The Bible and Homosexuality
Anyone who has the courage to speak out against homosexuality in today’s America should be prepared to be called a “hatemonger” and a “homophobe.” Sometimes we are challenged by questions like, “Don’t you believe God loves every member of the human race?” God most definitely loves every single human being on the face of the earth, and so should we. But this does not require us to condone what the Bible clearly condemns as sin. Consider what the Bible says about homosexuality:
Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another . . . God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural 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 indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. Romans 1:24-27
Notice the language used by the Holy Spirit in describing homosexuality:
“sinful” “degrading” “indecent” “shameful” “sexual impurity” “unnatural” “perversion”
We are simply left to either accept or reject what God’s word says!
The following quotation is a typical example of the twisted thinking of many liberal-minded people of our generation. It was written by Kenneth Cauthen, Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Vanderbilt University:
Even if Romans 1: 26-27 does condemn responsible same-sex love, more must be said. . . It does not matter what particular passages on the subject of homosexuality say. . . We must not be enslaved by a few verses in the Bible that represent cultural traditions of the past. When the victory is won, so that lesbians, gays, and bisexual people are free at last to fulfill their highest potential as sexual beings, we will look back over our past and wonder in sad amazement why it took so long.
God loves homosexuals, just as he loves all sinners – which includes us all (Romans 3:23). Jesus died upon the cross so that we all might have forgiveness. However we must be careful that in our desire to be tolerant and loving we do not become like those of whom the prophet Isaiah said: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” - Isaiah 5:20