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Monday, July 23, 2007

What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality

Neil has done an exhaustive series on this subject over at his place. I commend him on his hard work in presenting this subject in a kind but Scripturally supported way. He definitely fits the mold of "teacher".

Because of comments I've received, both on this blog and privately by email, I've decided to give my own list of Scriptural reasons why I believe God makes it clear that this behavior is an abomination to Him.

So why do I believe the Bible condemns homosexuality?

I think I would start with Genesis 2:24: "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh."

There is no provision here, nor anywhere in the Bible, for marriage to be between a man and a man. Not one.

Genesis 19:5-5"And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them."

Sodom and Gomorrha were destroyed because of their total depravity, including homosexuality and other sexual perversions. This sin of homosexuality is referred to again in Jude 7: "Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire."

"Strange flesh" refers to homosexuality.

Leviticus 18:22-30: "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion. Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:...Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you:(For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled;)...For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people. Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am the LORD your God."

The Canaanites were so corrupt that they were engaging in all sorts of abominations, including human sacrifce, bestiality, child sacrifice, homosexuality, fornication, and other profane practices. That is why God eventually totally anihilated them. Homosexuality is one of the many sexual perversions and sins they were practicing. And contrary to what some have said, that this is referring only to Temple Prostitutes - that is just not so. In Deuteronomy 20:18, most would agree that the term "dogs" DOES apply specifically to male temple prostitutes - but the language here in Leviticus refers to any situation where there is homosexual sex.

In Leviticus 20:13 the law says "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them."

Romans 1:26-27: "For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet."

I Corinthians 6:9: "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind."

Some have tried to say that the word "effeminate" is referring to only male prostitutes, but the word is most commonly associated with boys or men engaged in homosexual relations, and the phrase "abusers of themselves with mankind" refers specifically to homosexual sex.

I Timothy 1:10 "For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;"

Again, this phrase is speaking specifically about homosexuality.

God cherishes the marriage union between a man and his wife. In fact He uses that illustration to explain Christ's love for His church, by calling the church His bride. There is nowhere in Scripture that homosexuality is accepted, condoned, or blessed by God. He is not silent on the subject. It is an abomination to Him.

I have a theory - and of course, it is just a theory - but it's based on a passage I found in Daniel Chapter 11 dealing with the anti-Christ. Verse 37 says of the anti-Christ "Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all."

Because marriage between a man and a woman is so sacred to God, I believe the anti-Christ could very well be a homosexual. After all, Satan has always had his counterfeits in his attempt to be like God and be worshipped as god - so what bigger slap in God's face than to pervert the union that God holds so sacred. I wrote a piece on this once - it's here

At this point, if anyone else questions why I believe homosexuality is a perversion and condemned in Scripture, I have something to refer back to instead of reposting something I've already said.

You can say you don't believe in God. You can say you don't believe in the Bible. But don't tell me the Bible doesn't condemn homosexuality. That is disingenuous.

Homosexuality can be overcome.

I Corinthians 10:13: "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."

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At 10:08 PM, Blogger Neil said...

Well said, Ms. Green! Thanks for the link.

At 10:44 PM, Anonymous Herm said...

Ms. Green, I completely agree with your opinions. They are clear and concise. I hope those that disagree will gain reason and understanding of Gods word on this subject. Herm

At 2:24 AM, Anonymous Abdul Hameed said...

I agree with you. Homosexuality is disgusting. I agree with you. As a true muslim, I can't stand it. May we all understand the teachings of our God and ear his blessings.

At 12:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill Maher a well known atheist and former Catholic, says that the Bible condemns homosexuality, despite the people that have told him that it dosen't, so if a atheist can figure it out, certainly someone who says they are Christian, should be able to figure that out too!

Now we know the Bible condemns homosexuality, and we know the bible support the relationship between a Man and a Woman. So my challenge to any Homosexual who says the Bible does not condemn homosexuality, show me where in the Bible, God supports such actions.

My only problem with people that condemn homosexuality, is they usually just talk about how its wrong, while never giving people a avenue to escape the stranglehold of Homosexuality. I think we need to as Christians focus more on how to get to heaven, than on whats going to send someone to hell. I can sit here all day and tell people reasons they are going to hell, but if I never offer them the salvation message, I'm failing as a good witness.

This is not a shot at you Ms. Green, as we have spoken before on how to leave the Homosexual lifestyle, this is more over a challenge to the Christian Community to start embracing change to how we address this issue.

At 2:00 PM, Blogger Ms.Green said...

I couldn't agree with you more, Robert.

First we need to educate "Christians" who have bought into the idea that the Bible does not condemn the lifestyle, or that people are "born" that way. They make it more difficult to witness to gays.

At 2:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh I agree, this idea that God supports homosexuality, is nothing less than a heresy, which Paul and Jesus warned us about!

At 4:02 PM, Blogger ELAshley said...

Most people either forget about, or are completely unaware of Jude 7. Bravo!

And I agree with Robert... Heresy. Damnable Heresy!

At 10:47 PM, Blogger Mark said...

I am not a Bible scolar by any definition but I hacve always believed that not everyone in Sodom and gommorrah were homosexual, but God destroyed even those who weren't, not because they themselves were homosexuals but because they did nothing to stop the sin all around them. They tolerated the sin and thus, were destroyed along with the homosexuals.

This is why I believe God will be, if not already, punishing America.


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