What does the Bible say about homosexuality?
“My faith is a choice. My morality is a choice. My sexual orientation however isn’t.” - Anthony Venn - Brown
It’s a question that divides many in the Christian faith and in the secular world.
It’s a question who’s appropriate answer has nothing to do with political views or personal upbringing.
My only mission is to interpret the Bible for what it says, not what I think about the topic of homosexuality.
With that said, it’s important to acknowledge right off the bat that the Bible is clear about homosexuality being a sin (Romans 1:26-27, 1 Cor. 6:9).
Realistically speaking, that isn’t up for much debate. Both texts in parenthesis use very strong negative verbiage toward homosexual behavior.
Side note: many will try to argue that the word translated “homosexual”(arsenokoitai) in 1 Cor. 6:9 doesn’t actually mean same - sex relations, but male prostitution instead. But, this is a stretch and really has no basis outside of any imposed intentions to change the actual meaning of the word.
BUT, Even if the word is translated incorrectly (which is not likely), Romans 1 still speaks very directly to the issue.
This does cause some very understandable tensions and frustrations though. If you or someone you know is homosexual, you understand that it is engrained in them. There are studies that show that it could actually be apart of someone’s genetic makeup.
That’s why it’s important to distinguish that there is a difference between homosexual attraction and homosexual behavior.
It is not a sin in the Bible to have homosexual attraction alone. But, it is a sin to engage in homosexual behavior.
This rings true in most aspects of life.
It’s not a sin to think someone is attractive, it is a sin to sleep with them if they aren’t your spouse. (1 Cor. 6:9)
It’s not a sin to be tempted to drink alcohol, it is a sin to get drunk. (Eph. 5:18)
It’s not a sin to have a susceptibility towards rage, it is a sin to constantly lash out at people. (Psalm 37:8)
It’s not a sin to be born with a predisposition towards depression, but it is a sin to commit suicide. (1 Cor. 3:17)
Evil temptation is not sin, evil behavior is.
Knowing this, I believe a person can absolutely be born with a greater desire to indulge in same - sex relationships than another. Or as some people say - “be born gay.” And though I empathize with that struggle, it doesn’t provide someone a hall pass to disregard the Bible and have those relationships because of it.
It’s a sticky situation though because going off in anger, sexual promiscuity or over-consuming alcohol are all agreed upon sins - they aren’t glorified in the culture like being gay is. So, when someone attempts to call it out as what it is (sin) it’s met with a lot of pushback.
But, really the church should be informing the culture on morality - not the other way around.
With all of this, it’s very important to note that my belief of homosexuality being a sin does not mean I don’t care for and love those who deal with it.
This is where Christians get it wrong: they treat it as a greater sin than their own when it surely is not.
Many ostracize those who are gay and act is if they are some lesser being. This is unacceptable behavior and has no room in the Christian faith.
Those who struggle with same - sex attraction deserve just as much love as we give our friends who drink too much, have anger issues or watch porn.
We accept everyone, we just don’t applaud everyone.
And the good news is that the Gospel of Christ overpowers every sin and stronghold and can save anyone - including those who are homosexual.
Fortunately for all of us, Christianity isn’t for perfect people, it’s for broken ones. And the grace, forgiveness and redemption of God can change ANY life.