What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality?
Answering Gay Revisionist Theology
Discussions of homosexuality or “same-sex marriage,” whether in person, in the media or on the Internet, often turn to what the Bible says. Someone is likely to argue that homosexuality is a sin and point to Leviticus, Romans or the Genesis story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Others will suggest homosexuality is not a sin. They’ll say things like, “Jesus never mentioned homosexuality” or “Eating shellfish and wearing a shirt with two kinds of thread are also forbidden in Leviticus, but you don’t follow those rules, do you?”
Other arguments get thrown into the mix—from both sides:
I heard that Jonathan and David were gay.
But God made Adam and Eve, didn’t He?
Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because of inhospitality, not homosexuality.
God says homosexuals won’t inherit the kingdom of God.
Paul didn’t understand homosexuality the way we do today—he was talking about temple prostitution or child abuse.
Gays should be killed; it says so in Leviticus.
Jesus says not to judge people.
The discussion often becomes convoluted, incoherent or angry, degenerating into a shouting match.
Perhaps you have participated in similar discussions—face to face or online. Maybe you’ve seen these arguments or used them yourself. You may have found yourself wrestling with doubts about the validity of your personal convictions and the traditional Christian understanding of homosexuality and same-sex relationships. If so, this booklet is for you.
God’s original design for human sexuality will be the starting point for this discussion of Christian sexual ethics. We’ll look at some of the possible reasons people might struggle with homosexuality. Then we’ll look at specific passages in the Bible and respond to some of the revisionist arguments against the Church’s traditional, biblical interpretation and teaching. And we’ll conclude with an exhortation for Christians who engage in this discussion.
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For Further Information:
Homosexuality and the Christian: A Guide for Parents, Pastors, and Friends
Author: Mark Yarhouse
This 218 page book provides readers with a clearer understanding of homosexuality by focusing on the various aspects of sexual identity. Using a three-tier model for separating same-sex attraction and homosexual orientation from a gay identity, the author lays out how an identity in Christ script can be developed to help individuals integrate their identity around their biblical values and beliefs. Suggestions are given for how individuals and churches can stand by those dealing with same-sex attraction and who are seeking to live in obedience to biblical truth in all areas of their lives.
Loving My (LGBT) Neighbor: Being Friends in Grace and Truth
Author: Glenn Stanton
This 200 page book provides biblically-based, practical guidance for Christians seeking to walk in Grace and Truth in their relationships with those who embrace and live in a LGBT identity.
What does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality?
Author: Kevin DeYoung
This book does a nice job of responding to common objections to viewing homosexuality as sin and does so in a very straightforward and compassionate manner. The author’s intent is to help the reader understand what the Bible teaches about homosexuality