What does the Bible really say about heterosexual marriage and homosexuality?

From Hal Lane and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

“The evangelical Christian community leads efforts to preserve the traditional definition of marriage and to oppose acceptance of homosexuality for one primary reason—biblical revelation. For those who believe that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God there is no confusion about the proper definition of marriage or the immorality of homosexuality.

The biblical basis for understanding God’s intention for marriage is found in Genesis 2. The human race began with the creation of a heterosexual couple—Adam and Eve. The creation of Adam and Eve (male and female) was the foundation of human civilization and their union the first marriage. Genesis 2:24 states: This is why a man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife, and they become one flesh. Marriage is an institution of God designed as a lifelong covenant relationship between a man and woman (Matt. 19:1-6).

God’s command to Adam and Eve was “be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth” (Gen. 1:28). God’s design for procreation demanded the union of a man and woman. This is another indication that God’s intention for marriage was exclusively a heterosexual union.

The Bible declares all sexual activity outside of the marriage relationship to be sexual immorality. Homosexuality is first mentioned in biblical history in the story of the angelic visitors who came to Lot in Sodom (Gen. 19:1-25). The principal sin that resulted in the destruction of Sodom was homosexuality (Gen. 19:5-6). Homosexuality is condemned in the Mosaic Law as “detestable” and was punishable by death (Lev. 18:22; 20:13).

The New Testament also clearly identifies homosexuality as immorality. Jesus’ statement, “Don’t assume that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill” (Matt. 5:17), indicated His agreement with all moral laws of the Mosaic Law including the laws prohibiting homosexuality. His statements on marriage and divorce in Matthew 5:31-32; 19:1-9 revealed His agreement with the definition of marriage as a lawful bond between a man and woman for life.

The Apostle Paul confronted a secular culture where homosexuality was accepted and endorsed by influential writers and leaders. In contrast to the acceptance of homosexuality by many in the first century A.D., Paul referred to the practice as “sexual impurity,” “unnatural,” “shameless acts,” and “perversion” (Rom. 1:24-27). Paul included “homosexuals” among those who will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 6:9-10). Homosexuality is also included in a list of sins in 1 Timothy 1:10.

Liberal scholars have attempted at least three forms of attacks upon the biblical condemnation of homosexuality. Some have openly taken issue with the veracity of Scripture and treat the modern acceptance of homosexuality as “new truth” superior to scriptural revelation. Others have attempted to use a distorted definition of “love” to justify homosexual relationships. Still others assert that some people are born with homosexual tendencies and that God is therefore responsible and approving of homosexuality.

People are born with a sin nature that manifests itself in many expressions of rebellion against God. God is not to be blamed for our sinful choices. He sent His Son to deliver us from the penalty and the practice of sin—including homosexuality.

Christians have an opportunity to be salt and light by taking a stand for the biblical definition of marriage and upholding its condemnation of homosexuality.”

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4 Responses to What does the Bible really say about heterosexual marriage and homosexuality?

  1. Art Martens says:

    Homosexuality, to me, is clearly abnormal; however, my gay stepson avers that when he turned 13 or so, he just knew that he was different from other males. It would appear then that having choice about this condition was not an option at least in his case. This means to me that there is a disconnect between the unconditional conservative interpretation of Scripture and what is reality. Like in the case of Galileo, perhaps the church needs to take another look at how it interprets this issue in Scripture.

  2. Chris says:

    Art,

    Thank you very much for your comment. I understand that this is a very difficult issue. But, there is no misinterpreting the scripture on this issue. The scripture is very clear. The act of homosexuality is a sin. The good news is that Jesus redeemed us from our sin. If we accept this gift and turn from our sinful ways we can have eternal life.

    If you don’t mind I would be very interested in your comments on the article regarding Christianity and homosexuality at the link below.

    http://www.battlefortruth.org/ArticlesDetail.asp?id=178

    I think this is an excellent article that captures how Christians should respond to those engaged in homosexual acts.

    Thank you again. Chris

  3. Sean Egan says:

    Being Jewish, I find your religion completely arrogant. Maybe you should learn Hebrew and read the old testament. Many of the arguments you make are taken from scripture that is inaccurately translated.

    Let people do what they will. If a man loves another man and wants to be able to see him in the hospital when he is old and dying, or wants to be able to file their taxes together, let them. Is it going to hurt you? No. You are a true form of evil which will fall just as other religions have due to your arrogance. The only religion that will remain after people stop believing in your intolerance is Judaism. It’s happened before, and it is happening now.

    If I were you guys, I’d learn some respect so that maybe you don’t fade into oblivion. Stop your persecution and worry about yourselves. Learn from history.

    • Chris says:

      Sean,

      Your statement “Being Jewish, I find your religion completely arrogant” is not only a completely arrogant statement itself but it is also intolerant and bigoted.

      Why does someone need to learn Hebrew to understand the Bible condemns homosexuality? It is plain to see if you simply read the text. Homosexuality is condemned in both the Old Testament and New Testament. The Scriptures are God’s word so it seems to me your animosity is directed at Him.

      You said “Let people do what they will” but isn’t that called anarchy? The reason we have laws are for the good of society. If you study countries that have allowed same-sex marriage then you would know that it destroys traditional marriage, which is the building block of a society. Read the below series of commentaries by Michael S. Craven for more on this.

      http://www.battlefortruth.org/ArticlesDetail.asp?id=296

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