This is another dividing issue in our culture and also in some churches. Some churches, Christians, and many Christian students seem to be unclear as to what the Bible’s position is on same sex relationships. Some reason that if two people love each other, then what could be wrong? This section will give you resources to learn the Bible’s position on this subject, as well as the reasons behind the Bible’s position and how we need to respond to this issue.
I have included this topic specifically because it causes so much criticism of Christians. Many non-Christians believe that Christianity teaches that homosexuality is a sin far worse than other sins. Considering most non-Christians don’t consider it a sin, this belief contributes toward their feeling that Christians are intolerant. This is not the case. all sin is an offense to God, and any sin which isn’t forgiven by God is enough to keep a person out of heaven for eternity. We are all sinners, and deserve hell. Only God can and did pay the price for our sin so that we could have the opportunity to choose to accept the price he paid for us, choose Him and live eternally with him.
As you can see by the following verse, the Bible classifies homosexuality as no greater or lesser a sin than the others listed.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”
What is true is that all sin comes because we give into the temptation to think of ourselves above others, to give in to our selfish desires. Whatever we are tempted with; be it money, power, sex, etc., the temptation is to choose our will over God’s will for us. When we choose our will, knowing that God’s will is different, it is sin. And any sin is enough to damage our relationship with God to the point of being separated from him. Unless we choose to accept His will for our lives, and accept the price He paid to provide us with eternal life, we are going our way. The Bible shows where our way leads.
Proverbs 14:12 "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death."
I indicated earlier that God will not force His will on us. He allows us to choose His way or our own way, and He will respect the choice we make. So will each of us follow Him or ourselves? He pursues us while we are alive here, and he has sacrificed His own son to prove His love for us. He paid the debt that we owe, so that we have the opportunity to choose Him. He has done everything that can be done, but He cannot choose for us. And once we pass from this life, the opportunity to choose him is gone forever. The God who created the Universe came into time and space to provide us the opportunity of an eternal life with Him, but again, it’s our choice.
If you are a follower of Christ and have looked down on anyone who is a homosexual, I would suggest that you look at your own life and see if you are guilty of any of the other sins listed in just this passage. Even if only in our thoughts, all of us are guilty of at least one of these sins listed, just like the Ten Commandments. If you don’t accept the Biblical position on this or other topics, then you are making the Bible say what you want it to. You are making it into something other than what it is, God’s Word to us.
We are all sinners, and because we are so loved by God, He paid the greatest price so that we could spend eternity with Him.
Homosexuality: Compassion and Clarity – Sean McDowell
This is a powerful message showing the importance of our being compassionate when discussing this issue.
Tim Keller on Homosexuality
What do Christians have against Homosexuality?
Tim Keller at Veritas [8 of 11]
Ravi Zacharias on the Christian View of Homosexuality
The Homosexual Question: Sin?
Stand To Reason's page listing good articles on homosexuality
What does the Bible say?
Homosexuality: Know the Truth, Speak it with Compassion