ATP: Does Jesus address homosexuality?
Although Jesus does not use the word “homosexuality” He does address the subject.
In Matthew 19, Jesus addresses homosexuality when he sets the standard for marriage, stating at creation God made them “male and female.” (Matthew 19: 4-5) Jesus further says, “a man will leave his father and mother and cling to his wife.” By qualifying and limiting the marriage relationship to men and women, Jesus is clearly speaking against homosexuality as well as those divorces and remarriages, which do not meet Biblical criteria.
Second, the Greek word Jesus uses in Matthew 19:9 condemns homosexuality. The word is porneia and refers to any “unlawful sexual intercourse.” This would include homosexuality, fornication, adultery, incest and bestiality. Third, let us remember that God wrote the black print as well as the red print. Here are some verses which address homosexuality directly:
Leviticus 18:22: "Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable."
Leviticus 20:13: "If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads." Romans 1:26-27: "Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion."
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1 Corinthians 6:9-10: "Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God."
With this condemnation clear, let us remember that we are all sentenced because of our sin: “There is NONE righteous, no not one” (Roman 3:10) and Jesus died for all sinners who embrace Him and repent of their sin. We are encouraged by the words of St Paul to the Church at Corinth:
1 Corinthians 6:11: "And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."