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What The Bible Says About HomosexualityAs I write this article, the internet is abuzz over the U.S. Supreme Court’s possible ruling on the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage. It seems like everyone has something to say about the issue – some are right, some are wrong. I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I know God does. What does His Word have to say the issue?

Everyone Is Tempted With Sin

There are countless kinds of temptation, and everyone struggles with temptation in one form or another. Some wrestle with alcoholism. Some struggle with gossip or lying. Some fight an exhausting battle against pornography and lust. Likewise, some people struggle with homosexual feelings and urges, making them no different than the rest of us.

Everyone faces temptation (cf. 1 Cor. 10:13; Heb. 4:15). Temptation by itself is not a sin, but giving in to temptation is (cf. Jas. 1:13-15). Wrestling with temptation is a good thing (Jas. 1:12). It is when we stop wrestling against temptation (and give in) that we sin.

When we encounter someone who legitimately struggles with homosexuality, we need to encourage that person as he/she tries to overcome temptation. Christians, as we walk in the light (cf. 1 John 1:5-7), need to be sympathetic to other Christians who are also trying to walk in the light. Yet, if they stop trying to walk in the light, and instead embrace their homosexual urges, we need to avoid them (cf. 1 Cor. 5:9-13). There is a world of difference between penitent people and impenitent people.

Sin Is Sin

Homosexuality is a sin (Gen. 19:4-11, 23-29; Lev. 18:22; 20:13; Rom. 1:26-27; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Jude 7). Yet, it is no greater or lesser a sin than any other sin. All sin will keep a person out of heaven (cf. 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Gal. 5:19-21, etc.).

The remedy to sin is the blood of Jesus Christ. One must initially “repent and be baptized for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38; cf. Acts 22:16; Rom. 6:4) to be cleansed. To “repent” means to ‘change’ or ‘turn away from sin.’ One cannot continue in sin and expect God’s Grace to save him (Rom. 6:1-2). A practicing homosexual cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven so long as he is practicing and embracing homosexuality.

No One Is Born A Homosexual

God never created a ‘gay’ baby. Since homosexuality is a sin (see above), it would be contradictory to God’s nature to cause someone to be born with that sexual orientation (cf. Jas. 1:13). The Bible describes homosexuality as being “contrary to nature” (Rom. 1:26-27; ESV). Indeed, no one is born a homosexual.

That does not mean that people cannot be conditioned to feel homosexual urges. There are people who legitimately wrestle with such feelings, and I sympathize and feel compassion for those people. Yet, people experience homosexual feelings because of sin (cf. Rom. 1:24-27), either because of their own sin or the sin of others. Perhaps they were abused as children. Perhaps they had a dad who did not demonstrate fatherly affection. Perhaps they grew up in a one-parent home, or a homosexual home. Perhaps they were made to think they were homosexual because of peer pressure at school. Or maybe they made a conscious decision to experiment with homosexuality.

Jesus Taught That Marriage Is Between A Man And A Woman

One sometimes hears the objection, “Jesus never talked about homosexuality.” Actually, He did when He defined a God-approved marriage as being between a man and a woman. Consider His words,

[Jesus] answered, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matt. 19:4-6, ESV)

If God’s Son defines marriage as between a man and a woman, all other combinations or alterations are implicitly prohibited.

When the apostles and disciples later specifically condemned homosexuality (i.e. Rom. 1:26-27; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Jude 7), they were speaking with Christ’s authority. Jesus told His disciples that whatever He did not tell them in His earthly lifetime, His Holy Spirit would tell them later (John 16:12-13). Undeniably, “all scripture is given by the inspiration of God” (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Jesus did condemn homosexuality in His New Testament.

God’s Law Trumps Man’s Law

As I am writing this post, people are awaiting what the Supreme Court will say about the 1996 Defense Of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8. What will the justices decide? Will they dismiss it outright? Will they declare this a ‘states’ rights issue? Will they make sweeping changes to how the laws of the land view marriage? I don’t know. But in reality, it doesn’t matter. God has already settled the issue. The practice of homosexuality is an abomination. It will always be “vile affection.”

Man can legalize any sin he wants. Since Satan is deeply in involved with the affairs of this world (cf. 2 Cor. 4:4), you can expect sin to become increasingly rampant. Yet just because some forms of murder (abortion), drug use, drinking, and homosexuality are legal does not make them right. Undoubtedly, “we must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).

To Approve Of Homosexuality Is To Be Guilty Of Homosexuality

It is very upsetting to see people who wear Christ’s name come out in support of so-called “marriage equality.” What they are saying, in essence, is, “It is okay to embrace your homosexual desires. You don’t have to fight temptation anymore. Don’t pay any attention to what the Bible says. It is outdated and irrelevant to today’s culture anyway.”

First, the Bible is not a ‘living document’ in that it changes with culture. It never becomes ‘outdated.’ Jesus Christ and His New Testament are just as relevant today as they were 2,000 years ago. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8). The Bible is God’s Word (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:21). How can our Almighty Creator take a back seat to our petty human culture?

Second, to approve of homosexuality is to be guilty of the sin itself. “Though they knew God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them” (Rom. 1:32; cf. 2:1-5). How can I say I love God while telling people it is okay to disregard His Word?

True Hatred Is Refusing To Confront Sin

People wearing Christ’s name who disgracefully support and encourage legalized homosexual marriages justify their apostasy under the guise of ‘love’ or ‘tolerance.’

My question is this: Is it really ‘love’ to encourage someone to live in sin? I believe tolerance of sin is the true essence of hatred. How much do you really have to hate someone to say, “I’m okay with the fact that your soul is lost”?

There were some Christians in Corinth who were formerly practicing homosexuals (1 Cor. 6:9-11). Yet when they became Christians, they were told to stop. I have an obligation – if I truly do love my fellow man – to tell him that he cannot be pleasing to God while approving of and practicing homosexuality.

My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins. (Jas. 5:19-20, ESV)

Christians Need To Approach Homosexuals With The Spirit of Christ

I’ve met a lot of ‘mean’ Christians. Some seem bent on antagonizing people who really just need our support and encouragement. Should Christians ever be defined as “hostile” or “mean”?

Whenever we meet someone who wrestles with homosexuality, we need to respond to him or her as Jesus would. When the crowd came to Jesus, Matthew reports that He reacted with “compassion for them” (Matt. 9:35-38). Is that how you first respond to people who have a sin problem? Do you feel compassion? When the rich young ruler came to Him (and Jesus knew the man had a spiritual heart problem), Jesus “looked at him and loved him” (Mark 10:21). Do you love people who have a heart problem in relation to homosexuality?

Let’s treat homosexuality like Jesus did:

·      Let’s hate sin.

·      Let’s be compassionate toward people who are living in sin.

·      Let’s encourage people who are fighting sin.

·      Let’s love people enough to expose sin.

·      Let’s rescue people from the bondage of sin and lead them to the loving arms of Christ.

 

Further reading:

Straight Talk About Homosexuality” (by Wayne Jackson)
Jesus Didn’t Condemn Homosexuality” (by Kyle Butt)
Does The Bible Approve Of Homosexuality?” (by Brad Bromling)
This Is The Way God Made Me” (by Dave Miller & Brad Harrub)
So What Happened?” (by Cindy Colley)

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27 Responses to What Does The Bible Really Say About Homosexuality?

  1. Paul Levasseur March 27, 2013 at 2:05 PM #

    Well said!!

  2. Shane Robinson March 27, 2013 at 3:13 PM #

    Excellent article. You covered all the bases and did it in a humble way. I pray this will help balance out the extreme positions amongst believers on this issue.

  3. Scott Burleson March 28, 2013 at 6:24 AM #

    The only problem I have with this article is that James 1:13 and Romans 1:24-27 does NOT teach that no one is born a homosexual or prone to homosexual tendencies or any sinful nature for that matter. It doesn't matter. Many people have weaknesses. Whether you are born with them or not, it doesn't matter. Sin is sin and we must avoid the temptation. By using these passages to say no one is born that way, you are also saying that the person who has any sinful tendencies wasn't born that way. I'm attracted to women. I've had to fight sinful desires in my life. I believe I was born that way. Just because a person was born one way or another doesn't mean it is God's fault or even doing. Homosexuals may or may not have been born that way. I may or may not have been born the way I am, even though I believe I was. But we have to be careful about using passages to teach something they don't. Job 14:1 tells us we are born of few days and full of trouble. Psalms has many passages, 10, 38 and 40 just to mention a few, that tell us we may be born with problems that can lead to sin. God warns us of this. He is not to blame for He gave us a way out of it.

    • Ben March 28, 2013 at 9:49 AM #

      Mr. Scott,

      Thank you for the comment; I believe it will give me a chance to better communicate what space did not allow in the article. There is a big difference between being “born a homosexual" and being "prone to homosexual tendencies.”

      Romans 1:26 makes it abundantly clear that homosexual urges are “against nature,” or “unnatural.” Accordingly, modern science has yet to prove the existence of a ‘gay gene.’ No baby comes out of the womb designed by God to grow up and be primarily attracted to the same gender. It is against the laws of nature, which God enacted. To believe otherwise is not only without biblical support, but it will open a floodgate of Biblical errors and will have massive theological consequences.

      I strongly believe that homosexuals are conditioned to be the way they are; perhaps even from the moment they are born. They are either raised in an environment that fosters homosexual feelings, or they make a conscious decision to become a homosexual. For people who may struggle with homosexual feelings – who legitimately and hopelessly feel like they are homosexual – I take pity. Dealing with those urges and emotions must be very difficult, and I want to help them in their battle however I can. To them my message is, hang in there; keep fighting the fight (1 Tim. 6:12); keep walking in the light (1 John 1:5-7).

      Perhaps our disagreement is but a misunderstanding of semantics. I positively believe that some people may be predisposed to certain struggles more so than others. For example, one man may be tempted to be an alcoholic more so than his neighbor. After his first drink of an alcoholic beverage, he may be genetically predisposed to a greater temptation to launch into a downward spiral of alcohol addiction. Since I am not a geneticist, I may or may not be right about this, but I do believe there is room to believe that some people may be predisposed to struggle with homosexuality more than someone else.

      Yet, the idea of a genetic predisposition does not concede to the notion that someone is “born” a homosexual. It simply states that some people wrestle with certain temptations more than others, which I definitely agree with. Job 14:1, Psa. 10, 38, and 40 simply talks about man having to wrestle with problems, but make no implication that one is born with an unnatural attraction to the same gender. As with all problems we face, God is our strength (Psa. 28:7) and Jesus Christ is our Savior and Mediator (1 Tim. 2:5-6).

      • molly March 28, 2013 at 11:16 AM #

        the same as some people are more predisposed to alcohlism, or any addiction. knowing my father has been addicted to alcohol and cigarettes, it is wise for me to never expose myself to those things, because I could be predisposed to an immediate addiction. i could go on and on. it was a great article, well written, and convicting of how I should lovingly teach those in error.

    • Kent March 28, 2013 at 3:26 PM #

      There is a point of difference between one being born with a desire for the opposite gender and one supposedly being born with a desire for the same gender, which argues against the latter being possible.  God has provided a legitimate avenue/sphere for acting upon one’s desire for the opposite gender (marriage, cf. 1Cor.7:9).  However, in condemning homosexual unions as sinful, God has provided no legitimate avenue/sphere for acting upon one’s desire for the opposite gender.  Therefore, it would surely go against God’s just and righteous character for Him to create one genetically predisposed with a desire that has no legitimate means to be acted upon.  He would be setting that person up to fail.

  4. Audrey March 28, 2013 at 1:38 PM #

    It also follows that a just God that calls homosexuality a sin would not be a just God if He made people that were genetically homosexuals, just like He makes people that are genetically white, black or any shade in between, or tall, or short, or with curly hair or with straight hair,… One's shade of skin color or one's type of hair is not something that is sin. The reasons homosexuality is a sin are #1. God said it is, and #2. since sin is breaking God's law, it must be a choice that one makes, if one cannot chose to break God's law, then one cannot sin.

    We all have tendencies towards certain sins, we each struggle with our own demons, but our victory or defeat is entirely based on the choices we make. And we can chose to break the cycle, we do not have to repeat the mistakes and sins of our parents, and we do not have to duplicate or surrender to the environment we grew up in (or for that matter the current environment we might find ourselves in).

    • Steve December 14, 2013 at 11:32 PM #

      AUDREY MY PARTNER AND I OD 22 YRS LOVE YOUR COMMENT. ITS TIME PPL IN THE BIBLE BELT OF THE SOUTHEAST WAKE UP. WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN OR BE QUIET UNTIL THEY START LOVING US. CONTACT ANYTIME. STEVE & TONY

  5. Dale March 28, 2013 at 2:04 PM #

    It was very nice and refereshing to read your article.  I feel and share the same thoughts and beliefs that you have written about concerning Gods stance on homosexuality.  One paragraph though I would have to disagree with, or amybe jsut question, and it is this one.

    The remedy to sin is the blood of Jesus Christ. One must initially “repent and be baptized for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38; cf. Acts 22:16; Rom. 6:4) to be cleansed. To “repent” means to ‘change’ or ‘turn away from sin.’ One cannot continue in sin and expect God’s Grace to save him (Rom. 6:1-2). A practicing homosexual cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven so long as he is practicing and embracing homosexuality.

    The part thats slightly troubling to me starts in the last two sentences.  I agree with the previous stated scriptures about repenting.  Yes, to repent is to turn away from sin…however, we are human.  We are not perfect, and therefore we will "miss the mark" at times, and make mistakes.  From mans sinfull nature…or maybe I should say, from mans "flesh" nature, God realises we are not perfect and will miss it sometimes.  So why can't we expect Gods grace to save them? I believe that is where Matthew 18: 21-22 comes in.  Certainly our God would not expect us to forgive someone 70 x 7…490 times if he wouldn't do it himself!  So to say "A practicing homosexual cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven so long as he is practicing and embracing homosexuality" in my opinion is inaccurate.  The Bible is very clear and more importantly very simple to understand.  It simply says, to enter the kingdom of Heaven, all that is required on our end, is to believe in our heart and confess what Jesus did on the cross for us, Romans 10: 9-10.  It doesn't say we have to be straight, drug free, bad thought free, gossip free etc.  Now, do I think we need to rid that stuff from our lives once we get the revelation of what Christ did for us, absolutely!  We need to rid that from our lives to position ourselves to fully experience the life that God created for us to live.  But lets face it we are human and have struggles and we are going to miss the mark at times.  As much as I don't agree with homosexuality, I believe that if someone is practicng it or struggling and living that life style, but, has accepted Christ as their Savior and believes in their heart what he did for them…their going to Heaven.  Just like if I was an alchoholic, or was currently in an affair with another women, other than my wife, but accepted Christ as my Lord, and if something happened and I died…I am going to Heaven.  Sin is sin…one is not greater than the other.  We serve a God full of Grace and Mercy…more than we could ever imagine, that's our new covenent with him.  I am not saying that once you are saved you have a free ticket to sin…no way!  But we do struggle and we will fall short…that's where His Mercy and Grace steps in.

     

    Again, I appreciate you taking the time to write this article and educate and enlighten those who may not know what the Bible says about this subject.  Take care and God Bless.   

     

    • Ben March 28, 2013 at 3:27 PM #

      Mr. Dale:

      Thank you for your kind compliments. It looks like we are in 100% agreement that the practice of homosexuality is not pleasing to God, and that Christians must lovingly stand for the Truth.

      You raise a very good question about God’s grace. You rightfully point out that we are human and undeniably make mistakes sometimes. Indeed, we have all sinned (cf. Rom. 3:23; 6:23). Which, as you know, is the reason why we need a Savior.

      The question you raise is, “Why can’t we expect God’s grace to save [people practicing and embracing homosexuality]?” Let’s go to the Bible for our answer. Consider,

      1. Many people believe in the concept of “impossibility of apostasy,” meaning that it is impossible for a Christian to fall from God’s grace. Yet the Bible plainly teaches that it is possible to ‘fall from grace’ (i.e. Gal. 5:4; 2 Pet. 2:20-22; Heb. 6:4-6). Indeed, it is possible to fall (1 Cor. 10:12). The reason why we are taking a stand on homosexuality is to rescue the sinner. It is our job to bring them back to Christ (Jas. 5:19-20).

      2. Nobody can cause me to lose my salvation (Rom. 8:38-39); nobody, except myself. I am responsible for being faithful to Christ (Phil. 2:12). I can’t simply “repent and be baptized” (sincerely), and then decide later on to be unfaithful to the Lord and expect to still be saved by God’s grace. I need to take my salvation seriously if I want to continue being saved by God’s grace (cf. 2 Pet. 1:10-11). Why else would Paul charge us to “examine” (present tense in Greek, suggesting continual examination) ourselves (2 Cor. 13:5)?

      3. We are not saved by works of merit (Eph. 2:8-9). We are saved by God’s grace. But there is something we are expected to do to receive God’s grace; we must obey Jesus Christ. Peter said exactly what must be done if one wants to be saved. We must repent and be baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16; Rom. 6:3-4; 1 Pet. 3:21). There is nothing we can do to earn our salvation. We simply must, for the rest of our lives, pay the price (Luke 14:27-33).  We must carry our cross daily (Luke 9:23).

      4. God doesn’t demand perfection. He simply wants our best. The key to staying saved is found in 1 John 1:7. We must “walk in the light” if we want the “blood of Jesus His Son to continually cleanse us from all sin.” Again, this doesn’t mean that I can’t ever occasionally ‘miss the mark’ because of my imperfection. God simply wants me to live a faithful life to him. But if I am truly bearing my cross daily, I’m not going to fail very often.

      5. I cannot “openly practice or embrace homosexuality” and still “walk in the light.” I’m not talking about fighting homosexual feelings; I’m talking about resigning to temptation and actually sinning. One cannot consciously sin and expect God’s grace to save him (Rom. 6:1-2). One cannot embrace homosexuality by supporting it (Rom. 1:32), and expect God’s grace to save him. The blood of Jesus can only save us if we “walk in the light” (1 John 1:5-7). One must always recognize homosexuality as a sin (Rom. 1:26-27; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; 1 Tim. 1:8-11), and stand against it.

      God’s grace is a wonderful thing. There is no way to be saved without it. I cannot ‘earn’ my way into heaven. I must simply obey God for the rest of my life. “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Rev. 2:10).

  6. Jon Wilkerson March 28, 2013 at 2:52 PM #

    I wish more were outraged when proponents of that way of like try to link homosectual "marriage" with legitimate civil rights issues. They are equating a rejection of so called gay marriage to racial and other types of actual discrimination. I'm surprised that folks who have endured real bigotry because of their God-given skin color or race don't speak out about these posers trying to high-jack their long years of struggle and rob them of the fruits of their labor.

  7. Daniel Johnson March 28, 2013 at 3:16 PM #

    Good lesson.  I agree with your defination of repentance, but there is more to it than that.  Sadly it is very seldom taught.  It also means to make thinks right when and where we can.  Where we can't, paying the debt of sin that we owe.  The New Testament did not change the defination of repentance.  GOD has always required man to repent.  Old Test. if a man killed someone's ox he had to replace it with interest.  If I rob a bank and I repent, I can't keep the money.  If I lie and slander someone I must make it right by telling everyone what I did.  I can't just change what I do now and the future.  As you pointed out one can't go to Heaven while practicing sin.

     

    Thank you for the lesson.  Beautiful feet.

    • Ben March 28, 2013 at 3:30 PM #

      Daniel:

      You are EXACTLY right. I did not go into detail about repentance in the article because that was not the focus and space did not permit it. I have written a more detailed article about repentance here: http://www.plainsimplefaith.com/2012/05/how-repentance-works/.

      Thank you for the kind compliments.

  8. Adam March 28, 2013 at 3:41 PM #

    Whether you believe homosexuality is wrong is irrelevant to whether or not homosexuals should legally be allowed to marry. Fornication is against a sin in the bible. Is fornication illegal? No. Your Christian beliefs are YOUR beliefs. Not mine. And the laws of this country should not be based on your spiritual beliefs. Especially when the book you get your beliefs from is filled with holes and contradictions. Live and let live. What I do with my life will have no impact on you therefore you should have no say in what I can or cannot do. You should have no say in what anyone can or cannot do other than yourself. You cannot pick and choose bible verses to validate your outdated opinion. I can find plenty more verses that make your god seem like a manipulative, homicidal, egotistical, jealous god. Feel free to share your opinion but don’t be upset when I share mine.

    • Theman April 20, 2014 at 1:32 PM #

      Adam, you are free to believe what you want, and do what you want in this country as long as it’s within the law! Sounds to me like you don’t believe in God or at least the God of the Bible!! That I can handle because for you, there is no consequence for your sin since you don’t believe God exists! So really, it’s all a moot point for you. The author of this piece is saying that if you are a Christian and struggle with homosexual sin, there is hope through Christ. If you call yourself a follower of Christ, then you must turn from homosexuality and ask for Gods grace and strength to overcome. God never ever validates the homosexual lifestyle and those who try to say it does are only fooling themselves! In other words, you cannot have it both ways as a Christian. God asks you to make a choice!

      Since you are not a Christian, none of what has been discussed here makes sense to you. That is understandable because you don’t believe in Christ anyway. For Christians who struggle with homosexuality, they have to make a choice. Fight temptation and please God or ignore his laws and be lost for eternity. Same with strait people who struggle with sin, you have to fight temptation and not just give yourself up to it!

  9. Autumn C. Rose March 28, 2013 at 10:09 PM #

    Some people get offended from raw truth, but marriage is between man and woman. Who are we to re-write what God mandated? This needed to be said. We all sin and this article applies to us all.

    • Adam March 28, 2013 at 10:58 PM #

      First, God didn’t mandate marriage. Marriage has been around since before the Bible was ever written. Second, the bible (OT) also allows polygamy but that is illegal in the US. The bible is also against divorce but that is legal. Why aren’t people fighting to have divorces illegal? You know why! Because lots iof Christians get divorces and they don’t want to have any laws that will make them unhappy. They only want to create and enforce laws that directly affect others. I’m sure this comment will be deleted just like my other one was. It’s sad that you claim to be Christians yet want to censor me and are afraid to have an open dialogue with someone who has different views. Not very Christlike in my opinion.

  10. Cathy Smith March 29, 2013 at 12:34 AM #

    This is an excellent article. I wish everyone could get a chance to read it so they will stop calling us Bigots for having a high regard for Jehovah God and his Word.

    • insearchofanswers March 29, 2013 at 3:32 PM #

      Sorry Cathy but you are Bigots. Not for having a high regard for your own religious beliefs but for you inability to believe that someone else has a different answer/belief that differs from your religious beliefs.

      If you can't see that simple truth in that, how can anyone believe anything else that you and those like you espouse as truth?

      • apastorsthoughts April 2, 2013 at 11:50 AM #

        I'm sorry, but if we are considered bigots for not allowing others to have a different point of view, are you also a bigot for not allowing us to have and believe in what the Bible teaches?  Why is it that everyone who disagrees with us call us intolerant, bigots and every name under the sun, but the same people are so intolerant of the Bible?

        People can live as they choose to live.  I don't expect non-Christians to adhere to my belief system.  However, I would expect the same from the rest of society.  Please do not tell me to live according to your rules.  Just like you do not want to be told what is acceptable and not acceptable, Christians would like to believe what the Bible states freely.

        This type of back and forth name-calling is the serious problem here.  Both sides are guilty of it and both sides need to realize that such attacks are not helping the situation.  People say let's have open conversations but then attack the other view personally.

        Adam's comment above is another example of this.  He tells us our Christian view is wrong, but only throws it back in our face when it suits his argument.  Why is it that he wants us to stop being Christlike when it comes to this issue, but we should be Christlike when he wants to rant and argue why we're wrong? 

        Open conversation only happens when the name calling goes away and we respect each other despite our differences.

  11. Brian April 11, 2013 at 4:47 PM #

    I found your article interesting and as someone who supports marriage equality and wears Christ’s name I fear I am among those guilty of upsetting you. However, please do not forget that many Christians out there can support marriage equality within the context of secular governance without requiring it to be consistent with church governance or spiritual beliefs. It is this separation of church and state that allows the very freedoms that you and I are both openly expressing via the Internet.

    As you pointed out, God’s law trumps man’s law which makes me curious as to why so many that wear Christ’s name have chosen to spend their time and money in the political arena to fight a battles they themselves classify as irrelevant. Whether you believe same sex attraction to be an intrinsic characteristic or chosen behavior is largely irrelevant within the context of secular governance where we must balance the expression of your freedom with the infringement of my own. Within that context, I can see no reason to prohibit the recognition of two consenting adults as a legal marriage.

    That being said, the legal recognition of such unions doesn’t give the government authority to require that same recognition of religious organizations. If a church (of any religious persuasion) declines to recognize or host such ceremonies they should have the freedom to do so without fear of legal repercussions. Decriminalizing adultery didn’t mean all Americans had to accept, approve, or practice it; it was simply the recognition that under the principles of liberty we had no basis to prosecute it.

    Interesting and well-written post and I can certainly agree with any emphasis of compassion and humility.

    • Ben April 12, 2013 at 8:56 AM #

      Thank you for your comment. You raise an excellent point. Yet, I must lovingly disagree with you about how a Christian can be against something in the context of his ‘faith,’ while at the same time promoting it in the context of ‘secular government.’ And for two reasons:

      1. For the Christian, there should be no separation between his secular life and his religious life. Jesus Christ must permeate every aspect of a man’s life. Jesus comes first in everything (cf. Matt. 6:33). How can I wear two different hats? How can I say as a Christian “it is wrong for two men to marry” while at the same time as a secularist say, “it is okay for two men to marry.” It is completely inconsistent.

      2. Secular government has an obligation to uphold God’s design for marriage. This is not a matter of ‘separation between church and state’ (whatever ambiguous meaning that has to it). The principle of marriage is as natural as mankind itself, and must be preserved. God instituted government (Rom. 13), and has certain expectations for it. Marriage, between a man and woman, is a timeless principle that was instituted at the beginning of time. As someone who wears Christ’s name, you recognize then that the Bible is the Word of God. God himself, through divine inspiration, has declared homosexuality as being against nature (Rom. 1:26-27). It is not about religion, it is about nature. Government has an obligation to preserve society.

      • MMS June 13, 2014 at 3:00 PM #

        I’m very late to the game, but that last comment was so.spot.on. How can we serve both God and mammon/relative morality/politics/secular humanism/pop culture/fill-in-the-blank? For either I will cling to one and hate the other or I will love one and despise the other. I love people, but I love God more. Very well said.

  12. dtucker17 June 16, 2014 at 2:36 PM #

    Great article and thoughts, Ben. This is one of the best articles I have read on this topic. Keep on keeping on for HIM.

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