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					                HOMOSEXUALITY – WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS
                                               By Joseph Lim


                                     OPENING COMMENTS
                                   SODOM AND GOMORRAH
                                      THE MOSAIC LAW
                                PAUL AND THE NEW TESTAMENT
                                      OTHER PASSAGES
                                FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
                                     CLOSING COMMENTS


                                          OPENING COMMENTS

 The purpose of presenting this material is not to spread hatred or encourage derision of any kind toward a
     group of people. The purpose is to present the facts. Then based on those facts, make a moral judgment.
     Then support that moral judgment with passages from the bible.
    All biblical text presented in this material is taken from the New American Standard Bible (NASB)


                                        SODOM AND GOMORRAH

1.      The Biblical Text
        a. Genesis 19:4-13
               Before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, both young
           and old, all the people from every quarter; and they called to Lot and said to him, “Where are the
           men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may have relations with them.”
               But Lot went out to them at the doorway, and shut the door behind him, and said, “Please, my
           brothers, do not act wickedly. “Now behold, I have two daughters who have not had relations with
           man; please let me bring them out to you, and do to them whatever you like; only do nothing to these
           men, inasmuch as they have come under the shelter of my roof.”
               But they said, “Stand aside.” Furthermore, they said, “This one came in as an alien, and
           already he is acting like a judge; now we will treat you worse than them.” So they pressed hard
           against Lot and came near to break the door. But the men reached out their hands and brought Lot
           into the house with them, and shut the door. And they struck the men who were at the doorway of the
           house with blindness, both small and great, so that they wearied themselves trying to find the
           doorway.
               Then the men said to Lot, “Whom else have you here? A son-in-law, and your sons, and your
           daughters, and whomever you have in the city, bring them out of the place; for we are about to
           destroy this place, because their outcry has become so great before the Lord that the Lord has sent
           us to destroy it.”

        b. II Peter 2:6-10
               And if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to
           ashes, having made then an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter; and if He
           rescued the righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men (for by what he
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        saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day
        after day by their lawless deeds), then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and
        to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who indulge
        the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority.

     c. Jude 6-7
            And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept
        in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day, just as Sodom and Gomorrah and
        the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went
        after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire.

     d. Ezekiel 16:49-50
           Behold, this was the guild of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had arrogance, abundant
        food, and careless ease, but she did not help the poor and needy. Thus they were haughty and
        committed abominations before Me. Therefore I removed them when I saw it.


2.   Why did God destroy Sodom and Gomorrah?
     a. Sodom and Gomorrah were judged because of grave sin. These cities were emblematic of gross
        immorality, deepest depravity and ultimate judgment. Genesis 18:20 says, And the Lord say, “The
        outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah is indeed great, and their sin is exceedingly grave.
     b. There were not even 10 righteous people to be found in the city - probably no more than 3 or 4
        outside of Lot’s household.
     c. The men of Sodom were so given in to their degrading passion, that they ignored the women who
        were made available to them, Lot’s daughters, and still pursued to quench their homosexual urges
        with the men, Lot’s visitors.
     d. This was a group of people, young and old, that were totally depraved and irredeemable. Even after
        being struck blind, they still pushed toward Lot’s door.
     e. The judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah is so severe, that we do not see a judgment that parallels this
        judgment until the book of Revelation.
     f. My contention is the traditional Christian interpretation of this passage, that God destroyed Sodom
        and Gomorrah because of the grave sin of homosexuality, which in an abomination according to
        God.
     g. Liberal theologians (homosexuality activists) such as Dr. Thomas Hart, Englishman D. Sherwin
        Bailey, and John Boswell, believe otherwise. They argue that God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah
        for reasons other than homosexuality. Some of these reasons are presented in the following section
        (3), followed by responses that show the flaws in their arguments.


3.   Typical Liberal Theologians (Homosexuality Activist) Interpretations
     a. Liberal Theologian Interpretation: The men of Sodom only wanted to interrogate the Lot’s
        visitors, that is, to get acquainted with them, to see if they were spies. That is what is meant by “to
        know” (yada) in the passage.
        Christian Response: The fact that Lot offered his daughters to the men of Sodom show that the “to
        know” in this passage is referring to having relations with, or sex with. In fact, Lot described that his
        daughters had not yet “known” a man. In other words, they were virgins. What does that have to do
        with interrogation? Nothing. “To know” in this passage means to know sexually.

     b. Liberal Theologian Interpretation: The men of Sodom were inhospitable to Lot’s guests. In the
        culture during Lot’s time, hospitality of guests was very important – so important that Lot would
        rather see his daughter’s violated in place of his guests.
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        Christian Response: Though this may be true about the hospitality code of the culture, are we to
        believe that God destroyed two entire cities because they had bad manners? It’s like saying that a
        man who murders his children in cold blood was an insensitive father. It doesn’t follow. Besides,
        homosexuality was prevalent in those cities, and God views homosexuality as a capital crime (an
        abomination). So why would God ignore the capital crime of homosexuality and then annihilate two
        entire cities because of the non-capital crime of inhospitality? It doesn’t make sense. Therefore, God
        destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah clearly because of the capital crime of homosexuality.

     c. Liberal Theologian Interpretation: The sin that the men of Sodom were guilty of was the
        attempted gang rape of the visitors, not homosexuality.
        Christian Response: The attempted gang rape was not the reason that God chose to destroy Sodom
        and Gomorrah. How do we know that? Because God had already judged the cities before the
        attempted gang rape took place. This is clearly laid out in Genesis 18:16-33. Therefore, God’s
        judgment on the two cities was because of the grave sin being committed there continuously, that is,
        homosexuality.

     d. Liberal Theologian Interpretation: The cities were destroyed because the men of Sodom had
        tried to engage in sexual intercourse with angels. This is what was meant in Jude 7 when he
        describes the action of the men of Sodom as gross immorality and going after “strange flesh.”
        Christian Response: In Jude 7, “strange flesh” was not angelic flesh, but homosexual flesh.
        Nowhere in the scripture does it indicate that the men of Sodom knew that Lot’s visitors were
        angels. It’s not really even clear that Lot knew this. They are simply described as “men”. Hence, the
        sin of Sodom and Gomorrah was not the attempted sex with angels, but homosexuality.


                                         THE MOSAIC LAW

1.   The Biblical Text
     a. Leviticus 18:22-26
            And you shall not have intercourse with your neighbor's wife, to be defiled with her. Neither
        shall you give any of your offspring to offer them to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your
        God; I am the LORD. You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.
        Also you shall not have intercourse with any animal to be defiled with it, nor shall any woman stand
        before an animal to mate with it; it is a perversion.
            Do not defile yourself by any of these things, for by all these the nations which I am casting out
        before you have become defiled. For the land has become defiled, therefore I have visited its
        punishment upon it, so the land has spewed out its inhabitants. But as for you, you are to keep My
        statutes and My judgments, and shall not do any of these abominations, neither the native, nor the
        alien who sojourns among you.
     b. Leviticus 20:13
            If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have
        committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their blood guiltiness is upon them.

2.   A Crystal Clear Condemnation of Homosexuality
     a. God uses words like “abomination” and “detestable act” to describe homosexuality.
     b. In the Mosaic Law, homosexuality was considered just as bad picking up sticks on the Sabbath,
        disobedience to parents, adultery, and many other actions which were punishable by death.
     c. The sin of homosexuality in Leviticus 18:22, is sandwiched in between adultery (v.20), child
        sacrifice (v.21), and bestiality (v.23).


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     d. Note that homosexuality was among the activities practiced by the Gentiles that brought God’s
        violent punishment (v.24-25).
     e. Note also that even the native and alien who lived with the Jews were prohibited from the vile act of
        homosexuality (v.26).
     e. Liberal theologians (homosexuality activists) such as Dr. Thomas Hart, John Boswell, and Ralph
        Blair believe otherwise. Some of their arguments are presented in the following section (3), followed
        by responses that show the flaws in their arguments.

3.   Typical Liberal Theologians (Homosexuality Activist) Interpretations
     a. Liberal Theologian Interpretation: These laws were for ritual purity of the priests and not moral
        purity. The Hebrew word “Toevah” means ritually unclean.
        Christian Response: This isn’t merely ritual purity. Context determines the meaning here. The
        word “toevah” of homosexuality here is sandwiched between adultery, child sacrifice, and bestiality.
        Was Moses merely saying that if you committed adultery, sacrificed your baby to another god, or
        had sex with an animal, that all you need to do is wash up before evening? Of course not! This
        passage in Leviticus is talking about moral purity.
     b. Liberal Theologian Interpretation: These laws are given in the Old Testament. The Law no
        longer applies to the New Testament Christian.
        Christian Response: Moral aspects of the Law do still apply. Though it’s true that some details of
        the Mosaic Law are cultural, it is a serious error to say that none of it applies. For example, it is still
        wrong to commit adultery, sacrifice your child, and have sex with an animal. Likewise,
        homosexuality is still wrong.
     c. Liberal Theologian Interpretation: Homosexuality is not much of a biblical concern. None of the
        prophets, who were regarded as the conscience of Israel, says anything about it.
        Christian Response: The fact that the prophets did not mention homosexuality is because it wasn’t
        prevalent at the time, as idolatry was. Homosexuality was not prevalent at the time because all the
        homosexuals were executed. Why were they executed? Because homosexuality was and is an
        abomination to God? Therefore, the prophets did not need to speak about homosexuality because all
        the homosexuals were dead.


                                PAUL AND THE NEW TESTAMENT

1.   The Biblical Text
     a. Romans 1:18-32
            For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of
        men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident
        within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible
        attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through
        what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did no t
        honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and foolish heart
        was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the
        incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals
        and crawling creatures.
            Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, that their bodies might be
        dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served
        the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
            For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the
        natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the
        natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men
        committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.
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            And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a
        depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with unrighteousness,
        wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers,
        haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without
        understanding, untrustworthy, unloving unmerciful; and, although they know the ordinance of God,
        that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give
        hearty approval to those who practice them.

     b. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
            Or do you now know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be
        deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor
        thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of
        God. And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were
        justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.

     c. 1 Thessalonians 4:3-6
            For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality;
        that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in lustful
        passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; and that no man transgress and defraud his brother
        in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things.

2.   A Crystal Clear Condemnation of Homosexuality
     a. Needless to say, this text is a crystal clear condemnation of homosexuality. Anyone who disagrees is
        blinded by their own deep-seeded rebellion against God.
     b. To describe homosexuality, Paul uses words such and phrases such as “an impurity and dishonoring
        to the body”, “a degrading passion that’s unnatural”, “an indecent act and an error”, “not proper and
        the conduct of a depraved mind”.
     c. Paul’s, and therefore God’s conclusion is that there is no excuse.
     d. Liberal theologians (homosexuality activists) believe otherwise. Some of their arguments are
        presented in the following section (3), followed by responses that show the flaws in their arguments.

3.   Typical Liberal Theologians (Homosexuality Activist) Interpretations
     a. Liberal Theologian Interpretation: Paul was not referring to homosexuality, but to pederasty,
        which is sex between men and boys.
        Christian Response: Pederasty is condemned by both homosexuals and heterosexuals because it
        involves non-consensual sex. But in this passage Paul mentioned that men “burned in their desire
        towards one another”, indicating mutuality. Therefore Paul is not referring to pederasty, but to
        homosexuality.

     b. Liberal Theologian Interpretation: In this passage, Paul is speaking to those who abandon their
        natural desire. Since homosexuals’ natural desire (from birth) are for the same sex, then this passage
        does not refer to them. (This is called the Constitutional Homosexuality Argument)
        Christian Response: Given below are five responses to the constitutional homosexuality argument.
        The first four are strong, and the fifth is unassailable.
            i. More scientific evidence is needed to prove that there is such as thing as constitutional
                homosexuality.
           ii. This argument commits the naturalistic fallacy, which states that you cannot get an “ought”
                from an “is”. That is, just because someone may be homosexual by birth (i.e., naturally)
                doesn’t mean that homosexuality is right. In other words, just because an act is natural
                doesn’t mean it’s moral.

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           iii. The text doesn’t not address the issue of constitutional homosexuality. Paul doesn’t say that
                anyone who has a natural inclination for the same sex shouldn’t burn unnaturally for the
                opposite sex.
           iv. If all who have a desire for the same sex do so “naturally”, then this text doesn’t speak to
                anyone.
            v. Paul was crystal clear in what he meant by “natural”. Reading through Romans 1:26-27 once
                again, it says For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women
                exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men
                abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one
                another…
                The greek word “kreesis” means “use, relations, function, especially of sexual intercourse”.
                Paul was not talking of natural desires here in this instance, but of natural functions being
                violated. “Natural” is not determined by what you want sexually, but by how you function
                sexually. The male body is not built to function sexually with another male body, and the
                female body is not built to function sexually with another female body.
                Natural desires go with natural functions. The passion that exchanges the natural function of
                sex for the unnatural function is what Paul calls a “degrading passion.”


                                  OTHER BIBLICAL PASSAGES

1.   Genesis 1:27 -    God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male
                       and female He created them.
     Comment:          God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve, or Mary and Sherry.

2.   Genesis 1:28 -    God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the
                       earth…”
     Comment:          Nature itself tells us that two beings of the same sex cannot reproduce. So
                       homosexuals cannot be fruitful and multiply, or replenish the earth.

3.   Genesis 2:24 -    For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife;
                       and they shall become one flesh.
     Comment:          God’s plan has nothing to do with same sex relationships, gays and lesbians,
                       homosexuals. God’s plan is clearly for heterosexual relationships, man and woman.

4.   Matthew 19:4-5 - Have you not read He who created them from the beginning made them male and
                      female and said “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be
                      joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh?”
     Comment:         Jesus Himself reiterates this truth, and so we should follow it.


                               FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1.   Can homosexuals obtain salvation, while remaining homosexuals?
     The answer is NO. The text in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 states this truth very clearly.
     Or do you now know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived;
     neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the
     covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
     Simply put, you cannot obtain salvation while remaining homosexual. The term “homosexual Christian”
     is a contradiction. In order to be a child of God, you must allow the Holy Sprit to dwell within you, so

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     that even though sin may remain in your life, it will no longer rule over your life. By continually
     allowing your homosexual tendencies to take over your actions, you are not allowing the Holy Spirit to
     do His work within you, and hence you are not Christian.

2.   Can homosexuals obtain salvation if they abandon their homosexual lifestyle and
     practices?
     The answer is YES. Turning once again to 1 Corinthians, but now continuing on through verse 11 after
     verses 9 and 10, we read, Or do you now know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of
     God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor
     homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the
     kingdom of God. And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you
     were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.
     Therefore, homosexuality may be a grave sin, but it is not the unforgivable sin. If you turn away from
     the sinful lifestyle of homosexuality, and accept Jesus Christ into your heart so that He is number one in
     your life, then the Holy Spirit will convict you of any sinful actions or desires, and you will be a child of
     God.

3.   Is it okay to have homosexual friends?
     Yes, but as a Christian, it is your duty to minister to your friend about his grave sin. If a doctor had a
     patient who was dying of cancer, the doctor would be obligated to tell the patient about it. Not telling
     would be a very wrong. Likewise, your homosexual friend is on his way to suffering eternal torment in
     hell, unless you speak up.

4.   Is it okay to allow homosexuals to visit our home?
     The answer would depend on the situation.
     1.     If the person visiting your home is a plumber who is there to fix a leaky pipe, and he happens to
            be homosexual, of course he’s welcome to fix the pipe because the purpose of his visit has
            nothing to do with his homosexuality. The purpose is purely business.
     2.     If the person visiting your home is a friend who happens to be in the neighborhood, and is a
            homosexual, the purpose of you visit he once again has nothing to do with his homosexuality.
            It’s just a friend visiting a friend. But just as in question (3), it’s your duty as a Christian to
            inform your friend about the truth in Jesus Christ, and to turn away from his homosexuality.
     3.     If the person visiting your home is a homosexual friend who is bringing his gay partner to stay
            the night, the answer is clearly NO. They should not be allowed to visit your home in that case
            because their homosexual relationship is being exploited in your home. God said in the Book of
            Ephesians, especially to fathers, to love your family (and your home) as Jesus loves the church.
            In 1st Corinthians Paul rebuked sinners in the church. You should do the same to anyone who
            commits grave sin in your home.

5.   Is homosexuality a worse sin than heterosexual immoralities such as adultery and
     prostitution?
     There are a couple of answers to this question.
     1.     However, the answer is NO in the sense that every single sin is worthy of the eternal punishment:
            For the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). That is, all sin is heinous and worthy of death.
     2.     I would say the answer is YES in the sense that though extramarital heterosexual sex is a sin that
            exploits the natural function, homosexual sin is worse because it is an utter perversion of the
            natural function of the human body.




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                                              CLOSING COMMENTS

     To reiterate what I stated in the beginning.
      o The purpose of this presentation is not to spread hatred or derision of any kind.
      o The purpose was to give the facts.
      o Based on those facts, we can conclude that homosexuality is immoral.
      o During this presentation, that moral judgment was supported with scripture from the bible.

     Homosexuals are not the only people who commit sexual immorality.
      o For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
      o For the wages of sin is death… (Romans 6:23)

     God provides us with a way out through His son Jesus Christ
      o …but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

     As Gregory Koukl put it, “You can’t come clean unless you know you’re dirty.”
      o Once you know you’re dirty, and you’re willing to be washed, the blood of Christ will cleanse you and
         lead you to eternal life.



                                                      REFERENCES

1.       The New American Standard Bible (NASB)
2.       “The Facts on Homosexuality” by John Ankerberg and John Weldon
3.       “Straight & Narrow? Compassion and Clarity in the Homosexuality Debate” by Thomas E. Schmidt
4.       “Homosexuality and American Public Life” edited by Christopher Wolfe
5.       “Straight Down a Crooked Path” Tape Series by Stand to Reason
6.       “Setting the Record Straight: The Bible and Homosexuality” Lecture Notes by Gregory Koukl
7.       “Homosexuality and the Natural Law” Article by Harry V. Jaffa
8.       “Homosexual Theology” Article by Kerby Anderson
9.       “What the Bible Says and Doesn’t Say about Homosexuality” by Mel White      (opposing view)
10.      “Sexual Behavior in the Human Male” by Alfred Kinsey       (opposing view)
11.      “Sexual Behavior in the Human Female” by Alfred Kinsey (opposing view)


NOTE: For a more detailed discussion of homosexuality, refer to the four-part lecture series by Joseph Lim entitled,
      “The Facts About Homosexuality” – notes and audio available. Also, you may log on to www.AFTAC21.com to download.




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