What does the Bible say about Homosexuality?

Religious trends during the past few decades have made today’s debate over homosexuality almost

inevitable. In a growing number of denominations, the Bible’s moral statements
are increasingly seen as

irrelevant to our culture. The latest findings of science and an
individual’s personal experiences are treated

as higher authorities than the Scriptures.

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Discussions about homosexuality frequently center around a few isolated Bible passages.

overlooked is the foundational teaching on human sexuality found in Genesis 1: “So
God created man in

his own image...male and female he created them” (v. 27).

Jesus based His teachings against divorce on this passage (Matt. 19:4-6). God created man
and woman

for each other, and ordained sex only in the context of a lifetime commitment.
The opening chapter of

Genesis explains why fornication, adultery, and prostitution – as well
as “homosexual marriage” – are all

distortions of God’s original plan for sex.

Some scholars have offered new interpretations for specific biblical passages that prohibit

acts. In the story of Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen. 19), Lot’s visitors demand to
“know” the angelic visitors

(v. 5, KJV). The explanation that they wanted merely “to get
acquainted with” the strangers makes Lot’s

response most puzzling: “Don’t do this wicked
thing” (v.7). The context supports the traditional interpretation

of homosexuality, and other
biblical passages link Sodom with sexual immorality and perversion

(2 Peter 2:7; Jude 7).

In Leviticus 18:22, God clearly commands, “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a
woman; that is

detestable.” Pro-homosexual scholars argue that Christians are no longer
under the Mosaic law. But we

must carefully distinguish the dietary or ceremonial laws
(abolished in the New Testament – Mark 7:19;

Heb. 10:8-10) from the moral laws (reinforced
in the New Testament and still applicable today – Mark 7:20-

23; Matt. 5:27, 28).

Differentiating the two types of laws answers the question, “Why do Christians quote the
Old Testament on

homosexuality, then ignore the commands that prohibit eating shellfish or
wearing clothing of mixed

The important distinction between these laws is reflected in the Old Testament penalties for

breaking them: Disobedience to the ceremonial laws resulted in uncleanness (Lev. 11:24,
etc.), while

breaching the moral law meant death (Lev. 20).

The first chapter of Romans is usually considered the most thorough and clear condemnation

homosexuality in the Bible. It also contains the only specific reference to lesbianism.
But some people

claim that Paul’s statements are “culturally bound,” addressed to first century
believers and therefore not

applicable today. But God declares that His moral laws
do no change and that His Word “stands

forever” (Isa. 40:8).

What did Paul mean when he stated that homosexual acts are “unnatural” (Rom. 1:26, 27)?
Contrary to

what a person feels is natural? Not necessarily. Many homosexuals say that they
have always felt attracted

to others of their own gender. But we live in a fallen world; sin has
distorted our perception of truth (Rom.

1:18). So what someone feels is “natural” can still be
wrong. Paul was referring to the natural order as God

originally created it.

Those who practice homosexual acts receive “in themselves the due penalty for their
perversion” (Rom.

1:27). Homosexuals reap a bitter harvest of emotional and physical suffering.
Though AIDS is not

necessarily a direct judgment from God, it certainly is a devastating
consequence of sin.

First Corinthians 6:9 mentions “homosexual offenders” in a long list of people who will
not inherit the

kingdom of God. This passage seems clear – until the discussions begin about
the exact meaning of the

original Greek word. 
Does arsenokoitai refer to lustful, uncommitted male prostitution or to a loving,

relationship? The literal meaning is “a male who lies with a male.” There are no qualifications.

All homosexual behavior is forbidden, no matter what degree of love or lust is

What about Jesus’ silence on this issue? There are many sexual behaviors that He did not

(incest, rape, bestiality). That doesn’t mean they are permissible. Jesus always upheld
the Old Testament

law (Matt. 5:17-19), which strictly condemned homosexual acts. And He
affirmed celibacy as the only

legitimate alternative to heterosexual marriage (Matt. 19:12).