The issue of homosexual behavior has had a lot of publicity of late. Homosexuals say that the slaves have been freed and women have been liberated, so gay rights are long overdue. Society does seem to be moving in that direction. Many homosexuals are “coming out” and openly declaring their homosexuality. In many parts of the western world, homosexual couples receive the same recognition as heterosexual couples with regard to social security benefits. Some church leaders are giving their blessing to homosexual relationships, homosexual church members and even homosexual ministers.
Many homosexuals’ claim that…
1.They are made that way.
2.Homosexuality is of no harm to the participants or to anyone else.
3.If it feels right to those involved, it is nobody else’s business.
4.Homosexual relationships and heterosexual relationships are equally valid. (Some even claim that the Bible condones homosexual relationships).
MADE THAT WAY ?
The foundational teaching on marriage and sexual issues is found in Genesis 1 and 2. When Jesus was questioned about marriage, He referred to these 2 chapters ( Matthew 19:1-12; Mark 10:1-12). Genesis teaches us that “male and female He created them” ( Genesis 1:27). We were created to a plan, male and female complementing each other. That is, God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve, nor Madam and Eve.
Genesis also teaches that God designed marriage between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:18-25). There are a number of reasons why He did so.
1.The complementary structure of the male and female anatomy is obviously designed for the normal husband- wife relationships. Clearly, design in human biology supports heterosexuality and contradicts homosexuality.
2.The combination of male and female enables man (and the animals) to produce and nurture offspring as commanded in Genesis 1:28 “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth.” This command is repeated to Noah after the Flood ( Genesis 8:15-17).
3.Thirdly, God gave man and woman complementary roles in order to strengthen the family unit. Woman was to be the helper that man needed ( Genesis 2:18). However, the woman’s role as the helpmate is certainly not an inferior one. The enterprising, God-fearing woman in Proverbs 31:10-31 is an inspiring role model.
EFFECT ON OTHERS.
Psychologists assure us that “children raised in lesbian and gay households are similar to children raised in heterosexual households on characteristics such as intelligence, development, moral judgments, self-concepts, social competence and gender identity.” However, they’ve forgotten one important ingredient.
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).
You cannot faithfully teach God’s Word to your children while living a lifestyle specifically condemned by God’s Word.
NOBODY’S BUSINESS ?
Gay activists claim that homosexual activity is nobody’s business other than those involved in the relationship. However, this is not true. God, our Designer and Creator, has authority over all aspects of our lives. He makes the rules, and He quite specifically forbids homosexual behavior.
“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination” ( Leviticus 18:22, 20:13). Disobedience of such a clear command indicates rejection of God’s authority.
Some people argue that the Old Testament law (including Leviticus 18 and 20) was superseded with the coming of Christ. However, we should at least consider as binding those aspects of the law that are renewed in the New Testament. The teaching of Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13was certainly reaffirmed in the New Testament.
The Bible does not only describes homosexual behavior as detestable, but it also calls for the punishmentof those involved (Leviticus 20:13). Their unrepentant attitude caused God to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:24-25).
Just as homosexual conduct has been punished in the past, so it will also be punished by God in the future.
“…Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God” ( 1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
The gospel proclaims liberation from the bondage of sin, including homosexual sin. Many a person has been gloriously rescued from the bondage of homosexual sin (and other sin) by the power of the Holy Spirit.
There is hope for the homosexual. God forgivesand cleanses a person who repents and turns from their sin, including the sin of homosexual behavior (1Corinthians 6:11). As well as forgiveness, God’s gracebrings with it the power to live a life that is pleasing to God ( Romans 6:6-7).