Why God Says "No" To Homosexuality
When I was involved in homosexual activity in the military, I saw and
experienced a lot of the misery and emptiness, as well as the emotional and
sensual pleasures that go with the gay life. Eventually, my guilt became
too great and, seeing my need for a Saviour, I gave my life to Jesus. I
obeyed God in submitting my gay thoughts and activities to Him because He
said, "No!". But I could not understand why this form of love was wrong.
Why did He punish those who expressed homosexual love?
It was out of blind obedience that I followed God's Word. At that point, I
would have gladly returned to the homosexual life if He would allow it.
Obedience has brought wisdom and in the passing of time in my walk with the
Lord, He has taught me many things about His character. He has opened my
eyes to the natural consequences of sin -- consequences that we bring on
ourselves when we fail to trust in Him. He knows and wants what is best
for us. He also knows what will bring us destruction.
God's View Of Homosexuality.
God does not look at homosexuality as the worst sin. But at the same time,
it is a very serious sin, because of its widespread consequences of
destruction in an individual's life. Homosexuality is not just a surface
behaviour; it involves the entire person. God wants us to understand our
sins. He wants His light to shine through Satan's smoke-screen. "Only
know, understand and acknowledge your inequity and guilt..." (Jeremiah
God's Three-Fold Release.
God has given each of us a free will. He allows us to choose our actions,
and will not force us against our will. The first chapter of Romans tells
of those who chose homosexual activities. We are told that God "gave them
up" or "let them go" in three areas because they were in rebellion:
1. He gave them up to the lusts (desires) of their own hearts (verse 24).
2. He gave them up to vile affections and degrading passions (verse 26).
3. He gave them over to a base and condemned (reprobate) mind (verse 28).
The Three-Fold Result.
As men and women rebelled and left God's divine plan for their sexuality,
destruction came upon these people in three areas. These self-inflicted
wounds involved three exchanges:
% "they exchanged (deliberately chose) the truth of God for a lie" (Romans
1:25). Discovering truth and error is a process of the mind. Destruction
came about in the mental or intellectual part of them. There came about a
distortion in their thinking processes.
% they "exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural", Romans
1:26. Their bodies were used for sexual activities which God never
intended them to partake of. This resulted in physical destruction.
% they also "exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in
the form of corruptible man..." (Romans 1:23). The worship of God was
replaced by a worship of man. Worship is a function of the inner man, and
so spiritual destruction began to occur, the worst devastation of all.
So participation in homosexual activities has spiritual, mental and
physical consequences. I would like to examine more closely each of these
different affects of homosexuality, in order to deepen our understanding of
why God has wisely said "no" to this distorted expression of "love".
The Intellectual Consequences
"They exchanged (deliberately chose) the truth for a lie... Therefore, He
gave them over to a base and condemned (reprobate) mind." Romans 1:25,28.
As we were growing up, we learned deceptions of God's truth. We were fed
wrong messages and distorted images. Some of us were victims of physical
or mental abuse. So we chose a way of thinking and acting which seemed
secure, that would offer us protection from our fears and vulnerabilities.
Others of us knew what was right, but chose instead to meet our basic and
God-given needs of love, acceptance, and self-worth in our own ungodly
ways. At some point, each of us comes to the knowledge that our actions
are against God's ways. But having already accepted the deceptions and
feeling security from them, we usually have difficulty being honest with
ourselves in acknowledging the truth. Instead, we hold onto our old secure
way of thinking, continuing to accept the lies of Satan.
Once the deceptions are accepted, an individual becomes more and more
blinded to the truth. He or she starts questioning authority, including
God's authority. As this person accepts less and less of the truth, be
begins to write his own "Bible" and so becomes his own authority.
Because a person seeks to justify his own ways, he becomes rebellious
towards God and His plan. The rebellion and increased pride cause him to
become foolish and futile in his thinking. "...when they knew and
recognized Him as the God, they did not honour and glorify Him as God, or
give Him thanks. But, instead they became futile and godless in their
thinking -- with vain imaginings, foolish reasoning, and stupid
speculations -- and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be
wise, they became fools -- professing to be smart, they made simpletons of
themselves." (Romans 1:21,22).
As a person sells out to the lies of Satan, the mind comes into a state of
confusion as to what is really right or wrong. Many people who contact us
are in this mass web of confusion. A few are even on the brink of
insanity, and all are desperately seeking to understand their situation.
The confusion, rebellion, pride, and foolish thinking cause the individual
to protect and justify his thoughts and actions. In doing this, he becomes
bitter towards the truth and hateful towards God.
"They were filled with all manner of wickedness, evil, covetousness,
malice. Full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malignity, they are gossips,
slanderers, haters of God, insolent haughty, boastful inventors of evil,
disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though
they know God's decree that those who do such things deserve to die, they
not only do them but approve those who practice them." (Romans 1:29-30).
Accepting Satan's deceptions makes us slaves in bondage to our sins. When
we mentally accept the enemy's lies, we are his slave in that area of our
life. "Whoever commits and practices sin is the slave of sin" (John
God tells us not to become involved in homosexuality because of the
consequences of mental destruction in our lives. This distortion makes
people become slaves in bondage to their sin, leads to mental and emotional
confusion, a questioning of authority, hatred towards God, rebellion,
pride, becoming one's own god and thinking in futile and godless ways.
Jesus is Truth. It is impossible for Him to lie. "And you shall know the
truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32). Sometimes, we
cannot see the truth or the wisdom in the things God tells us to do. But
we need to trust Him, to believe that He wants the very best for us. As we
renounce the deceptions that we have accepted (the ways of thinking that do
not reflect God's truth), and as we stand firmly on His Word, God has
promised to give us freedom and the abundant, victorious life that He
desires for each one of us.
The Physical Consequences
"...they exchanged the natural (God's original intention) for the
unnatural." Romans 1:26.
There are physical consequences when a person engages in sexual immorality.
The Bible reminds us that we, as Christians, are the dwelling place of
God's Spirit. He no longer dwells in buildings, as in the Old Testament
days. "Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the
body, but the immoral man sins against his own body." (I Corinthians.
6:18). Our body is no longer our own. It is His sanctuary, and it is not
to be polluted with unnatural sexual activities.
In the Mosaic law, God tells how He sees the homosexual act. He calls it
"an abomination" (Leviticus 18;22), which means perverse, unnatural,
abhorrent, and detestable. God hates this sin because He knows the results
it brings into the life of the person who indulges in it. He loves each of
us too much to remain silent in warning us against homosexuality's
The gay subculture has long been a breeding-ground for venereal infections,
particularly among males. Nearly 50 percent of men with active syphilis
are gay. Some forms of herpes (which is incurable) are almost universally
present in the promiscuous gay communities of larger cities. In the past
two years, there has been a dramatic increase in the physical havoc wrought
by homosexual activities. Cases of acquired immunodeficiency (labeled
"AIDS" for short) are rising rapidly. Virus infections occur which
severely damage the white blood cells, the primary defense system of the
body. Once this disease-fighting protection is gone. the body is open to
attack by bacteria, fungi, and deadly viruses. Pneumonia, cancer and other
fatal consequences often follow. One example is Kaposi's sarcoma, a
previously rare form of cancer which turned up in 1979 among gays. Today,
new cases are appearing weekly. It is often fatal. Yes, there are serious
physical results which can occur from engaging in sexual activities which
God has forbidden.
"God gave them up to the lusts of their own heart." (Romans 1:24). When we
give in to lust (even one time), we begin to increase our sensuous desires.
It is like a small flame that has been lit. As this fire is fed, it grows
larger and larger. It demands more of our time and energy to be satisfied.
Eventually, these physical appetites can become like a fire out of control
-- they become unquenchable. When we are submitted to God, He controls
these sexual desires. When we turn from God, these passions control us.
Because these desires cannot be filled in a godly way, they become a source
of frustration and nonfulfillment in our lives. This affects every aspect
of our life, including all our relationships. The unhappiness and tension
within can produce such symptoms as headaches, ulcers and chronic insomnia.
God intended for our sexual desires to serve us, not for us to become
enslaved to them.
Paul summarizes the results of homosexual involvement: "...suffering in
their bodies and personalities the inevitable consequences and penalty for
their wrongdoing and going astray, which was their fitting retribution."
(Romans 1:27). For so many, participating in the gay subculture leads to
other physical destruction, because of involvement with drugs and alcohol.
God provides for us. He understands our physical needs and desires -- He
created them. He said, "It is not good that the man should live alone"
(Genesis. 2:18) and so He formed a woman from the rib of Adam. Marriage is
God's design for the perfect fulfilment of our sexual needs. For those of
us who are single, Jesus understands. He spent many years on this earth as
a young single adult man. All of God's resources that were available to
Him are also ours. It's not easy -- we all know that. But we can be
overcomers, just as He was.
The destruction of homosexual activities on the physical level results in
defilement of God's holy temple, including the ever-increasing epidemic of
AIDS and various forms of venereal disease. The stimulated physical
appetites lead to sexual frustration and emptiness. When it is realized
that these drives cannot be rightly satisfied, despair and even suicide can
result. In God's eyes, all same-sex acts are detestable. They do not
uphold His natural design for our lives.
The Spiritual Consequences
"... (they) exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in
the form of corruptible man ..." Romans 1:23
The spiritual devastation that occurs as a result of homosexuality is even
worse than the destructive consequences on the physical and intellectual
levels. In Romans 1, we learn that man exchanges the worship of God for
the worship of man (or woman).
"We open ourselves up to a chain of deception leading to IDOLATRY when we
try to do the impossible: fill our inner need for love with something (or
someone) God has made, rather than with God Himself. As we look to another
weak and fallible human being to fulfil us, we become worshipers of the
creature rather than the Creator."* We have all experienced the pain and
destruction in our lives when we lean on other humans to fulfil all our
deep needs for love, security, acceptance, identity, and purpose.
Guilt results in our inner consciousness when we have transgressed God's
will. Guilt is a built-in device God has given us to let us know when we
are off His path. Suppressed guilt brings with it a whole array of
spiritual consequences, as David shares with us in Psalm 38:3-11.
"There is no soundness in my flesh because of thy indignation; there is no
health in my bones because of my sin. For my iniquities have gone over my
head; they weight like a burden too heavy for me. My wounds foul and
fester because of my foolishness, I am utterly bowed down and prostrate;
all the day I go about mourning. For my loins are filled with burning, and
there is no soundness in my flesh. I am utterly spent and crushed; I groan
because of the tumult of my heart. Lord, all my longing is known to thee,
my sighing is not hidden from thee. My heart throbs, my strength fails me;
and the light of my eyes - it also has gone from me. My friends and
companions stand aloof from my plague, and my kinsmen stand afar off."
If God's built-in warning device is not taken heed to and an individual
persists in his or her sin of homosexual involvement, then a wall will be
built up in that person's life that will separate him from God. This wall
brings with it spiritual death. Isaiah 59:2 reads, "Behold, the Lord's
hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear dull with deafness
that it cannot hear; but your iniquities have made a separation between you
and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, so that He will not
hear." Having lived with Christ and also without Him in the past, to me
this is the most terrible result of homosexuality -- or any other sin!
Spiritual destruction opens us up to idolatry, which is dethroning God from
our heart, His holy temple. Guilt brings corruption and corrosion to our
spirits, as well as our emotions, mind and body. Finally, a wall is formed
which separates us from our Lord.
A Final Word.
Jeremiah warns us in 4:18, "Your ways and your doings have brought these
things upon you; this is your calamity and doom: surely it is biter, for
surely it reaches your very heart." Why does God say "No" to
homosexuality? Because of its effects on our relationship to Him and
others. In His love, He wants to spare us of all the destructive
consequences that we have touched upon in this series. Our God is not a
kill-joy! He understands us and our needs. Our God is jealous for our
love and knows that no one is capable of fulfilling these needs but Him.
Satan comes as an angel of light to offer us a way in which we can fill our
needs, instead of trusting in God. Satan's offering is not the pure, holy
way that God would have us walk. In the end, it leads to death. God wants
to spare us the agony of our sins. Let's allow Him to fill each of our
-- Tina Pope
* Quoted from the handout, "Idolatry: An Aspect of Gay Relationships" by
Tina Pope, our accountant and women's counsellor, has been with Love In
Action, San Rafael full-time since early 1981. In this series, Tina shares
some Scriptural insights on homosexuality she has learned since coming to
Love In Action, San Rafael.
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