THE BIBLE AND THE GAY LIFESTYLE
The active homosexual and lesbian community today is diverse, spanning the spectrum of ages, classes, occupations, etc. They can be found through much of the world. They are diverse but, regardless of class or occupation, they still have one thing in common; the active homosexual and lesbian community lifestyle that they practices is sinful. I want to say upfront that I have no hatred towards those suffering from gender identity disorder. Reader, if this is your condition, then know that you are valued and that your life is precious. I do not write this to hurt you but, rather, to try to extend help. It is for sinners, heterosexual and homosexual alike, that Jesus died. He died to save us from our sins and to cleanse us from our sins, to set us free. Because of what Jesus has done for us, we can be forgiven of our sins. Being forgiven of our sins begins with recognizing our sin for what it is and coming to Jesus with it. It is because recognizing sin for what it is is so important that I am writing this article now.
The institution of marriage is under much attack and is assaulted on many fronts, from the educational establishment to the courts to Hollywood. In our country, and in North America in general, liberal propaganda has normalized divorce, adultery and, yes, homosexuality. Many have been deeply wounded and even destroyed by the lies which daily turn men and women down the wrong path of the gay lifestyle. What does the Bible say about the same-sex lifestyle?
The Old Testament Teaching on Sodomy
In the order of creation, God made man and then, we are told in Genesis 2:18 that God purposed to make a helper for man. God made a helper and that helper, or mate, was woman (see vs 21-24). This is a divine order, pairing man with woman. God blessed this institution. This is the only institution for marriage and for sexual orientation that the Bible blesses. What other sexual orientation can we read about in the pages of the Bible that God blesses? There are no others.
In the Book of Genesis, we have an account from the life of Lot. Lot was living in the ungodly city of Sodom when angelic visitors, in the form of men, came to him to warn him to flee the city. While this was happening men from the city learned of the visitors and came to Lot's home, desiring to have homosexual relations with them. The Scriptures read:
But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:
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.
And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,
And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.
Lot rebuked the terrible desire of these men; “...do not so wickedly.” Some have claimed that biblical prohibions on same-sex lifestyle were only for Jews. If homosexaul behavior is wickedness for Jews only, then why was the Gentile cities of Sodom and Gomorrah judged for acting in this way? This prohibition is continued elsewhere in the Old Testament. The Book of Leviticus calls homosexual activities an abomination; “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” (Leviticus 18:22). Some would again say that this was only a part of God's covenant with natural Jews. However, in verse 24, we read; “Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:” Here, we see that homosexual sin is one thing which defiled the nations. Nations, here, means Canaanite, Gentile nations. God's prohibition on homosexual sin is universal.
The New Testament Teaching On Sodomy
The New Testament teaching on sodomy is consistent with its Old Testament counterpart. The New Testament teaches repeatedly on same-sex lifestyle but even just this one passage in Romans is enough to establish that God opposes it. In the Book of Romans we read:
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
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.
The New Testament calls same-sex feelings “vile affections”. According to this passage same sex lifestyle, warrents a penalty, as well.
The teachings of Jesus Christ also, indirectly, confront homosexuality. Scripture records of Christ; “And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?” (Matthew19:4-5). Here, we see that the teaching of Jesus Christ confronts homosexuality by upholding the God-ordained institution of the marriage of male and female. Just because Jesus didn't use the word “homosexuality” when rebuking sin, does not mean He approved of it. Jesus didn't mention by name many other sins like wife beating, money laundering or drug abuse. Jesus didn't lower standards of the Law. We read; “ Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (Matthew 5: 17-18).
Theology must not be made to fit into the Bible, rather, we must get our theology from the Bible itself. Be aware of the temptation to rationalize your own feelings.
Gay marriage promotes the devaluation of marriage. The more that high standards for marriage are lowered, the less serious people become in how they view it. Media has drawn attention to the fact that there is a pro-gay theology movement alive in some mainline Churches. Such theology does not accept the Bible for what it says. Either it rejects the word of God as being authoritative on all issues that it addresses or it says that issues, like the Scripture's teaching on homosexuality, are misinterpreted.
Pro-gay theology says that God's command is to love Him and love our neighbour as ourself, and that this has no bearing on a person's choice to marry someone of the same sex. However, this is not true. Yes, we are to love God with all of our heart. One way that we love God is to obey Him. Mark 12:30 says; "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment." If we love our neighbour we will not involve them in homosexual sin which is offensive to God and damaging to themselves.
Pro-gay theology argues that the Bible's teaching against homosexual sin was written within the context of abusive, exploitive homosexual activity and that that is the type of homosexual activity that it condemns. Many gay Church leaders argue that the Bible does not condemn the committed, loving, gay relationship that homosexuals claim exists. Again, this is greatly stretching the text of Scripture. From the verses we have just read, we can see that the Scripture condemns homosexual sin in very clear and direct language. It is not scholarship to invent a context for changing the meaning of Scripture passages. The most straightforward meaning of these texts condemns the homosexual lifestyle as sin. The Almighty God knew that these passages would be read throughout the ages. If He wanted to condemn only abusive excesses of homosexual activity, He could have made that clear. Are we going to say that God was shortsighted in making the kind of statements that He made?
Pro-gay theology argues that those taking the Bible literally today, concerning judgment on gay lifestyle, are like those who took and used the Bible literally to suppress women throughout the ages. However, this argument is not a fair comparison. The Bible teaches respect for women, regardless of how some have interpreted it to the contrary. The Bible includes the stories of many virtuous women such as Mary, Martha, Mary the mother of Jesus, Elizabeth, Priscilla, etc. The first people to believe in the resurrection of Christ were women. Some Bible women are heros such as Esther and Debra. Where are the examples of homosexuals in the Bible who were heroes of faith? There are none. The homosexual lifestyle is condemned wherever it appears in Scripture.
Gay activists have tried to argue for the decency of lifelong, loving, homosexual relationships. However, studies indicate that the average homosexual has hundreds of partners in his lifetime. The homosexual magazine, “Genre,” reports that in a specific study 24 % of homosexuals had more than 100 partners. 2 Such studies do not show a lifelong, loving, monogamous experience but, rather, an uncommitted lifestyle and broken relationships for huge numbers of gays. Research has also shown that gay relationships are typically more abusive than heterosexual ones. “Journal of Interpersonal Violence” reports that 90% of lesbians surveyed had been recipients of one or more acts of verbal aggression by their partner, with 31% reporting one or more incidents of physical abuse. 3 In their book, “Men Who Beat The Men Who Love Them,” D. Island and P. Letellier postulate that domestic violence is almost double between gay men than it is between couples in the heterosexual population. 4 The American Journal of Public Health found that in a five-year study which compared physical battering between urban men who have sex with men and between women who were either married to or living with men, that physical battering (annually of both severe violence and total violence) was significantly more common among men who had sex with men. 5 The Bureau of Justice Statistics (U.S. government) reports that the lowest rates of violence towards women occurred in the married relationships of traditional families. 6
The gay lifestyle is also immoral when gay couples raise children that they have obtained through adoption or through artificial reproduction. This only drags children into the extremely dysfunctional world of gender identity disorder. Some research has shown that such upbringing is damaging to children. Sociologist, Sotirios Sarantakos, conducted a study and wrote an article in the “Children Australia” in which he compared 174 elementary school children for academic achievement and life skills, living in three types of homes : married heterosexual parents, live-in heterosexual parents, gay parents (both lesbian and gay). He found that children of married couples did the best and those from gay homes did the worst in nine of thirteen categories. These categories were : Language, Mathematics, Sports, Sociability, Attitude to learning and School, Parent-school Relationship, Sex Identity, School Related Support and Parental Aspirations. Children from gay homes scored higher in three areas : Social Studies, Personal Autonomy and Household Tasks. Overall, the study shows that children raised in gay homes suffer at school, both academically and socially, and are less likely to do as well as children from married heterosexual homes. 7
I believe that children can't take on the pressures of school and thrive at education and social development when they are wrestling with deep inner anguish and confusion.This is seen in the following quote from a child of gay parents:
Jakii Edwards :
We constantly wonder if we will eventually become gay. There is humiliation when other kids see our parents kissing a same-sex lover in front of us. Trust me, it's hard on the children, no matter how much they love their gay parent. The homosexaul community may never admit it, but the damage stemming from their actions can be profound. 11
Pentecostalism has always shunned the sin of homosexual activity. The Assemblies of God, which is the largest Pentecostal denomination in the world, issued this statement in 1979, saying that homosexuality represented the “alarming erosion of national moral standards”. 1
Does this mean that everyone experiencing a same-sex attraction is going to hell? Before reading that interpretation into what I have written, let me make clear what I believe. All of us are fallen creatures and all of us have a flesh which pulls and inclines us toward evil desires. However, we have a choice to make over what we do with these desires. We can come to God in our weakness and beseech for His grace to overcome our flesh and to choose His higher road of faith and holy living or, we can entertain, dwell upon and act out those desires. There is a difference between the man or woman who is warring against sin and their own flesh and the one who is giving in to their flesh and letting it carry them away. Where will one's flesh lead them if they offer no resistence to it? A person's flesh, if unrestrained, will lead them into greater and deeper levels of sin as that person's heart hardens more and more against truth and righteousness. You may be a Christian reading this, and may be wrestling with same-sex attraction, yet you have not given up fighting these feelings. There is great hope for you breaking free from the intensity of this attraction if you keep coming to God with your struggle. The fact that you have an inner struggle does not mean that you are not a Christian. Even the Apostle Paul tells of having inner struggle with sin (see Romans 7:15-25). However, if you are reading this and have given in to your flesh so that you are pursuing, and maybe even living out in your activity, the same-sex desires of your heart, then let these Scripture verses, quoted in this article, warn you of your corruption and correct and re-direct you to a place of brokeness, confession and repentance.
Many who struggle with gender identity disorder already know that it is sin and are dealing with the problem. They have taken the courageous steps of repenting from this lifestyle and may be involved in reparative therapy. They are grieved at the impulses felt inside of them and are not justifying those feelings. They want to change. There is great hope for such ones. However, there are many who struggle with gender identity disorder who have not yet come to this place of recognition and repentance. Perhaps they have been told by a teacher or counsellor that there is nothing wrong with being gay, that it is just an alternative lifestyle. It could be that you have this struggle and have been patted on the back and told not to worry about it, but to just accept these feelings as being your own sexual orientation. Yet, the pats and platitudes have not resulted in inner peace. There is a storm within you and you must find relief. Friend, teachers and counsellors may mean well in their advice, but you need an answer from a Higher Source. The gay lifestyle must never be dismissed as an innocent thing. Sexuality is something created by God and God, alone, has the right to set boundaries on sexual conduct. Do not settle for an answer from anyone less than God Himself. How does one find God's answer and will regarding gender identity disorder? The answer is found in God's Book, The Holy Bible.
Jesus Christ died to save and change both heterosexual and homosexual sinners. His love reaches out today to those who will respond to His call. Accepting the same-sex lifestyle as an alternative and acceptable outlet for sexual expression does not lead to inner peace or to a right relationship with God, or with others. Homosexual activity is sodomy, one of the sins of Sodom. Friend, “do not so wickedly.” The timeless Word of God calls it an abomination. Jesus taught a marriage picture that was between a man and a woman. Friends, consellors or media personalities, and even some Church leaders, may condone what God condemns but we will answer to God for our lives one day. We love God and love our neighbours as we carefully obey God and when we fail, we come to Him, acknowledge the struggle and call for His help. Friend, do not choose the dysfunctional road of gay lifestyle. Studies reveal the uncommitted, short-lived and abusive relationships it produces. Such an environment is agony for children who are raised within it. Instead, choose God's higher road of holiness, wholeness and love made possible through the redemptive death of Christ.
God bless you.
“Sex Survey Results ” Genre, (October 1996).
Lettie L. Lockhart et al, “Letting Out the Secret : Violence in Lesbian Relationships ” Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 9, (1994), 469-492.
D. Island and P. Letellier, Men Who Beat The Men Who Love Them : Battered Gay Men & Domestic Violence (New York: Haworth Press, 1991), 14.
Gregory L. Greenwood, et al, “Battering Victimization among a Probability – Based Sample of Men Who Have Sex with Men,” American Journal of Public Health 92 (December 2002): 1966-1967).
“Violence Between Intimates ” Bureau of Justice Statistics Selected Findings, November 1994, 2.
Sotirios Sarantakos, “Children in three contexts : Family, education and social development, “Children Australia, Vol. 21, No. 3 (1996), 24-28.
12. http://www.ag.org/info/position/34-4181.htm The General Presbytery of the Assemblies of God, quoted in Timothy J. Dailey, The Bible, The Church & Homosexuality :Exposing The 'Gay ' Theology (Washington: Family Research Council, 2004), 36.
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Island, D and P. Letellier, Men Who Beat The Men Who Love Them : Battered Gay Men & Domestic Violence (New York: Haworth Press, 1991), 14.
Van de Ven, Paul, et al. “A Comparative Demagraphic and Sexual Profile of Older Homosexually Active Men,” Journal of Sex Research 34, (1997), 354.
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http://www.ag.org/info/position/34-4181.htm The General Presbytery of the Assemblies of God, quoted in Timothy J. Dailey, The Bible, The Church & Homosexuality :Exposing The 'Gay ' Theology (Washington: Family Research Council, 2004), 36.