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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. If you have a loved one who’s homosexual, you may refer to Someone I Love Is Gay by Anita Worthen and Bob Davies, or if you’re a Christian struggling with homosexuality, consider Coming Out of Homosexuality by Bob Davies and Lori Rentzel., by Focus on the Family, may also be helpful.

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  1. Dian Cole says:

    Very simply and well said.

  2. deborah Lamprecht says:

    Thank you.

  3. jgb says:

    I also know that I am saved, and always saved—that I cannot lose my salvation. I’ve just struggled for so long and I’m so tired of being tired.

  4. Jan Brown says:

    Thank you.

  5. Mosa letsoalo says:

    This has helped a lot. Thank you for your research.

  6. Ronaldleecook says:

    The word will set you free.

  7. Keith says:

    I can’t disagree with this. But I must mention, procreation is what Jesus taught. Stayed true to those teachings. In the Bible it also states to populate the Earth. How is that done? Our natural design is exactly what is referenced by God’s word. Nature.

  8. Larry Rice says:

    Thank you, Rev. Graham, for standing fast on God’s Word. As I’m sure you know, so many have turned against God and decided to follow their father and that is not our Father.

  9. Dale barter says:

    Way to go

  10. Ahavah says:

    I’m lesbian. I was born again a year ago but I don’t now, nor never have, identified as straight. I’m celibate but I still struggle with wanting a partner. I left church because I feel so different from other parishioners.

    1. jtvaran says:

      @Ahavah, please do not torture yourself. You deserve to be happy in a relationship with a wonderful woman. I hope you can find peace and happiness within yourself and with a partner. <3

    2. Angel Figueroa says:

      Jesus loves you.

    3. Rose says:

      Hi. This is a great topic to discuss. You have done the right thing to come back to Christ. I know it can be hard not to pay attention to what people are saying, but it is very important to keep your eyes on Jesus. Do not leave church for feeling different. Apostle Paul used his past to build and gain souls for Christ Jesus. The Word of God is our strength, hold onto it.

    4. Steven says:

      I’m so sorry. It must be so hard to find acceptance in most churches. God will point you in the right direction, don’t give up. Fight the good fight of faith!

    5. Iris says:

      Ahavah, you should trust only in God’s Word, follow what Jesus says in the Bible. Do not marry if it causes you to sin against God’s Word. There will always be people who tell you different but God’s Word is truth, not man’s. Be strong, talk to God, ask him for strength and peace, be faithful until the end. 🙏

    6. House says:

      Check out 7th Street Church in Long Beach. You will be very welcome there!!

    7. Emily says:

      I know you commented this a while ago but I have to say that God loves you no matter what, because God loves all of his creations no matter what.