want, but you will not be forgiven. If you do, then you can't truly be a child of God and be saved, because you are not truly repentant and trying to turn away from sin. It's not that you won't sin in your life, you will, but you can't continue in the same sin and expect to be forgiven. You don't show that change or conversion in your life that the New Testament is filled with showing who true followers of Christ are. You will remain unforgiven...and this is true of any sin...not just homosexuality. God is not to be put on a shelf for you to sin all week and ask forgiveness on Sunday. Go to the Catholic church for that since they don't follow the God of the Bible either. What happens if you are unforgiven,? You remain a homosexual. You have not changed. You did not repent.

1st Corinthians 6:9-10

9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

   Sadly, even with all the Biblical evidence, many will not change, and many will still choose to try and justify their sin. Many will fail to see the problem with it and think that they can be forgiven. It will truly be a sad day for them when they stand before the Lord, and that is my concern. They are blinded by their own lusts and will not allow God's words into their hearts. Why would they do this?

Romans 1:24-32

24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

   None of what I have said here is out of hatred. Quite the contrary, because there are people I know who are caught up in this. I write this out of love. Is it uncomfortable for many to hear? Yes. Is it hard for people to change this? Yes. Is it convicting people of sin that is in their lives that they try to cover up? Yes. As I have said many times before, the Bible is not a feel good book. It is not meant for you to use to pat yourself on the back or look for loop-holes to justify sin. No, it is there to help you walk in God's Light, just as scripture testifies.

Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

 

In His Grace,

            Mike Harris

 



 

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