by Kung Fu Zu 6/9/15
I have long wondered how anyone claiming to be a Christian could condone homosexuality or homosexual marriage. The New Testament is very clear on the sinfulness of such action, which is strictly forbidden.
On the most basic level, any type of sexual immorality is condemned in the Bible.
What comes out of you is what defiles you. For from within, out of your hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile you. (TNIV, Mark 7:20-23)
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (NIV, 1st Corinthians 6:9-11)
He further writes,
..but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is the temple-the very sanctuary-of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received from God? You are not your own, You were bought for a price-purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:18-20
So homosexuality is condemned along with other sexual immorality. The question must be asked, Under what circumstances does one have “moral” sex?
Now as to the matters of which you wrote me, It is well-advantageous, expedient, profitable and wholesome-for a man not to touch a woman, but to remain unmarried. But because of the temptation to impurity and to avoid immorality, let each have his own wife and let each have her own husband. 1 Corinthians 7:1-2.
That is, sex finds its proper and moral place inside marriage. And what is marriage?
The Gospel of Mark states,
But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”Mark 10:6-9
“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. Ephesians 5:30-32
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. Ephesians 5:25
These verses are only part of a larger context, i.e. that Christian marriage is part of the larger divine mystery and membership within the Church.
There is no mention or even hint of husbands love your husbands, or wives love your wives. Clearly marriage is a state of union between males and females.
And since sex outside of marriage is a sin and marriage is a union between a man and a woman, all homosexual actions are sinful. For those Christians who may find this interpretation too harsh, please note the following quotes from the New Testament,
Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the adjacent towns, which likewise gave themselves over to impurity and indulged in unnatural vice and sensual perversity, are laid out as an exhibit of perpetual punishment of everlasting fire. Jude 1:7
Because they exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, Who is blessed forever! Amen-so be it. For this reason God gave them to vile affections and degrading passions. For their women exchanged their natural function for an unnatural and abnormal one: And the men also turned from natural relations with women and were set ablaze with lust for one another, men committing shameful acts with men and suffering in their own bodies and personalities the inevitable consequences and penalty of their wrong doing and going astray, which was fitting retribution. Romans 1: 25-27
The first quote makes it clear that Sodom and Gomorrah and the adjacent towns were punished for “unnatural vice and sensual perversity.” The second seems to imply that the LGBT crowd are what they are due to their worship of the “creature” i.e. Satan and that God cursed them for it.
Please note, I am not touching on the question of whether Christianity is correct or not. I am only pointing out that from teachings in the Bible, the whole concept of same sex marriage must be an abomination to a Christian. • (3360 views)