Some people are ignorant just because they don’t know. Others are willfully blind. One of the most repeated things I have heard not just this week, but ever since gay marriage became an issue is that the Bible nowhere speaks on gay marriage. You had to have never read the Bible enough or are just willfully blind (or as Kent Hovind would say, “dumb on purpose”) to believe that. The Old and New Testaments have plenty to say on homosexuality and on marriage. When you put them together, there is no question about God’s stance on the topic.
The first reference we see to homosexuality in the Bible is in the well known instance of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19:1-29. Two angels came to Lot’s house appearing as men. They agreed to share his house for the night. Young and old men from all over Sodom surrounded the house and demanded to have relations with Lot’s guests. Lot’s response was to chastise them for their wickedness and then cowardly betray his role as a father and offer up his virgin daughters to appease the men. The perverse men rejected the offer on the basis that he was just a temporary resident who was trying to have undue authority over them. Then they tried to force their way into the house. The angels pulled Lot inside and struck the men with blindness. I would think that would have been enough to stop them, but the Bible says they continued to seek the door. So bent were they on fulfilling the lustful desires of their flesh that not even blindness would stop them. Such as it is with many sexually immoral people in today’s society. No matter what penalty they receive for their sins in this life or warning of future penalty in eternity, they are bent on fulfilling those same desires and not only that, but force everyone else to accept their desires as normal. The gay agenda of today has more to do with forced acceptance of their deviancy as displayed in many “gay pride” parades than it does just being tolerant of their presence in society. Unbelievably, the Bible says Lot lingered in the city until after dawn. Maybe he had become too comfortable there. Romans 12:2 warns us to not let the world squeeze us into its own mould. James 4:4 is even stronger when it says that friendship with the world makes one an enemy of God. There is no halfway with God. You are either all in or not in at all. A country that accepts, normalizes, and legalizes homosexuality is not in at all. Nonetheless, Lot did finally warn his sons and their reaction parallels with the reaction of the lost when they are warned of God’s judgment. They mocked him as if he were joking. They were told to be nowhere near the city once the judgment started because the whole place was wicked and needed to be wiped out. I would love to spend more time on how the decision of five unelected judges using usurped, unconstitutional power will affect all of us, but I will have to save that for another post. The overall point from this passage though is that even God will not “strive or abide forever” with sinful, unrepentant people.
The next passage that deals with this is Leviticus 18:22-28. God commands that man shall not lie with man as he does with a woman. Included here is also a command against beastiality, but homosexuality is grouped together with beastality here. Both are an abomination and a perversion that defile people and nations. God told the Israelites that he was driving out nations before them that practiced these things. How long will it be before America is “driven out” for our sinfulness? How long before our land vomits us out? Leviticus 20:13 says that the sin required the death penalty because it was so serious.
Now for those folks who say, “Well that is Old Testament. This is the New Testament era.” Okay, let’s go take a look at the New Testament. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 and 1 Timothy 1:9-10 gives a list of people that will not inherit the kingdom of Heaven. Homosexuals, “abusers of themselves with mankind,” or “sodomites” (depending on the term you want to use) are listed among the list of unrighteous people that will not inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. Verse 11 says “such were some of you.” That means that homosexuals are capable of changing whether the curse of sin we inherited caused them to be more attracted to the same sex or whether they chose to be that way. Personally, I believe everyone chooses to be that way at some point or another whether they admit to themselves or others. But again, that is a topic for another post, as I am sure there are plenty of objections to such a “politically incorrect” statement.
There are two more points I wish to make. First, some might ask, “What does this have to do with marriage?” If the Bible is so strongly against homosexuality to the point that it prescribed the death penalty for Old Testament Israel as a way to deal with it and the New Testament says that no one who practices it can enter the Kingdom of Heaven, then who it their right mind could read that and then say, “God is against the gay lifestyle, but is okay with gay marriage?” That is one of the most dumbfoundingly illogical positions a person could take. There also might be some who would object that Christians are so obsessed with homosexuality that they never call it other types of sins. How would they know? How many of those people listen to a wide variety of sermons or read a wide selection of Christian materials on a regular basis to know that is all we preach, write, or talk about? If they have, then they aren’t being truthful when they make such a claim. That is not all we talk about. The reason why there is such an emphasis placed on this particular sin for so long is because of the unprecedented push to legalize and normalize homosexuality to the point that those who disagree are somehow “homophobic” or “haters” or “bigots” or some other silly charge. If they stopped demanding that we violate our religious freedom to accept that which we cannot biblically accept and still call ourselves Christians, then we would stop preaching about it so much even though that is far from all we discuss.
Finally, I have heard it said that Jesus never talked about homosexuality. That is wrong also. In fact, he endorsed the Genesis 1:27 and 2:24 view of marriage in Matthew 19:4-6. “Have you not read that the creator made them male and female?” “For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife?” To say that this means anything other than male-female marriage is ludicrous because it violates the plain reading of the text and all common sense. He also endorsed all the other Old Testament references to homosexuality being a in because he quoted from both Leviticus and Deuteronomy as Scripture. If He held the books in such high regard, He endorsed what they had to say in those books. Even if one wanted to try to argue that God’s perfect will changed from polygamy to monogamy (a position I also disagree with but am just using for an example here), that still does not change the definition of marriage to anything other than something that only males and females can enter into.
I realize that there will be people reading this who don’t believe the Bible is the Word of God despite the mountains of evidence to the contrary. I realize that there are people who love their sin so much that they won’t repent even though they believe the Bible is true. I personally know at least one couple who feels this way. The takeaway from all of this is that people cannot call themselves Christians or say they believe the Bible and also say that homosexuality is acceptable for anyone to practice. Those people were either ignorant of the facts before reading the above references from the Bible itself or they are liars.