Is Homosexuality a Sin?

If you believe what the world is saying right now, then you would believe that homosexuality is in the genes, and that people cannot help their sexual orientation. Is this sustained by the evidence? It is not sustained by the evidence. It is well known that identical twins share the same DNA. And yet, only %20 of the time when one twin is gay is the other twin gay, for males, and in the case of females it is only %24, according to this article. Therefore, it cannot be purely genetic, if at all. the article claims that environment plays a factor. I would agree that it could be a factor. But even there, it cannot be the whole picture.

What does the Bible say? Leviticus 18:22 says this: “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” If this passage says that it is a sin, then it cannot be genetic, since sin involves choice. Lest any think that this is an exclusively Old Testament teaching, let’s go to Romans 1:24-27: “Therefore god gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. 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.”

The exegetical issues that are often raised with such passages usually focus on whether Paul is talking about a one-time fling or a steady relationship. I believe that it refers to any such relationships. This is confirmed by the phrase “dishonorable passions,” and the phrase “contrary to nature.” Paul nowhere says that this is a one-time fling, and we must beware of twisting a text of Scripture to make it say what we want it to say.

Now, we get to the real heart of the issue. How ought we to treat homosexuals? Probably, many would accuse me of being a homophobic just from what I’ve already said. They would be wrong, and I could provide real-life examples to anyone who would ask me. I do not hate homosexual people. I hate all sin. Those two ideas must be separate if any kind of constructive dialogue on this subject can be made. The answer is that homosexual people need the love of God just as much as anyone else. They need the Gospel just like anyone else. In God’s eyes, all sin is an abomination, and so homosexuality is not a more heinous sin than adultery or murder. Sometimes, because the homosexual agenda has been so active, we Christians react more strongly to it than we should and forget that these people need love, too. Here are some great resources available to people struggling with this issue: a booklet from CCEF, a great book on the biblical issues, and the article references above is part of a website dealing with these issues, and another web-site dealing with sexually broken people of many kinds.