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Does the Bible Say Homosexuality/Bisexuality is a Sin?

The Old Testament

The Old Testament prohibits homosexuality (and therefore bisexuality).

“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination (Leviticus 18:22).”

“If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination;… (Leviticus 20:13).

But these verses are from the Old Covenant that God made with Moses and the Jewish people. Christians live under the New Covenant and therefore these passages are not binding.”

While much of the Old Covenant is not binding on Christians, it is mistaken to assert that none of it is binding on Christians. What primarily carries forward are moral commandments. Nine out of the Ten Commandments are repeated in the New Testament. The prohibition against homosexuality is not just repeated in the New Testament but is even more clear. And both chapters 18 and 20 in Leviticus are clear that God is not only finds homosexuality sinful for Jews but Gentiles as well.

“Do not make yourselves unclean by any of these things, for by all these the nations I am driving out before you have become unclean, and the land became unclean, so that I punished its iniquity, and the land vomited out its inhabitants. But you shall keep my statutes and my rules and do none of these abominations, either the native or the stranger who sojourns among you (for the people of the land, who were before you, did all of these abominations, so that the land became unclean), lest the land vomit you out when you make it unclean, as it vomited out the nation that was before you. For everyone who does any of these abominations, the persons who do them shall be cut off from among their people. So keep my charge never to practice any of these abominable customs that were practiced before you, and never to make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God (Leviticus 18:2-30).”

“You shall therefore keep all my statutes and all my rules and do them, that the land where I am bringing you to live may not vomit you out. And you shall not walk in the customs of the nation that I am driving out before you, for they did all these things, and therefore I detested them (Leviticus 20:22-23).”

So God judged the Canaanites sexual sins to be so serious He had them driven out of their land. Leviticus 18:26 also mentions that both native (Jews) and strangers (Gentiles) were not to engage in the sexual sins listed in the chapter.

But these passages are referencing abusive homosexuality, such as between men and boys. That was common then and must be what Moses had in mind.”

Both passages speak of adults, men and women. To say otherwise is to read into the text and not what it actually states. There is simply no basis for such an interpretation.

These passages only speak of male homosexuality. Therefore, lesbianism must be permissible.”

There are no biblical or extra-biblical historical records of religious Jews approving of lesbian relationships. But the New Testament does directly address lesbianism in Romans 1.

The New Testament

“For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error (Romans 1:26-27).”

Again, this is addressing abusive homosexuality, such as between men and boys. That was common then and must be what Paul had in mind.”

First, the passage only references adults. Second, is was not common for women to abuse girls. This is further evidence the claim that the Bible means to only reference adult homosexuality with youth is unfounded. Third, notice both homosexual partners are “consumed with passion for one another.” Children are not consumed with passion for their sexual abusers.

Romans 1:22-25 states that these people became very sinful because of idolatry, worshiping created things instead of God. He then gives them over to their lusts and they delve into their sins, the first listed being homosexuality. So this passage doesn’t even apply to homosexuals worshiping God in Christian churches.”

The teaching of Romans 1 continues into chapter 2:

“We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed (Romans 2:2-6).”

So some of the Christians in the Roman church were engaging in the sins listed in chapter 1, including homosexuality. Such people “deserve to die” (Romans 1:32), are under God’s judgment (Romans 2:2-3) and wrath (Romans 2:5). The passage applies to both people inside and outside the church.

Conclusion

Romans 2:4 states that God is kind and patience towards people in order to lead them toward repentance. People of all sexuality have to struggle with putting God’s will above their own. But when we do this, the Bible states, “And such were some of you. 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 (1 Corinthians 6:11).”

Did Jesus bear our sins on the cross?

2 Corinthians 5:21 – “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

1 Peter 3:18 – “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.”

Romans 3:23-26 – “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.”

Galatians 3:13-14 – “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

Isaiah 53:4-6 – “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

Isaiah 53:10 – “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.”

Is Christianity a license to sin?

According to the once saved – aways saved / eternal security doctrine, isn’ t this a license to sin?
Answer
The question is, “Who is saved?”
Luke 13:3  No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.

No repentance, no salvation.

Matthew 7:21 Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

What’s the Father’s will according to Christian doctrine? Two are:

  1. The Greatest Commandment, Matthew 22:37 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
  2. John 14:15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”

It’s similar to personal relationships.  People who intentionally hurt you and don’t care don’t love you.  The point of Christianity is to love God.  No love – no repentance – no obedience – no salvation.