Is homosexuality a sin?Yesterday I fielded your questions about the issue of homosexuality. It's a subject we are going to focus on all week. There are lots of tenets to this issue that deserve to be addressed, but before we move any further we need to dig deeply into God's Word. Amidst the swirl (maybe hurricane is a better word) of messages sent to us about homosexuality by the world, there's one key issue that begs to be addressed: What does God say about the issue of homosexuality?
There's no room for my opinion on an issue this huge. The bottom line is, it doesn't matter what I think about homosexuality. I don't want your thoughts on the issue to be influenced by me. I want them to be grounded in the Word of God.
Leviticus 18:22 says, "‘Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable."
Leviticus 20:13 says, "‘If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads."
First Corinthians 6:9–10 says, "Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God."
In Romans 1:26–28 we read, "Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual 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 shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done."
These passages don't leave a lot of room for interpretation. There is a bottom line that is clearly evident. Homosexuality is not God's plan for our sexuality.
In a world that loves to cry that truth is a grey area, when we look to God's Word for answers, this issue becomes black and white.
But that's only one half of the equation.
Scripture doesn't give us permission to use the truth as a battering ram. It doesn't allow us to ignore sin either. It does give us a blueprint for exposing sin to the bright light of Jesus and lovingly pointing others toward Him.
Consider Ephesians 4:15–16:
No prolonged infancies among us, please. We'll not tolerate babes in the woods, small children who are an easy mark for impostors. God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love—like Christ in everything. We take our lead from Christ, who is the source of everything we do. He keeps us in step with each other. His very breath and blood flow through us, nourishing us so that we will grow up healthy in God, robust in love (The Message).
How are we to speak the truth? In love. This is certainly true of the truth about homosexuality. The Bible doesn't tell us to ignore it. Clearly, homosexuality is a sin. Since all sin leads to bondage, we need to be serious about presenting God's liberating truth! But we must be careful to follow the loving example of Jesus.
Yesterday I mentioned the story of the adulterous woman found in John 8:1–11. Today I am assigning that passage to you as homework. Read the story in your Bible, and take some time to reflect on how Jesus responded when faced with a woman involved in sexual sin. Ask God to show you how His example can teach you to respond to others on the topic of homosexuality.
Then hop back on the blog, and let's keep talking. I'm praying for God to reveal His heart to us on this issue.