Is homosexuality a sin? Does the Bible teach it is a sin? Furthermore, does the Bible teach it is not just a sin, but a particularly abominable one? All of these questions are clearly answered by the Scripture.
First, the Bible does teach that homosexuality is a sin. However, many today attempt to circumvent this clear teaching of Scripture by claiming that the Bible’s condemnation of homosexuality is only found in the earliest writings of the Old Testament, which they allege are both antiquated and ambiguous. However, this popular assertion is patently false, and easily proven so by the Scripture. Take for example the Biblical references below, from both the Old and New Testaments.
- The word “sodomy,” which originally meant unnatural sexual relations with a member of the same sex, was derived from the homosexual proclivities of the men of Sodom, whom the Bible describes as “sinners before the Lord exceedingly” (Genesis 13:13). According to Genesis 18:16-33, God determined to destroy the Sodomites because “their sin [was so] grievous.” It was after an attempt by the city’s male inhabitants to forcefully have sex with a pair of angels that God destroyed Sodom with “brimstone and fire...out of heaven” (Genesis 19:1-28).
- In the New Testament, Jude refers to God’s destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah with fire and brimstone as a warning of the punishment of “eternal fire” that awaits all who are guilty of sexual perversion (Jude 1:7).
- In both Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, the Bible calls homosexuality “an abomination”; that is, “a detestable thing” in the eyes of God.
- In Deuteronomy 23:17-18, God forbids the inclusion of “sodomites”—male prostitutes—among His chosen people.
- In Judges 19:22, homosexuals in Gibeah, who demand that a visiting Levite be handed over to them for their sexual pleasure, are condemned as “sons of Belial,” which means “wicked” or “worthless men.”
- In Romans 1:18-32, the sin of homosexuality is condemned in no uncertain terms. Paul identifies it as a sin that is characteristic of people who have been given over by God “to a reprobate [depraved] mind.” According to the Apostle Paul, once homosexuals begin giving into the “uncleanness” and “vile affections” of their sinful “lusts,” they proceed to “dishonor [degrade] their own bodies” by doing that which is “against nature” and “unseemly.” Despite the fact that they know “the judgment of God”—“that they which commit such things are worthy of death”—homosexuals will, according to Paul, persist in their sin and even “have pleasure” in others who follow suit.
- In 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (NIV), Paul makes it plain that no one practicing the homosexual lifestyle—“male prostitutes or homosexual offenders”—will “inherit the kingdom of God.” Furthermore, Paul intimates that no Christian is a homosexual. Although some Christians “were” homosexuals before being “washed...sanctified [and] justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of God,” no true Christian will ever be found living the homosexual lifestyle subsequent to conversion.
- In 1 Timothy 1:8-11, Paul numbers homosexuals—those “that defile themselves with mankind”—among “sinners” who are “lawless... disobedient... ungodly... unholy and profane.”
Second, the Bible not only teaches that homosexuality is a sin, but a particularly abominable one in the eyes of God. Many people today, both inside and outside of the church, argue that there is parity among sin. In other words, they insist that one sin is just as bad as another. Therefore, they protest the singling out of homosexuality, alleging that it is no more a sin than any other. Yet, the Bible does not teach parity among sin. All sins are not indistinguishable and seen as equally odious in the eyes of God. Though it is true that committing any sin makes one a sinner and that the mere breaking of any commandment leaves us as condemned before God as if we had broken all of the commandments (James 2:10; 4:17), it is not true that all sins are equal in the eyes of God.
- Our Lord distinguished one sin, "the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost," from all other sins by proclaiming it alone unpardonable (Matthew 12:31).
- In 1 John 5:16, the Apostle John distinguishes "a sin which is not unto death” from "a sin unto death.”
- As any serious student of the Scripture knows, the Bible teaches that there are rewards in Heaven and different degrees of punishment in Hell (1 Corinthians 3:14-15; Revelation 22:12; Matthew 10:15; 11:20-24). From this clear teaching of Scripture we are forced to conclude that there are definitely distinctions between sins in the eyes of the Judge of all the earth, who certainly sees some sins as deserving of more severe punishment than others.
- In the Old Testament, certain sacrifices were prescribed when certain sins were committed. The less expensive sacrifices were obviously required for the lesser sins and the more expensive sacrifices for the graver sins. At the same time, there were no sacrifices prescribed for capital offenses, such as murder or homosexuality. The culprit of these sins was to be executed without benefit of a pardon through any sacrifice or atonement.
- The Scripture makes a clear distinction between sexual sins and all other sins. According to the Apostle Paul, sexual sins, unlike all others, which Paul says are committed "outside the body," are, according to Paul, "sins" committed "against [one's] own body" (1 Corinthians 6:18). Furthermore, the sin of homosexuality is actually distinguished from all other sexual sins. Whereas all of them are sins "against [one's] own body," the sin of homosexuality carries with it the additional dubious distinction of being a sin that also “dishonors” one's body by giving it over to unnatural and “vile affections” (Romans 1:24-27).
- The sin of homosexuality carries additional scriptural distinctions as well. For instance, it is one of the few sins in the Bible specifically called an abomination. Granted, it is called an abomination along with other sexual sins in Leviticus 18:26, but it is the only sexual sin in the list specifically called an abomination when individually mentioned (Leviticus 18:22). Also, it alone is distinguished as an abominable sin in a subsequent list of sexual sins listed two chapters later (Leviticus 20:13).
- Finally, and most disturbingly, the Apostle Paul teaches that the acceptance and advocacy of homosexuality is a sure sign of spiritual reprobation (Romans 1:18-32). It serves as proof positive that one has passed a point of no return with God and been given over by God to a reprobate or depraved mind. No other sin in all of Scripture carries this odious distinction.
As we’ve proven with the Scripture, homosexuality is a sin, and not just one sin among other sins, but a particularly abominable sin with distinct and dire consequences. In fact, according to the Scripture, our country, which not only condones and commends homosexuality, but has enshrined it in our laws, in order to provide the sexually perverted with special governmental protections and privileges, has indubitably passed a point of no return with God. America is, as Scripture avows, a spiritually reprobate nation, given over by God to its depravity and reprobate minds. Now, you can take exception to this exertion, as the vast majority of today’s Americans certainly will, but realize by doing so that you’re actually taking exception to the clear teaching of Scripture. Either the Bible’s right and the die is cast or the Bible’s wrong and America can be made great again. What do you believe?