What does the bible say about Homosexuality

There are multiple sides to this topic, and I will try and be as fair as I can to all sides.  I think this actually breaks into a few different topics, as well, so bare with me if you can.

  • Does God hate homosexuals?

No.  God created all people, man and woman, in His image (Genesis 1:26), so, to hate any person is for God to hate His own image.  What I can say, is that God hates sin, and, according to Leviticus 20:13, it is wrong for a man to sleep with a man in a sexual way.  People could argue that this is only regards to men, and does not apply to women.  *I will have to double check this, but I’m sure the Hebrew implies lesbian sexuality here, as well (I don’t have my Hebrew resources with me right now).  There are two ways to use this passage, being that we are to kill homosexuals, or that homosexuality causes death.  In the bible, death is a funny word, because it can mean either physical death or a spiritual death.  Spiritual death is caused by sin, and this is the way I am going to approach this verse.  Although God hates sin, he desires repentance and relationship.

  • Should a homosexual person go to church or call themselves a Christian?

This is one of those things Christians disappoint me with all the time.  People want to make sins that are more visible “worse” than sins that can be hidden or kept private.  There is no where in scripture that says for people to ban anyone out of a church.  The only reference to cutting someone off from a Christian community is when they are living in sin and do not desire to change how they live.  There is a section of scripture (Matthew 18:15-17) that deals with people who are active in a Christian community (for instance, a church, or a Christian body):

If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if he won’t listen, take one or two more with you, so that by the testimony of two or three witnesses every fact may be established. If he pays no attention to them, tell the church. But if he doesn’t pay attention even to the church, let him be like an unbeliever and a tax collector to you.

In conjunction with above verses, we see that all types of sexual immorality grieves the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:18-20):

Flee from sexual immorality! “Every sin a person can commit is outside the body,” but the person who is sexually immoral sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body.

When you are a Christian, you are declaring that your body and spirit belong to God for His purposes, and when you go and do what God has called sinful, you are breaking fellowship with Him.  Repent, turn away, and restore fellowship with God.

So, if you are attending a church and declaring yourself a Christian, but are living this sort of lifestyle, and are not desiring to change it, you will eventually be cut off from the church, if the church is true to scripture.  But, don’t get me wrong, if there was a thief or a liar in the church, I wouldn’t approach their lifestyle an differently.

  • I heard some churches allow for homosexual clergy or staff

As you have read, homosexuality is a sin, and when it is broadcast as okay, and in fact, a good example to people, this will cause other Christians to view the church as a social club as opposed to a church.  If you are at a church in this situation, in love (not anger), present scripture and ask questions.  If the church cannot stand on scripture or on Jesus Christ, and you are desiring a deeper Christian walk, I’d advise looking for another church.

  • Are there places on the internet I can go to get more information?

The best resource I have found is a ministry called “Exodus” ( which can be found here: http://www.exodus-international.org/ ), that may be able to provide you with more information.


7 thoughts on “What does the bible say about Homosexuality

  1. So are you of the opinion that homosexuality is a lifestyle choice only?

    I’m really glad you’ve written this, because too many Christians tiptoe around what the bible actually says.

    I suppose you would feel the same about a person who chooses to shave daily. Or eat shellfish. Or mix fabrics. All are also strictly prohibited by Leviticus.

    The type of death prescribed in Leviticus is also very clear: death by stoning. Leviticus 24 even shows one of only three biblical examples of stoning in practice. It is ordered and commanded by God Himself. There is no weak-tea “spiritual death” here. By God’s Holy Command, the blood must flow.

    I AM a blasphemer. Is is moral for you to dash in my skull with a stone? Was it EVER moral for one person to do this to another for believing in the wrong God?

    1. The idea of homosexuality is wrong, I would never say that God hates the person, but God hates all sin, and we all do it.

      Well, I quoted Leviticus to say that it’s not a new idea, but I wouldn’t ever suggest that stoning a person is a good method for dealing with it. In the historical context, you have to understand, that while Israel was still traveling from Egypt to their promised land from God, they didn’t have formal prisons, and they had to learn about the idea of Holiness (separated from sin) and righteousness (dealing with sin in a constructive way). Not only that, but most of the laws found in Leviticus were focused to the priests, and not to the general people, so a priest was the person who wouldn’t shave, or eat shellfish, or mix fabrics. Through a new testament lens, we see that these were somewhat object lessons for the people then, and for us now. For instance, in the new testament (John 8:2b-11) we see the pharisees wanting to stone a woman for adultery and Jesus (who is also God) says, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” And He doesn’t stone her either, so in this sort of Old and New conflict, the only logical thing to say is this is situational.
      In the roman occupation, there were definitely prisons and correctional facilities that people could be sent for their wrong doing (although the local police where the ones usually to administer such punishment), so stoning wasn’t the main option anymore, because there were other ways to deal with the problem. Jesus also does not stone her because to stone someone, you needed witnesses, and when the pharisees left, the witnesses were gone, so there was no reason to find her guilty. I could ramble about this for hours, but hopefully you can see that the way the problem was dealt with was now dramatically different.

      After reading the passage again, and looking up some Hebrew, I do have to agree that the text specifically says a physical death. Here is the Hebrew reference, if you are interested: [ http://www.biblestudytools.com/Lexicons/Hebrew/heb.cgi?number=04191&version=kjv ].

      These laws, however, were for Israel to govern themselves, so I would have to say, if you are Jewish, and turned away from the faith, and your family was Jewish (like could trace your line back to a tribe Jewish), they would likely stone you, I suppose, particularly if you were in these Old Testament times. I don’t know about modern stuff, though for Jewish belief.

      So, was it ever moral to stone a person? Well, God seems to think it was an effective method. Would I stone someone today, no. The New Testament brings things in a different light that is pulling people out of sinful lifestyles instead of condemning them to death.

      Hopefully that helps you out, and as always, if you have questions, I’d be more than happy to help you sort things out.


  2. I appreciate the reply, and the link to the Hebrew.

    So, where then do you get the Scriptural basis for the immorality of homosexuality?

    It is hardly an unambiguous position in the bible, that’s for sure.

  3. For homosexual immorality, I would still use Leviticus (although, I wouldn’t recommend the style of punishment). And, I should mention, the idea of sexual immorality is pretty much the same across the board (homosexual, beastiality, group sex situations [perhaps includes pornography, in a sense?], or any sexual perversion from a man and woman marriage situation). Probably the most ambiguous example is Sodom and Gommorah, which the city was destroyed because of all sorts of sexual perversion and immorality (Genesis 19:1-29). A good new testament text would be 1 Timothy 1:8-16, which is in support of Leviticus, but not in terms of stoning, and also gives some of Paul’s personal testimony, which I believe to be the most powerful tool any Christian has.

    A lot of people get really wound up on homosexuality, Christian and non-Christian a-like. It’s unfortunate that there are some twisted churches out there (like the baptist church in the US that claims “godhatesfags.com” and “godhates[insert country name here].com” – churches like this really rub people, Christian and non-Christian alike.

    People just need to focus on relationship. Becoming close to people, and be available and involved with them can make such a big difference – a much bigger difference than shoving theology down their throat.


  4. I think possibly a better example would be in Romans (1:25 I think?), but it’s difficult again to say unambiguously that “homosexuality is immoral according to the Bible.” In both instances Paul relates, the acts in question are “against their nature” — so if homosexuality is a “natural” phenomenon for some people at least, the prescription does not necesarily apply. Two things I think are interesting: A) Many of the prohibitions in Leviticus seem to be specifically targeting the religious practices of Pagan Greece (Isis), Babylon (Asherah), and the various mystery cults of the day. All of these religious groups used “temple prostitutes” as part of worship, which included homosexual and obviously adulterous behavior. B) I find it absolutely fascinating that there are over two hundred documented mammalian species that engage in homosexual acts. Giraffes in the wild are known to have gay orgies. Bonobo society seems to be practically built on homosexual activity, and they are considerably nicer than their cousins the chimps. It seems to me that homosexuality is entirely natural, at least for those who have that predisposition.

    Thanks for taking the time to reply, I really do appreciate hearing your perspective. These kinds of back-and-forths are incredibly important to moving the dialog ahead for believers and non-believers alike.

  5. This is inspiring. I agree, God hates sin, but loves the sinner. I also looked at godhatesfags.com, and some of the sites linked off of it, and overall I was pretty annoyed at how misguided people can be. I hope you get a chance to read this soon, I see you haven’t posted in the past month. Anyway, God bless, and if you use AIM you can reach me at the screen name within the email, I’d really appreciate it.

  6. Psalms 1: 1Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. 5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

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