We are living in a time when so many secular worldviews are trying to grab our attention. Most of these worldviews ask Christians to simply be tolerant of these differing views. It’s the same postmodern thinking that has existed for years. If my action doesn’t harm you then just leave me alone. However, as soon as Christians begin to talk about their beliefs, they are labeled as bigots, fundamentalists, etc. In other words, the very people who ask for tolerance won’t tolerate a Christian discussing their worldview.
One of the worldviews that has been pressing hard in our culture and asking for tolerance is that of homosexuality. I am talking about this topic today not to condemn those involved in this sin but to talk with you a bit about why homosexuality is a sin. I know several folks, whom I care about very deeply, who are practicing homosexuals but also claim to be followers of Christ. According to the Bible, homosexuality is a sin just like a variety of other sins. And just like any other sin, homosexuality must be rejected to be a true follower of Christ. The Bible is clear that to follow Christ we must repent, that is turn our back, on sin. Can practicing homosexuals be true followers of Christ? Nobody involved in any unrepentant sin can be a true follower of Christ.
There is a law in hermeneutics (which is the study of the interpretation of scripture) that is known as The Law of First Mention. This law says that if you want to really find out what a particular scripture is talking about go to where it is first discussed in the Bible and examine the scripture as it was first discussed.
As we think about this law and the definition of marriage let’s look at Genesis 2:18. Then the Lord God said, It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him. Then in verse 22 we read, Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man. Right there is the Biblical definition of marriage…one man and one woman…The Law of First Mention.
The Old Testament clearly warns against the practice of homosexuality. In
Leviticus 18:22 we read, Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin. But the Bible doesn’t stop there. Even in the New Testament we are again warned in Timothy and in 1 Corinthians Chapter 6 that reads, Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
So is homosexuality a sin? Yes. Is same sex marriage a redefinition of God’s plan for marriage? Yes. However, let me repeat the end of that passage from 1 Corinthians. Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. Thank God for His forgiveness, restitution, and the chance to be made right and cleansed and presented with a new life through the power of an amazing God.