A Biblical Perspective on |
Homosexuality

In the past one would have thought it hardly needs saying that homosexual behavior is sinful. But as in Sodom where not even ten righteous men could be found so also in modern Western society today where depraved, licentious, shameful behavior is not only affirmed in society but increasing in the "Christian" community. And so I thought to write this article to point out the obvious.

The rise of feminism has led to rise in the affirmation of homosexuality, firstly because both reject God's design of gender. While feminism rejects God's design of the role relationship between the genders established in Genesis and affirmed in passages like 1Cor 11, homosexuality takes the next step to reject God's design of gender with regards to sexual behavior. And so we find the rise of sexually immoral behavior likewise corresponds with the rise of homosexual behavior, both being lawless. God restricts sexual behavior to marriage.  And God defines marriage as between one man and one woman for the life of the spouse. Jesus argued this point in Mark 10:6,7 "At the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’" And while his point there was the permanence of the marriage bond and thus "Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery." Mk 10:11,12, a form of sexual immorality very commonly practiced today,  Jesus is also indicating that Genesis restricts marriage as between a male and a female. Thus Jesus indicates that homosexual marriages are illegitimate. And since sex is restricted to marriage, and since homosexual marriages a Biblically illegitimate, the practice of homosexuality is a form of sexual immorality.

In fact homosexuality is one of the most depraved of behaviors, as indicated in Romans chpater 1 where because of people's rejection of the knowledge of God, He gives them over to increasing depravity with regards to their reasoning and to their desires, with the end being this: "Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion." Rom 1:26,27

In 1Cor 6:9,10 the Bible says, "neither .. homosexuals, nor sodomites... will inherit the kingdom of God." And just to elaborate on this, the first word for "homosexual" in Greek is "malakos" which refers to the effeminate. The NASB translates this word "effeminate". It's also used for the word "soft" as in Mt 11:8 "A man clothed in "soft" garments" These homosexuals are "girly men". It's the stereotypical homosexual. It's the reason why they are referred to as "gay".

The other word translated sodomite in the NKJV is an"abuser of one's self with mankind", as the KJV translates it. The NASB simply translates it "homosexual".  "If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination." Lev 20:13 The phrasing used in Lev 20:13 in the LXX - the Greek translation of the Old Testament used in Jesus' day - exactly mirrors the word Paul uses here. The LXX uses the phrase "αρσενος κοιτην". Paul uses "αρσενοκοιται", which as you can see just joins the two words together. Therefore he's referencing that same behavior which the Law of Moses speaks of, namely men having sex with men.

The word "sodomite" which the NKJV uses, comes from "Sodom" of which was condemned in the Old Testament for such acts. "Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire." Jude 1:7

And concerning Lesbians and Homosexuals it is written, as I mentioned before, "Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion." Rom 1:26,27

The effeminate, homosexuals and lesbians are all hell bound, along with those who affirm such behaviors. For the end of Romans 1 says, "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." Rom 1:32

Do you or have you approved of homosexual behavior?

Jesus said, "I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned." Mt 12:36,37


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