WONDERFUL THINGS: What does God say about homosexuality?


James Calderazzo

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 11:43 AM.

Why address this specific sin and not some other sin that is prevalent in the church?

It is true there are many sins that Christians are struggling with —  self-righteousness, lack of love, greediness, selfishness, gossiping, divorce, pornography, etc. We can, we do and we will speak about all these things in the church. But there is a push in our culture right now concerning homosexuality that we do not see in these other sin areas. There is not an overwhelming tide in our day saying that selfishness or pornography are good and good for you. No one is campaigning to celebrate greed or gossip, or we would be addressing those sins.

Should we not spend our time focusing more on our own sin than on the sin of others?

Yes. We should always spend time examining our own hearts and asking God to reveal the ways that we are not walking in faith and obedience. However, remember Jesus’ words, “How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye” (Matthew 7:3-5). That means that we approach the discussion of others’ sin in deep awareness of our own sinfulness and brokenness — with love and humility.

Are homosexual acts and thoughts really sin?  I have heard that Jesus never said anything about homosexuality.

Jesus condemns "sexual immorality" (Mark 7:21). Though Jesus does not directly mention homosexual activity, he does include it. The Greek word we translate as "sexual immorality" (porneia) is a catch-all term for any sexual activity outside heterosexual marriage. Jesus also upheld heterosexual marriage when he answered the Pharisees’ question about divorce in Matthew 19:4: “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?”

Also, the Apostle Paul clearly presents homosexual activity as a sin in three important passages. In Romans 1:24-27, homosexual activities are given as examples of the "unnatural" behavior that results from turning away from God. In 1 Cor. 6:9-10, "homosexual offenders" are listed among those whose behavior will result in their exclusion from God's kingdom.  The word Paul uses literally translates as "men who lie with men," and is found again in 1 Timothy 1:10.

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