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Jesus NEVER Talked About Homosexuality
This tract succinctly addresses many of the common justifications for sexual sin offered by the LGBTQ+ community while leading the reader to a clear presentation of the Gospel.
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1. Jesus vs Scripture Argument
One of the most popular attempts to justify sexual sin is to pit Jesus against the Bible by saying, “Jesus never spoke about homosexuality (nor incest, polyamory, polygamy, bestiality, lesbianism, etc.).” However, because Jesus is God in human flesh, His words written throughout the rest of the Bible are just as important to obey as those personally heard and recorded by His Apostles. All that the Bible says about sexuality is considered God’s Word and therefore Jesus’ Word. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching (2 Timothy 3:16-17). The Bible has a lot more to say about the sexuality of mankind than the few passages most homosexuals know. For example, in Matthew 19:4-6 Jesus reaffirms the Bible’s boundaries around sexuality, stating that it is between one man and one woman within the covenant of marriage. He, therefore, prohibits all sexual sins that fall outside that God-made boundary. Jesus said that we must deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him. (Mark 8:34)
2. Pick and Choose Argument
Many justify their sexual sin by suggesting Christians are picking and choosing when they reference Leviticus 18:22, “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.” They point out that Leviticus also condemns eating shrimp or wearing mixed fabrics as abominations. God’s law is divided into three parts: judicial, ceremonial, and moral. God’s judicial laws imposed on Israel to make them holy expired with that ancient nation. We are not obligated to those judicial laws, though we learn from them. God’s ceremonial laws regulated the sacrifices Israel had to perform day in and day out to remove their sin against God. Jesus came to be the once-for-all sacrifice for His people, thus fulfilling the law. The Christian’s sin is transferred to Jesus for punishment and Jesus’ righteousness is transferred to the Christian for justification. To now follow the ceremonial law would be to disregard Jesus’ sacrifice. What remains binding upon all mankind is God’s universal, absolute moral law. It does not pass away because it proceeds from His character. His moral law serves as a mirror into which we look and see our failure to keep Him first, not worship false gods we fashion in our hearts, blaspheme His name, lie to one another, commit sexual sins with one another, steal from each other, and murder each other in our hearts. No one has kept this law. All have sinned against God.
3. Redefining Love Argument
“God is love!”, “Jesus loves me just the way that I am!”, or “Love is Love!” and similar statements are attempts to equate sexual sin with God’s love. Because God is indeed love, we start with His word to know how to define it. Calling sexual sin “love” and then applying that to God in any way is blasphemy. God’s love exposes sexual sin so that we know to turn from it to Him. God loves righteousness and justice. He is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day (Psalm 7:11). God shows His love for us in that while we were sinners Christ died for us—meaning His church (Romans 5:8). Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth (1 Corinthians 13:6). Those who say they love Jesus must obey His commandments (John 14:15).
4. Blame God Argument
Often, whether spoken or unspoken, those justifying their sexual sin blame God with the idea, “God made me this way.” Implicit with this kind of statement is the feeling that “I cannot change—this is my orientation.” However, the Bible is clear that sexual sin is a choice. Science confirms that there is no such thing as a heterosexual versus homosexual gene or brain. The mistake is to believe: What I desire to do is who I am. Jesus says that our outward sin comes from our inward evil desire (Mark 7:21-23). Evil thoughts are to be turned away from as sin, not embraced as an identity. When we turn from our sin, both the thought and the act, and turn to Jesus by faith He frees us from the slavery of sin (John 8:36). God does not tempt nor make anyone sin (James 1:13). The choice to indulge an inward sinful desire even at a young age belongs exclusively to the sinner. And though this sin is now one that easily entangles, there is hope! The idea of an unchangeable sexual orientation is a myth exposed by the Apostle Paul who observed that the church in Corinth had people who formerly identified with their sexual sin (fornicators, adulterers, homosexuals), but were now washed, sanctified, and justified (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
5. “Don’t Judge” Argument
Another popular attempt to justify sexual sin is to say “The Bible says do not judge.” Employing this argument betrays a lack of Biblical knowledge because the verse in question, Matthew 7:1, is only prohibiting hypocritical judgment—meaning it would be unfair to be judged by someone who is doing the same thing, right? Verse 5 in that same chapter goes on to allow a person to judge who has properly discerned their own sin. Verse 16+ tells us to judge the fruit of a person’s life to determine if they are good or bad. Verse 21+ explains that a day is appointed for judgment by Jesus and many who think they’re okay with Him will not be allowed into the Kingdom of Heaven because they did not do the will of the Father and practiced lawlessness—like sexual sin.
6. Consuming Fire Argument
Perhaps the most terrifying attempt to justify sexual sin is to say “Only God can judge me.” This is a true statement. The warning Christian is not The Judge. The warning Christian is more akin to a flashing red light or a speed limit sign. The reality is that we will all stand before God, who is described as a consuming fire, for judgment (Hebrews 12:29). He has made it clear that the sexually immoral will be cast into the lake that burns with fire (Revelation 21:8).
7. Stink Bomb Argument
When a person feels the weight and shame of their sin, they often point fingers at others to deflect the attention from themselves. A statement like “Clean Your Own House!” serves to pollute the air and mask personal defilement. However, this is precisely the Bible’s message. All have sinned. None is righteous, no, not one (Romans 3:10). All will appear before the judgment seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10). The message here is for all sinners. ALL must turn from their sexual sin and turn to Jesus for salvation.
8. Wax Nose Argument
A more sophisticated way to justify sexual sin is to treat Scripture as somehow unclear or misunderstood. With this method, Scripture is pushed and stretched (like a wax nose) to mean whatever the sexual sinner wants. For example, it’s suggested that the writers of the New Testament addressed pederasty (man/boy sex) and that adult consensual same-gender sex was not in view in Romans 1:18-32. The overlooked problem is that this passage also addresses women with women sex, which is not pederasty. The Apostle Paul, in the clearest terms, says God condemns the homosexual acts of men and women.
9. The Princess Bride Argument
“You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.”
—Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride.
Many point out that the word homosexual in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and 1 Timothy 1:9-10, ἀρσενοκοίτης (Arsenokoites), was first translated as homosexual in the 1940’s. They contend that this is a mysterious word. But it’s not mysterious at all. The Greek translation of the Leviticus passages describing sodomy condemns a man ἀρσενο (arseno) for lying sexually κοίτης (koites) with another man ἀρσενο (arseno). In Greek these words are next to each other in Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13. Paul, who spoke Greek, combined these words to condemn sodomy defined in Leviticus with sodomy in his letters. Paul makes clear that because of sins like sodomy, sexually immoral people have God’s wrath kindled against them and will not be allowed into His Kingdom.
10. No Harm, No Foul Argument
There are more arguments to address, but the final one of this handout is voiced a lot: “I’m not hurting anyone!” Often ignored in the LGBTQ community are the physical, mental, and spiritual tolls to be paid for sexual sin. Sexual promiscuity is dramatically higher among LGBTQ, bringing a wave of sexually transmitted diseases and even physical injuries. It’s well established that there are high rates of psychiatric illnesses, including depression, drug abuse, and suicide attempts among LGBTQ. Studies estimate that homosexual and bisexual men lose 20 years of life expectancy.* Proverbs 14:12 says “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”
*Get LGBT health facts here: https://www.cdc.gov/lgbthealth/
How will YOU be justified before God?
God has created you with an internal warning system that agrees with His word—your conscience. All the excuses you may give to justify your sin are attempts to suppress the knowledge of God. Your sin defiles you. It offends God and separates you from Him. It enslaves you and brings condemnation upon you. You deserve God’s righteous anger and eternal punishment in Hell. God has appointed the day of your death on which you will stand before Him for judgment. All that you have ever said, ever thought, and ever done will be open before His court. None of the arguments you offer will justify you before God.
But there is GOOD NEWS! You can be saved! How? God sent forth His only begotten Son, Jesus, who was born of a virgin and unmarred by sin from birth, to walk in perfect obedience to the will of the Father. He fulfills all righteousness, storing abundant merit by nature of who He is and all that He does. He saves by His death on the cross. It’s there that a great exchange occurs. Jesus bore all the sins (including the sexual sins) of His people, being punished in their place and gives to them His righteousness. He then rose from the dead as proof of justice satisfied and forgiveness secured. What must you do? Repent from your sin—see it how God sees it and run from it—and turn to Jesus by faith. Call upon Jesus to save you and He will cleanse you from your defilement. He will reconcile you to God. He will restore your fellowship with God. He will free you from your sin. Jesus will remove your condemnation and justify you before the Court.