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A friend of mine says that Jesus never taught that homosexuality was sin, so it is alright for a Christian to be a practicing homosexual?


Pro-gay apologist commonly claim Jesus Christ endorsed a homosexual lifestyle because He never specifically condemned homosexuality as a sin. Thus, because Christ never offered an opinion directly against homosexuality, it is believed to be an endorsement - albeit a silent one - for the allowance of a "Christian," gay life-style. However, just because Jesus never said anything explicitly negative against homosexuality in all of His recorded sermons in all four gospels does not equate His approval of a gay lifestyle. Jesus never taught against drug use either, but I am sure a case can be made from scripture that He would not approve of a Christian habitually using cocaine.

The truth of the matter, however, is even though Jesus never taught directly against homosexuality as a sin, He did say plenty in favor of biblically ordained relationships for us to draw a clear conclusion that Jesus would consider homosexuality to be sinful.

Turning to Matthew 19:1-9 (see also, Mark 10:1-16; Luke 18:15-17), we see an encounter between some Pharisees and Jesus on the subject of the lawfulness of permitting divorce. When answering their question, Jesus specifically pointed them to the original creative decree of God as it is recorded in the book of Genesis: A man leaves his parents, takes a wife and the two become one flesh (Genesis 2:24). Admittedly, Jesus did not specifically mention homosexuality; this is a discussion on divorce. Yet, by His affirmation of the original creative order setting forth marriage as being between one man and one woman, Jesus established the bounds of what is a God ordained marriage relationship. There are at least three significant truths about marriage we can learn from this passage:

1) First, Christ's words eliminate any other relationship when He affirms a marriage is to be between one man and one woman. Simply put, there can be no God ordained marriage between one man and one man, one man and one horse (or animal of your liking), one man and his daughter (or other close relative), one woman and one woman, one man and three women. All other "relationships" are illicit, or go against God's ordained, creative order. Interestingly, if asked, most homosexuals will be quick to condemn polygamous relationships. But, if they are pressed to provide any instance from the gospels where Jesus condemned polygamy, they can never provide one, because none exist. Jesus is as silent on directly condemning polygamy as He is on directly condemning homosexuality. Homosexuals who offer any condemnation against polygamy (or bestiality, or incest for that matter) have no authority to offer their condemnation if they are looking for words from Jesus's mouth.

2) The Genesis narrative also establishes the important necessity of sexuality. Not only is it meant for intimacy between a loving couple, something homosexuals alleged they can experience in a loving, same-sex relationship, but sexuality is designed for pro-creation and reproduction. In the context of Genesis, from where Christ quotes in His response to the Pharisees, God states that men and women are to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth (Genesis 1:28). One of the key reasons God created sex is for the purpose of reproduction. Homosexuals cannot reproduce in the God ordained pattern. In a manner of speaking, the gay-lifestyle is parasitic, and from a strictly naturalistic point of view, this makes gays detrimental to society because they cannot physically reproduce within their own group. Moreover, many "Christian," gay advocates will claim God has made some individuals to be homosexual. Yet, this implies God has intentionally created a group of folks whose existence would go against everything we know about why God created: to reproduce and fill the earth.

3) In a related passage from Ephesians 5, Paul also appeals to Genesis 2:24 as he outlines the characteristics of a spirit-filled marriage. Paul, however, under inspiration, adds to the significance of the divine ordinance by revealing how marriage between a man and a woman pictures the relationship Jesus Christ has with His bride, the Church (Ephesians 5:22-33). The divine picture is ruined if same-sex relationships/marriages are "OK" in God's eyes.

These three points make it clear that Jesus did condemn same sex relationships. Even if He never condemned homosexuality outright, His definition of marriage in the context of explaining divorce demonstrates it is not an approved lifestyle.

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