I have been involved in a discussion with several people on Facebook reference homosexuality and same sex marriage. I am not a “gay basher”or hold any hatred for God’s children. Actually, I try to love all people, even those with opposing opinions. I was challenged if I was willing to make my stance public and therefore face ridicule. Certainly I am as long as others realize my concern and love for all. Homosexuality is a sin but no more so than many, many other deviations from God’s word.
The Bible does address homosexuality; even though the actual word may not be used, it is clear that the Bible condemns homosexuality as an immoral and unnatural sin, as it does other sins as well. Leviticus 18:22identifies homosexual sex as an abomination, a detestable sin. Romans 1:26-27 declares homosexual desires and actions to be shameful, unnatural, lustful, and indecent. First Corinthians 6:9 states that homosexuals are unrighteous and will not inherit the kingdom of God. Since both homosexual desires and actions are condemned in the Bible, it is clear that homosexuals “marrying” is not God’s will, and would be, in fact, sinful.
Whenever the Bible mentions marriage, it is between a male and a female. The first mention of marriage, Genesis 2:24, describes it as a man leaving his parents and being united to his wife. In passages that contain instructions regarding marriage, such as 1 Corinthians 7:2-16 and Ephesians 5:23-33, the Bible clearly identifies marriage as being between a man and a woman. Biblically speaking, marriage is the lifetime union of a man and a woman, primarily for the purpose of building a family and providing a stable environment for that family.
Following is my response to a critic and fellow minister, I will just call Tom.
Tom, I used to have a religion professor at Erskine that when we wrote a paper that was truly “AMBIGUOUS” and missed scripture, would write across the paper…BULLGESCHICKTE! I sincerely appreciate your opinion and admire your ability to express and articulate yourself. Sometimes we educate ourselves out of reality. While attending the School of Religion at USC, I was quickly labeled somewhat naïve and perhaps not up to their educational standards because I accepted the scripture at face value…the infallible word of God. Yes, no where can I find in scripture the word homosexual. But, as I previously stated: While the Bible does not use the word homosexuality, and it does not explicitly mention gay marriage/same-sex marriage; it is clear that the Bible condemns homosexuality as an immoral and unnatural sin.
I would like to stop here and take a stand that in the eyes of God; I do not believe one sin is worse than another. Actually, forget all my and your biblical bullgeschickte and let’s realize; there is really only one sin…disobedience to God’s word. Read the Ten Commandments, not ten suggestions, those are sins. Read of fornication, lust, lying, gossip and many more… those are sins. You are right in saying the “word” homosexual did not even appear in man’s vocabulary until much later than 2000 plus years ago and yes there is discussion on the actual Greek or Hebrew translation. May I just mention that the word “abba” also has no direct Greek, Hebrew or even Aramaic translation? Virtually all Biblical scholars have accepted the word to reflect Jesus Christ’s reference to God as “Father”. The actual closest translation is from the Aramaic word, “Daddy”.
As to your question of 1 Samuel 18:1; that perhaps David and Jonathan were involved in a homosexual relationship; please be careful. David was a “man after God’s own heart”. Your question almost reeks of blasphemy. Perhaps further reading and study is necessary here. Jonathan loved David’s soul as his own. This is a rare kind of love that should be much more common than it is. After all, Jesus said, the second greatest commandment:
Matt. 22:39 …‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’
But how many of us have strived to love this kind of love. After all, think about it: how much do you love yourself. Don’t you always make sure that your needs are met? Don’t you pamper yourself and look out for yourself? Don’t you take care of yourself and feed yourself? When you look at how much you do love yourself, and then look at how you treat your neighbor, it really pales in comparison.
This love that Jonathan had for David is the example of love that we must have for one another. It is a self-sacrificing love, a love that puts others first. Look at how Jonathan’s love for David was demonstrated:
1 Sam. 18:4; And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, including his sword and his bow and his belt. Jonathan was the next to become king. An honor and birthright he was willing to allow David to have. To read a homosexual message into this scripture is an atrocity to God’s inspired word.
“So, if the Bible, history, psychology, and nature all argue for marriage being between a man and a woman—why is there such a controversy today? Why are those who are opposed to gay marriage/same-sex marriage labeled as hateful, intolerant bigots, no matter how respectfully the opposition is presented? Why is the gay rights movement so aggressively pushing for gay marriage/same-sex marriage when most people, religious and non-religious, are supportive of—or at least far less opposed to—gay couples having all the same legal rights as married couples with some form of civil union?
The answer, according to the Bible, is that everyone inherently knows that homosexuality is immoral and unnatural, and the only way to suppress this inherent knowledge is by normalizing homosexuality and attacking any and all opposition to it. The best way to normalize homosexuality is by placing gay marriage/same-sex marriage on an equal plane with traditional opposite-gender marriage. Romans 1:18-32 illustrates this. The truth is known because God has made it plain. The truth is rejected and replaced with a lie. The lie is then promoted and the truth suppressed and attacked. The vehemence and anger expressed by many in the gay rights movement to any who oppose them is, in fact, an indication that they know their position is indefensible. Trying to overcome a weak position by raising your voice is the oldest trick in the debating book. There is perhaps no more accurate description of the modern gay rights agenda than Romans 1:31, “they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless.”