What Jesus Taught About “Homosexuality”

The terms “homosexuality,” and “homosexual,” were invented in 1869 as part of a movement in Germany to establish the concept of “sexual orientation” including same-sex “attraction” as “orientation.” (Disorientation better fits this attraction.)

“Homosexual” and “homosexuality” served as verbal foundations to cement the idea that same-sex attraction—or to be more Scriptural, lust—was natural, inborn, congenital.

By now, activists for this sexual behavior no longer favor the words that their ideological (though, of course, not biological) ancestors invented for them. They have robbed innocence from the word “gay,” which meant “bright, happy,” to describe themselves and their behaviors.

Though they have changed the label, they still claim that their acts and behaviors are congenital, inborn, natural. They claim that experiencing or feeling lust for someone of the same sex, forms, all on its own, a distinct identity for the entire person.

Logically, this is inane: there is not a “homosexual” way to eat food, a “homosexual” way to drive, and so on.

Scientifically, it is inaccurate: As even the UK Guardian admitted concerning a so-called “gay gene,” The genes were neither sufficient, nor necessary, to make any of the men gay. (For more on the lack of a genetic cause for same-sex lust, see here, here, or here.)

Scripturally, it is false: Scripture teaches that lust for the same sex is not inborn, not congenital (Rom. 1) and not an encompassing identity. Rather, it is one part of the identity of a sinner.

An “ex-gay,”—and not only once ‘gay’ but a leader and activist for that lifestyle—Michael Glatze (shown below with his wife), stated to a “gay,”

I don’t see people as gay anymore. I don’t see you as gay...God creates us heterosexual. We may get other ideas in our head about what we are, and I certainly did, but that doesn’t mean they’re the truth.

“Get other ideas in our head...”: One could say, Pervert the natural identity; or as the apostle Paul, inspired by God’s Holy Spirit, wrote,

Who changed the truth of God into a lie, … For even their women did change [pervert] the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.

In 2009, Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, a reparative therapist, interviewed Michael, who elaborated thus upon the universal human identity:

I still believe that we have a fundamental human sexuality which is heterosexual. Because it reflects the way we are designed, same-sex interactions on a physical or sexual level are extremely problematic…I talked a lot about the problem of lust. I think I can add to that and say it’s like a very slippery slope. It’s the beginning of what is essentially a chain reaction—as soon as you give in to a same-sex temptation that arises, it evokes a desire for fulfillment that can never actually be fulfilled.

Dr. Nicolosi: ...in same-sex activity?

Michael: That’s right.…Heterosexuality is what’s natural, human, normal, and real. Same-sex activity isn’t good for either person involved.

These truths above are widely ignored, and today we hear that Jesus didn’t speak against homosexuality. In fact, some say that Jesus would accept homosexuality.

Jesus is God the Son, and God inspired the Bible. In one sense, any teaching of Scripture reveals what Jesus says. When Scripture addresses same-sex behavior, it refers to it in terms of “abomination” or self-abuse.

However, when people claim Jesus did not speak on this, they mean that Jesus, as quoted in the Gospels, said nothing against “homosexuality.”

Did Jesus address this? Would He accept homosexual behavior? Would He say that this is inborn or natural? Let’s look at His words in the Gospels and see.

Jesus upheld the Old Testament sexual standard

Throughout His entire ministry on earth, Jesus upheld the sexual standard and the sexual morality of the Old Testament. In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus declared, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” (Matt. 6:17)

What were the law or the prophets? The Old Testament. The Old Testament, which forbade same-sex acts and all heterosexual acts outside of marriage. The Seventh Commandment, “Thou shalt not commit adultery,” summarizes this condemnation.

Today, people define ‘adultery’ narrowly, for situations when a married man cheats on his spouse.

However, when ‘commit adultery’ appeared in English, it had a broad scope. Its first form, the verb ‘adulter,’ came from the Latin adulterare—“to debauch, corrupt.” Sexual acts outside of marriage debauch and corrupt.

Moreover, Jesus Himself included the unmarried when He declared, “Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart” (Matt. 5:38).

We see that Jesus did not specify a married man looking on a married woman. Thus, an umarried man looking on an unmarried woman to lust after her would be committing adultery.

We’re All Naturally Heterosexual...

Matthew 19:3-6 records how the Pharisees came to Jesus, “tempting Him, and saying unto Him, ‘Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?’ He answered and said unto them, ‘Have ye not read that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female,’ And said, ‘For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?’ ”

Let’s look at this one phrase at a time.

  • “Have ye not read...” Here Jesus cites the Old Testament as authoritative Scripture.

  • “He which made them at the beginning made them male and female,” That is, God made them, from the beginning, heterosexual. Today’s Christian paraphrase is, God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve;

  • “For this cause—” That is, from the cause of heterosexuality...

  • “Shall a man leave father and mother—” Again, Jesus upholds heterosexuality with ‘father and mother.’

  • “And shall cleave to his wife—” Only husband and wife (not ‘husband and husband,’ not ‘wife and wife,’) can cleave to one another;

  • “And they twain shall be one flesh.” One man and one woman, no more, no less, can be ‘one flesh.’

...Though Some Have Sexual Disability

The disciples were chagrined over Jesus’ words on divorce, and said, “If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.” Verses 11–12: But He said unto them, “All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. 12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.”

Some claim that “eunuch” can mean “homosexual”—but Scripture provides no basis for this. 1: A “eunuch,” in Scripture is always someone without sexual ability. In Isaiah 53:6, for example, a eunuch calls himself a “dry tree.” 2: The Scriptures listing sinners worthy of punishment (adulterers, abusers of themselves with mankind, the effeminate, etc.) never list “eunuch” among them. 3. Jesus taught that some eunuchs are not born that way: that they can be made that way—either by their own choice, or by the choice of others. Thus, “eunuch” cannot be an inborn same-sex attraction.

Lust Leads to Eternal Death

Jesus underscores the monogamous, heterosexual marriage covenant once more in Matthew chapter 19, verses 16–19:

“And, behold, one came and said unto Him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? 17 And He said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. 18 He saith unto Him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, 19 Honor thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”

The young man’s dialogue with Jesus continues a little longer, but let us examine this first part.

This young man wants eternal life: “What good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” Jesus says, “If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments...” Breaking the commandments would lead to eternal death.

The commands that Jesus listed include honoring one’s father and mother, and not committing adultery. Failing to honor father and mother, or committing adultery, or both, led to eternal death. Lust for the same sex, and acting upon the lust, qualify as committing adultery. Sodomizing is highly likely to cause dreadful diseases or viruses, such as syphilis and HIV, which are rampant among homo- and bi-sexuals. And what honor is there if your son gets STDs?

This lust and behavior dishonor one’s father and mother in another way. No human life can begin without the heterosexual partnership of a father and a mother. Same-sex acts cannot create life. They disdain the very source of every human life, and dishonor father and mother.

God designed the union of a man and a woman to bear fruit. Yes, some unions between man and his wife do not bear fruit, but infertility came about after Adam sinned and disobeyed God. Infertility was not His plan—in fact, He commanded Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply.

Today dishonoring one’s father and one’s mother is rampant.

Today, we hear that two men, or two women, can be a set of parents. We hear of studies that supposedly show that two men, or two women, can do as well, or better(!) in “parenting” as the natural father and mother can do with their natural children, or as the heterosexual couple with adopted children. The American Psychological Association has proclaimed that “not a single study has found children of lesbian or gay parents to be disadvantaged.”

But these studies are flawed. For example, single mothers were often used as the hetero comparison group to the lesbian or gay “parents”! For more on these studies, read Mark Regnerus’ Making Differences Disappear, detailing how researchers finagled data to defend same-sex couples; or Donald Sullins’ paper, Emotional Problems among Children with Same-sex Parents.

Lastly, placing a child with two men, or two women, so that the same-sex couple can raise the child, deliberately separates the child from at least one of his real parents. It prevents the parent from exercising authority in the child’s life. How can a child severed from his father honor the father? How can the father, in this deliberate separation, receive the honor he would have received if he had been present and associated with the fruit of his body?

Note: Jesus Did Not Have “Two Dads”

Today some will even claim that Jesus had same-sex parents, in attempts to create a false Jesus who is okay with sodomy. Signs such as the example shown here propagate this myth.

Jesus did not have “two dads.” There was no sexual relationship between Joseph, the husband of Mary, and God the Father.

Sodom and Gomorrah Are a Warning of Future Destruction

Jesus tells us in Luke 17:26-30: “And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot, they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.”

Hence, Jesus taught the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah as not only fact, but also an example of how God would once more destroy sinners in the future.

In verse 32, Jesus also warned, “Remember Lot’s wife.”And what became of Lot’s wife? She was turned into a pillar of salt because she looked back at the wicked cities.

Sodom Could Have Repented

Jesus also taught that the Sodomites could have changed—that they were not “born that way” —for as we see in Matthew 11:23,

And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.

Sexual Sin or Inhospitality?

Some claim that Sodom was only inhospitable, citing one phrase from all of Scripture: “neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.”—Ezekiel 16:49c. This claim falls apart as Ezekiel 16:50 continues, “And they were haughty before Me, and committed abomination.”

Sodom’s sins appear first in Genesis 13:13: “But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.” Describing the sexual aspect of the abomination, in Genesis 19:4-5 we read: “But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter. 5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.”

In this context, the word “know” carries a sexual aspect, as Lot, in an attempt to bargain with them, replied, “Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you.”

Later God instructed the Israelites, There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.—Deuteronomy 23:17

“Whore” means a sexually promiscuous female. Why would God pair sodomite with whore if sodomite did not mean sexual depravity, the only difference being that the sinner was male?

Finally, 1 Kings 14:24 recorded: “And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.”

This verse references a list of abominations in Leviticus 18, such as incest and pornography and child sacrifice; and verse 22 states, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” And verse 23, “Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith...”

God concludes this chapter,“Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you.” [emphasis added]

Not one verse in Leviticus 18 mentions “inhospitality” as an abomination.

So what did Jesus say?

He upheld Old Testament standards.

He defined man as born heterosexual.

He acknowledged the sexual disability of some.

He taught that adultery (sexual debauchery, corruption) leads to death

He preached Sodom’s destruction as fact, and a warning of future destruction

He underscored that Sodomites could have changed.

And sodomites today can change. They can accept God’s gracious call of repentance. They can join the company of the former sodomites who, as recorded in 1 Corinthians 6, were washed and cleansed and freed from sin by the blood of Jesus Christ.

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