How should we think biblically about Homosexuality?
In a recent survey it was found that 6.4% of females and 4.9% of males identify with the LBGT community. Studies have also found that 5.9% of the American population identify as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgender. In 2001 53% of Americans found this lifestyle to be morally wrong; but in 2020 that number has fallen to 32%. Clearly, the LBGT community is doing a great job of marketing through most all forms of media. But what does the Bible have to say about this lifestyle? In the book of Genesis we read of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah that were destroyed because of the homosexual lifestyle (Gen. 18-19) and this is where we get the word Sodomy. There are a number of Old Testament references which refer to the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah as a vile wickedness against God. In the law of Moses it was condemned and punished by death (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13). It has been argued that there are a lot of things listed in the law that are no longer wrong today like eating pork. However, this is confirmed as still a sin today in the New Testament as in Romans 1:26-28 where we read, “…and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.” (vs 27) and again in I Corinthians 5:9, we read that homosexuals and sodomites will not inherit the kingdom of God. This lifestyle is sin and the wages of sin is death, but the Lord Jesus has paid the wages of our sin with His own death and therefore, anyone who places their faith in Him will be forgiven and cleansed from their sin.
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