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Does the Bible approve of some homosexual relationships?


The Bible provides God’s blueprint for marriage and for His good gift of sex in Genesis 2:24. The gift is only to be enjoyed within a marriage between a man and a woman.

There are no exceptions suggested, such as homosexual partnerships. From Genesis on, the Bible praises the marriage of a man and a woman, but it speaks only negatively of homosexual behavior whenever it is mentioned.

The Old Testament states, “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable” (Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13). The New Testament agrees, listing “homosexual offenders” among a list of people who “will not inherit the kingdom of God” unless they are cleansed through Christ (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

Other passages are Genesis, chapter 19; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Timothy 1:8-11; and Jude, verse 7. However, it is important to note that the Bible speaks only of homosexual behavior (which would include lust—choosing to fantasize about behavior), not unchosen feelings. God will not judge a Christian guilty for his or her involuntary feelings.

Sometimes it is said that the Bible does not record any words of Jesus about homosexuality, and therefore it must be acceptable to God. However, the Bible does not record sayings of Jesus about a number of other specific sins either. When people asked Jesus about marriage, He told them to remember what Genesis said about God’s plan for marriage (Matthew 19:1-12). So, in this sense, Jesus did have something to say about homosexual partnerships. God only blessed sex within the committed marriage relationship of a man and a woman.

Some have tried to reinterpret what the Bible says, in an effort to approve homosexual relationships. For a reply to such efforts, read “Straight and Narrow” by Thomas Schmidt or “A Strong Delusion” by Joe Dallas. These books are available through most Christian bookstores or through Regeneration Books, P. O. Box 9830, Baltimore, Maryland 21284, telephone: (410) 661-4337.

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  1. Jennifer Jones says:

    God’s word is sacred and is a lamp for our path through this world. Thank you, pastor, for staying true to the word.

  2. Kim Asbury says:

    Thank you. As a minister I always enjoy good reading with a lot of truth. I’ll look forward to more.

  3. Norma Peters says:

    I am a Minister and I feel we should give all of God’s Children what they need to learn what’s right and wrong by God’s word. I am glad I found this study, especially with the Lesbian couple to lead the historic US Calvary Church in Washington. It breaks my heart to see that abomination brought into the house of God, and how many people with be told it’s ok. Will they just leave out the scriptures that tells us that marriage is between man and woman?

  4. John Smith says:

    That’s why God always condemned polygamy. Oh wait…