What Does The Bible Say AboutHomosexuality?
•Old Testament Law: Leviticus 18:22
“Do not practice homosexuality; it is a detestable sin.”
•New Testament Living: Romans 1:26-27“…Even the women turned against the natural wayto have sex and instead indulged in sex with eachother. And the men, instead of having normalsexual relationships with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men and, as a result, suffered within themselves thepenalty they so richly deserved.”•It’s all Greek to me (arsenokoitai)
OT: Pro-gay theologians might tell you that this passage was “culturally bound”. In other words, thislaw was only meant for the people living in that place at that time, and therefore it doesn’t apply to ustoday. They also might say this passage only refers to homosexual sex that’s done as idol worship.The danger with these arguments is that believing them would also make all of the other sins in thispassage acceptable. That would include incest, infant sacrificeand bestiality. Furthermore, Goddoes state in verses 28 and 29 that the Gentile cultures are being punished for this behavior.“All these detestable activities are practiced by the people of the land where I am taking you, and theland has become defiled. Do not give the land a reason to vomityou out for defiling it, as it will vomitout the people who live there now.”NT: The gay argument says this passage only condemns homosexual sex between people who arenot naturally gay. Many gays will argue, “How can something that comes natural to me be wrong?”We know the answer: because we are in a fallen, sinful world! Sin comes naturally to everybody.Just because something feels right doesn’t mean it is right. In this passage, Paul is clearly sayingthat the act itself is unnatural, sinful, and therefore reaps painful rewards.The original language: There’s also a lot of argument about the Greek word Paul used for homosexuality. The word is (ar-sin-oh-coy-tay). This word literally means “a male who lies with amale.”It clearly identifies homosexual sex itself as forbidden with no qualifiers, which means it iswrong no matter who’s doing it or what feelings are involved. By using this term, Paul is alsopurposefully referring to Leviticus 18:22. This signifies that the OT prohibition of homosexuality wasnot meant only for those people at that time.