This is a hot topic in today’s Church. Some churches have accepted openly homosexual members, others have tried to change them, and others have rejected them. But is any one of them right? Let’s take a look.
The Bible seems to speak against homosexuality. We look at the Old Testament and see in Leviticus that a man lying with another man as he would a woman is a sin. We also see homosexuality condemned in Romans and in 1 Corinthians. But what does this mean? And how does it apply today?
Obviously, there is no way getting around the fact that the Bible seems to have condemned at least some aspect of homosexuality at the time it was written. It was applicable to the Jews, as well as to the first Christians. Given this, I think that whatever was meant by these verses holds true today, as it lasted from the Old Covenant into the New Covenant. So I am not one who says that this can be regarded as a cultural taboo, but is now acceptable. It seems pretty straight forward that this was considered sin and always would be. Especially in the Corinthians passage, where it places homosexuality in the category of stealing,coveting, idolatry, adultery, etc. These are all considered wrong to this day, so why would Paul have included this with these if it did not have this in common? It seems like he wouldn’t have.
So if this still holds true today, what does it mean? I actually agree with some of the homosexual community that the Bible does not really reference homosexual orientation. Rather, it refers to the action. And the action, being sexual, is condemned on merit not only of its homosexual nature, but the fact that it is sexual relations outside of the marriage relationship. The Bible is pretty clear that marriage is between a man and a woman, and if I, not being married, participate in sexual relations, this is sin. I am held to the same standard that a homosexual is! This is not hypocrisy, as some have claimed. It does indeed go both ways. However, I, a male, can marry a female, and have sexual relations without sin. But I cannot marry a fellow male and do the same, as this is not the marriage relationship that the Bible speaks of.
So where does this leave us? There is some evidence that some homosexuals are such not so much due to choice, but to genetics and/or experience. They can’t control this, and should not be expected to change. Having said this, I am not an advocate of trying to force a homosexual to become heterosexual. If they want to try, by all means they can. But failing to change should not be held against them. But if they wish to practice their homosexuality, this should not be permitted. That would be sin, and sin needs to be dealt with if possible. This would be an unrepented sin. So I do think one can have a homosexual orientation and be a Christian. The Bible does not condemn the mentally handicap for not being able to learn like others. And in a way, a homosexual is “handicapped” in a at least somewhat similar way, in that they are different, and should not be condemned for merely being so. But this is not to say that their are not responsible for their actions. Sex outside of marriage is sin, whether heterosexual or not. And this is the aspect of homosexuality that is condemned and is in fact sinful. And this needs to be known to all, so that morality does not slowly deteriorate as some continue to give in to being “politically correct” and “today” rather than focusing on the unchanging and immutable.