The term ‘homosexuality’ is not found in the Bible. Nor is the term ‘lesbian’. The absence of these modern day terms in scripture does not indicate that scripture is silent regarding this issue. The Bible does not address orientation but the Bible very clearly and unequivocally addresses behavior. Same sex is condemned in the Pentateuch and also again in the New Testament. The Apostle Paul strongly warned about homosexual behavior, even listing it as one of those sins that, if not confessed and cleansed by the sacrifice of Christ, would certainly lead one to hell. (1)
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God’s plan from the very beginning was that sexual relations should be between one man and one woman involved in a monogamous relationship that would last a lifetime. God’s condemnation of sexual activity outside of these parameters must be taken very seriously. Those involved in homosexual behavior or adulterous behavior in the Old Testament were subject to the punishment of death. The instructions were very specific and unarguable: “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman, that is detestable.” (2) The penalty for such behavior was clearly spelled out: “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both have done what is detestable. They must be put to death’. (3) The severity of the law of the Old Testament is now redundant due to the fact that Christ made the ultimate sacrifice by which he made available an abundant grace to all who would believe in him and repent of their sins.
Since the fall of man our depraved nature has habitually taken the good and beautiful gifts of God and corrupted them. God gave us the ability to create art, but we have corrupted that gift by creating works that degrade the holy nature of God, even winning awards for placing a cross in a jar of urine and declaring it art. (4) God gave us music as a way of expressing our praise for him but we have corrupted his gift by using it to promote violence and hatred and twisted sexual behavior. God gave us the gift of sex so that we might procreate and multiply God’s crowning achievement, the creation of the human being. As a bonus he threw pleasure into the formula but we have corrupted his gift by trespassing beyond the parameters he has clearly set for us in scripture.
Lest Christians get on their high horse and beginning flailing away at those who commit sexual sins, let us beware of Christ’s requirement for holy living. He didn’t come to lower the standard of his Father’s holiness, on the contrary, Jesus said, “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (5) If anything, Christ is now raising the bar by requiring that those who call themselves Christians draw on the grace of God made available by his Holy Spirit and allow him to purify our minds.
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