The Biblical View of Homosexuality

The Biblical View of Homosexuality

Introduction 

  • May not be aware but June is designated by many as Gay Pride Month. 
    • A time where practicing homosexuals in our country celebrate the progress that has been made in the acceptance and open practice of this lifestyle. 
    • Witnessed this progression in my brief lifetime: politicians shifting from ardent positions of traditional marriage, shows having a prominent gay character in every show, and the notorious Obergefell v. Hodges court case. 
    • Just this past week, a Christian baker who previously was accused of discrimination for not making a wedding cake for a gay wedding was vindicated when the Supreme Court recognized that his religious convictions had not been given due consideration. 
  • This, and other situations like it, continue to highlight a growing tension within our country over this issue. 
    • While past generations had a general consensus on this practice, that isn’t the case anymore—even within Christianity. 
    • There are loud voices today claiming to be Christian and yet condoning the practice of homosexuality (not speaking of those struggling with same-sex attraction). 
  • Because of this, I think it’s important for us to have a lesson examining the Bible’s teaching about homosexuality, lest we raise a generation that doesn’t know the important truth concerning this hot-button issue. 

Discussion 

  • First simply look at passages which discuss homosexuality: Lev. 18:22; 20:13; 1 Tim. 1:8-10; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Rom. 1:26-27.
    • It should be very clear that scripture condemns the practice of homosexuality. 
    • It is a sin, and unless repented of, deserving of the wrath of Almighty God—but why? 
  • The Pattern 
    • Speaking of pattern for human sexuality and flourishing (Gen. 2:21-25)
      • Notice “helper comparable to him”; i.e. compatible and complimentary. 
      • God’s pattern and intention: 
        • That opposite sex would compliment each other and declare the image of God (Gen. 1:27); particularly when they became “one flesh” within marriage (v. 24). 
        • In this humanity would flourish (1:28). 
      • This foundation for human prosperity and flourishing is the best possible environment to rear healthy children. 
    • This then is God’s pattern—and He is passionate for it because it is the best means for humans to flourish and be happy—and any distortion to this is met with serious condemnation. 
  • The Problem 
    • With Genesis as the pattern for humanity’s flourishing and happiness, what is about homosexuality that makes it so serious? 
      • Against sound doctrine. 
        • Sound doctrine=healthy teaching. 
          • That which is against such is unhealthy and under condemnation of the law (1 Tim. 1:8). 
          • Within the Bible any sexual activity outside of the bond of marriage is referred to as “fornication” or “sexual immorality.” 
        • What this means then is that any activity—and particularly within 1 Timothy, homosexuality—outside of God’s pattern is a rejection of God’s truth and purpose for humanity (Rom. 1:18, 25). 
        • Not only is it a rejection of His pattern, but his image as well. 
          • Complimentary nature of “male and female” display God’s image. 
          • “One flesh” shows a deep mystery of God’s relationship with His people (Eph. 5:31-32)—something which homosexuality mars 
      • Against Nature 
        • The Romans 1 passage calls homosexuality “against nature”; against God’s natural order. 
          • Homosexuality is biological incompatible; it goes against natural order. 
          • As mentioned, God’s pattern is for human procreation and flourishing experienced within the bonds of marriage—something which those of the same sex cannot do. 
        • God’s natural revelation and special revelation are in accord with this. 
      • Abomination 
        • Word means “an item of extreme disgust, looked at as loathsome”—this is how God views the sin of homosexuality. 
        • While the world looks at such with fondness and affection, God sees it as something abhorrent and against His very nature. 
    • This is the Biblical definition of homosexuality and stands in stark contrast to the picture often painted by our culture. 
    • Yet, behind all the glitz and glam, there lies a dark truth, a price that has been paid by those in same-sex relationships for many years.
  • The Price 
    • In Romans 1 Paul hints at consequences of the homosexual lifestyle (Rom. 1:27)—we still see those consequences today. 
      • High Ricks of Mental Health problems among homosexuals (Study done by University College London):
        • His team looked at rates of mental disorder among 7,403 adults living in the UK, whose details were obtained from the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2007. 
        • Rates of depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobia, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and alcohol and drug dependence were significantly higher in homosexual respondents.
    • In 2014 the CDC released a study highlighting the dangers of this lifestyle. 
      • “While men with same-sex attraction make up only 2 percent of the total population, they accounted for 63 percent of all newly-diagnosed HIV/AIDS cases in 2010.”
      • “More than half of all AIDS-sufferers in the U.S. are homosexual.”
    • Only 1% of homosexuals die of old age, compared to 73% of men in general who live to be 65 and older; less than 3% of homosexuals are over the age of 55. 
    • Sadly, this lifestyle has a hefty price to pay. 
      • One which the church must see in order to understand that the call of the gospel is not hateful or discriminatory. 
      • The gospel calls our homosexual neighbors out of this destructive, God condemned lifestyle into the peace of Christian living. 
    • Which leads us to the discussion another price that was paid—a price that was paid for every homosexual: the price of their sin has been paid by Jesus Christ. 
      • Didn’t read the full text of 1 Cor. 6 earlier. Look at v. 11. 
      • Homosexuality isn’t the unforgivable sin; the Holy Spirit can dwell in penitent homosexuals as well. 
      • God deeply loves every homosexual and gave His life for them to be with him eternally if they will repent and obey the gospel so that “times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19). 
      • As the church we must reflect this same love; loving our homosexual neighbor as ourself—this doesn’t require us to compromise our convictions; we can care for people without agreeing with how they live. 

Conclusion 

  • In 1998, popular entertainer Ellen Degeneres led a bipartisan demonstration on the steps of the US Capitol in response to the brutal murder of University of Wyoming undergraduate, Matthew Shepherd—who was a homosexual. 
    • During this Ellen said “This is war” and referred to those who believe in what we are teaching this morning as “evil idiotic, so-called God-loving people who use the Bible to justify their hatred.” 
    • Simply for believing this—by some—you will be considered hateful. 
  • Yet, in some ways she was right—it is war. 
    • Yet, not against us, but against God and his love. 
    • But a war which God has taken into Himself, enduring the hostility of sinners in order to save them, before He must judge them (2 Pet. 3:9) 
  • Appeal to those with same sex attraction. 
  • Prayer 

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