Here are the topics that you’ll find in this article:
- What does the Bible say about sexual sins?
- Does God love lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders?
- Dissecting what the Bible says about homosexuality
- Are there other passages of Scripture that mention homosexuality?
- Is there a difference between gay behavior and gay attraction?
- Are people born gay?
- Is there hope for a person living a gay lifestyle?
What does the Bible say about homosexuality?
Can two men get married if they love each other?
How about two women?
These are some of the questions that you’ll find answers to in this blog post.
A lot of people have different opinions on the subject of homosexuality.
That’s why this article is focused on giving you the Bible’s perspective about gay and lesbian lifestyles.
What Does the Bible Say About Sexual Sins?
If this is the first article that you read on this blog, then you might think that this site is prejudice against gay or transgender people.
But that’s not true!
The Bible says that there are all sorts of sexual sins that many people commit and these include:
- Adultery or cheating on one’s spouse
- One night stands
- Sex with a boyfriend or girlfriend
- Sexual thoughts about someone that you’re not married to
This blog’s position is to take a Biblical stand that all of these sexual acts are sins that can keep you from entering heaven if you have not confessed Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
Does God Love Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgenders?
God loves ALL people.
He doesn’t only love those who have stayed away from certain types of sins.
You can reach this conclusion from verses like John 3:16 where it says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. ”
Who does God love? He loves the whole world.
Or check out 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 which says, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.
“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.”
Even the Bible admits that there are people who were caught up in sexual sins but who gave their lives to Jesus Christ and stopped sinning sexually.
It may not have happened overnight, but it does happen eventually.
So as you can see, God loves all people including those who are living the LGBTQ lifestyle.
Dissecting What the Bible Says About Homosexuality
The book of Romans 1: 24-29 clearly states that homosexuality is wrong and should be avoided.
Here’s the Bible passage from the NIV version:
24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.
25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.
27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind,so that they do what ought not to be done.
29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice.
And the Apostle Paul also spoke of it in the book of 1 Cor. 6:9-10 where he lists homosexuality along with other sins such as greed and covetousness.
9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men
10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Are There Other Passages of Scripture That Mention Homosexuality?
Yes, there sure is!
You have to understand God is very much concerned about your sexuality.
The first two passages below are taken from the Old Testament, and the third Bible verse is taken from the New Testament.
1. The Book Of Genesis Chapter 19
When the city of Sodom and Gomorrah is mentioned, what immediately comes to mind are gay acts.
The biblical account talked about how the men of the city were attempting to forcibly have sex with two visiting angels who appeared as men.
It was clear from this gay mob that they wanted to “know’’ the two new men who were visiting their city.
The Hebrew word for “know” means that they wanted to have sexual intercourse with them. (Genesis 19:5-6)
It was in that light that Lot attempted to offer his daughters as an alternative which they turned down.
Their request plainly showed they were looking for much more than a social acquaintance.
Ezekiel 16:49-50 says, “Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me…”
The Hebrew word translated “detestable” refers to something that is morally disgusting and is the same word used in Leviticus 18:22 that refers to homosexuality as an “abomination.”
Also, notice that the book of Jude verse 7 adds the following valuable insight:
“…just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.”
Jude also emphasizes the nature of their sexual desires: they pursued “unnatural desire” (literally, it means “unnatural flesh”).
2. The Book Of Leviticus Chapters 18 & 20
The Holy book of Leviticus contains two authoritative pronouncements about gay acts:
“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.”
“If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.”
Now let us turn to the New Testament.
3. The Book of Romans 1: 18-32
Romans chapter 1 has a lot to say about the nature and character of homosexual behavior.
Paul’s mission in the early chapters was to demonstrate that the whole world is unrighteous in God’s sight and therefore in need of salvation.
Furthermore, in Romans 1:18-32 he focuses on the Gentiles, describing the way they have turned away from God and embraced idolatry.
Paul says that those exchanging the glory of God for images of creatures (verse 23); the truth of God for lies, leading to full-scale idolatry, worshipping a created image (verse 25); and rejecting the knowledge of God (verse 28), exchanging “natural” relations for “unnatural” ones, etc.
For these reasons and more, God gave them up to dishonorable passions (reprobate minds).
“For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their sins.” (Romans 1:26-27)
Also, check out 1 Timothy 1:8-10 where the Apostle Paul writes:
The law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine.
1 Timothy. 1:8-10
Is There a Difference Between Homosexual Behavior and Homosexual Attraction?
The answer is yes!
I have personally known people that used to live a gay lifestyle but then gave their life to Jesus, and no longer practice homosexuality.
One guy that I know became a Christian, got married, and lives a heterosexual lifestyle.
However, another gay person that I know gave his life to Christ but continues to have same-sex attractions to other men.
Even though it was clear that God didn’t deliver this second man from same-sex attraction, he chose to resist temptation and live a celibate life unto the Lord.
From my experience, I often see that Christians who used to live a gay lifestyle still struggle with same-sex attraction, but they choose to live a life of obedience to God.
You may want to read about Rachel’s story who was living a gay lifestyle and thought that Christians were stupid bigots.
Are People Born Gay?
I researched if people are born gay and I couldn’t find any scientific evidence that would suggest that they are.
I did find this quote from the American Psychiatric Association, so I will include it here.
“Some people believe that sexual orientation is innate and fixed; however, sexual orientation develops across a person’s lifetime.”
For a second, imagine that there is a gay gene.
That would probably imply that there is a heterosexual gene too.
If someone has an attraction to the opposite sex, then is it okay for that person to pursue a sexual relationship with that person outside of the context of marriage?
Your answer will depend on your beliefs.
If you believe that you can do whatever you want with your sexuality, then there’s no reason for you not to pursue your sexual desires.
But if you’re a Christian who believes that you should honor God with your body and follow His commandments, then you’re going to ignore those sexual desires and not act on them.
So as you can see, whether there is such a thing as a gay gene only matters on whether you think you’re accountable to God for your actions or not.
Is There Hope For a Person Living a Gay Lifestyle?
I understand how this section of the article might seem offensive to some people.
“What do you mean is there hope for someone living a homosexual lifestyle,” they would say. “There’s nothing wrong with them!”
I understand that argument and where people are coming from.
However, have you ever thought of this:
- Why is it that when a gay person goes public with their sexuality that it’s called, “coming out of the closet?”
- Or why is it that LGBT youth are almost five times as likely to have committed suicide compared to heterosexual youth?
I don’t know about you, but I have talked to a few people who either have lived or are currently living a gay lifestyle.
They all have one thing in common.
They all say that being gay is hard.
They also say that they are either struggling with their homosexuality now or have struggled with it in the past.
So while I don’t mean to offend anyone by this article or with this section, I just wanted to put it out there that yes, there is hope.
Give your life to God, and He will help you with your sexual sins.
By the way, you aren’t the only one who has committed sexual sins; I have committed plenty in my lifetime.
So if you have questions about getting help with whatever sexual sins you’re struggling with, then please send me a message by visiting the contact page.
Here’s What You Can Conclude About Homosexuality According to the Bible
God never designed homosexuality, and it has never been in His original plan for humankind.
God desires all people engaged in a gay lifestyle to give their lives over to Him so that He can help them with their same-sex attraction.
If someone struggled with same-sex attraction and tried to quit on their own, then I can guarantee that at some point they will fail and fall into temptation.
The only solution is to become born again because when you do, then God gives you a new heart and a new desire to please Him.
You can’t do it on your own. You will always need God’s help.
Over to You
What do you think, is homosexuality a sin?