Bible, Old Testament and New, has much to say about homosexual acts such
as sodomy. The Bible is clear that God has declared such acts to be sin.
For instance, God calls the homosexual acts committed by the men of Sodom "very
grievous" (Gen. 18:20). He also calls those perverse
sexual acts "filthy," "wicked," "ungodly,"
and "unlawful" (II Peter 2:6-8). In the book
of Jude, verse 7, God explains that the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah
were destroyed for "fornication" with
flesh." In this, God contrasts homosexual sex acts with
sexual relations between one man and one woman in His created, holy
institution of marriage where the two become "one flesh"
(Gen. 2:24). God has forbidden and cursed all fornication, the joining of
human beings as "one flesh" in a sexual
union outside of marriage (I Cor. 6:9-11). In I Corinthians 6:15-20, He
condemns the sexual acts men commit with women prostitutes because the two
become "one flesh" outside of marriage.
Homosexual acts are especially evil in that they are "fornication
. . . [with] strange flesh."
the Holy Scriptures, the homosexual wickedness of Sodom is referred to and
used as a sort of benchmark for evil. Of course, because the Scriptures
use the phrase to know when speaking of that famous incident when
a crowd of sodomites demanded to have sex with two men visitors staying in
Sodom, some have tried to say the sodomites only wanted to get acquainted
with those visitors, who were in reality angels! This is ridiculously poor
biblical scholarship. The Hebrew verb yada which translates to
the English verb to know is used in several scriptural contexts,
including to denote sexual intercourse as in Genesis 4:1: "And
Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain . . ."
No, the sodomites attempting to break down Lot's door did not simply
want to shake hands with his visitors! That is as foolish as saying that
Sodom was destroyed because its inhabitants did not care for the poor!
That particular claim is founded in a distortion of Ezekiel 16:48-50. In
this biblical passage, God's people were being warned that they were
acting worse than the people of Sodom had by the very fact that they were
God's chosen people and yet were committing abominable sins! The verses
contain a short chronological account of how the citizens of Sodom, which
was located in a "well watered" area, became
lazy and selfish in prosperity. Eventually, they also became "haughty"
and committed "abomination," a reference to
sodomy and other homosexual acts. At that point, God judged and destroyed
the town. Yes, the citizens of Sodom were selfish, and that was wrong.
However, Sodom was clearly destroyed by God because it had become a
some pro-homosexual champions claim the Bible does not condemn homosexual
acts. Yet, it does so from cover to cover. The Bible condemns homosexual
acts in the strongest of terms and even by describing the acts themselves,
such as in Leviticus 18:22: "Thou shalt not lie with
mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination." Leviticus
18:22 and Leviticus 20:13 both graphically forbid sexual acts between two
men. Romans 1:26 forbids sexual acts between two women, labeling "lesbianism" unnatural, saying that women who do those things
the natural for that which is "against nature."
So much for the "born that way" argument. Romans 1:27 condemns sexual
acts between men and men. Verse twenty-seven begins with "And
likewise also the men . . ." I Corinthians 6:9-11 is a
warning against the deception that one can live in open rebellion to God's
law and still be a Christian headed for heaven. In that passage, sodomites
are accurately and plainly called "abusers of themselves
with mankind." I Timothy 1:8-11 instructs on the lawful
use of the law to punish persons who commit acts such as murder, perjury,
and sodomy. Here homosexuals are graphically described as "them
that defile themselves with mankind." Both of those
descriptive phrases, like all New Testament references to those guilty of
committing sodomy, are faithfully translated from the word arsenokoites,
the Greek word which describes homosexual sex acts. Greek was the language
in which the New Testament was originally written. Of course, until recent
times, no one attempted to claim that the Bible does not condemn and
outlaw homosexual sex. That may be in part because one must play the part
of a fool to do so (Rom. 1:22).
for a moment a few more of the desperate excuses which have been concocted
of late to justify sodomy and other homosexual acts. There are some who
smugly overlook all the biblical condemnations and prohibitions of
homosexual acts other than those occurring in the book of Leviticus where
those acts are called "abomination." They then state, "So what if
God calls homosexual acts an abomination in the Bible; He also calls the
eating of shellfish an 'abomination.'" Such people hide the truth that the
ban on eating of shellfish was part of the old covenant ceremonial law
which was abolished by God when Jesus Christ instituted a new
covenant through His shed blood (Luke 22:20). They also may be
ignorant of the fact that the word rendered abomination in the
Old Testament comes from six different closely related Hebrew words. When
referring to the ceremonial law's ban on eating certain foods, abomination
is rendered from the Hebrew word sheqets which means filthy.
In accordance with the ceremonial law, the Hebrews
were to consider shellfish filthy, that is unclean, food. On the other
hand, the Hebrew word which describes homosexual acts is toebah.
Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words
(c.1984) accurately states that toebah ". . . defines
something or someone as essentially unique in the sense of being 'dangerous,'
'sinister,' and 'repulsive' . . ."
The Bible tells us that God judges sodomy to be toebah.
it comes to those two verses in the book of Leviticus which condemn men
sodomizing each other, there are some homosexual apologists who
disingenuously state that those verses only condemn "cultic sexual acts
between men" but that those verses do not condemn "loving gay
relationships." That particular argument goes up in smoke rather quickly
in light of the rest of the Bible and also when one considers that the
Leviticus prohibitions on homosexual acts are smack dab in the middle of
prohibitions on other perverted sexual behavior such as bestiality and
incest. If God is only condemning "cultic homosexual acts" in the
Leviticus passages, then it would follow that He is also only condemning "cultic sex with animals" and
"cultic incest." Of course, there is
no such thing as legitimate sexual relations between a person and an
animal or between a parent and a child anymore than sexual relations
between man and man or woman and woman are legitimate. God, in His Word,
condemns all sexual activity other than that between a man and a woman in
the holy estate of matrimony.
already noted, God's Word is crystal clear and extremely strong in the
condemnation of homosexual acts. In Judges 19:22, homosexuals are referred
to as "sons of Belial"; and in Judges 20:13,
they are called "children of Belial." The
word Belial denotes individuals who are ungodly and wicked. That
is exactly how God views those who engage in homosexual acts.
it is true; from cover to cover, the Word of God condemns homosexual acts
such as sodomy. This should not be surprising since those acts are a
complete repudiation of God's created order and represent a graphic
rebellion against the Creator and Lawgiver of the universe. Homosexual
acts go even beyond the sin which "is common to man"
(I Cor. 10:13) and launch off into sin which is "unnatural"
(Rom. 1:26-27). Consequently, homosexual acts are incredibly destructive
to the individual who commits them (Rom. 1:27-28, Gal. 6:7) and to the
nation which allows and condones them. With regard to the latter, God's
Word has made it clear He will judge and destroy a nation which allows
may be popular in today's culture to defend and promote sexual
perversion in the name of "tolerance" and "diversity"; but the
truth is, God hates such acts and judges them severely. Homosexuals do not
need, and must not be given, encouragement to continue in their
destructive, sinful behavior. In accordance with the "Laws of Nature's
God" (Declaration of Independence), homosexual acts must be
recriminalized by the civil government (I Tim. 1:8-11, Rom. 13:4).
Upholding true law in such a way is also showing true love. Ecclesiastes
8:11: "Because sentence against an evil work is not executed
speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to
do evil." Homosexuals should be told that they, as all
sinners, are lost and headed for hell unless they repent, believe on the
Lord Jesus Christ, and are saved (Rom. 10:13). Christians must stand
against the New Sodom which has sprung up in our midst. At the same time,
we must share the gospel with the sodomites and pray that some will be
born again and justified by faith in Jesus Christ (Jn. 3:3, I Cor. 6:11).
Now you know what God's revealed Word, the Bible, says about homosexual
acts. For your own sake, I hope that you will not try to change the
meaning of His words or add to them. Proverbs 30:6: "Add
thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a
By Pastor Ralph Ovadal