Homosexuality is now constantly in the news. Our denominational friends have made their stand clear. Our Muslim friends have also made their stand clear. So, what has the Bible got to say about this matter? Homosexuality or Sodomy is defined in the New Testament as literally “Men in bed with men.” Lesbianism is women having sex with women. Both practices are sexual perversion.
(Genesis 19:5) “And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.”
(1 Corinthians 6:9) “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,”
Another term used for homosexuality is sodomy. Sodomy is named after the sinful practices of the men of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. (Genesis 19:1-29). There are other terms used in the Bible which refer to sexual perversion. In Romans 1:26, it is known as vile passions. (Romans 1:26) “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.” In Romans 1:27, the Bible calls it unseemliness and lust.
(Romans 1:27) “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.” Those who practise such, is ungodly in the sight of the Almighty. (2 Peter 2:6) “And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;”
Homosexuality is not a modern society problem as some may think. Such practices were around as early as Abraham’s time in Gen 19 and also in the 1st century as recorded in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. The Scriptures clearly condemn such behaviour. Another misunderstanding is that some were born with “homosexual genes” and they can’t help but to live in such a manner. However in Genesis 19:4, we find that both young and old, men from every walk of life, wanted to be engaged in such activity. They wanted to “know” the strangers that have come to their land. Here, “to know” means to have sexual relationship and not just simply getting to know the person. To further illustrate: (Genesis 4:1) “And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.” Can all of those young and old be born with “gay genes”? There is no evidence at present to substantiate this biological theory that men can be born a homosexual just as there is no evidence to support any singular psychosocial explanation. In April 24 1999 the following was reported in The Straits Times: “Researchers in Canada cast doubt on the idea of a “gay gene”..,” saying they had been unable to find any genetic link between homosexual brother.
These researchers, of the University of Western Ontario, in studying pairs of gay brothers “found no evidence that they shared some sort of mutation in that area.” [William Byne and Bruce Parsons, Homosexual Orientation: The Biologic Theories Reappraised, Archives of General Psychiatry 50 (1993): 228-39]
The only union approved by God is between husband and wife. (Hebrews 13:4) “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.” One of the single most important victory which the homosexual have attained has been to shift the debate from that of behaviour to that of identity. This change creates the false view that those who upon the basis of God’s faith oppose the sin of homosexuality do so because of hatred and personal animosity toward those involved in such a perverse lifestyle. So what does God say about homosexuality? IT IS A SIN!
(1 Corinthians 6:9-10) “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, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” (Leviticus 18:22-23) “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.”
In conclusion, men are not born homosexual. They need not choose to live that way. God clearly condemns such behaviour. Nevertheless, as Christ has come to save those who are lost in sin, those who practise such sexual immorality can have their sins washed away on the basis of obedience to the gospel.
(Mark 16:16) “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.“
All those who repent and turn to God are welcome—yes, welcome into the Kingdom of God, His Church.