The first question I asked myself when I realized I like guys is one that we still get regularly at Queer Theology:. Have you asked yourself that question? What steps did you take to find the answer?
And some Christians, including some national church leaders, have wavered on the issue, even recently. But sadly, when people refuse to acknowledge the sinfulness of homosexuality—calling evil good and good evil Isaiah —they do so at the expense of many souls. How should you respond to the success of the gay agenda?
It seems like the Bible is clear on sexuality. In the past two hundred years, western civilization has come to understand that there is a diversity to sexuality and sexual orientation that was not recognized in previous eras. The Christian church has reacted to this growing understanding of gay, lesbian, and bisexual people in many ways that have not been supportive, from skepticism and fear to condemnation and exclusion, and even to outright physical violence and abuse.
The gift is only to be enjoyed within a marriage between a man and a woman. There are no exceptions suggested, such as homosexual partnerships. From Genesis on, the Bible praises the marriage of a man and a woman, but it speaks only negatively of homosexual behavior whenever it is mentioned. Other passages are Genesis, chapter 19; Romans ; 1 Timothy ; and Jude, verse 7.
Until recent decades, same-sex behavior was placed in the same category with gluttony or drunkenness — as a vice of excess anyone might be prone to — not as the expression of a sexual orientation. Celibacy is a gift, not a mandate. The Bible honors celibacy as a good way of living — Jesus was celibate, after all — but it also makes clear that celibacy must be a voluntary choice.
Human sexuality is complex. It affects us physically, mentally and emotionally. After the fall, God gave us spiritual laws to ensure that sexuality could remain the blessing He intended it to be.
In the New Testament NTthere are at least three passages that refer to homosexual activity : Romans —27, 1 Corinthians —10, and 1 Timothy — A fourth passage, Judeis often interpreted as referring to homosexuality. Jesus discusses marriage only in a heterosexual context when he cites the Book of Genesis during a discussion of marriage Matthew —6 and Mark —9.
The relationship of homosexuality to Christianity is one of the main topics of discussion in our culture today. There are a number of other books that take the opposite view, namely that the Bible either allows for or supports same sex relationships. Over the last year or so I and other pastors at Redeemer have been regularly asked for responses to their arguments. The two most read volumes taking this position seem to be those by Matthew Vines and Ken Wilson.
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