HAS GOD SPOKEN ON THE SUBJECT OF HOMOSEXUALITY?"
by Frank Worthen
The Decision That Must Be Made.
Today, we find many of the mainline denominational churches advancing the
idea that God has NOT spoken on the subject of homosexuality. In the past,
this was not an issue. Traditionally, the church has always considered
homosexuality a sin and, in fact, reacted rather badly at times to this
problem. It was not seen as just one sin among many sins, but as a special
sin, a crime against nature. Many times in church history, punishment was
extreme, including torture, humiliation and burning. Whether homosexuality
was a sin or not was not open to question: sin it was.
The Situation Today
It seems incredible that such a homophobic church could come full circle
and now openly advance the idea that gay is good. Yet we are seeing this
take place before our eyes. We find Anglican theologian Norman Pittenger
saying, "Gay is an expression of God's intended variety in His creation."
The Episcopal Church has ordained two lesbian priests and 50 male priests
who are homosexual. The United Presbyterian Church unites with the gay
church to present "Gay Day" to a community and to jointly run a pro-gay
ministry to homosexual people.
The Catholic Church allows Dignity, a pro-gay group, to use it's facilities
and helps in planning a pro-gay conference. We've come a long way ... but
have we came too far?
Did God Say?
There is an urgent question facing the homosexual person today: Has God
spoken on the subject of homosexuality? Now where have we heard these
words before? Do they have a familiar ring? The three words, "Did God say
... ?" have had a more devastating effect on mankind than all the nuclear
explosions man could ever set off. Found in Genesis 3:1, Satan questioned
God's directives and mankind's personal relationship with his God was
severed. Today, since we live in a fallen world, we serve under fallen
authority. So it is right that we carefully examine what authority is
telling us to do. There can be no blind trust.
Does a Standard exist? Is there a message from God that is not affected by
the Fall? We know that the Bibles we hold in our hands contain misprints
and other discrepancies from the original manuscripts. Do these things
disqualify the Bible? Does this mean that we are free from divine
direction? What if we discard God's Word and believe the message of the
serpent. "You shall not surely die?" Will we die, or will we live? When
the Apostle Paul says, "Homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of heaven"
(I Cor. 6:9), can we dismiss him as some bigoted fool who simply wrote his
own personal viewpoints into Scripture? Some difficult and pivotal
decisions must be made.
One of the first Biblical encounters with homosexuality is the story of
Sodom (Genesis 19). From the city named Sodom comes the word "sodomite",
the legal term for a person who engages in some type of same-sex behaviour.
But does the Bible say that the men of Sodom were homosexual? Does the
Bible say that they were judged for their homosexuality? It is "no" on
both counts. We can ask a multitude of questions about the story of Sodom,
but we will never arrive at a clear and satisfactory answer to our queries.
The Bible simply does not give specific answers to all our questions about
The next encounter is in the book of Leviticus chapters 18 and 20. These
two passages have much the same message. Men are not to use other men as
they would use a woman. This seems crystal clear as to it's meaning, yet
it is sandwiched in between other directives that we no longer consider
valid, such as the breeding of domestic animals with different kinds of
animals, or the wearing of garments of linen mixed with wool.
The New Testament
Using the technique of viewing the Old Testament through the New, we now
turn to Romans 1. This is a chapter of great magnitude, of almost
unlimited scope. Here, Paul tells us that we all know the truth. God has
not withheld the truth, but has shown every person His truth in their
innermost being. God will not deal kindly with those who distort and
hinder His truth. He tells us that mankind is without excuse. Man knew
God, but rejected Him. He left behind the "natural" and sought after the
But what IS natural for man? Have we come so far from natural that we can
no longer recognize what natural was? Today, after thousands of years and
many printing and copying errors, the Biblical message remains the same.
One has only to read the Genesis account of Adam and Eve to see that
heterosexuality is God's norm. We find the same statement over and over
again, "a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall become united
and cleave to his wife." This is described as a "one flesh" relationship.
Jesus reaffirmed this Genesis account in Matthew 19:4-6 when He said, "He
Who made them from the beginning made them male and female." Paul picks up
this message in Ephesians 5. He uses the same words (vs. 31) and relates
man's relationship with his wife to that of Christ and His Church. Natural
isn't something we feel is natural. It is not defined by how many people
are doing it. Natural is determined by how God made things in the
beginning and this is the Biblical message.
Paul says that it is not natural for men to burn in lust for one another,
or for women to use each other sexually. Paul carries his message to great
lengths, saying that even those who approve of such behaviour are out of
the will of God. There can be no doubt that Romans 1 is talking about
homosexuality, sexual relationships with people of the same sex, the kind
of relationships that gay people engage in today and that gay people
engaged in during the time of Paul. There are no new sex acts.
Paul again addresses this issue in 1 Corinthians 6:9. This verse considers
almost all sex outside of marriage. We see the mention of fornicators,
those who engage in sexual relations while unmarried. Paul then speaks to
the issue of adultery, sex with someone other than your marriage partner.
Two words are used to describe homosexual relations. The first in the
Greek is malakoi; the second, arsenokoitai. Greek scholars have generally
considered these two words to mean the passive and active side of
homosexual sex. The reasoning is that, even though a person may allow
himself to be used sexually by another, he is still without excuse and must
bear the penalty. While pro-gay theologians attempt to alter the meaning
of these two words, they do not speak with one voice. It would be very
discomforting to a person who wants to remain gay with God's blessing to
review the various theories on this single passage. It seems that when
someone comes preaching a different Gospel, certain things simply do not
One position is that malakoi does not mean a homosexual person. It's
describing a man who identifies himself as a woman, thus transferring the
sin from homosexual people to transsexuals. This seems grossly unfair and
one wonders just where is the sin of the transsexual person? Does identity
confusion immediately bar one from the kingdom of heaven?
Many think that arsenokoitai describes a male prostitute. They see this as
engaging in sex for money rather than for love. He may be seen as a
heterosexual street hustler type of person, or a homosexual person who
violates the gay theologians' concept of loving relationships.
For centuries, sex was seen as a privilege of marriage, rather than as a
human right. Humanists today see sex as everyone's right, regardless of
marriage commitments. They see all sexual relationships as right before
God if they contain the element of true love. Thus, we may engage in
loving fornication, loving adultery and loving homosexual relationships
A few consider the two words in question to mean the child and his
molester. One immediately wonders just why the victim of such abuse would
be barred from heaven.
Another view is quite complicated. This passage is seen as speaking of two
differing kinds of heterosexual men. One is a passive man who thinks he is
a woman (yet he remains quite heterosexual) and the other, a homosexually-
active heterosexual man. One wonders just how all this is possible, or
just how often such a case might turn up that Paul would address such an
Still another view is that it takes the two words together to mean a
homosexual prostitute. This causes one to wonder why Paul used only one
word, arsenokoitai, in 1 Timothy 1:10.
Those Who Distort Scripture.
Peter knew that people would distort Scripture. In fact, they were already
doing it in his time. In 2 Peter 3:16, we read:
"There are some things in the Epistles of Paul that are difficult to
understand, which the ignorant twist to their own destruction, just as they
distort the rest of the Scriptures."
Isaiah also knew that people wanted things their way, not God's way. He
"Prophesy not to us what is right, speak to us smooth things, prophesy
deceitful illusions." Isaiah 30:10.
Is this not what gay theology is doing today? The stakes are high. Our
happiness is not our only consideration -- our eternity rests on our
decision. Are we to accept the scrambled rambling of the pro-gay movement
as Gospel truth, or are we to accept the traditions of the church handed
down to us from the very first century?
Has Scripture become so distorted that it is no longer understandable? Are
we willing to bet our eternal life on this? If we take this viewpoint, we
are then discounting all recent archaeological discoveries that continue to
prove the Scriptures remarkably accurate. If homosexuality was really
within God's will, would all Scripture (whether considered valid today or
not) be negative towards it?
"They promise them liberty, when they themselves are slaves of depravity
and defilement, for by whatever any one is made inferior or overcome or
worsted, to that person or thing he is enslaved."
2 Peter 2:19 (Amplified).
Are you following a blind guide?
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