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What Does God Say About Homosexuality?

By: Kristen Clark

Does God view homosexuality as a sin? To answert this question, we need to look at God’s Word. What does God say? What does God think?

There’s a widespread belief among people today that God is actually in support of the homosexual lifestyle. Someone Tweeted me yesterday and asked, “If God considers homosexuality a sin, why did He create it?”

However, as we read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, God makes it very clear to us that He doesn’t support, value, uphold or accept the homosexual lifestyle in any way. Nowhere in the Bible does God praise, encourage, or accepts this lifestyle as natural or good.

The Bible teaches us that God did not create or design homosexuality.

God’s Word teaches that homosexuality is a sin against His design for gender and marriage.

He speaks directly against this sin in the Old and New Testaments. “Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin” (Leviticus 18:22).

Check out Genesis 19:1-11, Leviticus 20:13, Romans 1:18-32, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 1 Timothy 1:8-10, and Jude 7 for more references.

From the very beginning of time God set into motion the standard for how a man and a woman should behave. God purpsoely and intentionally created Adam and Eve (not Adam and Steve). God designed sex to be a holy and pure act that should only take place between a husband and a wife.

Anything outside of those boundaries is contrary to God’s good plan. 

“But,” you might say, “My gay friend is a really great guy…I’m not going to judge him for who he loves.” Should we embrace a person’s choice if they’re nice to us?

The truth is, there are a lot of nice and kind people out. But a persons “niceness” shouldn’t alter the truths in God’s word. We must be loyal to the authority of God’s Word above our feelings. We must reach out to the lost and love them by pointing them to the truth. There is hope and joy found by embracing God’s good design for our lives.

I am no better than anyone else. My personal sins are just as unrighteous before God as anyone else’s. I am nothing apart from Christ. Every human is a sinner in need of the forgiveness and salvation that only comes from Jesus Christ.

So how should we respond?

Those who have accepted Christ as their personal Savior have been forgiven of all sin and know what freedom from sin tastes like. Pointing others to the hope and love of Christ should be our desire for every person.

We must love the sinner, but reject the sin.

We are called to respond with love, grace, and truth (John 1:17). True love cares about the heart and soul of a person. The only way we can love a somone who embraces homosexuality is to show them the love and truth of God’s word.

According to God’s Word, supporting homosexuality is not true love at all.

The only way a homomsexual person will ever find freedom, fulfilment and hope on this earth is through Christ. We must point them to the amazing forgiveness and love that Christ has shown us.

God’s truth brings freedom. “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).

As much as you might dislike controversy and want to ignore this issue, you can’t. As a follower of Christ, you cannot be neutral.

We cannot be silent and passive. We must speak the truth in love.

Don’t follow your emotions.

Even in the midst of controversy, we are called to be bold and courageous. 2 Timothy 1:17 says, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” Don’t base your beliefs on your emotions. God’s Word must be the final authority for everything you believe.

As Christians, our heart’s desire for the practicing homosexual should align with God’s desire for all people. That we would all repent before Him for our sin and begin a true relationship with our Creator. A relationship with Jesus Christ is the only solution that works.

For more on this topic, I encourage you to check out this post: Keeping Marriage Straight: Why the Bible Never Recognizes Gay Marriage

I know this is a heavy topic, and I would love to hear your thoughts below.

  • Where do you personally stand on the issue of homosexuality?
  • Do your beliefs about the homosexual lifestyle come from the culture, or from God’s Word?
  • Has this blog post opened your eyes to any new truths that you didn’t know before? If so, what stood out to you?

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  • Rachel

    I really appreciate you sharing this message. It is so pervasive in our society and it becomes difficult to build relationship with others who follow a lifestyle that goes against God’s plan. In my experience though people are only open to hear your message after they feel loved. I see that so many christians begin their conversation and focus so much on the other person hearing their own belief that they dont focus on loving the person. The other person ends up feeling disconnected and in turn silencing the voice speaking truth. I believe the approach and heart’s intent is as important as the words that you speak. Are you approaching them in love as Jesus calls us to do? Are you approaching them with the intent to share God’s love or to share your beliefs for your own benefit and ego?

    • Great thoughts Rachel. Thanks for sharing!

  • Mercy

    The old saying “love the sinner, hate the the sin” is so true! I’m thankful for the reminder that I need not let my emotions rule my thinking or my actions. To be honest, it’s a bit frightening to think of building a relationship, for the purpose of the Gospel, with people who are so different than me. It really is just easier to stay clear of the whole situation. But what would Jesus do? Really?

    • I agree @Mercy. Staying clear of homosexual people is the “easiest” thing to do…but you’re right. What would Jesus do? Thanks for sharing.

  • Rachel

    As Christ followers, is our message to the homosexual community “homosexuality is wrong!” or is it “God loves you and sent His Son to die for you so that you are not condemed to eternal disconnection with God!” As believers we are called to keep each other accountable in life according to God’s word and the Holy Spirit’s leading, but for unbelievers, they are already condemed. We are called to share love and a message of salvation.

  • Lauren

    On the issue of homosexuality, I stand on God’s Word. It can be hard when the culture around us seems so accepting of it, and very persuasive, by triggering our emotions about love, but we must gaze upon Christ and His freeing Truth. You will see that no sin is permitted “in Him”. For the wages of sin is death…but the gift of God is eternal life (Romans 6:23).
    Recently, I had read John 8 and it really opened my eyes to how Jesus would have responded to this situation.

    “A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery [or insert sin here]. They put her in front of the crowd.
    “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery [sin].The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”
    They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger.They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.
    When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”
    “No, Lord,” she said.
    And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”

    In this story I see a beautiful example of how Jesus showed her grace. It shows us how the Lord does not want the us to die because of our sin, but wants us to repent of the sin so that we may live.

    As Christians, we must not be the Pharisee in the story, condemning homosexuals to death (for that is not our duty, but the Lord’s) or using hateful words, but rather take the role of Christ. He gave her grace, and so should we.
    If the people in our lives that we know are practicing homosexuality, we should tell them the Truth and measure it up against God’s Word.
    (Also, thank you Bethany and Kristen for your wonderful articles– it is refreshing to hear people taking a stand for the Word of God! 🙂 )

    • Hey @Lauren:disqus! Thanks for jumping in on the discussion. You had some insightful things to share. We’re do glad you find our articles helpful!

  • Kaylyn

    I believe that homosexuality is wrong just as any other sin. It is difficult to know what to do in response to gay people because we have no right to hate anyone, but their sin is still wrong. A lot of the time, I think that gay people are treated as if they are not human, but that really is not fair to them. They are struggling with a sin that they need God’s help with just as any other sinner. Gay people are people that need our love and compassion, but we also have to be straight up with them with what we believe so that they know the truth. If we treat gay people as if they are inhuman, then wouldn’t that mean that we also have to treat adulterers, alcoholics, and thieves, etc. as inhuman? We are all guilty of lying, cheating, or lusting over things, but we have receive God’s grace and He helps us overcome those sins. Gay people need just as much help overcoming their sin just like we need help overcoming the sins we struggle with. I have some friends that are gay, and it is very difficult for me to understand why they are, but I try not to let my hatred for their sin make me see them differently. I just try to be a good friend to them as I would anyone else, but it is difficult to know what to do. I want to help them but am not sure how the majority of the time. Is being loving to them all I can do? They know what I believe, but also know that I care about them. A lot of the time, being loving through our actions seems like one of the best testimonies. People won’t always listen, and sometimes you only know someone for a brief time. It is just a very touchy topic it seems like these days, and it is hard to have a discussion with some people when they only view what you say as hatred when you are really only trying to tell them the truth.

  • Elisabeth

    This terrible sin is just pushing away the “Snow White and Prince Charming”figures that God set as his perfect examples.So, then anyvthing else is A Terrible, Dirty, Wicked, Rotten, Sin!

  • My uncle is gay, when my mom (his sister) told me that he was gay it broke my heart because I love him, but I also know that my uncle is breaking God’s heart even more because God loves him more then I could even imagine and he is not doing what he was made to do. Which is to worship and love God, it is hard sometimes having a
    family member who is a homosexual, there are some conversations that we can’t
    have with out them turning into arguments/debates and many things we disagree
    on, but we still love him no matter what his choices are. Love the sinner
    but not the sin, Kristen I think you listened in on one of the many conversations
    that my mom and I have had on this issue, that is what my mom keeps telling me,
    we just keep loving him even when others don’t and even if we don’t always
    agree on the imported things. Jesus loved us even though we did not love
    Him, in fact we hated Him so much that we killed Him, but he still loved us and
    died for us to make a way so we could be with His Dad forever. If we want to be like Jesus then we need to follow His example and love others. Thank you for having this blog, I really do love it.
    Love,
    Katie

  • Hurricane

    Actually (as I’m sure you know) there is a LOT of debate and interpretations of the Bible and the passages that seem to address this issue and it seems more than a little disingenuous for you to not even acknowledge that there are many Christian denominations that don’t agree with some of what you have said here. The fact of the matter is, none of us can speak for God, we can only interpret God’s word and again, there is hardly anything even resembling a consensus on this issue (even among Bible believing Christians!). If this is how you feel about it, that is ok. But how about instead of “love the sinner, hate the sin” we avoid advocating hate of any kind. That is why so many gay youths are facing so much discrimination, bullying, and lack of love from the Christian community. If you want to share God’s love, the show God’s love. If there is any hate in God’s heart let him take care of that part.

    • JB

      This is where you and the world are confused… A true Christian would not bully anyone for any reason. Being out right mean, causing physical harm, or treating someone badly because they are different in anyway is wrong. However that does not mean I agree with your lifestyle. In country where Freedom of Speech and freedom of religion are supposed to be important, I should be able to Say I think Homosexuality is a Sin and not be bullied. A gay person should be able to say I am gay and I do not think Homosexuality is a Sin. We have to agree to disagree in order to live freely and amongst each other in Love.

  • Phoebe

    The thing i don’t seem to understand about this is that God boils down to love right? Hate is not love, so hating homosexuality is an act against God as well, you’re not loving at all there. Also, with homosexuality and the teaching of God if you believe that God is truly against homosexuality then for homosexuals you have to consider their culpability to think that they are sinning. But if we truly do believe that God is love He wouldn’t be against homosexuals. You may believe that homosexuality is a simply perverse act but if their is genuine love between two people how can you disagree that that act is not in favor of God, who is love?

    Just some reasons to rethink your article,

    Phoebe

    • Hi Phoebe, you ask a great question. Yes God is 100% love, but he is ALSO 100% holy and 100% just. A lot of people like to view God in a 1 dimensional view rather look at ALL of His characteristics. God doesn’t love us because we are worthy of His love, He loves us because He created us in His image. However, because God is also holy and just, He does not tolerate all of our actions. Adam and Eve received the punishment of death (and so do we) for sinning against God. Because we are sinful beings, we break God’s law and sin against Him everyday. We give into our sinful desires and choose things that are contrary to God’s word. God is SO patient and gracious that He often allows us to live in our sin for a while giving us opportunities to turn back to Him and repent. His patience doesn’t last forever though. We will eventually all receive punishments for the sins we commit. When homosexuals choose to go against God’s created design for marriage and sexuality, they are rebelling against God and sinning. Their actions may appear “loving” but they are not. True love cannot go against God’s design. What’s really happening is a burning lust and passion for something that is against God’s design. Because God is just and holy, their sin will not go unnoticed by God. Just like us when we sin, they will receive the consequences for their choices as well. I know in our society today this is not a popular answer…but I am confident it aligns with God’s Word.

      • Alice

        If God created us in his image why did he make some of us gay?

  • Elisabeth Porter

    I believe we should be scared of them like I’ve seen some people. They are people too. We should love the sinner hate the sin. Because we know sin just hurts and corrupts a person. You should love and pray for that person who is caught up in that. And pray that God would take a hold of their heart and redirect their life toward Christ. Continue loving and praying for them. I have a family member who is and we love him so much, and we pray for him. You can love someone and not agree with them, it is possible.

  • Elisabeth Porter

    *shouldnt!!

  • Polly

    What if “they” don’t listen or want to listen to the Truth? I know we are to still love them, but how does God view us if we remain friends with them and associate with them? I’m really having difficulty with this…I have many friends who are or who have children that are gay. They know it is against God’s word…the parents support them. So now what?

  • Trisha Huizenga

    Thank you for this article! It’s so important for us to stand up for the truth no matter who it offends because ultimately homosexuality greatly offends God and mocks His beautiful institution of marriage between a man and a woman at creation. Here is something I posted in Facebook yesterday because I wanted Gods voice to be heard over all the rainbow coloured images flooding my newsfeed. I come from Australia and there is great pressure for Australia to follow America by legalising gay marriages, thanks to God our prime minister is unmoved by Americas decision and I continue to pray for our government and for the gay community that they too may receive forgiveness .
    Blessings xx
    Trisha Huizenga
    ~Mark 10:6-9 ~
    “But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and 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.”

    ~Romans 1:26-27~
    “For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error,”

    I do not hate the sinner but the sin

    #lovewins … Yes this battle BUT God has already won the war.

    #PrayforSanctityofMarriage

  • Belle

    This is such a great post and thanks for the Bible references to tell people plus I love ur point about loving the sinner and not the sin and that we should tell them that their sin is wrong I thinks must Christians don’t know to do this or they just want to fit in thanks

  • Luis

    What an amazing creator of the universe! To make his most prized creatures, humans, sinful and broken. On purpose! What an INcredible design. Your views disgust me. But entertain me. I’m an avid reader for reasons you wouldn’t hope. Thanks for the post! 🙂

  • Katy

    This disgust’s me. As a Christian, God has personally spoken to me about the matter and reassures me it is not a sin. Have you over heard of the book God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines? He counteracts every argument you have. Please stop being so hateful.

    • Julie

      If it was really God speaking to you, then it would line up with His Word. The Bible is the only book that has true authority.. (I’m pretty sure the book God and the Gay Christian isn’t living and active and sharper than any two edged sword). God clearly says in His Word that homosexuality is a sin! He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of that sin!!!!

    • Julie

      Katy- I hope you come back and respond. Please share with me versus from the Bible, not a book by a man. That shows us that the act of homosexuality is not a sin. I would love for someone to show me that God is ok with this behavior. I have friends and family who are gay. I love them but not their Sin. I believe this is what Christians are missing. It’s ok for me to say I don’t agree with your lifestyle. You can shop at my store, eat dinner at my dinner table, talk to me, be my friend. That will not change the fact that I do not and will not accept your homosexual life style. How can it go against nature. Men and Women were designed to compliment one another. Even if your an atheist, you should be able to see this design. One major purpose of men and women is to continue on with their species. Two men and two women cannot do this.

      • Dakota

        You do realize that the bible was a book written by man right lol

  • Leah

    I noticed how you refer to homosexuals as if they’re outsiders. As if there aren’t any homosexuals within the church. Just to clarify, an orientation is not sinful, and cannot simply change. However that doesn’t justify actions. But homosexuality itself isn’t a sin. Think of it like this. There are two types of cars, Ford and Toyota. Now God wants all of us to buy a Toyota. But let’s say that you like Ford better. It isn’t wrong to like Ford, but buying one is. Basically, simply having a homosexual orientation isn’t sinful. Another thing that you said was that all homosexuals are lost. I’d like to come back to the point that there are homosexuals in the church. I am very much a christian, I am not lost. But I’m bisexual, and I don’t think that effects my faith. So, please at least try to make an effort to include us. We are in the church, and I’m not going to leave because you say I need to be straight. And you said it in your post, “love the sinner, hate the sin.” God is against homosexuality, but for homosexuals.

    • Elizabeth

      I’m so glad someone else here is accepting while still believing in God and His word. I’m a straight Christian but everyone should be able to love who they want, it’s basic human rights. I think God would be sad to see how his children are treated by his “followers”. I hope these people dont scare you away from Christianity

    • Julie

      Just to clarify… Your saying your bisexual yet accept that acting on this is a sin.

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  • Violet

    Whoa this is horrible! Absolutely terrifying that you’re instilling these ideas in young teens under the guise of Good Christian Beliefs!
    As a Christian lesbian, I can 100% confirm that God loves all his gay and bi kids, every single one of ’em. There’s nothing sinful about loving someone with your same gender. Nothing at all.

    • Thea

      I completely agree Violet, the bible says to love everyone.This is disgusting , and to be honest I think what your really trying to say is that Christians are better than gay people.This is really insulting as a Christian. This is the reason why so many people think being a Christian is so boring and horrible

      • Sophie Clemens

        By loving someone, you don’t have to approve of all the things they do. If someone you love does something that is sinful, you should do something about it and help that person. That’s love. To love someone is not to approve of everything they do. God loves you. I love you. But that doesn’t mean that I approve of all the things you do (don’t get me wrong, I have also my sins, everyone have sins. If we love eachother, we shouldn’t accept those sins from eachother).

  • Moira

    “We must speak the truth in love” that around 11% of people in this world are sinners because of who they are and who they love. Homosexuality is not a choice and is not a sin. The rate of suicide attempts is 4 times greater for LGBT youth because of this kind of intolerance that tells these teenagers that they do not have a place in our world. I am a Christian woman and a high school teacher and I find this article alarming.

  • Ria

    This entire website is so toxic and spews intolerance with every article… you girls need a reality check

  • Sophie Clemens

    This is a really difficult topic, but I agree with you. I have a question: what do you say to someone who says: ‘Well, you can easily talk, you don’t have homoseksual feelings’ ?

  • Offended and Gay

    When quoting “leviticus” you forgot the part where they said gay people should be stoned to death….yeah
    Don’t cherrypick

  • Emma

    I’m a lesbian, and I feel truly happy, supported, and loved in my current relationship with my girlfriend. We practice sexual purity, support each other in our walks with Christ, and hope to become married one day. People like you are the reason I spent years tearfully begging God to make me any way other than the way that I am, but I’ve come to realize that since I’m created in God’s own image, I have to trust that the beautiful love He’s given me and allowed me to experience with my girlfriend is in His image too.

  • kinky trash

    “freedom from bondage” wait so youre kinkshaming me as well as attacking my sexual preference wOw wOW WOW

  • Elisse

    Thanks so much, I needed to read this. I’ve been surrounded by controversial issues like these for quite some time and it is hard to have a conversation with or encourage a transgender or a LGBTQ person/supporter with scripture when I know that we are not on the same page! Keep spreading God’s truth, it will continue to set people free!

  • Amelia Nannette

    Separation of church and state. You can’t say gay marriage should be illegal because of the Bible. You can refuse to accept homosexuality (which I disagree with), but you csnnca legally impose that view on others. Unless you want to move yoa different country, the Constitution explicitly states that religion has its own rights (your church can refuse to marry a gay couple), but the choices of a religion should not be in our legislation.

    • Caroline

      No where in the constitution does it says separation between church and state. The Founding Fathers very much wanted religion to be instituted in our government. Freedom of religion was to promote religion, not to undermine it.

  • Lily Smith

    if homosexuality is a sin, so is eating shrimp, wearing clothing of two different fabrics, torn clothing, and letting women speak in church. the bible was written a long time ago, and we have evolved. If i choose to sleep with another woman instead of a man, how does it affect you? If someone born in a man’s body knows that they’re a woman, why should you stop them? My point is, theres nothing wrong with a woman wanting coochie, and it has nothing to do with you so back off.

  • Hannah Wolf

    I feel sorrow for those that cannot accept love in whatever form it appears. In such a world of pain and evil it breaks my heart to see people shutting out love out of self righteousness. I pray that one day you can open your hearts and minds to those different from you, as Christ did on earth


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