Having shared an article which attempted to show that homosexuality is just fine according to the Bible, a friend asked for a rebuttal. Five lines of argumentation to that purpose follow…
1. The term “homosexual” is euphemistic; that some Bibles use it in translating from the original languages is regrettable. The meaning of the word used at Deuteronomy 23:17, 1 Kings 14:24, 1 Kings 15:12, 1 Kings 22:46, and 2 Kings 23:7 (translated “sodomite” by the KJV) is male temple prostitute.
At Leviticus 18:22 we don’t have a single word, but we read “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.” Cf. Leviticus 20:13, where capital punishment is to be inflicted on those who commit this. By allowing the word homosexual, as it is commonly used today, into our vocabulary we are already apologetically compromised to some extent.
Two pertinent Greek New Testament words (transliterated MALAKOS and ARSENOKOITES) refer to those committing such abominable practices which also are described by the apostle Paul in Romans 1. The first word means “soft, effeminate” and the second “one who lies with a male as with a female.” So the proscription of Leviticus applies; remember the two testaments are not at variance but together constitute the whole and coherent counsel of God. Cf. Romans 3:31
The word sodomite apparently came into the English language because of the Biblical city Sodom; hence also the related words sodomy, sodomize, etc. Among the sins of the inhabitants of that ancient Canaanite town was the “going after strange flesh” mentioned at Jude verse 7. Cf. Genesis 18, 19.
So linguistically, we already are sanitizing “deeds done in secret” (cf. Eph. 5:12) when we use the terms homosexual, bisexual, and transexual. And the very perversion in question is reflected in the perversion of the original meaning of the English word GAY, as used for example in the carol lyric, “don we now our gay apparel, fa la la…” Bright and festive this dark bondage is not.
2. Consider another Greek word, PORNEA, used frequently in the New Testament. It refers to ANY kind of sexual activity outside of marriage. The Bible identifies all such activity as sin. PORNO-GRAPHY means media portrayal of it. Our English word fornication corresponds to it. So “cheating” on one’s spouse, i.e. adultery, is a specific type of fornication. “Pre-marital sex” is another kind, looking at lurid images online or on glossy paper another, perverted behavior with someone of the same sex another.
And even though all fornication is not adultery, the Seventh Commandment must be considered. Jesus vigorously upheld it in His sermon on the mount, where He in no way abolishes the Law (cf. Mat. 5:17 ff.), but rather expounds on its spirituality and breadth of application. Lustful looks? In essence you’ve done the deed, declares the Master. (Who can stand up to such a standard? Let us be thankful He is also the One Who saves us from our sins!) Since marriage is by definition the union of one man and one woman, redefining it equals breaking a commandment Jesus upheld.
3. Let’s think hard about the term “having sex.” Though preceded by foreplay, usually the term refers to coitus itself…getting to the heart of the matter. The bard of Avon called it “making the beast with two backs,” or something to that effect. Can two people of the same sex even “have sex?” Why should we allow an imitation of coitus, a perverse mockery of it done by two men or two women, even be called “having sex?”
What does having sex, let alone the more noble expression making love, have to do with one man shoving his penis into another man’s anus, withdrawing it slathered with blood and dung, and leaving his seed in the other man’s rectum? That is not “having sex” and is an infuriating blasphemy against Him Whose name is Love, the One with Whom they will have to do in His time.
4. Another argument is similar to this one against erroneous views of divine creation: Where does the Bible proactively teach that the days of creation were really eons in duration, or that God used evolution to create humans and other life forms? Where is the positive teaching that would force us to reinterpret as “poetic” what is so clear in the precise historical narrative and prosaic geneaologies of the early chapters of Genesis (repeated in 1 Chronicles and Luke)? How does one tell a six year old about the six days of creation, and ten years later tell the sixteen year old that those days weren’t really days?
Are not all those modern views of creation, originating after Darwin published his magnum opus in A.D. 1859, merely attempts by those ashamed of the clear teaching of God’s word to accommodate and appease Mr. Worldly Wiseman, who calls it foolish?
(And speaking of evolution, how did the very process which allegedly works by natural selection as a population procreates over long periods of time bring forth a behavior which by definition cannot result in procreation? How did the “gay gene” evolve? How did the first mutant who did not want to engage in the behavior which does result in procreation pass that gene down to the next generation?)
Similarly, where does the Bible illustrate, exemplify, or proactively teach the legitimacy of this abominable perversion of what was so clearly established by God with the world’s first marriage? Holy writ gives us patriarchs and matriarchs, where are the Bible’s transiarchs? Where are the passages giving us practical instruction for Christian living in the gay home? How does a child who has been told he has two mothers or two fathers understand the Fifth Commandment?
Let them trot out their mantra “Jesus never said anything about homosexuality.” Jesus never said anything about abortion, either. But rightly interpreting the book which tells us how John the baptizer in utero lept for joy (wow – an emotional lump of tissue!), we know it violates the Sixth Commandment.
Jesus never said anything about grand theft auto, does that mean I can steal a Maserati and call myself a member of the BGLQT (By Grand Larceny Quick Takers) community? No, it violates the Eighth Commandment.
5. At Ephesians 5:3 we read “But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints.” Our society once reflected that view of this particular form of fornication: it was not fit for polite conversation, it was a shameful horror. So a final brief argument from history and from the contemporary fruit of the normalization of these practices.
Sodom and Gomorrah beg the question, what other society has long endured after going down this path, let alone advanced? The demise of those societies might not have been as spectacularly miraculous as was that of Sodom and Gomorrah but they were overthrown in God’s providence and in accordance with His righteous judgment just as surely.
In our own time, consider: what has happened to the Boy Scouts of America? What has happened to women’s sports? How many children have been abused to the point of mayhem being committed on their bodies, eventually bringing them to utter despair and suicide? What about all the insanity in the public square over locker rooms, lavatories, and pronouns?
Only the salt of the earth can preserve western civilization. Only the light of the world can dispel this present darkness. Christians, we are the salt of the earth. We are the light of the world. (Matthew 5:13,14)