Part of the Homosexuality, Theology and the Church Series. Discussions of homosexuality or "same-sex marriage," whether in person, in the media or on the Internet, often turn to what the Bible says. Someone is likely to argue that homosexuality is a sin and point to Leviticus, Romans or the Genesis story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Others will suggest homosexuality is not a sin. They'll say things like, "Jesus never mentioned homosexuality" or "Eating shellfish and wearing a shirt with two kinds of thread are also forbidden in Leviticus, but you don't follow those rules, do you? The discussion often becomes convoluted, incoherent or angry, degenerating into a shouting match.
Pro-Gay Texts in the Bible
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But last summer, without telling her husband and two kids exactly what she was doing, she boarded a plane for a conference in Kansas whose purpose many evangelicals would plainly consider heretical. Tincher was one of 50 people flown from around the country and the world—Canada, China, Nigeria and South Korea—to a four-day Bible boot camp dedicated to discussing, and embracing, gay relationships. The gathering was organized by Matthew Vines, who by then was enjoying modest fame for a YouTube video in which Vines, looking even younger than his 21 years, delivers an hour-long lecture arguing that the Bible does not, in fact, condemn all same-sex relationships. I knew it in my heart, but I had never been told that from the pulpit. But Matthew Vines and Amy Tincher are no longer outliers either: Increasingly, even evangelical Christians, long known for doctrinally condemning homosexuality, are embracing gay people, too. Over the past decade, evangelical support for gay marriage has more than doubled, according to polling by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute.
What God Says About Homosexuality
Robyn J. Whitaker does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. But what does the Bible actually say about human sexuality and homosexuality in particular? What follows represents a summary of critical biblical scholarship on the issue.
As I have stated before, I have nothing but compassion for those trapped in the homosexual lifestyle. To say that authentic Christians hate, or fear, those trapped in the homosexual lifestyle demonstrates a gross misunderstanding of the principles of the Christian faith. His principles are guardrails through the canyons of life. Consider the following:. Although many of the ceremonial and dietary laws of the Old Testament do not necessarily apply today, the moral laws do.