What does the Bible say about homosexuality? Is homosexuality a sin?

The Bible consistently tells us that homosexual activity is a sin (Genesis 19:1-13; Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9). Romans 1:26-27 teaches specifically that homosexuality is a result of denying and disobeying God. When people continue in sin and unbelief, God “gives them over” to even more wicked and depraved sin in order to show them the futility and hopelessness of life apart from God. 1 Corinthians 6:9 proclaims that homosexual “offenders” will not inherit the kingdom of God.

God does not create a person with homosexual desires. The Bible tells us that people become homosexuals because of sin (Romans 1:24-27) and ultimately because of their own choice. A person may be born with a greater susceptibility to homosexuality, just as some people are born with a tendency to violence and other sins. That does not excuse the person’s choosing to sin by giving in to sinful desires. If a person is born with a greater susceptibility to anger/rage, does that make it right for him to give into those desires? Of course not! The same is true with homosexuality.

However, the Bible does not describe homosexuality as a “greater” sin than any other. All sin is offensive to God. Homosexuality is just one of the many things listed in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 that will keep a person from the kingdom of God. According to the Bible, God’s forgiveness is just as available to a homosexual as it is to an adulterer, idol worshipper, murderer, thief, etc. God also promises the strength for victory over sin, including homosexuality, to all those who will believe in Jesus Christ for their salvation (1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Philippians 4:13).

The first two human beings God made were Adam and Eve—a male and a female. As a man and a woman, God made them to enjoy an exclusive relationship with each other, different from all other relationships they would have. As a man and a woman committed to one another for life in a covenant before God (which we call marriage), they would become as one person.

The Bible says, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). This union happens in sex. From this special relationship, families would be formed and nurtured, societies would be established, and God’s love for His people would be demonstrated by example of this committed and complementary relationship.

Homosexuality—the sexual union between two people of the same sex—goes against all of God’s plan for the unique relationship He set up for the man and the woman in the beginning. Instead of fostering love and security in a covenant (that is, committed forever) relationship and family, it promotes confusion, disorder, and sickness—while also failing to bring forth life. Homosexuality is not God’s intended way for humans, and therefore He commands against it in the Bible. “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination” (Leviticus 18:22). Many may say that they were born homosexual, but through Jesus Christ, every person can be born again!

This is what salvation is, through faith in Jesus Christ: you die to your old self, sins, and desires, and you are born again in Jesus Christ, who was perfect and lived to please God. If this is what you want, confess and renounce (that is, leave) your sins and your old way of homosexuality and ask God to free you from it. Nothing is too big for God; He can save you from anything.

Verses

“And Jesus said to her, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more’” (John 8:11).

“Jesus said to them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave to sin…Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed’” (John 8:34,36).

“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God’” (John 3:3).

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