WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY- IntroductionThe Metropolitan Community Church claims to be an evangelical Christian church. There’s only one problem: they endorse homosexuality. What does the Bible have to say about homosexuals?
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY- David and JonathanThose who advocate homosexuality use passages such as 2 Samuel 1:26 to support their position. It states that David and Jonathan had a relationship that surpassed the love of women. This is not referring to sexual love, however, but to a special friendship they had which exceeded or was different from any kind of sexual relationship. David and Jonathan would have been stoned under Levitical law had they been homosexuals (Lev. 18:22; 20:13).
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY- Sodom and GomorrahGod also condemns homosexuality in Genesis 19. Pro-homosexuals respond that the sin of Sodom was not homosexuality, but rape. However, the Sodomites did not initially force Lot’s male guests to have sex with them, but just by them mentioning it, Lot urged them not to do such a “wicked” thing (19:4-8). Other ancient sources such as Josephus and the New Testament (Jude 7) confirm that the sin of Sodom was homosexuality.
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY- The New Testament WitnessAdditionally, Romans 1:21-32 and 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 clearly condemn lesbianism and homosexuality (cf., 1 Tim. 1:9, 10). Homosexual advocates reply that Romans 1 refers only to phallic cults who committed idolatry. Along with 1 Corinthians 6, they claim that God is simply condemning excessive and promiscuous sex, not a dedicated relationship between two homosexuals.
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY- Promiscuity AloneFirst, let me say that if it were true that God is only condemning promiscuity, 90 to 99 percent of all homosexuals would fall into this category! According to recent studies, only about 1 out of 7 homosexuals have had fewer than 50 partners in their lifetime, and 99 percent of the male homosexuals interviewed have had sex with complete strangers! Nevertheless, the context of Romans and Corinthians affirm that homosexuality is completely unnatural (Rom. 1:26, 27).
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY- ConclusionWhen categorized with the other sins mentioned in these passages, there is no such thing as a moderate form of homosexuality any more than there could be moderate form of murder or adultery. Finally, the Bible condemns all types of fornication which would therefore include homosexuality (Matthew 15:19; Mark 7:21; John 8:41; Acts 15:20, 29; Gal. 5:19-21; 1 Thes. 4:3; Heb. 13:4).
On the problems of homosexuality, that’s the CRI perspective. I’m Hank Hanegraaff.