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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. Grace says:

    God bless you, you remain a truly called man of God, not ready to twist the word of God to please celebrities. Will copy this message to my wall.

  2. Jimmy says:

    God made people with involuntary feelings. God made them that way. All people deserve to have love. Straight or Gay.

  3. Kiya says:

    Enjoyed this message

  4. Gayle Gruver says:

    Dear BGEA team- I was just reading about the NC legislative action to not give special protection to the LGBT community and know that you must have had a positive influence on this decision. Thankfully in Houston we were able to defeat the ‘men in women’s bathroom’ stupidity also. I commend and thank God for your stand for Godliness and Biblical standards. It might be that we move to NC to help ‘raise the banner’ to a lost and dying world. G & L, Conroe, TX

  5. Richard Sloof says:

    I believe the Bible and with Billy Graham, If you’re re-born again, you cannot do the things the Bible warns us about if you want to be with the Lord one day.

  6. Jeff says:

    It’s crazy and dangerous how some people try to interpret God’s word. One of the interpretations people also make is about marijuana. God did make it but He also made the tree of knowledge. Just because He made it doesn’t make it ok

  7. Beryl Saulsbury says:

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  8. Jennifer Welch says:

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  9. Dennis Griffith says:

    God Bless.

  10. loussi eid says:

    Please do whatever in your power to prevent gay marriage and to prevent forcing churches to marry gay couples. Thank you and God bless your good works.