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, 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.