What does the Bible say about homosexuality?

Is homosexuality always wrong?


The subject of homosexuality has caused a great deal of confusion for many. It is a controversial subject in our society, but it is not a new question for the Church of God. The early New Testament Church dealt with it.

Scripture clearly shows that homosexual behavior is sin. You may befamiliar with 1 Corinthians:6:9-10. The Amplified Bible adds clarity: "Do you not know that the unrighteous and the wrong doers will not inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived (misled): neither the impure and immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor those who participate in homosexuality... will inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God."

Another plain New Testament passage that addresses the subject is Romans:1:26-27.

Paul, in 1 Corinthians 6, goes on to state: "And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God" (verse 11,NKJV).

That is, members of the Church of God in Corinth had committed some or all of the sins listed—including homosexual conduct—but later converted and turned from their sin. This verse shows that homosexual behavior can be overcome. Of course, it is surely better to refuse something that is sin rather than to have to repent and change from it later.

Sin begins with temptation to do what is wrong. One practical necessity is to avoid exposure to material that typically provokes sexual temptations, including pornographic literature and sexually explicit television programs and movies. Paul's practical advice to the Corinthians is applicable—run away from factors that bring on temptations. "Flee sexual immorality" (1 Corinthians:6:18).

Equally important is the necessity to put uplifting information and images into our minds (2 Timothy:2:22). Select your reading material and entertainment wisely.

The apostle Paul candidly spoke of his ongoing struggle against human nature in Romans:7:14-25. Overcoming doesn't mean that we're always able to put aside temptation, never to experience it again. To the contrary, it's more common that we have to battle against familiar temptations repeatedly.

The necessity to fight this battle shouldn't discourage us, for, as Paul brings out, we can count on victory through Jesus Christ. The battle against sin must be fought largely in the mind, before temptations give way to sinful thoughts and, eventually, sinful actions.

Think on Paul's words from 2 Corinthians:10:4-5: "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. "We must all control our sexual desires.


snoe's picture

Is homosexuality wrong....My belief is that the bible teaches us that it is most definitely wrong and an abomination of God.

Levitcus 20:13-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.


rwp_47's picture

As "snoe" points out, Lev:20:13 plainly shows the bible teaching on homosexuality.

But I've discovered an argument that someone wishing to justify homosexuality could logically and successfully use by basing the argument on an assumption that I suspect most members of God's church would see nothing wrong with (and I mean: they wouldn't see anything wrong with the assumption).

Here's the argument:
Ephesians:5:23 - "For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body."

Do you believe that this scripture proves (establishes) that the relationship between Christ and the Church is a marriage relationship?
Assuming that you do (where that's the assumption that will empower the argument - call this "the assumption"), then consider the following.

That means that one is assuming that since the relationship between a husband and wife regarding "headship" is likened to the headship of Christ to the Church, then that must mean that the relationship between Christ and the Church is a marriage (that the Church is Christ's bride).

With that in mind notice 1 Cor:11:3 - "But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God."

Wouldn't using the same reasoning that was used in Ephesians to conclude that the relationship between Christ and the Church is a marriage also mean that 1 Corinthians could be used to say that the relationship between every man and Christ, and between Christ and the Father are marriage relationships? Wouldn't those relationships imply homosexuality ... suggesting that homosexuality is Godly?

But don't misunderstand. This conclusion is not being endorsed here. Its only being pointed out that applying "the assumption" made regarding Ephesians to 1 Corinthians logically results in this conclusion. But we know that this conclusion plainly contradicts scriptures such as Lev:20:13.

The point being ... there is obviously something wrong with "the assumption" ... because the assumption leads to an obvious contradiction. And that realization and understanding is vitally important for the church to comprehend.

Ephesians:5:23 is therefore not a proof (and does not logically imply) that the relationship between Christ and the Church is a marriage relationship.

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