Since I have written on homosexuality in the Bible, a reader has challenged me as to whether homosexuality is really condemned in the Bible.   We need to be careful about “cherry picking” the verses out of the Bible that we want to obey and forgetting the rest.  It would have made my life a whole lot easier if I had taken the Bible this way, but then I would have lived a life straight down the path to destruction.  We are told in Proverbs 14:12, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”  I will not judge any man or woman for their lifestyle, but I also will not sit silent and, therefore, become an accomplice to a lie such as the lie that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality.   To maintain intellectual honesty, I have read both the commentaries that argue for and the ones that argue against the Biblical prohibition on homosexuality.  My impression of the arguments that try to support homosexuality from the Bible is that they use convoluted/circuitous diction, tortured logic, logical fallacies, misstatements, false assumptions at the outset, and that they convey many unsupported assertions that are not backed up by reputable scholars.  You can read the very plain language of the Bible verses against homosexuality for yourself as I have posted them below along with hyperlinks in case you want to ensure that I have quoted correctly.  I have no fear of being challenged when I speak the truth.

These verses below tell fairly plainly that homosexuality is a violation of God’s plan for mankind.  If we choose not to accept the plain truth, then we are being “willingly ignorant” of the truth.  But if we set our own opinions higher than God’s, He will allow us that right to choose in this life, but we are playing with fire at that point.  We should not fool ourselves into thinking that we will not suffer consequences.  Galatians 6:7-8 tells us, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”  In Hosea 8:7, the Bible warns that sowing to the wind will result in reaping the whirlwind (i.e. tornado).  You can call it karma or whatever you wish, but God has set up His universe in a way such that those who willfully violate His commands and His will for mankind, and live in open rebellion, will reap consequences, not only in the afterlife, but also in this world.  Moreover, when we die, each of us will have to stand before God and give an account of our lives (Romans 14:12).  I don’t know about you, but I would rather not be standing before a holy, righteous, and wrathful God at the Day of Judgment without the covering of Jesus’ blood

The good news is that Jesus saves.  Romans 10:9-10 tells us, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”  He loves you more than you and I can comprehend.  He will not reject you, but He also does not want you to suffer from the consequences of your own sin.  No person, however, can come to God with a prideful or willful heart.  Psalm 138:6 tells us, “Though the Lord is on high, yet He regards the lowly; but the proud He knows from afar.” The first step in approaching God is to humble oneself and to subordinate one’s desires to God’s control.  When we do that and accept Jesus into our hearts, trusting Him for our salvation, He will give us the spiritual power to overcome any stronghold, no matter how great.  But any life that truly has Christ within them will change. If you have not changed, then I would have serious doubts about whether you had a genuine experience (Romans 8:5-8).

Don't get me wrong. I am not about to start judging which experiences are genuine and which are not when one encounters God.  I cannot see into a person’s heart.  Only God can.  However, as they used to say "the proof is in the pudding." If I see no change in someone's life and a willful commitment to an unholy lifestyle, then I have to conclude that God is not at work in them.   The transformed life (Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 2:10, Matthew 4:17, Acts 3:19, Ephesians 5:1-33 ) is what sets Christians apart from all other man-made religions based in legalism.  And change is what repentance is all about – giving up your own willful way and admitting to God that you got it all wrong and then submitting to God’s way.   If you come at God with a bargain or a list of things you will and will not do, this is NOT submission.  And it is not the Lordship mentioned in Romans 10:9-10 which I cited above. 

Bible verses about homosexuality:

Leviticus 18:22
You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.

Leviticus 20:13
If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.

Judges 19:16-24
16 Just then an old man came in from his work in the field at evening, who also was from the mountains of Ephraim; he was staying in Gibeah, whereas the men of the place were Benjamites. 17 And when he raised his eyes, he saw the traveler in the open square of the city; and the old man said, “Where are you going, and where do you come from?”  18 So he said to him, “We are passing from Bethlehem in Judah toward the remote mountains of Ephraim; I am from there. I went to Bethlehem in Judah; now I am going to the house of the Lord. But there is no one who will take me into his house, 19 although we have both straw and fodder for our donkeys, and bread and wine for myself, for your female servant, and for the young man who is with your servant; there is no lack of anything.”  20 And the old man said, “Peace be with you! However, let all your needs be my responsibility; only do not spend the night in the open square.” 21 So he brought him into his house, and gave fodder to the donkeys. And they washed their feet, and ate and drank.  22 As they were enjoying themselves, suddenly certain men of the city, perverted men,[a] surrounded the house and beat on the door. They spoke to the master of the house, the old man, saying, “Bring out the man who came to your house, that we may know him carnally!”  23 But the man, the master of the house, went out to them and said to them, “No, my brethren! I beg you, do not act so wickedly! Seeing this man has come into my house, do not commit this outrage. 24 Look, here is my virgin daughter and the man’s[b] concubine; let me bring them out now. Humble them, and do with them as you please; but to this man do not do such a vile thing!”

1 Kings 14:24
And there were also perverted persons[a] in the land. They did according to all the abominations of the nations which the Lord had cast out before the children of Israel.

Footnotes:  “perverted persons” is the Hebrew “qadesh,” that is, one practicing sodomy and prostitution in religious rituals  

1 Kings 15:12
And he banished the perverted persons[a] from the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.

Footnotes: “perverted persons” is the Hebrew “qedeshim,” that is, those practicing sodomy and prostitution in religious rituals  

Romans 1:18-32
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.  24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.  26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.  28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality,[a] wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving,[b] unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11
9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals,[a] nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

1 Timothy 1:8-10
8 But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, 9 knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine,

Jude 7
7 as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

 


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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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