In this Little Lesson series, David Servant looks extensively at what the Bible teaches about homosexuality, maintaining a balance of graciousness and a commitment to the unchanging message of Scripture.
- What Does the Bible Teach About Homosexuality?
- What Does the Bible Teach About Homosexuality? (Part 2)
- What Does the Bible Teach About Homosexuality? (Part 3)
- What Does the Bible Teach About Homosexuality? (Part 4)
- Is It True That Jesus Never Mentioned Homosexuality?
- What Does the New Testament Teach About Homosexuality?
- What Does the New Testament Teach About Homosexuality? (Part 2)
- What Does the New Testament Teach About Homosexuality? (Part 3)
- What Does the New Testament Teach About Homosexuality? (Part 4)
- What Does the New Testament Teach About Homosexuality? (Part 5)
What Does the Bible Teach About Homosexuality?
We’re going to begin exploring the subject of what Scripture, the Bible, has to say about homosexuality. It’s going to require more than one Little Lesson, so I hope you’ll stick with me through the entire series.
This is a big topic. Big in our culture, big in the world, big in Scripture, because homosexuality is not a new phenomenon. It’s something that’s been around since almost the dawn of humanity. Scripture’s been talking about it for hundreds of years, and so it’s worth our time to take our time and look at what the Bible says.
May I say from the outset here, what I’m going to be sharing is not a bunch of ideas that’ve been drudged up from my antiquated, traditionalist, bigoted mind. We’re going to be talking about what the Bible says about homosexuality. And although some might label what I’m going to be talking, what I’m going to be saying as hate speech, it’s not hate speech at all. It’s freedom of speech, and it’s also freedom of religion, because this is a deeply held religious conviction of everyone who believes what the Scripture says.
And it’s not hate speech because I’m doing it in love. I love every homosexual, and so does God. I’m sure of that. And homosexuality is portrayed in Scripture as something that God is displeased with, but it’s not the only thing, oh my goodness. And to single out homosexuals as being the only bad guys, well, that’d be totally wrong. Because you’re looking at a bad guy right here, and God transformed me, delivered me from a lifestyle that was very displeasing to him.
I was never involved in a homosexual lifestyle, but certainly sexually immoral on a number of levels. And I’m a different person because of God’s amazing grace, and his amazing love. And homosexuality is no different, in that respect, than any other sin that God mentions in Scripture as being displeasing to him. It’s a sin he can forgive, and it’s a sin from which he can deliver. Amen. And we’ll be reading some scriptures that prove that.
But there are hundreds and probably thousands of people who could say amen, testifying to the fact that they once were involved in a homosexual lifestyle, they came to a faith in Jesus Christ, and they were transformed and delivered from that lifestyle that they knew, in their hearts, was displeasing to God.
I just read a news article, just not too many days ago, about 200 people who had a little march in Washington, D.C., all people formerly involved in a homosexual lifestyle, men and women, marching to say, “Hey, we exist. They say you can’t change, we’ve been changed. Not by our own power, not by our own strength, but by the mercy of God and by the grace of God, through Jesus Christ.”
And they marched around Washington, just to say, “Hey, we’re here.” And in this day and age, when homosexuals are marching for their rights, and so forth, and marching against discrimination, and so forth, these folks said, “Let’s have our own little march.” And a couple of them were actually at that nightclub in Florida, the Pulse Nightclub, when that man came in and started shooting people, and all those people died. It was a gay nightclub.
And one of them, I think, in his testimony, said he gave his life to Jesus lying on the floor of that nightclub, saying, “God, if you’ll get me out of here alive, I’ll serve you.” And he said it wasn’t a gay and straight issue, it was a sin and holiness issue. It was a lost and found issue for him, and he was transformed.
So anyways, lot more to say on that. So let’s go to some of the classic scriptures in the Bible about homosexuality, and just talk about them, and talk about them with calmness, and with love and compassion, okay? And without pointing the finger at others when we, ourselves, know that but for the grace of God, go I.
So, here, in Leviticus chapter 18, the children of Israel, the people of Israel, whom God delivered out of Egypt, God was bringing them in to the land of Canaan, and they were going to dispossess all the tribal people that lived in Canaan’s land, and people think that doesn’t seem to be so fair, but it was, you read the story in the Bible, you find out that there’s more to the story.
That God had been patiently waiting for the inhabitants of the land of Canaan, modern day Israel, Palestine, to turn from their wickedness, because they were involved in every kind of depraved and wicked thing that you could be involved in. And God waited hundreds of years for them to come to their senses and turn around. They didn’t. So God said, “Well, judgment is going to come,” and it came in the form of Israelite armies that were empowered by God.
So anyways, God’s giving instructions to the people of Israel in the law. Moses, here, we found a passage in Leviticus chapter 18, listen to this, now. Leviticus 18, verse 20. See if you agree with what God said. See if your own heart resonates with the truthfulness of this moral standard.
God said, “You shall not have intercourse with your neighbor’s wife to be defiled with her.” So there’s one of the commandments, in Leviticus chapter 18. I think everybody watching this would agree with me, “Yeah, it’s wrong to have sex with your neighbor’s wife, because it’s your neighbor’s wife, and they made vows to each other, and sex is something reserved just for their personal relationship, and it’s this very special, very intimate, and it’s a sin against her spouse to have sex with her. It’s a sin against her. It’s a sin against my spouse, if I’m married, to have sex with somebody other than the one I’m married to.”
And it’s interesting, across cultures, around the world, throughout history, people have believed that what I just read is truthful, that adultery, what we call adultery, is wrong. You could find that in the oldest moral codes, ones that even predate the law of Moses. Yeah, like the law of Hammurabi. It’s the oldest moral code known to humanity, and it’s in a museum somewhere. Maybe it’s in Paris, or somewhere. But you could read the translation, or you can go online and find all the law, look for the law of Hammurabi, and then search for the passage, the part about adultery, what they did to adulterers prior to the law of Moses.
Because God has written his laws on people’s hearts, okay? So God has something to say about sexual immorality, and it’s his right. He invented people, and he invented sex. He gave them their parts. He’s the one who came up with the idea of marriage, and two people of the opposite sex being committed to each other till death do us part, and raising children. All these were his idea, so he has a right to regulate it, and everybody in the world agrees with what I’ve just read. Just about. There might be a few perverts. We’d all call them perverts if they don’t agree that adultery is wrong.
In some of the most vile movies that you can watch, even in those movies, it’s very plainly intimated and it’s crystal clear, adultery is wrong. When you do that, you’re doing wrong. Okay, oh my goodness, we’re out of time already. Well, so, we’re going to keep reading this passage in the next little lesson, and look at other things that God regulates when it comes to sex, and what he considers to be wrong and immoral.
All right, so don’t miss the next little lesson. Hope to see you. Bye bye.
What Does the Bible Teach About Homosexuality? (Part 2)
We started in our last lesson in a classic passage in Leviticus chapter 18 where God is saying lots of things to the people of Israel, and He’s saying, “This is how I want you to behave because you’re going to be my people and I’m taking you into the promised land where you’re going to dispossess some very evil, wicked people, and I don’t want you to be like them. Because if you become like them then I’m going to treat you just like I’m about to treat them. I’m dispossessing them out of their land. Judgment is falling on them. I don’t want judgment to fall on you. So, you’ve got to act differently than those people or you know, because I’m consistent.” God is saying, “I never change. What I hate a thousand years ago I hate today. What I loved a thousand years ago I love today.”
Okay. So we looked at this first verse of the passage in Leviticus chapter 18 where God said, “You shall not have intercourse with your neighbor’s wife to be defiled with her.” And my point was, in our last little lesson, everybody agrees with that across the board, around the world, in every culture. Even those cultures that are polygamous which that’s obviously questionable in many people’s minds. But even polygamous cultures still adultery is wrong. “Don’t have sex with any of my wives”, the polygamist would say. And everyone would say, “It’s wrong to have sex with one of the wives of the polygamist.” Okay. So, that’s universally agreed upon.
So we continue wow reading what God says, the one who created sex, the one who created every thing as he regulates human sexuality. Leviticus 18:21 the very next verse, “You shall not give any of your offspring, that is your children to offer them to Moloch, nor shall you profane the name of your God. I am Lord.” Now that doesn’t say anything about sexuality but I just want you to see we’re reading in a passage that you know, pretty obvious what’s wrong about these things. Don’t take, let me just paraphrase this, don’t take your babies and go to the altar of Moloch. There’s this Moloch god there carved in stone and there’s a big fire in front of them And don’t throw your baby or but one of your children into that fire to as to show your devotion to god Moloch. That’s an abomination to God.
Well, all agree that it’s wrong to throw your babies into a fire. You know, I bet you about 99.999% of all people watching this, if not 100% will say, “That’s wrong.” But here’s where the confusion starts and this is getting off track but yet some people say it’s okay to rip a baby that would be born in another day or two, a fully developed baby human being rip that baby out of its womb, cut it to pieces or kill it with some poison, and kill it that way. That’s okay. “But we would never, never, never, never take a live baby and throw it into a fire. That would be immoral.”
Well, you know, you’re very, very confused if you think that that’s wrong and it’s okay to do it to a baby who’s just about to be born. And if it’s not okay to do it to a baby that’s just about to be born in a day or two it’s not right to do it to a baby that’s about to be born in a month or two, or in four months, or in five months, or in six months, and you can take that logic all the way back to conception. Okay, so off topic here, but let’s get back on topic.
So verse number 22. We’ve just read in verse 20 and 21 of Leviticus 18 two things that universally everybody agrees are just horribly grievous things, adultery and sacrificing your children to a God. It’s amazing that you’ve even got to say these things. Verse 22, “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female, it is an abomination.” Now, isn’t it interesting that people who would say that those first two things are clearly wrong, adultery is wrong … I mean again many within the homosexual community would say, “Oh my goodness these homosexuals that are just sleeping around with lots of partners we don’t agree with that. We commit to each other in life commitments of marriage.” Because they have a moral standard. It’s not up to a heterosexual standard but it’s a high homosexual standard. “We’re not sleeping around. We’re going to be faithful to one partner of the same sex.” You see? So there’s a moral standard that they’ve established there. Well, okay I guess that’s on one level praiseworthy, but again is this the word of God or is it not the word of God?
Well, again, anyone who is espousing a homosexual lifestyle is being okay morally okay would have to say, “Well, this is not the word of God.” Okay. All right, well that’s your choice. But anyways, I’m talking about what the Bible teaches about homosexuality. That’s what I’m teaching here. My idea is what the Bible teaches. “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female, it is an abomination.” Now, so sandwiched there now we’re going to read the next verse. That little prohibition of homosexual sex is sandwiched between adultery, throwing your kids into a fire in devotion to Moloch. And now look at verse number 23 of Leviticus 18. “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.”
Now, you have to say, “Why did God even have to say these things?” But yet there are places that you could go to in the world and in your country probably. I know that in America you can go to place like this and you could watch perverted sex just like that. Well, you certainly gonna watch it in pornographic films and so forth. But there are places you actually go see live sex with animals. Not a whole lot of places and I’ve never been to one okay but they’re out there. And so, this is the depth of depravity of some people’s mind. And I would be willing to bet that most people who embrace a homosexual lifestyle would say that sex with animals is immoral. It’s a sexual perversion. Now, you’d have to ask on what level. Because morality presumes that there is a moral regulator with a capital r, namely God.
So, it’s always interesting to hear people that don’t believe in God or have some invented concept of God saying something’s wrong. Well, on what basis is it wrong? Why? Well, it’s because they know certain things within their heart because God, the God, the only God has put it within their hearts. God has written his laws within our hearts. We have a conscience that tells us what is right and wrong. And so, everybody knows that having sex with animals is wrong. The person who’s in the act of having sex with animals knows in their heart right then this is wrong but they suppress that guilt and they say, “Oh, but I’m going to do it anyway.” Because they don’t love God and they at that point in time don’t care what God’s thinking.
All right, so you get this. I’d be willing to bet that most folks within the homosexual community would not only say that sex with animals is wrong, they would also say that those who get married to the same sex within the homosexual community, they would say that adultery is wrong. Why else would you get married? So, if your same sex partner was unfaithful to you and had sex with somebody else you would consider that adultery. You would say, “That’s wrong. You betrayed me. That’s morally wrong. You made a vow to me till death do us part.”
Yeah. So, you have moral standards here in the Bible, these are all listed together. And I bet most of the homosexual community would say that it’s wrong to take your baby and throw it into a fireplace to kill it and burn it. Right. Okay. Something to think about. Something to think about. And I’m saying this because I’ve got hope. I’ve got hope for those who this bothers them when I’ve just read and they’d like to escape it. Well, I’ve got great news for you. God will help you. So keep watching these little lessons. Okay. And we’ll get to that in greater depth as we continue. I hope to see you next time. God bless you.
What Does the Bible Teach About Homosexuality? (Part 3)
This will be the third little lesson on what scripture says about homosexuality. We’ve just gotten to the edge of the subject in Leviticus chapter 18 just looking at the classic scripture that God said a number of things regarding his regulation of sexual behavior amongst human beings and certain things that he labels perversions. We’ve just read a passage of scripture where God says, and I’m paraphrasing it, don’t have sex with your neighbor’s wife. That’s wrong, that’s sinful. Of course we all probably agree with that. Then he says, don’t throw your babies into the fire in devotion to the God Moloch. I think we probably all agree that’s wrong. Then God says, men shouldn’t be lying with men as a man lies with a female.
Well, not everyone would agree with that. Then the very next verse is don’t have sex with animals. When people say that, well, you know, Bible doesn’t have anything to say about homosexuality or it’s really not relevant, they weren’t in the new covenant or something. Well, I don’t know. We just read four things that I think three of them, everybody on the planet would agree with, that adultery is wrong, that killing your children is wrong, and that having sex with animals is wrong. What about that fourth one? Homosexuality, well, God’s got it in that same list. If this is the word of God, if there’s truth in the other three, well, how can we just discard this fourth one? Continuing this passage that we started in the previous, previous little lessons, listen to Leviticus 18:24, “Do not defile yourself by any of these things… ” God says they’re all defilements, “for by all these the nations which I am casting out before you have become defiled.”
This was going on, all this stuff that God just described in these four verses preceding where we are now, all this was happening in the land of Canaan. That’s why God says, you know, I’ve had enough, I’ve waited hundreds of years for these people to repent. I’ve spoken to them in their conscience millions of times, and they just ignore me. They’re beyond redemption. We’re just going to wipe them out, I’ll give you guys a chance. God says in the very next verse, “For the land has become defiled, therefore I have brought its punishment upon it, so the land has spewed out its inhabitants.” Leviticus 18 and verse number 25. Another passage, God says, if you guys become like the ones you dispossessed, I’m going to do the same thing to you because I’m consistent and I don’t show partiality. I’m favoring you by bringing you out of Egypt, but I’m not going to lower the standard for you. You’re held to the same standards as everybody else.
Similarly, two chapters later in Leviticus where God is still talking about human behavior and in some cases, human sexuality, he says in Leviticus Chapter 20:11, “If there is a man who lies with his father’s wife… ” you’re having sex with your, it’s either your mother or your stepmother, can’t be anybody else but that, okay. “He has uncovered his father’s nakedness both of them shall surely be put to death, their bloodguiltiness is upon them.” I think it’s pretty clear to us that God is saying, this is a sin to have sex with your mother or have sex with your stepmother is wrong. It’s a form of adultery, a form of incest. I guess it doesn’t make a difference. I’ll bet you, 99.9999% of all the people watching this video would agree with what we just read right there. It’s not right. Why not? Why isn’t it right? Just ask yourself that question. Why? What’s so wrong about that? I mean, if both people get pleasure out of it, what can be wrong? If it feels good, do it. God made my body, I’m attracted sexually to my stepmother, she’s attracted sexually. Why I shouldn’t?
See, you’re smart enough to figure that out and you know it intuitively within your own heart and conscience. You need to ask yourself the question, where did that come from? Because if there’s regulations that you think ought to be followed, there’s got to be a regulator. All right, very next verse. “If there is a man who lies with his daughter-in-law… ” we’re jumping from the mother to stepmother now to your son’s wife, your daughter, “If the man lies with his daughter-in-law, both of them shall surely be put to death. They have committed incest, their bloodguiltiness is upon them.” I bet you 99.9999% of all people watching this video would agree with what God just said there that it’s wrong to have sex with your daughter-in-law. Sounds like a perversion, doesn’t it? Well, what makes it wrong? What makes that wrong? What makes sleeping around with just anybody wrong?
In fact, what makes it wrong to just have sex in the streets? Why do people have to do it discreetly behind closed doors? What makes these things wrong? Everyone believe it’s wrong to have sex in public. Why do they believe it’s wrong to have sex with your mother, sex with your mother-in-law, sex with your stepmother, sex with your daughter-in-law? Why do most people think that’s wrong? I’ll tell you why, because God put that in their hearts, because you could make an argument that it’s not wrong on some level. Okay, very next verse now. We’re all in agreement up until this point, but oops, here comes something that some people are not going to agree with. “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.” I don’t know. Can you agree that those first two things we just read in Leviticus 20 are wrong and the third one, that’s okay. Times have changed. Now it’s different.
Even though men have penises and penises don’t fit into other penises, it’s okay to handle another man’s penis or suck on his penis and give him pleasure. Come on, this is just as perverted as the other things that God is describing. They’re unnatural. They go against the normal created order of things. Look at the next one to see what this scripture is sandwiched in between, Leviticus 20:14, “If there is a man who marries a woman and her mother,” he’s not just a polygamist, he’s a generational polygamist, marry his mom and daughter. He’s having sex with mom and daughter, it is immorality, both he and they shall be burned with fire so there will be no immorality in your midst.” I’ll bet you 99.9999% of all people watching this video would agree with me that it’s wrong for someone to marry a mother and a daughter combo. Face up to the verse right above it, face up to the facts that in God’s eyes, maybe not in your eyes, but in God’s eyes, homosexuality is in these same categories of perversion.
Now, I don’t say that in condemnation, I say that in, I’m just telling you what you know already deep within your heart. Absolutely. Every homosexual knows within their heart, this is not right. This does not please the one who made me. The wonderful, amazing thing is that, God who’s displeased by those things will forgive us of anything if we’ll repent and he’ll transform us and change us and there are thousands of people who can testify that they once were involved in a homosexual lifestyle and today they are free. I’ve met some of them. I had one of them in the very first church that I pastored as a very young man. I still remember him, still remember his name, still remember some of his funny sayings, married with kids, but formerly a homosexual. Somehow God did a miracle in his life.
You know, I began right then to, you know, I have a lot of compassion for people who are caught in the homosexual lifestyle because I think it’s oftentimes has something to do with what they’ve experienced in their lives. If I had experienced what they had experienced, I might be the same as them. We’ll talk about that on the next little lesson because we’re out of time in this one. God bless you. Hope to see you next time.
What Does the Bible Teach About Homosexuality? (Part 4)
We’ve been on a very sensitive subject. I hope I’m doing a good job. What does the scripture teach about homosexuality? As I closed our last Little Lesson, I was just talking about the hundreds and no doubt, thousands of people who have been delivered from the homosexual lifestyle by the grace of God, the power of the Holy Spirit, by faith in Jesus Christ and being born again. God is good and God is Great and God is merciful.
I was just relating about one of them who at one time was a friend of mine. I was pastoring a church as a very young man and he was a member of my church. I remember him, I can tell you his name right now. I remember his face. He’s still around. He’s still a servant of Jesus Christ. He came out of the homosexual lifestyle after he was born again, got married and he had several children by his wife and so forth. God is able. I just read in the news about a march in Washington DC of 200 people just like him wanting to say, “Hey, we exist.” When they say that you can’t change because you’re born this way. No, no, no, no, no, no, you can change, but only by the power of God.
I remember in getting to know that brother in Christ, married with children, former homosexual, he related to some of what he experienced in his upbringing. I certainly don’t want to make a carte blanche generalization that every person who embraces a homosexual lifestyle, that it’s all because of some psychological damage that was done by their parents or in some other form or fashion. I’m not going to say that because I don’t know. Nobody really knows. But there’s no doubt that we are all a product to a degree of our environment and of our upbringing.
I can say with all sincerity, if I had been brought up and found myself in an environment like many people, I too could have wound up in a homosexual lifestyle. No doubt about it. I think any viewer, if they’re honest, and if they… Because often homosexuals are portrayed within the Christian community as these vile people who just are rebels and shaking their fist against God and they just love, they love to have sex with people of the same sex and so forth. There’s a lot more to it than that. It’s much, much, much more complex and deep.
I’ve talked to homosexuals at times who in honesty and truthfulness or read their writings and so forth where it’s not all about sex. Okay. It’s often about love and acceptance and it’s about former rejection and so forth. So anyways, I’m not pointing the finger of condemnation. Don’t write to me and say that’s hate speech. No, it’s not hate speech. This is love speech. This is freedom of speech. This is freedom of religion. God loves every homosexual, just like God loves anyone who’s displeasing to him.
Jesus died on the cross to forgive all of us. Homosexuals, adulterers, fornicators, porn addicts, liars, thieves, gossips, slanderers, cheaters, thieves, and everything else that you and I, everyone who’s watching this, have been guilty of. So homosexuality just goes right into that category of the all-encompassing category of things that are displeasing to God.
God has compassion on people who are caught in displeasing lifestyles in part because of their environment. Don’t ever forget that. God has special compassion on people who are victims. There’s a passage in scripture that’s often misinterpreted, I believe, that talks about how God’s a holy God, and he visits the iniquity of the parents on the children to the third and fourth generation. Some people, strangely I think, interpret that as meaning God punishes kids and grandkids and great grandkids and I guess maybe even great, great grandkids for the sins of their parents. Well, that would be like totally unfair and God said in the law of Moses that no one should ever do that. So he’s a hypocrite if that’s what he does.
No, I think it means what it says. God visits, visits the iniquity, the sins, of the parents on the children to the third and fourth generation. That is, if I as a parent do something or say something that influences my child to adopt a sinful lifestyle or to sin in any way, shape or form, I’m setting the wrong example or doing something, well God’s going to hold me partially accountable for their sin because I influenced them. I was a stumbling block and God’s not only going to hold me accountable for their sin, but for the sins of my grandchildren and my great grandchildren because of my wrong influence. That’s how holy God is.
So God has compassion on people who, because of where they came from, how they were raised, the environment that they grew up in that they’re a product of. God has great compassion on those people. He’s not just saying, “You’re only to blame.” No, he’s not saying you’re off the hook. You can’t say, “It’s because of my parents.” No, no, no. You’re still a free moral agent. You still have a choice. You can still turn around. You can still change your mind, all that. That’s all scriptural and God expects that of us. However, I’m just trying to bring a balance to it that God has mercy on people because they’ve been victimized and he still holds them accountable to the degree that it’s just and fair, but he holds others accountable. Jesus said, “Woe to the world because of the stumbling blocks.” You cause someone else to stumble, you incur guilt. Deep stuff here, okay. Interesting stuff to think about.
All right, so we’re in Leviticus chapter 20 and we’ve been reading through one more very clear passage where God lists things that every human being agree are wrong. But inserted, sandwiched, in those passages is some mention of homosexuality and so it just shows you, at least from the Bible’s perspective that nah, homosexuality is a perversion in God’s eyes and it’s not his intent. We read about the polygamist who marries a woman and her mother. God says that’s immoral. Everyone agrees with that. So now we’re going to finish out Leviticus 20 verses 15 and 16. “If there is a man who lies with an animal.” Don’t you agree? I don’t care who you are, who’s watching this right now. I mean, the most depraved person in the world could be watching this right now, but even they say sex with animals is wrong.
I’ve always posed the question, “Why, why, why? What’s wrong? If it feels good, do it. Isn’t that what people say? What could be wrong about that?” Well, what can be wrong about it is that God didn’t create you to have sex with animals and he has something to say about that and he has a right to regulate it and in your heart you know that and that’s why you would say it’s wrong because you’re listening in that case to your heart. Whereas in other cases, you’re not listening to your heart.
“If there’s a woman who approaches any animal to mate with it, you shall kill the woman and the animal. They shall surely be built at death.” I don’t know why he killed the animal. Animal’s the victim there, but God’s just trying to make a clear statement about how he feels about sex with animals. There’s a word for it, it’s bestiality. Look it up in the dictionary. That’s your word for that perversion. Okay, so within that passage, read it yourself. Leviticus 20:11 through 16, you see all these things that universally everyone agrees are sexual perversions and sandwiched right smack in the middle is homosexuality. Something to think about. Hope to see you next time. God bless you.
Is It True That Jesus Never Mentioned Homosexuality?
This is the fifth in a series specifically looking at what Scripture has to say about homosexuality. Sometimes, you’ll hear proponents of homosexual behavior and homosexual lifestyle say, “Well, yeah, it’s condemned in the Old Testament, but Jesus, now He never, ever said anything about homosexuality,” and that’s an argument that is used. Well, that’s an argument, but let me see if I can address it.
First of all, Jesus endorsed unequivocally the law of Moses, and anyone who reads through Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, you’re going to hear Jesus say over and over again, “It is written in the law,” and the scripture makes it very clear, of course, that Jesus is God. So we could unequivocally state, and every Christian theologian worth his salt would say, that Jesus could be said to be the one who gave the law of Moses, and so those commandments that we’ve just been reading in Leviticus in the last four little lessons that condemn homosexuality, guess who gave those commandments? Jesus Christ, and if you had asked Him, “Do you agree or disagree with what the law of Moses says about homosexual behavior,” He would have said, “I agree 100% because I’m the one who gave that law, and I still feel the same about everything in that law.”
The law, according to the New Testament, according to Paul, is holy and righteous and good. So, it’s not only endorsed by Jesus, but endorsed by all the authors of the New Testament, and we’ll look at a couple of those. In fact, we’ll look at one in just a moment in Romans, written by the apostle Paul in his defense of the gospel, but I want to reiterate what I reiterated in the past four little lessons, that we’re not just trying to single out homosexuals here as being the only sinners on the planet. Oh, my goodness. Oh, my goodness. “All have sinned,” we can read in Romans, “and fallen short of the glory of God.”
Here’s David, the guy giving the lesson right now, big former sinner, and still far, far from perfect, but God delivered me from a lot of things that were particularly grievous to Him.
The Bible does teach that there are some things that are more grievous to God than other things. All sin is grievous to God. There’s lots of things that displease God, but some things displease Him more than other things, and common sense tells you that, but if you read through the Bible, you’ll figure that out pretty fast.
All right. Let’s dive in today into the New Testament and look at what the apostle Paul wrote because, although Jesus truly did never mention homosexuality, He did mention adultery, of course, condemned adultery, but why would He change on homosexuality when adultery’s one of the Ten Commandments, right? Actually, even the commandment that prohibits adultery is a prohibition against homosexuality. Don’t have intercourse with your neighbor’s wife. The implication here is heterosexual marriage, not homosexual marriage. Jesus never mentioned that it was wrong to have sex with animals, either. He never mentioned bestiality in His sermons, but you can be sure that He felt it was wrong and still feels that it’s wrong. It’s a perversion to have sex with an animal. If there’s any doubt about that, there shouldn’t be any doubt about that.
All right. Romans 1:18. Now, listen to this. Let’s just break this down, and we probably won’t get through all of it in this little lesson, but it’s so good. It’s so rich, and this helps expand our mind in other ways because although these little lessons that I’m focusing right now on homosexuality, the principles are applicable to any sexual perversion, and any sin, for that matter. We can learn something from this, and we’re all sinners, but God wants to forgive us and deliver us from our sin. That’s the good news, all through Jesus.
Romans 1:18, “For the wrath of God,” that means God’s angry, and that means He’s so angry that He’s actively sending wrath, a sign of His displeasure, and people are being hurt by that. That’s all implied. “For the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven.” Didn’t say the wrath of God is going to be revealed one day, like in the afterlife. No, the wrath of God is revealed right now from Heaven. It’s revealed. You could observe the wrath of God from Heaven in the Earth today. How’s that? Well, let’s keep reading. “The wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men.” So not just picking on homosexuals in this verse. No, sir. All ungodliness. God is actively sending His wrath against it all. There’s many cases of built-in punishments, so we could call that passive wrath, but this is talking about the act of wrath, I think. “The wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men.” Listen to this. This is an interesting phrase. “Who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.” Part of the unrighteousness of which God’s wrath is revealed against is the unrighteousness of people who suppress the truth. The truth is rising up. It’s trying to get up to the neck level and into the brain level, but no, no, no, we don’t want that truth.
John mentioned this same phenomenon in another way. He said, “The light entered the world,” speaking of Jesus, “but men loved the darkness for their deeds were evil.” So people loved dark. “No, no, no, don’t turn on the light. I don’t want to see. I don’t want to see because I love the darkness.” Suppressing the truth. See, because if people didn’t suppress the truth, they’d all repent right now, fall on their faces, universally, across the planet, right this instant, if they stopped suppressing the truth that’s evident within them and evident on the outside of them that God has revealed through His creation immediately. If everyone stopped suppressing naturally, they’d fall on their face and cry out and say, “God of the universe, I know that I am displeasing to you. Please have mercy on me, a sinner.” That’s what they’d do.
You see, when people preach the gospel, all they’re doing is they’re just adding a little bit more information to the information that is already being flooded and suppressed, who do the same thing with the gospel. You tell them the gospel, and they stop talking to you. They start avoiding you. What’s that? A suppress the truth. Sure.
Well, we hardly even broke into Romans chapter 1, just barely got through verse 18. I didn’t say anything really about homosexuality, which is our topic, but this is a broader topic. I told you that.
All right. On our next lesson, we will continue. Hope to see you then. God bless you.
What Does the New Testament Teach About Homosexuality?
What does the New Testament teach about homosexuality? Hi, welcome to today’s little lesson. This is six in a series that were just focusing what Scripture, the Bible in total, has to to say about homosexuality. And if you missed the first ones, the first five search for them and find them because we’re building on that.
But we’re finding ourselves today in Romans 1, in verse 18. Where Paul wrote, “The wrath of God is currently,” present tense, “revealed from heaven against all,” not just homosexuality, but, “against all ungodliness, unrighteousness of man who suppress the truth and unrighteousness.” And that’s what’s happening universally, well no, no, I shouldn’t say. It’s happening everywhere in the world, the truth is being suppressed in unrighteousness by everybody except those who have repented and submitted to the lordship of Jesus Christ.
So there’s actually many people within Christendom, under the banner of Christendom who are still suppressing the truth in unrighteousness. Because they really haven’t submitted to Jesus Christ. They’re just phony Christians. So all of them, plus everybody else, they’re all suppressing the truth in unrighteousness.
And concerning homosexuality, that’s very clear. Concerning other forms of sexual immorality, that’s very clear. Whereas everyone would pretty much believe that adultery is wrong, because you’re breaking your vow. People think we should tell the truth still, most people think that’s still right. But they don’t do it. But they think it’s right to tell the truth. They think adultery is wrong. But most people these days aren’t thinking that fornication is wrong. That is sex between two unmarried people. That it’s okay to sleep around with people you’re not married to, people whom you’re not committed to.
So they’re suppressing the truth in unrighteousness. Because when you have someone who you’re not married to and you’re not married, you’re probably very likely having sex with someone who’s going to be someone’s wife or be someone’s husband. Likewise you are going to be someone’s spouse. So you’re sinning against your future spouse and the future spouse, or the person you’re having sex with. And so if you think adultery is wrong, but you don’t think fornication is wrong, you’re a confused person. You’re only fooling yourself, you’re not fooling God, right?
Again, I hope I’m not coming across as like the big know it all proud guy. Because I was in that category, I suppressed the truth for a good part of my life. But then I finally gave into the truth, I quit suppressing it and it flooded my mind, and my eyes were opened. I saw the light, you know as they say. And oh my goodness, I can’t believe how blind I was for so long. Because I was blind because I wanted to be blind, I wanted suppress the truth. I didn’t want to know the truth. Because I knew that I’d have to change. And I have to make Jesus my boss. Okay?
Now, listen to Paul’s elaboration on this suppression of the truth. Because this applies in homosexuality, it applies with fornication, all the things that people say today are not wrong. At one time they did say were wrong, but they don’t say they’re wrong today. That’s only because they’re suppressing the truth. Because they still agree on some level, they all agree that homosexuality, they all agree, excuse me, that adultery is wrong. They all agree that sex with children is wrong. They all agree that sex with animals is wrong, you know?
So they have this moral standard. Some homosexuals say that it’s wrong to sleep around with multiple partners, we should be committed in a one to one relationship till death do us part. So there’s a standard that they’ve established there you see. So you ought to be asking yourself that question. I’ve said this so many times, what makes it wrong? What makes it wrong? If you think it’s wrong, if you trace down the origins, the roots of what makes you think it’s wrong, you have to make a conclusion it’s God who put that within my conscience. There is a God. And I ought to be listening to him, not just partially, but fully listening to him.
So, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against ungodliness, unrighteousness men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,” continuing. Verse 19, “Because that which is known about God,” now listen to this, “is evident within them. For God made it evident to them.” And so God has revealed things about himself and it’s evident within every single person. Their conscience, their inward thoughts, what comes in through their five senses, the magic show that’s God’s putting on every day all around us, in our physical bodies of course, in natural life we look at all the amazing things in creation that nobody can explain. You know, it’s evident.
God is crying out to us. “I am here. I am holy. I have standards. I made you. I have a right to tell you what to do. You are a rebel.” God’s saying these things to everybody around the world nonstop every day of their lives. But they’re suppressing the truth in unrighteousness. They are ignoring what God has made evident to them.
Verse 20 more than an elaboration. “For since the creation,” that’s the key word, “since the creation of the world his,” that’s God’s, “invisible attributes.” In other words, you can’t see them, but you know something about what God is like. What can you figure out about God by just looking at the creation and listening to your conscience? You can figure out that God is great, and that’s the understatement of the millennium. You know God is so great. He created the universe, stars and galaxies that are millions and billions of light years away, you know. Explain that, figure that out. Or go down to the molecular level, go down to the DNA and explain that. How the code that every cell of your body can reassemble every single part of your body. Explain how your eye works, how your brain works. Explain to me anything. You can’t. That’s God trying to get your attention.
And you also know God is great, you know he’s good because you experience his goodness all the time. Every time you breathe the fresh air and feel the pine scent from the forest, every time you see a beautiful sunset, every time you hear a bird sing a song, every time you look at a face of a baby that that baby smiles at you, every time that you have sex with your spouse, every time you bite into a crisp October apple. I mean God is saying, “I’m good. And I love to bless you.”
But God’s also saying to everybody all the time, “I’m holy.” Because all the time within our conscience we have a little monitor saying, “That’s right, that’s wrong.” In fact, you see things all the time and you make moral judgements about, all the time. In human beings you say, “Oh, what they did is wrong.” Every movie and TV show you watch the overriding theme is there’s people that are the good guys and people that are the bad guys. And you agree, “Yeah those guys are bad.”
But it’s interesting, those bad guys commit adultery. Oh that’s a little confusing. Excuse me, those good guys commit adultery. Pardon me I said that wrong. Those good guys, you know the good guys who tell the truth and overcome the bad guy, they commit adultery. That’s a little bit confusing isn’t it? You see they’re blurring… And yet everyone who watches knows, “That’s also wrong.” Those actors and actresses that are exposing their bodies for everybody to see, everyone knows that’s wrong. Everybody knows that’s wrong in their conscience. But they suppress it.
All right, so? And we make moral judgements of other people, we make moral judgements of animals. We see animals be selfish and we think, “That’s selfish of that animal.” See you know right and wrong. You know selfishness is wrong because you just judged an animal that was selfish. How much more is it wrong for you to be selfish then, now that you’ve judged animals?
All right, out of time for today. Thanks for joining me, God bless.
What Does the New Testament Teach About Homosexuality? (Part 2)
If you missed the first six lessons, boy, I hope you go back and watch them. We’ve covered a lot of ground, and although the topic is what the Bible says about homosexuality, we’ve expanded way beyond that because I don’t want to just pick on homosexuals. I think they feel picked on, and rightfully so. No right for adulterers and fornicators to be pointing their finger at homosexuals. No rights there at all. Jesus’ warning about casting the first stone, it definitely applies here.
Homosexuality clearly from Scripture is displeasing to God. And God’s so good. He’s so merciful. He’ll forgive us. He’ll deliver us from our addictions and our sins and our perversions and get us on the right path of purity and holiness. And that’s the whole message of the gospel. That’s the real message of Christianity. We’re going to read a passage here eventually that says just that.
But right now we’re reading in Romans chapter 1. It’s leading up to a direct reference to homosexuality. But it’s just fitting into the context, and I love reading scriptures within the context because it gives you such a much more expanded understanding that otherwise you might miss. Because you could pick out this one Scripture and say, “Look what the Bible says about homosexuality,” and yeah, the Bible does say that, but read the context and find out that God’s not just condemning homosexuality. He’s condemning everything that displeases him, which is a whole host of sexual perversions that people are involved in, and we need to take the whole ball of wax.
We’re talking about how people automatically within themselves know what’s right and wrong, and therefore they don’t have any excuse before God. This is Romans 1:20. This is a beautiful passage of Scripture, so rich, such a wealth of revelation here. Romans 1:20, “For since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes, his eternal power, his divine nature…” see, all these things have been clearly seen. You can see the power of God in creation. You can see his divine nature, what’s he like. You can learn so much about God from looking at creation. He’s sending us lessons, revelation, light, and understanding through creation and through our conscience, through our own hearts.
And so he says, “These things have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made so that they are without excuse.” Now here’s the consequence. “For even though they knew God…” my goodness, God has just revealed himself in a million, million ways, every day to everybody, even though they knew, they knew God, they did not honor him or give thanks. So people getting up every day watering their flowers and they don’t say, “God you are great and I thank you for these flowers that remind me of how great and beautiful you are.” They just water their flowers.
They’re growing their gardens. Farmers are growing their crops and they’re not lifting their hands saying, “Oh, God, I worship you.” People going about all day. They’re breathing, their hearts are beating, their eyes are seeing, their noses are smelling the aromas, they’re eating food, and they’re not thinking about God. And he’s just there saying, “I’m here. I’d love to have a relationship with you, but I’m God. You’re my creation, so the only relationship we can have is God and obedient servant or also father and child.” And so there’s an implication of obedience there and a superior and inferior.
People go about their lives just ignoring him. Oh, they might give him some lip service on Sundays when they go to church, but the rest of the week, no, I’m doing my own thing. Well, that’s what Paul’s writing about right here. They didn’t honor him. They knew him, but they didn’t honor him. They didn’t give him thanks. But they became… listen to this… they became futile in their speculations and their foolish heart was darkened. Oh, and that’s an indication of the wrath of God.
We’ll see an elaboration on this, that God says you’re going to ignore me, you love the darkness. Okay, I’m just going to leave you be. I’m not going to do any bigger of a magic show than I’m already doing. I’m not going to speak any louder in your conscience. In fact, I’m going to let you, by your own free will, put the clamps on that. I’m going to let you sear your conscience, so that when you do what you used to do, it bothered you so much, it’s not going to bother you quite as much any more, and it’s going to leave you alone. That’s like the worst judgment God could give us on many levels, just leave you alone.
“They became futile in their speculations and their foolish heart was darkened.” Professing to be wise. They’re full of pride. “Oh, we’re the scientists. We understand so much.” You don’t understand anything hardly in the scope of things there are potentially to know. “Oh, but we’ve studied it. I have my PhD in pastoral physics.” Oh, great, so you know about black holes, I bet.
Explain them to me, beyond just it’s such a big gravitational pool that even light can’t escape. Where’d that come from? Explain that. Explain that. Where did that come from? Who or what made those black holes? Who gave you the brain to even ponder the subject? Are horses thinking about black holes? Are cows thinking about black holes? I’ll bet you not. Wonder why that is? How come you can think about that and they can’t? Who gave you the eye to look through the telescope and get a closer view of that far away galaxy? How does that all working? Explain that.
You see, professing to be wise, they became fools. Listen to this now. This is talking historically. “And they exchanged the glory of God, 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.” This is talking so much in human history, not so much in our culture today, although it still exists. Idolatry. Look at the Greeks. Look at the Romans. These great, wise, philosophical people and they’re great philosophers. And they’ve got all these invented gods.
No scientific reason to believe in any of them. They’re just the inventions of people’s minds. We got Apollo and we got Thor and we got Zeus. Where’d these guys come from? From these smart people, these smart Greek people.
Verse 24, I’ve got to close now. “Therefore, God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them.” There’s that phrase again, that concept. God just said, “Okay, you don’t want me. Have it your way. I give you over.” And that’s a judgment in itself. We’ll talk about this more on tomorrow’s lesson, how it relates to homosexuality, because that’s our main topic, but clearly how it relates to every sin. Interesting stuff. See you next time.
What Does the New Testament Teach About Homosexuality? (Part 3)
What does the Bible, and specifically the New Testament, teach about homosexuality, part eight. Hi welcome to today’s Little Lesson. I never thought these lessons would go on this long, but we just found ourselves diving into some really interesting scriptures. And it’s related to homosexuality, although when we look at the context of these scriptures many other subjects are surfacing, okay? Which is good.
Because again as I’ve said repeatedly, homosexuals often feel targeted by Christians. And they are targeted, unfortunately. And Christians ought to be a little more balanced in saying, “Hey this is just one thing among many things that God says in his word that are displeasing to him.” We better make sure we have our act together before we start pointing our finger at anybody else.
So we’re in Romans chapter 1. And if you missed the last two or three little lessons, you’re missing all of this context. But we can’t review everything or we wouldn’t have any time for anything new, okay? So, we’re talking about here how people suppress the truth in unrighteousness, they know what’s right and wrong in their hearts, they know that God is out there they know that he’s the Creator, they know that he’s powerful, they know that he’s good, that know that he’s holy. All these things are revealed a million ways, okay? Every moment of every day all around us, outside and inside through our conscience and through the thoughts that our conscience speaks to our minds. And people suppress this.
And so Paul is describing the judgment that comes as a result. You ignore God and you don’t want to have a relationship with him. So God says, “Okay, have it your way. Eat the fruit of your way.” This is a biblical expression. Eat the fruit of your way. You chose the way, so you can eat the fruit of it now. “You want to ignore me, okay. You’re going to miss out on a lot of good things. And I’m going to use you as an example to show other people to try to warn them, to try to keep them from going down your path. Now one of those things is, among many other things, but one of those things is homosexuality, so let’s read it.
Romans 1:24, “Therefore God gave them over in the lust of their hearts to impurity.” Now he didn’t say homosexuality, he said impurity. There’s many kinds of impurity listed in the Bible, we read some of them in Leviticus. Sex with animals, adultery, fornication, all these things that are not God’s best. Now this is the thing, I just wish I could drum this into everybody’s head, it just almost makes me angry at times when I think about it. Because people are so stupid. What would you rather have, sex with an animal or sex with someone of the opposite sex to whom you’re committed in a life long relationship and whom you love deeply and intimately and dearly? Answer this question.
You see, so when God prohibits sex with animals, is he trying to like ruin our lives and say, “Oh I’m just a killjoy. I don’t like you having fun. So I’m going to tell you no sex with animals, no sir, no sir. Because I’m just a killjoy up here in the sky.” No. God’s saying, “That’s not my best, that not my will. That’s a perversion of my will. My will is sex in marriage, heterosexual sex between two people who are committed to each other, till death do us part in a covenant of marriage. That’s good, that’s beautiful, that’s what I want for you to enjoy. But you want to have sex with animals. Or you want to have sex with someone you’re not married to. You want to have a quickie. Or you want to have sex with someone else’s spouse, you idiot.”
And by the same token, “You want to have sex with someone of the same sex. That’s not my best. I love you. That’s not what I had for you. Your penis doesn’t fit somebody else’s penis, your vagina doesn’t fit someone else’s vagina for crying out loud. That’s not what I designed you for.”
You say, “Oh, but we’re born this way.” Oh I know that you are influenced this way, no doubt about that. You are influenced this way and you bought into the influence on some level at some point in time. But pity the children who are figuring out their gender identity and their parents can’t help them and push them the different direction than what they really… Oh my goodness. That’s a whole other topic. Okay, but again, I’ve already talked about God has mercy on people that are victims, all right.
So, “They exchange the truth of God for,” excuse me. “Their bodies will be dishonored among them.” Verse 25 ,”For they exchange the truth of God for a lie.” So they could have had the truth, but they preferred the lie, they wanted the darkness, they suppressed the truth, “and they worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator.” He’s talking about all the idolatry and stuff, which we have in primitive cultures, we don’t have it in modern cultures so much. “Who is blessed forever, amen.”
Now listen to this. “For this reason,” this is verse 26, “God gave them over.” So this is building on that same theme. “God gave them over to degrading passions.” And now he’s going to elaborate on those degrading passions. “For their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural. And in the same way 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.” This is what the scripture teaches.
And so when people say, “Well, the Old Testament condemns homosexuality but not the New Testament.” Well, you know, come on. What did we just read? What did we just read here? This is condemning homosexuality. In fact it’s saying this is a symptom of God’s wrath where he gives people over to their darkened, their love of darkness, their suppression of the truth. He leaves them alone and he just lets them go as they go deeper into their depravity and their sin.
And this is not the only thing, okay? This is not the only thing. Because we’re going to read this in context. There’s other things that are indicative that God just gave people over, and he just let them have their way, and they’re suffering the consequences of it. Well, you know we all have compassion and concern regarding the plague of AIDS around the world. I’m involved, I lead a ministry called Heaven’s Family, and we’re involved in some of the places of the world where the AIDS epidemic is rampant, like in Africa and so forth. And we’ve got all this suffering because of AIDS. But it’s because of sexual immorality. It’s because people love the darkness. It’s because people didn’t do what God said, they didn’t keep sex in marriage, they had sex outside of marriage, they had homosexual sex and so forth. And it spread and it killed off all kinds of people. Millions of people have died from AIDS around the world and so forth.
And nobody can deny it’s associated with sexual behavior that God condemns. When are we goin to wake up and just admit that. I don’t understand why people say… What’s the best way to prevent AIDS? Be sexually moral according to the Bible. This is a no brainer, it’s a no brainer. But no we’re going to find the cure and blah, blah, blah. And we’re going to have safe sex and this kind of stuff. Oh my goodness. You know, again, people love the darkness. Well we sure wouldn’t want to mention that there’s any wrath of God here or that we’ve done anything wrong. And we’re getting a dose of God’s displeasure.
Verse 28, I’m winding it down now. “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.” Now I’m going to read this list. “Being filled with all unrighteousness,” so he’s not just picking on homosexual behavior. “All 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,” so here’s all the indications that God has said, “I’m leaving you alone, and I’ll let you have your way. And all the behavior that you say you shouldn’t be involved in this because I love you and this is not God’s best because it’s not good for you if you are disobedient to your parents, it’s not good for you if you’re arrogant and boastful, it’s not good for you if you slander, it’s not good for you if you’re filled with greed. All these things you could have a better life and a better eternity if you didn’t do these things. But I’m letting you do these things because that’s why you want. And that’s part of my wrath that’s falling on you.” “I’m not stopping you from going deeper into depravity and suffering the built in consequences which I wish you didn’t have to suffer. But you’re going to suffer unless you repent.”
Okay, more on this in the next little lesson, God bless you.
What Does the New Testament Teach About Homosexuality? (Part 4)
We’ve been talking about the subject of what Scripture says about homosexuality, first Old Testament, New Testament now. These are Little Lessons, I’ve already gone eight, this is number nine, and so we can’t go on forever.
I have written extensively on the subject, and if you search on this website, you can read my extensive writings. I’ve answered many arguments that have been presented by the homosexual community, whom I love, and even those saying that we’re Christians, and that we’re reinterpreting the Bible, and we’ve been wrong for many years and the Bible doesn’t actually condemn homosexuality, I address all of the things that they say.
I’ve written an article titled A Homosexual You Will Love, and it’s designed to really create compassion and love on behalf of the homosexual community and world, by the Christian community, which sometimes is often very judgmental and condemning. To learn more, go to the search bar and type in homosexual, and you’ll come up with all those articles.
Recently, we’ve been in Romans. We’re looking at this really rich passage in Romans, Chapter 1, where Paul is not just condemning homosexuality, he just mentions it, not in passing, but he certainly mentions it as an indication of God’s wrath on two levels.
First of all, allowing people to suffer the consequences that are built into their sinful decisions, and sinful behaviors, and sinful lifestyles, that’s an indication of God’s passive wrath, and part of the theme of this passage is that God’s wrath is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness. We read that early on, a couple of Little Lessons ago.
So now Paul is elaborating on that very concept, and he mentions specifically homosexuality, female homosexuality and male homosexuality, and he uses a phrase here, speaking of that, you know, God giving them over to degrading passions, and so in some sense, on some level, the homosexual lifestyle is an indication of the wrath of God.
God said, “Okay, I’m going to let you go into depravity,” and not that he doesn’t love you, because if you’re still alive and you’re not in hell, he loves you, right. He’s trying to get you to come to him. He’s still speaking to you. He’s speaking to you right now, through me, on one level, right, because I’m sharing his word. So he’s trying to reach people who are homosexual, to bring them out of that lifestyle, and we’re going to read, before too long, a passage in Corinthians about a bunch of former homosexuals, praise the Lord, and they exists today, hundreds of them, okay, that I’m certainly aware of.
So he talks about homosexuality as being an indication of God’s wrath, and on another level, cutting into the middle of verse 27 of Romans 1, committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. I don’t see why people don’t discuss this. Of course, people who are already suppressing the truth, this is a truth they suppress. Why doesn’t anyone ever say that the AIDS epidemic is very much associated with certain sexual behaviors, that, oh, by the way, the Bible say are wrong? Nobody wants to say that because we’re suppressing the truth. There’s a reason.
And, again, not just picking on the homosexual behavior, but we read in closing in our last lesson, multitudes, not multitudes but many, a list, a list of indicators, sinful behaviors that are indicative of the wrath of God, for which people suffer. Now, let me read through this list again and see if you can think of anyone you know who’s been guilty of any of these sins, including you, and you suffered because of it.
See, because my basic premise is, God gives his commandments because he loves us and he knows what’s best for us, and so all the sexual perversions, God’s prohibiting them not because he’s trying to rob us of joy, it’s because he wants us to experience his highest and his best joy in sex as he designed it, okay.
So listen to this, “Being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed.” Do you know anyone who’s ever suffered because of greed? “Evil, full of envy.” You know anyone who’s ever suffered because of envy. “Murder.” Do you know anyone who’s ever suffered because they committed murder? “Strife, deceit, malice, they are gossips.” Do you know anyone who’s ever suffered because they gossiped?
See, God loves us. He doesn’t want us doing this stupid stuff. “Slanderers, haters of God.” See, anyone who hates God suffers. God doesn’t want you to suffer. “Insolent, arrogant, boastful.” Do you know anyone who’s ever suffered because they’re arrogant and boastful? Well, pride goes before a fall, the Bible says. The falling is the judgment. That’s the suffering.
“Inventors of evil, disobedient to parents.” Do you know anyone who suffered because they were disobedient to their parents? I know all my kids would say amen. I’m going to say amen to my disobedience to my parents. I suffered because of my disobedience to my parents. Like that commercial where the guys says, “I should have had a V8. What was I thinking? I should have had a V8.” Well, we should say that every time we do anything that’s wrong. “What was I thinking? I’m so stupid. God loves me. That’s why he said don’t do that. I did it anyways.”
“Without understanding, untrustworthy.” Anyone ever suffer because they were, you couldn’t trust them? “Unloving.” You ever suffer because you didn’t love? “Unmerciful.” Did you ever suffer because you didn’t show someone mercy? “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 they give hearty approval to those who practice them.” You see, all these stupid sinners, and that’s what we are, stupid, with a capital S, stupid sinners. Sin is stupid. All sin is stupid. Should have done the right thing.
Okay, so I only have a half a minute or so left. What does New Testament teach about homosexuality? 1 Corinthians 6:9, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God. Do not be deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, not adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals,” there it is, “nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the Kingdom of God.” End of story, period, period, period.
So we’re not just picking on homosexuals, they’re just one more in the category of stupid sinners, along with all the rest of us, who at one time, or still are, involved in these other things in Paul’s list that say that if you practice these things, you won’t enter the kingdom of Heaven, you won’t get the kingdom of Heaven, you’re not going to inherit Heaven.
Then the next verse, which I’m closing on, listen to this, here’s the greatest news of all, “Such were some of you.” See, the Corinthian Christians, in the past, they were in all … people in all these categories. There were people in the Corinthian church who were former homosexuals, who were no longer homosexuals, just like there were former thieves, former adulterers, former idolaters, but they were changed, they were transformed by the goodness and the mercy of God, through Jesus Christ, who died for our sins on the cross.
“Such were some of you, but you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and in the spirit of God,” and that’s where we’ll pick up in our final lesson. It’ll be number 10 in this series on homosexuality. Hope to see you then. God bless
What Does the New Testament Teach About Homosexuality? (Part 5)
This will be the last Little Lesson on this series on what does the Bible say about homosexuality? I’ve written much more extensively than what you’ll find in these lessons at davidservant.com. Just type in a keyword like homosexuality in the search bar, and you’ll get all those articles. I’ve tried to be very understanding, compassionate, gracious, gentle, humble, all those good things that we’re supposed to be, as I’ve written in loving admonition. Okay? Not hate speech, love speech. God loves you, that’s why he doesn’t want you to sin at all.
We were talking about this the last two little lessons. Within the sin, there are built-in consequences, and then you suffer because you were stupid because you sinned. Or, me, because I’ve done my share of stupid sinning. There’s built-in consequences. You suffer because of your sin. God doesn’t want you to suffer. That’s why he says don’t sin. “I want you to be blessed,” God says. “I want you to enjoy life as it was intended to be, and that is not sucking on some other man’s penis, as a man.” Oh, dear God. If you think that’s fun, you got a lot to learn, buddy. You got a lot to learn.
That’s not God’s best. God’s best for you is someone of the opposite sex. To whom you’re committed for time. With whom you can have children and raise them up to be God lovers like yourself. That is God’s intention for everybody. And God is not just delivering homosexuals, he’s delivering every kind of sinner out there. And some that I’m sure that are much, much worse on many levels. Murderers, mass murderers, in some case, forgives them and redeems them. Oh, my goodness, the grace of God.
Paul, the apostle Paul, the guy that wrote more of the New Testament than anybody else, you realize he was a murderer, a persecutor of Christians, holding the coats of the people who were stoning the Church’s first martyr, and then running off to other cities and bringing back Christians in chains. This is Paul. He called himself the greatest sinner. He said, “Yet, God showed me mercy,” that he could set an example for everybody else. “If God can forgive me, God can forgive anybody.” Paul was much worse than any homosexual, you can be sure of that on a level in God’s eyes. Persecuting the Church, murdering Christians.
So, on our last little lesson, we read First Corinthians 6 and verse number 9, 10, 11. You might want to look at those later on, you get a chance. It’s very clear that God can deliver people from any sin. And in the Corinthian church, there were former swindlers, there were former drunkards, there were former greedy people, former thieves, former homosexuals, former adulterers. They all got transformed, and still happening today, because God’s still the same. He’s just as good, he’s just as great as he ever was.
Last scripture that I want to talk about in this series, and this is found in First Timothy. This is also written by Paul. We’re talking about what the Bible teaches about homosexuality, because there’s so much confusion about that today, even within some church circles. First Timothy 1, and verse number eight. “But we know that the law is good.” He’s speaking here specifically of the law of Moses, because that’s only law that he could’ve been speaking of in this context. “If,” if, if, “one uses it lawfully.” So, there’s an unlawful use of the law.
“Realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious.” You see, for example, there doesn’t have to be a law in the United States, or in Pennsylvania, or the city where I live, in Pittsburgh, that it’s wrong to steal. I don’t need that law on the books anywhere, because I don’t steal. Why? Because I’ve submitted my life to Jesus Christ, and in my heart, I’m submitted to him. So, I don’t need that law. I don’t need any law. I don’t need laws that forbid murder, here in the country in which I live. I don’t need that. You only need laws for people that are rebellious and lawless.
Then, he begins to list … He further elaborates, “but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane.” Listen to his list, now. This is going to remind you of something we looked at early on in this series. “For those who kill their fathers or mothers.” Would you agree with me that that’s wrong? Killing your father or your mother is an evil thing? Yeah. Well, I’ll bet you you don’t have to have a law in order to prevent you from killing your mother and father, because the proof of the pudding is the fact that you haven’t killed your mother and your father. It wasn’t a law that prevented you, you didn’t say, “Oh, I’d love to kill them, but there’s a law that says it.” No, no. You’re constrained by your own conscience.
“Those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers … ” All murder. Everyone knows that’s wrong. “And immoral men.” Now, I think he’s talking there about all sexual immorality, but then he gets more specific momentarily. “And homosexuals.” See, that’s the New Testament. And people say, “Well, in the Greek, it doesn’t really say … There was no word for homosexual in Greek.” Oh, come on. Come on, come on. People stretch the truth. Stretch the facts to pervert the truth. Look up the word that’s translated homosexual. The root of it’s two words: men, bed. It’s homosexual. Homosexual’s a good translation of the word.
“And kidnappers.” Would you say that’s wrong? Kidnapping’s wrong? I bet you would. I bet you’d say that’s wrong to abduct children and hold them for ransom. “And liars.” Do you believe it’s wrong to lie? Bet you do. “And perjurers.” Do you believe it’s wrong to lie under oath? “And whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.”
So, because our series has … We’ve been talking about homosexuality, but the last four or five lessons, I’ve been trying to fit that into the context of the whole Bible. Well, two points I wanted you to see, and this passage makes it clear. It’s not just homosexuality that God is displeased with, okay? Secondly, but God is very displeased with homosexuality, because you find it in these lists in the Old and the New Testament, in lists of sins that everybody agrees are sins.
The new thinking that homosexuality is no longer wrong, and that’s an antiquated idea, according to the Bible, not me, according to the Bible, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, it’s wrong. And I tried to emphasize repeatedly, it’s wrong like everything else that God’s displeased with, and God is able to forgive. He wants to forgive, and he wants to transform. But you have to fall on your face before him and cry out and believe in Jesus.
Okay, all right. That’s all for this Little Lesson. Thank you so much for joining me for this 10-part series looking at what the Bible has to say about homosexuality. Hope to see you next time. God bless you.