The Bible And Homosexuality

The subject of homosexuality is jumping up everywhere we look. It is often in the news. It is creeping into movies and TV programs produced by Hollywood. The word has become such a common one in our culture that it is being accepted even by those who call themselves Christian. What does the Bible say about it?

Is Homosexuality In The Bible?

There are several passages in the Bible that deal with homosexuality. No, the word “homosexual” does not appear in the King James Version of the Bible. However, the actions that are described in the Scripture passages certainly do illustrate the actions of a homosexual. And some of the words used in the original languages of the Bible were used to indicate a homosexual person.

So, don’t be concerned that the word “homosexual” does not appear in the King James Version of the Bible. (However, it does in many of the other versions of the Bible in that are written in English.) Just be aware of what the Bible says about the activity that homosexuals engage in.

Most Famous Passage

Genesis 19:5 (KJV): “And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, ‘Where are the men which came in to thee this night? Bring them out unto us, that we may know them.’”

Why do other translations say “so we can have sex with them?” There are two reasons. First is the Hebrew word translated “know.” It is a word that basically means “to know intimately.” It is also used very frequently as “having sex.” Secondly, look at the context. Why did Lot offer his two daughters to them instead? (Why he did this would take another whole article, so we will not discus it here.) Of course, the two strangers (angels) did not allow that to happen. But the point is: Put the two together and you can come to no other conclusion than that Lot knew that the men wanted to have sex with the strangers.

An Explicit Definition

There are at least two passages that equate the homosexual act as the same as the heterosexual act. The important point is that the homosexual act is expressly forbidden in both passages.

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

Leviticus 20:13 (NKJV): “If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.”

Don’t try to tell me that it simply means not to lie down with a male. The Hebrew word translated “lie” here is “shakab.” This is a Hebrew word that carries the same meaning as our English word “sleep.” When we say in English: “Did you sleep with that woman?” we know that it means: “Did you have sex with that woman?” In Hebrew, the meaning is the same when it is said “Did you “shakab” with that woman (or man)?”

Notice also that in both passages it is called “an abomination.” Abomination is translated from the Hebrew word “towebah.” It carries the meaning: “abhor, abominable, something disgusting, an abhorrence; especially idolatry.

Unaccepted Offerings

Illicit sex is such an abomination to God that He will not even accept offerings that have been earned through that activity.

Deut. 23:18 (NKJV): “You shall not bring the wages of a harlot or the price of a dog to the house of the Lord your God for any vowed offering, for both of these are an abomination to the Lord your God.” The Hebrew word translated “dog” in this verse is “keleb.” It does not refer to an animal. It is a word that the Hebrews used to designate a male prostitute e.g. homosexual.

Homosexuals Are Not Righteous

1 Cor. 6:9 (KJV): “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind.”

The word translated “mankind” has been translated as “homosexual” in most other translations. Why? It is because of the Greek word “arsenokites” that is used in the original Greek. It is properly translated “homosexual” because it is derived from two other Greek words. The first is “arrhen” which means male. The second is “koite” which means “cohabitation.” It is a Greek word that means homosexual.

Homosexuality is Unnatural

Romans 1:27 (NIV): “In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.”

No, the NIV does not give a literal translation of the original Greek. However, for those who know Greek, you would know that what was written in the Greek is a metaphor. And all the Greeks of that time knew exactly what was being said. The NIV gives a very good translation of the meaning of the original Greek.

Homosexuals Equated With Harlots

Deut. 23:17 (KJV): “There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.” This is part of a list of the activities that were not to be allowed in Israel. The Hebrew word translated “sodomite” is “qadesh” which means a male prostitute. How do we know this?

Again, look at the context. The first type of person not allowed in Israel was a woman who was a “qdeshah” which is always translated “a female prostitute.” The second type of a person not allowed in Israel was a man who was a “qadesh.”

In Hebrew, there are masculine words and feminine words. In other words, if a word was referring to a male, one form of the word was used. On the other hand, if the word was referring to a female another form of the same word was used.

“qdeshah” is the feminine form of “qadesh.” Thus, a “qadesh,” in this context, has to mean “a male prostitute.” Also, they are both included in the same sentence, referring to the same type of activity.

Homosexuality and Marriage

We live in an age in which people think they have the right to define marriage as they please. Thus, we have gay rights activists that have succeeded in a few states to sanction marriage between two men or two women. This idea is spreading rapidly, not only here in America, but also in some other parts of the world.

They have been able to do this because they have portrayed themselves as an injured and oppressed minority. They have been able to do this because so many people either do not know what God’s Word says, or they do not believe what God’s Word says.

But remember that this is God’s world. He designed and created us and all that we have. God says in His Word that homosexuality is a grievous sin. Remember, even though the word “homosexual” in not in the KJV Bible, the description of homosexuality is in the original text and God said that it is a grievous sin. Why do you think He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah and made sure that what He did was included in His Bible? Remember what I said at the beginning of this article.

Yes, a society can legalize a homosexual marriage but God will never bless it. And God will never bless a society that condones and legalizes homosexual marriages. How can God bless an ongoing legal sexual arrangement that defies and contradicts what He designed? How can God bless an activity that He expressly forbids in His Holy Word, our Bible?

Final Thoughts

Look at all the above passages. If you are honest with yourself, you can come to no other conclusion. Homosexuality is an abomination to God.

Can a person who thinks that he/she is a homosexual get into heaven? It probably depends on a very important point. If he/she has been convinced that he/she is a homosexual and yet rejects it as an abomination to God and refuses to engage in the sexual act, God will look at his/her heart. Do you truly reject homosexuality as a sin against God? If so, God will forgive you.

And, if you allow Him to do so, He will lead you into the knowledge that you are not a homosexual. He will also show you how to reject all those feelings that you have had. Why do you think that the homosexual community refuses to allow any Christian counseling for homosexuals? Deep down inside, they know that if a person receives Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, He will lead them out of the homosexual lifestyle.


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