One of the rationalizations that homosexuals use for their sin is, “If homosexuality is a sin, why didn’t Jesus preach against it?” The implication of this question is that all those Bible passages that condemn homosexuality aren’t as perfectly divine or as spiritually enlightened as Christ’s teachings. By implying such a thing, homosexuals more or less say, “The Old Testament law was merely a man-made Jewish code, and the New Testament’s apostle Paul was just a homophobic zealot who corrupted Christ’s love-based teachings.”
All I want to do with this short post is offer three quick Biblical reminders on this topic. Here goes:
- Jesus said that He didn’t come to destroy the Law or the Prophets. Instead, He came to fulfill them (Matthew 5:17). This is significant because the Law taught that homosexuality was sin: Leviticus 18:22; Leviticus 20:13; Deuteronomy 23:17. For that matter, so did the Prophets: Isaiah 1:9-10; Ezekiel 16:44-59. If Jesus wanted to correct the teachings of these passages, He missed His chance.
- In Matthew 19:4-6, Jesus reiterated the Adam-and-Eve standard of marriage between a man and a woman. If He had no problem with expanding the boundaries of marriage to include homosexual unions, why didn’t He somehow work that into His definition of marriage? For the record, there are no Bible passages of Him preaching against sins such as genocide, rape, spousal abuse, child abuse, or pedophilia either, but the lack of a direct quote from Him on these subjects certainly can’t be taken to mean that He was for these acts. That’s absurd.
- The apostle Paul who wrote the New Testament passages against homosexuality (Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 Timothy 1:8-10) was the same Saul of Tarsus who met Jesus on the road leading from Jerusalem to Damascus (Acts 9:1-9). He’s also the same man whom the Lord called (and I quote) “a chosen vessel of Mine” (Acts 9:15). So, anyone who says that Paul went rouge and taught something that Jesus didn’t want him to teach concerning homosexuality does Paul, not to mention Jesus Himself, a great disservice.
Well, that’s about all I wanted to say this time about homosexuality. If you would like to read my more thorough and lengthier post on this topic, please pull up “What Does the Bible Teach About Homosexuality?” from the blog’s archives. That post has several comments underneath it too, comments that offer a helpful back-and-forth dialogue on this whole debate. I would encourage you to take the time to read those comments after you’ve read the post. One of the comments, in particular, offers a very human (and Christian) take on a family member who has chosen the path of homosexuality. I still wonder whatever became of that loving father and his son.