What does the Bible say about homosexuality?
First of all, it’s important to understand that God wants what is best for us. He is the author of life and wants to bless His children. God is also the author of every good thing. He created Adam and Eve and placed them in a perfect garden. Part of this perfect life included sex, as Adam and Eve were both naked and not ashamed. Sex is a good thing, and a gift from God.
But like many things, we take what God has give us and twist them. What God means for good, sin twists and it becomes bad. So wine becomes drunkenness. Hobbies become idols. Sex becomes pornography. Much of what we struggle with is the result of a broken and fallen world, a world that is not as God intended and a world that will one day be restored.
So with that in mind, what does the Bible say about homosexuality and homosexual activity?
Homosexuality is not allowed in the Old Testament. The book of Leviticus (Chapter 18 and 22) clearly describe homosexuality as sin. But there were lots of cultural things forbidden in the Old Testament, so how do we know that homosexuality shouldn’t be treated like the sacrifices or the clothing laws?
Well, the New Testament also speaks out against the issue of homosexuality, specifically in Romans 1. Here, Paul is teaching the Romans that they are guilty of sin because, among other things, they participated in homosexual activity. In the Bible, homosexuality is one of the results of denying and disobeying God. In Matthew 19:4, Jesus affirmed marriage, saying that God’s original design for humanity was male and female.
There are some other things in the Bible that are important.
Adultery is having sex with anyone that is not your spouse. This is off limits according to the Old Testament and New Testament. (Exodus 20:14, I Corinthians 6:9-10, Matthew 5:28)
The Bible, not any person’s opinion, is our source for truth. This means that as Christians, the Bible must be our final authority. Even if we don’t like it, we go with what the Bible says. People frequently try to find loopholes in the Bible or don’t take it at face value because they don’t like what it says. This is not a wise thing.
It’s important to understand that the Bible does not say that homosexuality is a “greater” sin than others, nor is it an “unforgivable” sin. All sin is offensive to God. When Jesus died on the cross, he paid the price for ALL sin. Jesus loves all sinners and wants all of us to turn to him for forgiveness.
Matt Chandler, a pastor in Dallas, Texas does the best job I’ve seen of dealing with this in an honest, Biblical and authentic manner in a seminar delivered at his church. You can watch that talk here.