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.

From this subjectivist position, everything in the Bible becomes relative to the church’s evolving insights – our understanding of homosexuality needs to be adjusted in light of current-day experiences (encounters, interactions, perplexities, philosophies, states of mind and emotion, etc); homosexuality and same-sex unions are merely new things that God is doing.1

The biblical objectivist position follows the historic Christian belief that through the prophets, the incarnate Son, the apostles and the writers of Scripture, God has used human language to tell us in definite terms about His ways, His works and His will. The Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical and conservative Protestant churches believe that these principles and teachings transcend culture and time.

There is no need for the Church to “catch up” with the times and accept homosexuality as a way of life. In fact, the church is responsible to uphold unchanging biblical principles amidst ever-changing cultural circumstances.

 

Endnotes
 1. J. I. Packer, Why I Walked: Sometimes Loving a Denomination Requires You to Fight (Christianity Today,January 2003)