What does the Bible say about homosexuality?

God created male and female in His image (Genesis 1:27), with sex intended for procreation (Genesis 1:28) and to be enjoyed within marriage between that of one man and one woman (Matthew 19:3-6). Any sex, heterosexual or homosexual, outside of the marriage covenant results in brokenness and pain (Hebrews 13:4).

Since the fall of man, many have acted outside of God’s plan for human sexuality. Homosexuality is one way sin manifests itself. The ultimate issue of homosexuality is therefore not physiological or psychological, but an unwillingness to deal with the spiritual problem of sin.1

Homosexuality is neither the greatest nor the least of sins– it’s just another sin that can keep anyone from experiencing God’s best. The good news remains that repentance and salvation exist for all.

Christians should familiarize themselves with the main bible passages regarding homosexuality:

Genesis 19. The word “sodomy” derives from this historical account of God’s judgment on the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. While there’s no denying God’s judgment of homosexuality (Jude 1:7), their destruction was the result of their complete depravity and not solely due to their homosexual acts (Ezekiel 16:49-50).

Leviticus 18:22 & 20:13. These two almost identical verses make direct reference to the sinfulness of homosexual activity.

Romans 1:24-32. This passage explicitly addresses same-sex sexual relations among men as well as women, and describes how practising homosexuals would “approve of those who practice them”. Unfortunately, it is sometimes insensitively used to pronounce judgment on homosexuals, attributing their suffering to “the due penalty for their error” (NIV).

1 Corinthians 6:9-11. The warning against homosexual acts is balanced with encouragement that change is possible.

1 Timothy 1:8-10. Homosexuality is against God’s original intent for mankind.

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Why do Christians have mixed views on homosexuality?

On one end of the spectrum, Christians who strongly believe that homosexuality is wrong can be extremely vocal about their views and may act in ways that reinforce the stereotypes of being “homophobic” or “bigoted”. Their harsh response may suggest they think homosexual people are in some way worse sinners, forgetting that all are unworthy in God’s sight (Romans 3:23). Those who have received the unmerited favour of God cannot afford to hate others for their sin.

On the other end of the spectrum, Christians who are extremely sympathetic towards homosexual people may subscribe to current beliefs about the biological nature of homosexuality. They often assume that the church needs to keep pace with changing socio-cultural norms and scientific discoveries in order to remain relevant.

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What is the Church’s problem with homosexuality?

The Church as a whole has a hard time coming to terms with homosexuality, especially in balancing compassion and truth.1 On the one hand, homosexual bishops and pastors are being appointed, even in major denominations. 2/3/4 On the other hand, respected Christian leaders have been speaking up against homosexuality. There are several types of churches that emerge based on the way they deal with this issue:5

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Rebellious Church: defies and rewrites scriptural teachings to fit popular beliefs and opinion; openly homosexual members may be politically active and use the church to promote the gay agenda.

Uncommitted Church: neither helps practising homosexuals out of their sin nor teaches a message that would convict them of sin; leaders are misleading with no clear scriptural guidance and direction on the issue.

Permissive Church: heavy on compassion with some of the best community programs, e.g., for AIDS sufferers, but short on truth (ignores scriptural teachings); offers help to those who want to continue in sexual sin and provides no comfort for those who seek help in overcoming homosexuality.

Ignorant Church: believes that homosexual involvement is wrong; acknowledges those who want help should be helped, but don’t know how.

Judgmental/Hypocritical Church: errs on the side of truth without compassion; only embraces those who can resolve their struggles and issues outside the church without tainting the church image; doesn’t welcome homosexuals who’ve “come out”.

Instead, we need to be a healing Church that balances biblical truth about homosexuality with the compassion of God towards homosexual people. We should commit to assist men and women in overcoming homosexuality as they would any other life-dominating sin by reaching out with mercy, grace and support, as well as truth and discipline.

Endnotes
1. Mike Haley, 101 Frequently Asked Questions About Homosexuality(Oregon: Harvest House Publishers, 2004)
2. Jonathan Petre, First Gay Bishop is Appointed by Anglican Church (The Telegraph, 6 August 2003)
3. Tim Castle, Church of England Ends Ban on Gay Bishops (Reuters, 4 January 2013)
5Mona Riley and Brad Sargent, Unwanted Harvest (Broadman & Holman, October 1995)

Can a person be gay and Christian?

A Christian can be confronted with same-sex attractions the same way a believer struggles with any other kind of temptation. Even when a Christian confesses their sin – in this case, “coming out” by admitting their homosexual practice – it is often a process before they can profess to have truly overcome their weakness/sin.

Despite agreeing on many points of basic Christianity – the Godhead, the Bible as the Word of God, the work of Christ, etc[1] – the pro-gay agenda Christian movement promotes its own theology:

  • Biblical judgments about homosexuality are not relevant today; scriptures that condemn homosexuality were meant only for that era.
  • We need to keep up with the times – science, societal development and personal experience must inform the way we interpret the Bible.
  • We’ve taken verses that prohibit homosexuality out of context from their original meaning.

These arguments depart from sound doctrine, discredit the Bible as the inerrant Word of God and hint at our tendency to use Scripture to rationalize our actions[2].

There is no ambiguity about the Bible regarding homosexuality. The Bible provides clear guidelines for sexual behaviour that are often disregarded among homosexual men – it is almost unheard of to wait until “marriage” before having sex; monogamy is seldom adhered to as the gay lifestyle typically involves multiple sex partners.

 

Endnotes
[1] Joe Dallas, The Gay Gospel? How Pro-Gay Advocates Misread the Bible (Oregon: Harvest House Publishers, 2007)
[2] Kevin DeYoung, What the Bible Still Says About Homosexuality (The Gospel Coalition, 16 May 2012)

Is there a Christian gay community in Singapore?

The local gay Christian community started out as Safehaven and registered itself in July 2004 as Free Community Church (FCC). It comprises an impressive leadership from different denominational backgrounds and professional expertise ranging from theology to law and counselling. The most notable is their Pastoral Advisor, Rev Yap Kim Hao, who was the first Asian Bishop of The Methodist Church in Malaysia and Singapore, and continued to serve till 2012 on the Council of the Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO) in Singapore for the promotion of inter-faith dialogue and understanding. The current Executive Pastor of FCC is Rev. Miak Siew, who is also an ordained minister of the Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), a US-based network of “inclusive churches” which lobby for “marriage equality”. The MCC is not a member of the US National Council of Churches. Similarly, FCC is not a member of the National Council of Churches of Singapore.

Just like other Christians, FCC believes that all individuals, “including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) persons”, are created in God’s image and of sacred worth. Their vision is to be “an inclusive community that celebrates diversity in living out God’s love and promise of abundant life for all”. From this position, they speak against “discrimination based on negative judgment of others, fear of difference and homophobia”.[1]

However, FCC claims that same-sex and transgendered relationships are consistent with the Christian faith and teachings when lived out in accordance with the love commandments of Jesus.

There are Christians confronted with same-sex attractions who differ from the stance of FCC.They include those who struggle in silence (termed as “in the closet”), those seeking a way out or a better way through their current situation, those who have found God’s grace to journey out of their LGBT lifestyle, and those who have successfully “come out” and may even have developed heterosexual attractions.

Endnotes
1. http://www.freecomchurch.org