What does the Bible say about homosexuality? That is a hugely controversial subject in this day and age. The truth is that discussions about this question can get quite heated. There are very few topics these days that can evoke such strong emotions on both sides of the debate as the subject of homosexuality can. It seems as though virtually everyone has an opinion about the morality of homosexuality. But what does the Bible say? Is homosexuality morally right or morally wrong? How should we feel about people who are homosexual? Well, it turns out that the Bible has some very straightforward answers to these questions.
The first thing to understand is that the Bible commands us to love those who are gay just like anyone else. In fact, whenever we meet anyone, our foremost response to that person should be to love them.
In Matthew 22:34-40, the Lord Jesus Christ commanded us that we are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. This is non-negotiable…..
Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
So if you know someone who is a homosexual, you are to love that person as much as you love yourself.
Secondly, it is absolutely vital to understand that the only sex acceptable to God is between a man and a woman inside of marriage.
All other sex is sin.
That means that sex between a man and a woman outside of marriage is sin.
And sex between two members of the same sex is sin.
In fact, the Bible addresses this point head on in the book of Leviticus…..
Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.
If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable.
Some will argue that those passages are from the Old Testament and no longer apply.
They will argue that God has changed his mind and is now willing to endorse homosexual sex.
But that is completely and totally false. The truth is that God does not change as we read in Malachi 3:6…..
For I am the LORD, I do not change
In fact, Hebrews 13:8 tells us that Jesus Christ (who was there when the Law was given to Moses) is the same yesterday, today and forever…..
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
The New Testament is very clear that God feels the same way about homosexuality now as He did during Old Testament times.
In 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 we read this…..
Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
In addition, Romans 1:26-28 is ever clearer on this point…..
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. Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.
So how should Christians deal with this subject?
The reality is that the number of gay people in society is growing and it is going to continue to become a bigger issue.
Well, as we saw above, the number one thing to do for anyone, including gay people, is to love them.
We are to love them and to keep loving them.
After that, love them some more.
Love has got to permeate everything that we do from the beginning to the end and everything in between.
But love does not mean to endorse what is wrong.
Instead love means helping people turn from self-destructive behaviors to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
What those caught in homosexuality need more than anything, just like anyone else, is the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We all need to have our sins forgiven and we all need eternal life.
Unfortunately most Christians are much more eager to judge than to love.
We are all sinners.
We all need forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
Let us love all people with a radical love that we may help as many as possible escape whatever sins they find themselves in.