What Jesus Christ Said About Homosexuality
The Lord Jesus’ View of Homosexuality
There is no mistaking that in both the Old and New Testaments the homosexual act is identified as iniquity or a vile affection which is a grievous sin to God. In an attempt to neutralize the Bible, homosexuals and their supporters claim Lord Jesus never mentioned or condemned homosexuality. In their thinking, because He did not use the word homosexuality, then it must not violate God’s word. This argument is constantly used by homosexuals and their advocates.
It is true the Bible does not use the word homosexual or homosexuality; while it is not true the Lord Jesus never condemned the act. The word homosexual was not coined as a word until the late 1800s or just a little over 100 years ago. The word was first used in Germany and then picked up later in 1892 in the English dictionary. The King James Version could not use this word because it was translated 300 years before the word was coined in the English!
The Lord Jesus very clearly condemned homosexuality. He used the word for His day which would have identified the homosexual act. The New Testament uses the word fornication to identify homosexuality. Once it is understood the New Testament used this word to identify homosexuality, then it is clear that the Lord Jesus condemned it.
The Book of Jude ties together homosexuality with the word fornication. The homosexuality of Sodom and Gomorrha was identified as fornication. The Bible warns that the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrha was an example to those who would practice this same fornication.
Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
The Greek word for fornication is ekporneuo, and it means to be utterly unchaste. It is the Greek word from which English derives the word pornography. A person who is utterly unchaste would have continuously unclean thoughts. That is why pornography is so dangerous because it can completely control the mind and make ones thoughts unchaste.
The Bible then defines fornication as any sexual activity outside of marriage. It is an inclusive term. Remember, marriage is between one man and one woman. The definition of fornication would then include: heterosexual relations before marriage, homosexual relations at any time, incest, bestiality, prostitution and pornography. All sex outside of marriage is considered fornication by God.
With this understanding that the New Testament identifies homosexuality as fornication, let’s look and see what the Lord Jesus said about it. The Lord said that what comes forth from the spiritual heart of a man defiles him. Sin originates from the heart and then proceeds to action. Fornication is one of the sins that He listed which defiles a man.
Sin first originates in the heart, then is dwelt upon in the mind and then acted upon by the will. The Lord Jesus said that the act of fornication defiles a man. Fornication is lumped with the evils of murder, thefts, lying, etc. Both the books of Matthew and Mark record the Lord Jesus condemning fornication. He clearly addressed homosexuality and how evil it is. These Scriptures follow:
Mark 7:20 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. (21) For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, (22) Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: (23) All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
Matthew 15:18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. (19) For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: (20) These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.
The New Testament has more to say about fornication than just the Lord Jesus’ statements that it comes from the evil of man’s heart. In Scripture after Scripture, the Bible warns about the sin of fornication. The Bible in several places lists fornication with many other sins. These sins would include: adultery, idolatry, drunkenness, witchcraft, hatred, heresies and the list goes on and on. The sin of fornication/homosexuality is always listed with these other sins.
In fact, fornication is usually one of the first sins listed. These Scriptures follow:
Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness … and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Ephesians 5:3-7 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints … For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
Colossians 3:4-6 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
All the above Scriptures give a severe warning to those who practice fornication/homosexuality and the other listed sins. Each section of Scripture states the wrath of God will come upon those who practice fornication and they will not inherit the kingdom of God. The Bible leaves no doubt that homosexuality is unacceptable to God. These verses first condemn homosexuality and then gives a stern warning to those that commit this act.
Galatians calls homosexuality the works of the flesh and those who practice it will not inherit the kingdom of God. Ephesians calls those that practice fornication the children of disobedience. And, a person is not to let anyone fool him with vain words about fornication because it will bring the wrath of God. In Colossians, we are told to put to death fornication in our life because it will bring God’s wrath. Look at these statements from the Bible, warning not to commit the sin of homosexuality.
Colossians 3:6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
Ephesians 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
Galatians 5:21 … and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God .
Those that practice homosexuality are called the children of disobedience, and they will not inherit the kingdom of God. This is all clear and straight forward. A person does not need a doctorate in theology to understand that homosexuality is a sin that will block a person from the kingdom of God. It is so clear that a youngster can clearly understand this.
If it is so clear and easy to understand, why then is homosexuality being presented as wholesome and loving? The answer lies in that the homosexuals and their advocates have rejected the authority of the Bible. Their minds have become blinded. There appears to be no fear of God in them, and the stern warnings of the Bible are ignored if not outright mocked. This is an extremely serious state to be in. The warnings are still there as they were 2,000 years ago. God in His mercy holds back judgment, but His mercy can only last so long until eventual judgment.
Why is homosexuality so special of a sin that it deserves promotion as a constitutional right? Is there a move to say that prostitution is no longer a sin? Or, that adultery now is wonderful and no longer wrong? How about drunkenness; is it now permissible and sanctioned by God? Does God now condone bestiality? The reason homosexuality is so special is because it is the sign of a reprobate mind. Those who have developed this mind or are in the process of developing a reprobate mind flock to defend and promote homosexuality.
In a real way, the promotion of homosexuality can be viewed as the end of the line of rebellion against God.
In our day, homosexuality has been plucked from the list of iniquity as being a vile affection. It now has been decreed by many factions of civil government as being a right. In many Christian denominations, it has been declared a loving relationship that is acceptable and blessed by God. God never changed His mind about fornication!
There is a move on within these denominations to even “marry” homosexuals. One of the leading forces in America for advancing homosexuality comes from within these religious denominations. What is the final authority? Is the Bible the final authority or some clergy that states homosexuality is now acceptable to God and then conducts a same sex wedding? The Bible’s warnings are the same today as they were thousands of years ago. God’s plan for a family unit is one man and one woman with children. Anything outside this plan is either adultery or fornication as there is no middle ground.
The Supreme Court of the United States or some denomination can create an Ordinance of the Amorites, but this in no way alters what the Bible states. Many religious leaders are in rebellion against God and are false teachers. They are now deceiving multitudes of people about the character of God, His word and homosexuality. They have developed a reprobate mind and are trying to indoctrinate others with this mind set. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing. It is startling to think that reprobates stand in pulpits of churches and speak 180 degrees from what the Bible teaches. Seminaries are now producing hundreds if not thousands of reprobates.
We now live in a time of terrible deception when fornication can be promoted as wholesome and accepted by God. The Bible warns of false teachers who will bring in awful heresies. These false teachers will speak evil of those who follow the truth of God’s word. The Scriptures warn about false teachers who lie in wait to deceive. The following verses warn about false teachers and their heresies.
2 Peter 2:1,2 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
Ephesians 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
The stakes are very high and one’s eternal life is at stake over the authority of the Bible.
The Lord Jesus condemned homosexuality as sin, and we should not accept this act as anything less than sin.
It is a sin just like all other sin, which can be forgiven and have its power broken through the saving gospel of Jesus Christ.