Did Jesus Say Anything about Homosexuality?

Why is it that many believers in Jesus oppose homosexuality? How do some support homosexual relations? Advocates of gay rights have voiced that Jesus never condemned homosexuality, and that homosexuals are victims having suffered from centuries of persecution. What does Jesus have to say about homosexuality?

What kind of sexual behavior did Jesus really oppose? Jesus opposed fornication, which are the acts of sexual immorality outside of marriage (Matt 15:19, Mark 7:21, cf. Matt 5:27–32, Luke 18:18–23). Jesus said in Mark 7:20–23,

“And he said, ‘What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.'”

Jesus spoke of “all these evil things” including fornication (sexual immorality), which by definition is every sexual behavior outside of marriage. Jesus clearly defined marriage as between a man and a woman (Matt 19:5–9, Mark 10:6–9). Therefore, Jesus condemned homosexuality.

(1) If Jesus said nothing about homosexuality, then He neither defined marriage nor condemned extramarital sex.
(2) However, Jesus did define marriage and He did condemn extramarital sex (cf. Mk 7:20-23; 10:6-9).
(3) Therefore, Jesus did say something about homosexual acts — such is evil.

To those who assert that Jesus did not outright condemn homosexuality, these must also recognize that the implications of such reasoning that “Jesus’ silence is permissive”. These advocates must welcome all that Jesus did not explicitly condemn including pedophilia, bestiality, rape, and incest. Yet, no one doubts Jesus’ opposition to these sins. When Jesus spoke of these evil things that defile people, He condemned sexual immorality according to the definition of the Law of Moses (Lev 18, 19:29, 20; Deut 22:5, 22–30). Moses described these acts of sexual immorality as adultery, extra-marital sex including premarital sex, incest, rape, sex during menstruation, bestiality, prostitution, and homosexuality. Jesus condemned pedophilia too (Matt 18:1–10, Mark 9:42–50, cf. Matt 5:27–30).

Not only does Jesus’ reference to fornication include opposition to homosexuality as a sinful, immoral, and evil behavior. Jesus’ words from His Apostles throughout the New Testament condemn the behavior. Based on this, do you really want to believe in Jesus if you believe strongly that homosexuality is an identity, lifestyle and, or right?

This whole article is essentially about Jesus’ authority from God. Jesus said that He gave His words to His Apostles (John 17:8), and that His Spirit would speak to them all Truth (John 16:12–13, Eph 3:3–5). What Christ’s Apostles taught is what Christ’s Spirit taught them (Acts 1:2). Jesus told His Apostles, “If they kept My word, they will keep yours also” (John 15:20). Therefore, His Apostles and prophets had the words of Christ and thus spoke by His authority. With this affirmed, Jesus has more to say through His Apostles and prophets.

With Jesus’ authority affirmed, those who follow Jesus must follow His words from His Apostles and prophets throughout the New Testament (Eph 3:3–5). Through His Apostles, Jesus defined fornication as any defilement of the marriage bed (Heb 13:4, 1 Cor 6:16). While in the flesh and through His Apostles, Jesus defined marriage very clearly being between one man and one woman (Gen 2:24; Matt 5:27–28, 19:5; Mark 10:6, Eph 5:31, 1 Cor 7:2). Christ’s Spirit said through the Apostle Paul, “But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband” (1 Cor 7:2, ESV) Therefore, all sexual acts outside of marriage between one man and one woman are evil. Jesus has even more to say.

Jesus referred to Sodom’s destruction being just (Matt 10:15, 11:24; Luke 10:12, 17:29). Jesus spoke through Peter reminding Christians that God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah as an example of the ungodly (2 Pet 2:6). Likewise, Christ’s Spirit spoke clearly through Jude that God tormented these in eternal fire for indulging in fornication and unnatural desires (Jude 7). Jesus’ words through His Apostles in Romans 1 clarifies that the practice of homosexuality is error, and the passage describes such as being lustful, impure, shameful, and unnatural. Having rejected God not thanking Him or glorifying Him, such people are those who become homosexuals (Rom. 1:18–21). These are not born with such desires, but they do burn in these unnatural lusts for one another as a penalty for their error (Rom 1:24–27). Also, such behavior in society shows a corrupt society, who support homosexuality and seek to justify their many wicked deeds (Rom 1:28–32). Jesus was very clear that those who practice homosexuality “will not inherit the kingdom of heaven” (1 Cor 6:9, Gal 5:19–21), and that such fornicators “have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone” (Rev 21:8). For this, Christians are diligently seek purity and avoid such sexual immorality (1 Thess 4:1–8) and we seek to persuade and help all to repent from all forms of fornication (2 Pet 3:9).

How can anyone or any church claim the Christian faith and support homosexuality without actually opposing Christ? They cannot. These fit the description that, “This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me” (Mark 7:6). They are like those, whom Jesus described their value of evil behavior, “For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God” (Luke 16:15). Rejecting the evil and sinfulness of homosexuality comes with rejecting Jesus and His words throughout the New Testament. One, who accepts Jesus, must accept His words as in the Scriptures,highly esteemed among men which the inspired writers describe as God’s breath and complete unto every good work (2 Tim 3:16-17, cf. 1 Tim 5:18).

Advocates for homosexuality are truly against Christ. They are anti-Christ. Pro-homosexual advocates promote more than homosexuality. They generally support open acceptance among teenagers. They propose to adolescents that the temptation to try homosexuality is a natural choice. This promotion is nothing short of seducing minors and it is thus pederasty. By teaching children and teenagers to accept sex as an amoral behavior, are these guilty of exposing children to these abuses?

By this behavior, the advocates of homosexuality speak in opposition to faith in Jesus Christ. This is their agenda to undermine the faith of the youth. They find Jesus’ words intolerable and oppose His followers for having zero tolerance for evil. They see such followers of Jesus’ words as “closed-minded” and such Christian congregations as “self-righteous.” These antichrists see Christian prayers for Christ’s institution of marriage as “oppressive” and consider the open reading of the Bible against homosexuality as “hate speech.” According to them, teaching your children the words of Jesus Christ would be abusive. God said in Isaiah 5:20, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

The supporters of homosexuality stand for the “choice” to kill unborn children, and reason this from a morality based on men being are hairless apes and unborn children are clumps of cells or animals as in Haeckel’s embryos. By such a moral standard, many homosexuals present lewd parades and displays of debauchery as “freedom of speech”. By this, they have no reservation about taking to civil law the traditional institution of marriage, and thereby make a law for every establishment of religion by changing the definition of marriage. This is a direct contradiction to the first amendment of the US Bill of Rights. They declare a lie as truth so many times that people believe it, and thereby they promote tolerating evil and educating the nation’s youth contrary to the rights of parents.

Why do you believe what you believe? Is Jesus the authority for your beliefs or are your opinions? What are your thoughts on this matter? How much are you influenced by your physical desires, possible profits, and self-interest more than by faith in Jesus Christ? Why do you believe what you believe? Jesus said in Matthew 12:30, “He who is not with Me is against Me.”

This is a challenge to everyone to consider the words of Jesus Christ. Speak out the words of Christ that instill values in the home. Openly stand with Christ no matter the persecution. Educate the youth of your community. Push the civil authorities for the right for our children to receive daily education with that values the Creator who has endowed us from certain unalienable rights. Advocate before the governing powers to protect the religious freedom of faith and the Creator’s possession of the institution of marriage. Let us do all this with meekness, gentleness, kindness, and humility in love.

Homosexuality in the Bible

About Scott Shifferd Jr.

Minister, church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL. Husband and father of four. Email: ScottJon82[at]yahoo.com
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16 Responses to Did Jesus Say Anything about Homosexuality?

  1. Nick says:

    You didn’t demonstrate an opinion Mathew. I don’t understand what you mean.


  2. Matthew Osunade says:

    The point has been made. All attempts to twist and revise the Holy Scriptures are exercises in futility. God has exalted His Word above all ps. 138:2 Let those who have ears to hear, hear and heed the call. Time out call is ringing.


  3. Scott says:

    In John 5:47, speaking of Moses, Jesus said, “But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” Moses, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, condemned homosexuality in the strongest possible terms. Jesus said all He needed to say in that one verse. If folks don’t believe what Moses wrote about homosexuality or any other issue then they certainly won’t believe Jesus.


  4. Nick Googar says:

    Hi Scott,

    Sorry I misread some of what you had written and wasn’t clear in my reply.

    Previously you wrote, “Pro-homosexual advocates promote more than homosexuality. They support the “choice” to kill unborn children”. In this statement, I realize now you weren’t meaning homosexuals, but people who support homosexuals. I still disagree with this generalization.

    Also i wasn’t clear above what I mean by sexual immorality. I mean this as an uncontrolled, untamed, overused sexuality. Even within a marriage couples can focus too much on sexual contact, not realizing the monopoly it has over their minds, bodies and spirits. In my opinion, this is why sexuality has the capacity to be used in a manner we sometimes call ‘evil’. This gives us a very good reason why religious organisations would also agree to create various boundaries, to help us sheep to strengthen ourselves holistically, practicing control over these aspects of our more primitive animal selves.

    Having said all of this, my feeling was that it was a stretch to seek clues to relate what Jesus said about sexual immorality back to Homosexuality. Previously you said “When Jesus spoke of these evil things that defile people, He opposed sexual immorality according to the definition of the Law of Moses (Lev. 18, 19:29, 20; Deut. 22:5, 22-30)”. The reason I believe this is a far stretch is because of the broadness of the definition of sexual immorality given to us by Moses. We have no evidence to support the speculation that everything given to us by this definition was meant when Jesus used the same words. We don’t even know for sure that these words were correctly translated into English. It would be best not to suggest this without there being any substantial evidence to back it up. I would humbly suggest taking the view that abuse of one’s sexual appetite is what is evil, but to be more specific about it and to broadly apply this to an entire minority group is a risky use of what should be the truth.

    The reason i want to argue with your view that Homosexuality is evil is because of the broadness of the type of Homosexuals. There are those that are extremely promiscuous and are also frequent users of drugs. This is certainly not a lifestyle that Christ would want us to live. But there is a whole spectrum of people who identify themselves as Homosexual and this includes platonic relationships, affectionate relationships, moderately physical, moderately sexual and so on. Calling them all under the one name, and referring to them as all ‘evil’ is not useful. I don’t believe the Bible contains enough useful inference to strongly support this notion either. If we were to truly behave as Christ wants us to, we would welcome all and dispense our spiritual advise on a one-to-one basis, knowing that it would be harmful to confront a person too much on their lifestyle choice, as it is more likely to turn them away from Christ.

    Please I am not saying this to be harmful to you. It is important to me that advocates of Christ are doing him justice. I fear misrepresentation of his words is equivocal to taking the Lords name in vain. I really hope you are able to understand what I’m implying here, so that you might change your ways and become stronger in Christ.


  5. Nick Googar says:


    You are going to have to establish what part of you is in prejudice and what is not. I don’t think God gives us permission to generalize if we can do it in an act of kindness. I believe this because all generalizations have the capacity to be wrong. You are wrong about homosexuals being more inclined to kill babies than the general public. Baby killing is a general practice in society now, it is no higher in the homosexual population than anywhere else. I’ve observed many homosexuals who are repulsed with the killing of babies.

    And as for speculative. My speculation is that we can’t claim to know as much as people generally do. You are an example of this, claiming to know how the homosexual behaves and thinks. I think that all you know about homosexuals comes from negative encounters in a religious context.

    My speculation is that the nature of man is far more complex than we’d like to think. Society attempts to simplify this complexity by creating groups or categories to put people into. Homosexual is just a category created by man and the people who choose to identify themselves within that category, based off characteristics that are relatively robust within their character and sexual identity, are still quite distinctly different from the other.

    I’ve observed the development of sexual identity in various human populations and cultural groups and I’ve noted that the factors causing an individual to adopt the category ‘homosexual’ are far too unusual and varied to believe they are all the same. What’s more similar however, is how they modify their behavior in accordance with a stereotype, which is a sad thing. This is societies fault because the stereotype was created by a larger group and was all that was given to the lost soul.

    I feel its far more practical to surrender to the notion that we don’t know everything. We are not as smart as we’d like to believe. Your condemnation of the homosexual and implying that Jesus said this or that, is all based off stretched definitions and large amounts of interpolation. If Jesus didn’t say it explicitly than why focus on it? We should focus on discouraging sexual perversion, not calling it ‘evil’ without any other form of explanation. Sexual perversion exists within marriages, heterosexual and homosexual relationships. Sexual perversion is a drain on our bodies, our minds and our spirits. This is what we should be teaching.


    • I never said that homosexuals murder babies. I did not make that generalization at all.

      Again, all of society is filled with sexual immorality, which is also defined above. There is no exclusion of behavior. It is not a stretch to agree with Christ that sexual immorality is evil.


    • Gloria says:

      Scott I just read “Did Jesus say anything about homosexuality?” article and I do believe you are wrong in your statement which says ” Jesus clearly defined marriage to be between a man and a woman (Mark 19:5-9).” There are only 16 chapters in the book of Mark. And no Jesus did not say anything about homosexuality, actually Paul was not very fond of it but that is another story.


      • Gloria,

        Thank you for catching that typo. Matt. 19:5-9 is clear, and also Mark 10:6-9 is clear that marriage was established by God to be between one man and one woman. Jesus did not say anything about rape, polygamy, polyandry, or bestiality, but He did specify marriage and that all sexual relationships outside of marriage are condemned being fornication as noted and cited in the article above.

        Paul spoke by the Spirit of Christ, and if not, then Paul lied about seeing Jesus resurrected and so did Luke. Peter would be wrong for accepting all His writings (2 Pet. 3:15-16) and John wrong for accepting Peter and Paul’s writings (1 John 1:1-4, cf. 2 Pet. 1:16-21). James, Jude, Mark, and Luke would be wrong to be in fellowship with Paul, Peter, and John (Gal. 1:18ff). Now, the whole record of Jesus’ life, words, and love would be void and fall, and the message of Christ that has changed the world would be powerless. Yet, this is clearly not the case.


  6. Nick Googar says:

    Hello Scott,

    I noted that you made the point;

    … “To those who point out that Jesus did not outright condemn homosexuality and thus it is a right of choice, these must also recognize that this implication of that silence includes must welcome all that Jesus did not explicitly condemn including pedophilia, bestiality, rape, and incest. Yet, no one doubts Jesus’ opposition to these sins” …

    You are going to have to rethink what you wrote here. The autosuggestion here is that homosexuality is equally immoral to the above mentioned crimes, in your opinion. If not, then why assume they belong together in a category?

    Another point I would like to make is that Jesus didn’t outright condemn picking your nose with a pencil either. Why did you not include it in this list?

    Another point I would like to make is that ‘sexual immorality’ is what Jesus opposed. The implications from the term, and the definitions according to the law of Moses, are broad. Refer to sexual immorality as being wrong is probably right, but context is what I think is most important in deciding if, or if not, something is right. I think that’s why Jesus spent most of his time speaking with examples, as opposed to listing rules to abide by.

    Are you familiar with the notion of reductionism? This implies that all of a system’s behavior can be explained by the sequential execution of the role of its individual parts. This mentality implies that the behavior of any system can be fully explained and controlled. The sad truth is that in every system, as you peer deeper into its functioning its becomes infinitely more complex. I believe understanding the laws of God is like this also. So I believe there is a limit to how far we should analyse the words of Christ.

    I also believe this explains why we are taught not to judge. Given the infinite complexity of man, his motives and previous experiences all contributing to his particular behavior in a given context. Only God has the capacity to Judge and we should leave it all to him.

    In getting closer to my point. Jesus didn’t just simply list a set of rules to go by so that we could follow them according to plan, like a recipe, and get into heaven. Every situation was assessed by Him and explained, none of them conforming to a set of reductionist criteria. Without a clear criteria for exactly what a true, say adulterer, is, then how could Jesus assess the condition of a person’s morality without looking directly into their heart? An adulterer named Jack might not be the same kind of sinner as an adulterer named John. One of them might be an evil man and the other unfortunate.

    Without a clear definition for what a Homosexual is, how can we say they are either right or wrong in what they do? And how wrong or how right? Or what part of it is wrong and what part right? Given the obscurity in the situation, why lump all Homosexuality into the ‘evil’ category?

    I guess your response to this is that it really is black and white. If you are not with him you are against him.

    … “Advocates for homosexuality are truly against Christ. They are anti-Christ. Pro-homosexual advocates promote more than homosexuality. They support the “choice” to kill unborn children, and reason this from morality based on the conjecture that men are hairless apes and unborn children are clumps of cells or animals as in Haeckel’s hoax of embryos.” …

    This is an unfair generalization. It is unprofessional and conveys some unreliability on your part. If you can’t get this right, then how can we expect you to correctly interpret the bible?

    Given the infinite complexity in analyzing a person’s true support for the words of Christ, via the method of assessing their outward behavior and profession, in words, to the teachings of Christ, then how is it possible to completely know the identity of the supporters of Christ. If you truly believe it is clear-cut, black and white, no in between, then why not assume God’s role to judge?


    • Nick,

      Why do you judge me for judging? Christ teaches us to judge one’s works (John 7:24, Matt. 7:21ff, 1 Cor. 5:11-13). I haven’t condemned anyone. Yet, if I love as Christ, then I will correct with all lowliness of mind (Gal. 6:1, Jam. 5:19-20). How can we correct anyone without seeing their works and the harm thereof? Yet, Christ’s Spirit has revealed that those who practice sin are condemned (1 Cor. 6, Gal. 5:19-21, 1 John 1:6-2:6). In fact without Christ, all are condemned (Rom. 5:12, John 3:18-21). This is not my judgment but God’s, but when I teach this and correct others, there are those who judge me for judging. What should we do when we see others practicing a sin, evil? God has already judged. I will judge myself and when I see others sinning, I will help them as best I can.

      I would honestly consider your premises if you made any. You have left here nothing to reconsider. Your philosophy is speculative and leaves little to consider or to respond.

      As for homosexual advocates, my general judgment is not unjust (Titus 1:12-13, Acts 17:21ff). It is generally true. Yet, it is always true that evil supports and promotes evil (Rom. 1:20ff). Generalizations are wrong when they are used in prejudice, and I do not do that or promote such.

      I do appreciate the gentleness of your words, and I hope that you will reconsider your position in light of words of Christ and no other man including yourself.



  8. Joan Newnab says:

    We should hate sin but love the sinner. It is not our place to judge.


    • Love yes. Love confronts sin and that’s not judging. If you love someone, you are not going to let them remain condemned. Should we judge people if they are judging? Judging eternal destination is not for us, but judging one’s fruits is (Matt. 7:15-20). (By the way, Christ’s Spirit does teach us to judge Christians who openly practicing a sin (1 Cor. 5).) God has already judged this behavior being that those who practice such are condemned. For that matter, we are all condemned without Christ (John 3:18-21, Rom. 5:12). Is that judging or the words of Christ? People must choose between being accused of evil by “judging” or for standing by Christ and His words. Jesus said, “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18).


    • Sam says:

      1 Corinthians 2:14-15 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (15) But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

      Romans 1:26-28 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections:
      VILE – Base; mean; shamefull
      for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: (27) And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
      Meet – MEET, a. [L. convenio.] Fit; suitable; proper; qualified; convenient
      (28) And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;


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