The Bible and Homosexuality

Is it clear from Scripture that those who practice homosexuality are “missing the mark” (def. of sin) of what God intended for human beings? Let’s talk about that.

Here are a quick list of some Scriptures on the subject of homosexuality:

Genesis 1:27 & Genesis 2:18-25 (God creates man and woman. His world, his humans, his design. Who are we to argue?)

“Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin.” Leviticus 18:22

Leviticus 20:13 (& a capital offense among those who are called to be holy and in God’s family. When people make war on love, they do so at the risk of, not only their lives, but  their everlasting soul.)

Genesis 19 (Homosexual Sodomites want to rape some angels and Lot)

“And don’t forget Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring towns, which were filled with immorality and every kind of sexual perversion. Those cities were destroyed by fire and serve as a warning of the eternal fire of God’s judgment.” Jude 1:7 (Commentary on Sodom and Gomorrah which were destroyed as a warning to all who would give themselves to sexual immorality)

“So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. 25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. 26 That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. 27 And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.

28 Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done.” Romans 1:24-28 (This sin is part of the final stages of God having to hand people over to sin and Satan because of persistent rebellion)

“Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, 10 or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. 11 Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

“We know that the law is good when used correctly. 9 For the law was not intended for people who do what is right. It is for people who are lawless and rebellious, who are ungodly and sinful, who consider nothing sacred and defile what is holy, who kill their father or mother or commit other murders. 10 The law is for people who are sexually immoral, or who practice homosexuality, or are slave traders, liars, promise breakers, or who do anything else that contradicts the wholesome teaching 11 that comes from the glorious Good News entrusted to me by our blessed God.” I Timothy 1:8-11 (The laws purpose is to expose and confront sins such as these)

These are the main passages of what the Bible has to say on the subject.

The good news is that we get to repent! Yes!

You have the wonderful amazing privilege of repenting (having a change of heart and mind and turning away) from your sin! In Jesus, you can walk away and never look back from this sin or any other sin you may be involved in. YEA!!!!

Have you ever considered what a gift it is to part ways with sin? Jesus already has paid the death penalty for your sin. As I read through the Bible I was confronted with things I had done that deserved the death penalty. How amazing that there no longer remains any punishment, for Christ has taken it all and he commands, and allows us in his grace, to repent. Take advantage of his offer today. It really is a gift! (More on the gift of Repentance)

Please don’t get me wrong. I don’t in any way hate or even dislike people who commit this particular sin. I have sinned myself, and I wish to extend the same grace that God has extended to me when I get entangled in sin to anyone who is caught in the snare of this or any other sin. Sin is the enemy. It’s pretty obvious that sin hurts the one who sins and not only them but also everyone around them as well. We are all in this together. We have all sinned and every one of us needs grace and forgiveness to be set free and stop hurting ourselves and each other. May we have the humility to receive the salvation and freedom that Jesus freely gives to any willing to receive it.

It’s obvious that God doesn’t want us to sin. He wants us to live as he created us to live. In his image. To live loved, and in turn, to live lives marked by His love. Sin is incongruous with God’s loving intentions. Sin is anti-love. Sin wars against love. God created us not harm ourselves with sin, but for love. It pains God to watch us hurt ourselves by choosing sin over love.

God, because of Jesus and all he accomplished on the cross, has nothing but mercy, forgiveness and cleansing – yes, even complete redemption – for all sinners who want his grace and are simply willing to receive it. Do you want to be free? I know I do.

Honestly I would rather not write a blog post on this topic of homosexuality, but after having a few dreams I thought I must at least voice my concern. My dreams were about how the enemy (yes, I’m talking about the devil that most people don’t really even believe exists) was planning (and is well into implementing his plan) to desensitize and thoroughly corrupt people by putting homosexuality on display, especially in front of impressionable kids. And I see it happening. Don’t you? So this blog is for my nieces and nephews who are being lied to every day by a media that homosexuality is just an acceptable lifestyle.

I get it. People need love. People need intimacy. But we need to realize that the intimacy we were made for is actually meant to be fulfilled in relationship first and foremost with God and, in lesser ways, our mates or our “mates” (of course with the Aussie understanding of the word). God wants to be intimate with you and indeed with everyone he has made. Of course this is not in a sexual sense but in a far more satisfying way then mere sex could ever do for you.

We get a few pictures of this kind of intimacy between friends in Scripture, which I believe model for us the kind of satisfying relationship/friendship that we can have with God himself. Take for instance the relationship between David and Jonathan:

“Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself” (1 Samuel 18:1 NIV)

David’s tribute to Jonathan at the news of his death:

“I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother; you were very dear to me. Your love for me was wonderful, more wonderful than that of women.” (2 Samuel 1:26 NIV)

or Jesus and the apostle John (who referred to himself as the disciple whom Jesus loved):

“Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask who it was of whom He spoke. Then, leaning back on Jesus’ breast, he said to Him, “Lord, who is it?” (John 13:23-25 NKJV)

Neither of these close friendships were in any way sexual, and to even imply so would taint this beautiful picture of friendship. We too can be, and are meant to be, one in spirit with Jesus and have a level of intimacy with him that will meet every need of our hearts so we can stop looking for fulfillment elsewhere in what God forbids us to do. He knows best and he wants the absolute best for us. This intimate relationship with Jesus is what’s best for us and is what we were created for and will satisfy our intimacy needs. Unfortunately, more often than not, this relationship with Jesus is either neglected or even rejected. And so we are left with unsatisfied hearts searching for love and intimacy elsewhere… in sin.

So many people are confused about this issue of homosexuality, saying people were born this way, etc… and I suppose when I was in the most deceived time in my life, I too believed the same. I once had thought that God had just put a spirit of a woman in a man, or vice versa, but this is complete nonsense when you hold it up the truth of Scripture.

You must read this very thoughtful and, I believe, anointed article on this topic by Ron B. entitled Love that does not Count the Cost.  It was amazing and shed so much light on the subject. Way more than I could or would ever intend to do.

If we say we believe in Jesus, we have to agree with him about what he says is sin and what isn’t. Right? It has been said that Jesus never condemned homosexuality as a sin, that he never spoke about it in his earthly ministry, therefore… what exactly are we supposed to derive from this line of reasoning? Paul was just a homophobic hateful person? Moses got it wrong and had cotton in his ears when God was giving the law? Jesus brother Jude was a heretic?

Anyone familiar with the Gospels will quickly realize that Jesus never came to overthrow the law. The law stands. In fact he upped the ante. I mean why would he need to say having a perverse form of lust is wrong when he says that to lust is to commit adultery in your heart.

Here is a video from a woman who has a really close walk with God who has visited heaven. I saw this on the Youtube sidebar and was curious if she was going to stay in line with the Word of God. Her talk and many others I’ve since heard are in line with the truth of Scripture and worth considering.


I have been disturbed that many professing Christians don’t know homosexuality is a sin or worse, are even defending it as an acceptable lifestyle. I even talked about this with a pastor who, when asked, told me that he didn’t know if it was a sin. Really?

I think the reason we compromise with the clear teaching of Scripture is that either we don’t want to give up our sin or, there are loved ones or people in our lives with this sin and we have to reconcile with that. I can see how difficult it is. But the answer is not to capitulate the truth, for the truth is what sets us free. (John 8:32)

As I see it, this, and every other issue, boils down these questions: What is the truth? Is God the creator? Does he love us and intend the best for us? Do we trust him? Is he pure and absolute perfect love itself as his word says? And as the loving Creator he is, does he have the authority and right to dictate to us what is love and what isn’t love (what is sin)?

Besides, even if we all agreed that homosexuality wasn’t a sin, would that change the truth? Can we shout loud enough to drown out the voice of God? Can we change his mind about how he intended his creation to be if we all agree to protest? There is an account in Scripture of a time to come in the last great rebellion when the masses will unite to overthrow God’s rule. Do you think they succeed?

The worldly media has been saturated with the homosexual agenda. You know it and I know it. There is hardly a show out there that doesn’t have the token gay character or at least have guest appearances of gay characters. It’s an agenda to desensitize us and make this sin commonplace and an accepted part of society.

But, it is all a deception. We live in enemy occupied territory you know. The devil exists and rules this sin saturated world. (And only rules because of our sin.) He seeks to turn us all away from our loving heavenly Father. He seeks to twist and corrupt what God intended for good – our sexuality – and pervert it.

Based on what I have read in Scripture, I don’t believe anyone is born homosexual. I do, however, believe the enemy may come in at an early age and deceive and distort and bring confusion to someone’s sexual identity. This is what the enemy does. He seeks to steal, kill, and destroy. But Jesus has come that we might have life abundant and free… free from sin.

If you are caught in this or any other sin, God can and will lovingly restore your innocence if you let him. He loves you and created you just the way you are for his glory.


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15 thoughts on “The Bible and Homosexuality

    • Hi Judy, The Bible says that since the fall of man, we are sinners by nature. Sin lives in us. Sin hates God. Sin hates you and hurts you. Sin hates the word of God. Jesus overcame sin at the cross and we can now live in victory over sin if we choose to accept that.

      I have come to see sin like a gollum creature in us all. It drives us into the dark. Into isolation. It destroys us. Jesus is the way out.

      • And the only way out.

        Jesus isn’t a popular guy in most aspects. He called people out, told people they were wrong. He was the incarnation of Truth. But He also was the incarnation of Love.

        As the old saying goes, “the truth hurts.” It hurts because we realize that it means we have to believe that we were/are wrong. It’s a huge blow to our pride.

        Jesus isn’t looking for fans. He never was. He came and paved the path to righteousness. Believe me, I haven’t always liked what the bible has to say about things, but in it is truth. And that is what is important.

        God hates homosexuality, but he loves the homosexual. Too many people have a hard time disassociating the sinner with the sin. But it is of utmost importance.

        Judy, I want to encourage you to ask questions of us or your local pastor. Even better, ask God Himself. Look through the bible and see what you find. And with anything that seems unclear, again, please ask questions.

  1. Daniel-According to 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, there is a litany of sins that will prevent us from seeing the kingdom of God. I know quite a few Christians who practice greed. Does this mean they won’t see the Kingdom? So these particular sins are the only sins that will keep us from seeing the Kingdom?

    • I have come to see from my read through the Bible that God expects us to be holy. This command doesn’t change in the New Testament. In fact Jesus takes it a step deeper, much deeper, to even the thoughts and attitudes of our heart. BUT, this command isn’t difficult at all. John writes, “His command is not burdensome” and Jesus tells us that his yoke is easy and his burden is light.

      The New Covenant with believers is that God gives us the Holy Spirit. Our responsibility is to follow and obey the Holy Spirit. This is the Christian life. And naturally it will not involve the litany of sins mentioned in 1 Corinthians 6. If we are involved in any of those sins, it’s time to repent.

      We can’t have Jesus and sin too. I John 3 talks more about this and challenged me last I read it. Here is verse 6: “No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.” Check out the whole chapter, it causes you to reconsider what God actually has to say about Christians and sin.

  2. I’m not gay, but if I was, I’d be confident that despite what the old testament bible says (along with not mixing different materials, cutting women’s hair, diet restrictions, etc.), that God loves me and would openly embrace me on the day I die. His sacrifice for us and His love supercedes all sin. Does this give us carte blanche to do whatever we want? No. I try to focus on keeping Him first in my life, make better mistakes today than I did yesterday and loving others. All others. Not just ‘love them and not love their sin’ like I hear so often. That is probably most hurtful to someone who is gay, because it resonates with their identity, WHO they are, not just what they do. I don’t just love a part of my children or family, I love all of them completely. I know God wouldn’t put me through a seive.

    • Hello Sarah,

      Thanks for your comment. Jesus openly embraces us all right now. And yes, his sacrifice and love does indeed supersede all sin. “Where sin abounds, grace much more abounds.” All any of us can do is follow Jesus with everything we’ve got and maintain a clean conscience with God along the way. I love 1 John 1:9-10:

      “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.”

    • If I may actually interject with this post for a second. My name is Matthew and I actually have a friend who struggles with homosexuality and he made the promise not to act on it although he streggles with hit very hard. He has consiously made the decision for God to stay single and be sanctified by not sinning. For your statement regarding the Old Testament and New Testament, You are bringing up issues that were redefined by Christ when He came. When it comes to homosexuality, this concept was never redefined by the New Testament anywhere. Instead, the cconstant talk of no sexual immorality was talked about (especially in Corinthians being it was really bad with orgies, etc.) All throughout the New Testament, Jesus as well as Paul wer every clear to rid ourselves from evil and repent. Repentance in not merely saying I am sorry which most of the church has believed sadly but rather it means quite literally to “turn away from”. This means giving up the sin in our lives no matter how strongly we want to hold on to it. With your last statement about loving completely (including the sin), lets take a quick look at that. We are to be Christ like and do as He did. Now Christ was God. Now the Word talks about the Lord hating sin constantly and how sssin has no place with Him. So if we are to be like Him, we are to hate sin as well (it is also commanded directly to us quite often in the Word). If God were to love sin at all, He would no longer be a good Good let alone a just God because He would love evil and would then have no grounds to judge us because He loves our sin and thus has nothing against us. Your statment is confused with loiving even through the sin. This is what God does. He does not like our sin and does not accept it (like if our children misbehave, but He loves us so much that no matter what He will continue to love us. See, sin does not define a person, it defiles a person. For instance, I used to be a major womanizer before I came to Christ. I couldve gotten offended when people called it sin because it was “part of my identity” quite easily (you can do it with anything). It doens’t hold up as solid though. Conviction does hurt but it is a good hurt. There are, although, many “christians” who jcondemn them and dont actually love them. Likewise, there is the exact opposite type of Christian who stand and allows it to happen without saying a wword. This Christian is talked about in the Bible to and how it says they don’t love them either. Although we love them for who they are, we can’t be pushovers like this society makes us and let them sin without even saying a word. Doing it lovingly and not making that an end all for relationship at all for them, but rather allowing it to be made known and continuously showing them love .

      • Well said. Thanks for that.

        To sum up a few points you made. Sin doesn’t define us it defiles us. The sin of homosexuality shouldn’t be made anyone’s identity.

        For us to support people in any sin with not a mention of the fact they are involved in something that prevents them from experiencing the loving kingdom of our great God & Savior Jesus Christ is not loving them.

        Nor is it love to just blast people with a condemning message with no compassion or humility or grace. (In fact I believe this is a much greater sin and will earn far greater judgement and wrath of God.)

        Uphold the truth in love, for the truth WILL set us free.

  3. My name is Michelle and I write the blog tagged above Feel free to come and check out some other perspectives there. The verses people use to condemn homosexuality are not necessarily as clear as some would think.

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