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Can Homosexuality Be Justified?

Is Homosexuality Justified | Oak Grove Church of Christ

You’ve no doubt heard the argument put forth by those living as homosexuals, “I was Born this Way.”  Members of  the LGBTQ community claim that they were born to be the way they are.

Transgendered folks often claim that they are a woman trapped in a man’s body or vice, versa. I had a gay woman tell me that she must have been born gay, because no one who was not born that way would have chosen to suffer the things she has had to suffer for being homosexual.

Many believe that if homosexuals were born the way that they are, then they would have to be justified before God.

Do they have a case? Are they really born this way? Despite the fact that they make this claim there are a number of problems with this argument.

The Problem with the Born Homosexual Argument

For the sake of argument, let’s suppose there is gay gene.

The Bible condemns homosexual behavior, even though homosexuals supposedly cannot help it. Would this make God inconsistent? Gays say that it would and since God IS just, therefore He will accept homosexual behavior. Sounds logical, right?

Well, think about this: The Bible condemns fornication. Fornication includes any sexual intercourse outside of the bounds of a scriptural marriage. Men and women are created with a sexual nature. The drive for heterosexual sex is normal and natural. Yet God has placed limits upon the practice of it, [He says it is] between a man and woman who are scripturally married, Matthew 19:4-6.

It is not therefore inconsistent on God’s part to prohibit homosexual behavior, as he also prohibits much of what would be considered heterosexual behavior.

Again, assuming for argument’s sake that some people are born with a certain gene that makes them gay, then might there not also be a gene somewhere that makes some people pedophiles or rapists? I know that many mainstream homosexuals are opposed to pedophilia. Will they still oppose it when the pedophiles are claiming that they are born that way? When sexual predators are using the very arguments that they claim, will they raise their voices in opposition? They cannot and still be consistent!

There is no gene that makes a person gay. The LGBTQ community desperately hopes that science will someday  find something to show that they simply cannot help but be what they are. Yet the Human Genome Project which has successfully mapped out human DNA has not found any such genetic evidence of either a dominant or recessive gene which would cause a person to be born gay. This effectively kills the “I was just born this way” argument.

You were not born that way, something happened in life that led someone to decide to live that way and now they want to justify it.

The Problem with the Jesus Didn’t Condemn Homosexual Argument

What about the argument, “But Jesus never condemned homosexuality” ? Jesus did condemn homosexuality. Though, He never explicitly said anything directly about homosexuality, He did and does, categorically condemn it when He condemns fornication.

In both Matthew 5:32 and Matthew 19:9 he addresses divorce and gives only one acceptable cause for it [that is] fornication. Homosexuality falls under the category of fornication.

The Greek word porneia – “(1) Illicit sexual intercourse; (1a) adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals etc. (1b) sexual intercourse with close relatives; Lev. 18; (1c) sexual intercourse with a divorced man or woman; Mark 10:11,12. (2) metaphorically the worship of idols; (2a) of the defilement of idolatry, as incurred by eating the sacrifices offered to idols.” — Thayer’s Greek Definitions

He did in fact, indirectly refer to homosexuality when He compared the cities that rejected him with Sodom and Gomorrah, two cites which were destroyed because of homosexuality.

“Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city…” — Matthew 10:15

The Problem with the God Loves Everybody Argument for Homosexuality

Then, there is the God just loves everybody argument. Because He loves us, He will not condemn us!

Yes, God loves every man, woman and child that has ever lived or ever will live! If He did not, then He would not have sent His son to die for the sins of all men, John 3:16. In fact, God loves sinners, not their sins obviously, but He still loves them.

“For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us…” — Romans 5:6-8

I am not saying that God approves of homosexuality. He does not. He condemns homosexual behavior as sin, just as he condemns drunkenness and other other socially acceptable sins. The New Testament lists a number of practices that are sinful, including homosexual behavior.

“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, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God…” — 1 Corithians 6:9-10 NKJV – [emphasis  mine]

Despite the claims of some that they are born homosexual and cannot help themselves, the Bible clearly states that those who formerly had been homosexuals were changed by their obedience to the Gospel of Christ, just like other sinners.

“And such weresome 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 Corinthians 6:11 NKJV [emphasis  mine]

The Gospel Call for Repentance

The Bible also states, “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men…,” Titus 2:11. The grace of God that brings salvation is available to everyone: man, woman, heterosexual and homosexual.

But salvation is always conditioned upon our repentance and obedience to the Gospel.

“Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;  And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him…” — Hebrews 5:8-9 [emphasis  mine]

 

— By Jack W. McNiel
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