The Bible and Homosexuality
by Curt Wildy
God’s word is clear: “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23);” by nature, “we are all as an unclean [thing], and all our righteousnesses [are] as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away (Isaiah 64:6).” Every single person born into this world, save the Lord Jesus Himself, was and is in need of a Saviour. We have all gone astray and have no hope for salvation outside of Jehovah the Anointed Saviour. All of the fallen children of Adam are law-breakers and we are all, by nature, children of wrath. Thus, I do not wish to pit one group of sinners against another, or to esteem one subset of sinners above another. It is very easy in our day for unregenerate sinners to rail against certain sins, while wallowing in their own unawares. Many can esteem themselves by claiming that they have no interest in one sin, but prove themselves to be guilty of the whole law by committing other sins.
Nevertheless, the Christian has a duty; that duty being to declare the word of god faithfully. The purpose of this post isn’t to attack but to warn. To warn that God’s standard still stands and that despite what our society declares, He will hold mankind accountable for their sinful actions. For those who object to such warnings, I strongly advise that you take it up with God. Ezekiel 33:6 declares “But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take [any] person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.” I do not warn out of works nor do I slavishly do so to avoid punishments; However, I do so because I do not want to be like those who cower and halt; for God hath not given us the spirit of fear (timidity, cowardice – 2 Timothy 1:7); he commands that we boldly go forth with the Truth, sounding the alarm and showing forth (Agape) love in so doing. We must tell people the truth and counter the lies of our day and age. Isaiah 5:20 declares “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
Before I begin, I would like to start with God’s very clear words on the matter of sexual misconduct in general, and homosexuality in particular:
1 Corinthians 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
Ephesians 5:3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Convincing someone of doctrinal truths or the sinfulness of their deeds will not save them; only the Spirit of God can quicken and convert an individual as He brings the Gospel home to the hearts of the elect. However, I pray that this may be of use, as a means, to point some to their folly and to cause them to seek (as God enables) after Truth. No matter what their sins of choice may be, God can and does save elect sinners by the Person, work, and righteouesness of Christ (as Truth is effectually brought home to their hearts by the Holy Spirit). A God-given trust in the Person of Christ and His atoning and substitutionary work on the cross is the only remedy for sin-sick souls.
The Purpose of Marriage
The Bible gives three main reasons for marriage. Understanding these reasons can help us understand God’s view on same-sex relationships. In addition to the other proof-texts to come, these points will evidence that same-sex relationships are against the law of God and His ordained way of life for Christians. We must boldly affirm that the homosexual lifestyle is opposed to, and incompatible with, true Christianity. We must affirm this because the Bible clearly establishes this in Romans chapter one:
Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified [him] not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile [G819 ἀτιμία atimia (at-ee-mee’-ah); shameful; reproachful; ignominious, disgraceful] affections [G3806 πάθος pathos (path’-os) sufferings; (subjectively) passions (especially sexual lusts); inordinate affections]: for even their women did change the natural [G5446 φυσικός phusikos (foo-see-kos’); physical, inborn, born by nature, instinctive] use [G5540 χρῆσις chresis (khray`-sis) employment or use; specially of sexual intercourse as an occupation of the body] into that which is against nature [G3844 + G5449 / παρά + φύσις / para + phusis / (par-ah’) + (foo’-sis) = against the nature of things; against the force, laws, order of nature]: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with [G1722 ἔν en (en) a primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality; “in,” at, (up-)on, by, with, etc.] men working that which is unseemly, [G808 ἀσχημοσύνη aschemosune (as-khay-mos-oo’-nay) a lack of form; (morally) an indecency; uncomely; deformed; shameful] and receiving in themselves that recompence [G489 ἀντιμισθία antimisthia (an-tee-mis-thee’-ah) repayment (against oneself or in opposition to oneself)] of their error [G4106 πλάνη plane (plan’-ay) 1. (properly) a straying, roving, or wandering from the straight path; 2. (objectively) fraudulence; 3. (subjectively) a straying from orthodoxy or piety] which was meet [G1163 δεῖ dei (dei`) 1. it is/was/etc. necessary (as binding); there is need of, it behooves, is right and proper]. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to [G3860 παραδίδωμι paradidomi (par-ad-id’-o-mee) a verb meaning 1. to surrender, i.e yield up, intrust, transmit; deliver into the hands of] a reprobate [G96 ἀδόκιμος adokimos (ad-ok’-ee-mos) adj. 1. unapproved, unacceptable i.e. rejected; 2. (by implication) worthless; unfit; spurious] mind, to do those things which are not convenient [G2520 καθήκω katheko (kath-ay’-ko); a verb literally meaning not according to, or not coming down from (by implication) God and the standards He sets for righteousness; not comely or becoming]…
The passage above should be enough to put to rest any doubt; however, God has even more to say on the matter. Before delving more deeply into the other passages, I think it is prudent to consider the norm that God has set for us; that norm being the husband and wife relationship (one man and one woman). One cannot fully understand that which is para phusis (against nature or the natural intent) unless they understand the phusikos chresis or natural use/employment intended.
Husbands and Wives Typified in the Bible
First and foremost, marriage typifies the relationship between the Lord Jesus and His church. God uses the words husband and bridegroom to symbolically represent the Lord Jesus Christ. Likewise, God uses the words bride, wife, and virtuous woman to typify His elect church. Women in general often typify either believers or unbelievers. The bride, the wife, the wise virgins, and the virtuous woman point to the saved, whereas the harlot, the foolish virgins and the adulterous wife often typify the unsaved. When people argue that God made “Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve,” they are making a very valid and important point. However, it is not enough to stop there. Many who make the argument fail to see the deeper Christ-Church symbolism involved in the separation of the sexes and in the marriage institution. Same-sex relationships, in light of this symbolism, are expressions of self-love or selfish love (lust). These relationships do not honour the Christ, the Christ-Bride union, nor the sovereignty of God in his choice of representative imagery.
Consider the following verses:
Ephesians 5:22Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
Matthew 9:14 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not? 15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.
Matthew 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
John 3:28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. 29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
2 Corinthians 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
Revelation 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.
Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
Revelation 21:9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. 10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God…24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
Isaiah 62:1 For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. 2 And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name. 3 Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. 4 Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married. 5 For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.
Jeremiah 25:10 Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle.
Jeremiah 33:11 The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD.
Almost, if not all of, Song of Solomon relates to this relationship. Likewise Proverbs 31:10-31 deals with the topic as well. We read:
Proverbs 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. 11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. 12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. 13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. 14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. 15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. 16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. 17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. 18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. 19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. 20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. 21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. 22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. 23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. 24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. 25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. 26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. 27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. 28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. 29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. 30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. 31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
Godly Sexual Release
Second, God makes it clear that marriage was designed to limit lust, adultery, and fornication.
1 Corinthians 7:2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. 3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. 4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. 5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency…9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.
Proverbs 5:15 Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well. 16 Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets. 17 Let them be only thine own, and not strangers’ with thee. 18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. 19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love. 20 And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?
God declares that it is within the confines of marriage that men and women are to express themselves sexually and to fulfill there sexual needs. It is clear from these passages that one should not find intimacy of this sort outside of marriage. The sexual relationship, the knowing [G1097 γινώσκω ginosko (ghin-oce’-ko); to “know” absolutely; intimately] of a man and woman, is designed to strengthen the emotional, physical, and even spiritual bond between husband and wife. When used outside of the marriage relationship, this knowing becomes corrupted and detrimental for both parties. We can see clearly from the following passages that God is against sexual relationships [sexual ginosko] outside of marriage:
Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies…
Mark 7:21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders…
Acts 21:25 As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.
Romans 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Thirdly, we see that marriage was designed for the purposes of procreation, for the continuity of the human race and the replenishing of the earth.
Concerning Adam and Eve, God declared:
Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Concerning Noah and his sons:
Genesis 9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
Concerning the Patriarchs:
Genesis 28:1 And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan. 2 Arise, go to Padanaram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother’s father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother’s brother. 3 And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people;
When ordained of God, the physical act of sexual ginosko (intimate knowledge) brings about physical progeny. This typifies the fact that through the Church, the elect Bride, God brings about spiritual progeny as His members proclaim the Truth of His word. We read in:
Psalm 128:1 Blessed [is] every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. 2 For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy [shalt] thou [be], and [it shall be] well with thee. 3 Thy wife [shall be] as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. 4 Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD. 5 The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. 6 Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children, [and] peace upon Israel.
In addition to the above, there are many other verses that establish the precept that fornication and adultery are prohibited, being against the law and natural design of God (that design being one man coupled with one woman until death separates them). Rather than trying to be exhaustive in providing such passages, I would encourage everyone to do an in-depth study for themselves. In part two of this series, I will consider other forms of sexual misconduct that serve to shed light on God’s view of homosexual relationships.
Continue to Part Two