Did Jesus Ever Condemn Homosexuality?

Question: “Is there any place in the New Testament where Jesus actually condemned homosexuality? If so, I have not been able to find it. … It seems to me that if the Savior didn’t say it was wrong, then neither should we.”
Answer: While it is true that there is no New Testament record of where Jesus explicitly stated that homosexuality is wrong, he did, in fact, condemn the behavior. A careful study of the Bible will bear this out. Please read the following Bible passages and then consider the questions which follow:
1. And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?'” (Matthew 19:4).
Questions: What did Jesus say about God’s creative work? Did he make Adam and Joseph? Did he create male and male, or did he create male and female? According to this passage, what has been God’s plan for sexual union (one flesh) since the beginning of time? Was his plan for a male partner to be joined to another male partner, or was it for a husband to be united to his wife? According to this passage, is a man to cleave to his male partner, or to his spouse?
Consider: Since Jesus approved of his Father’s plan (i.e., one man, one woman, one flesh,) could we correctly say that Jesus condemned homosexuality?
2. “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” (John 5:46,47).
Questions: What law was Jesus born under? What law did He live under? Answer: The Law of Moses (cf. Galatians 4:4.) Did Jesus endorse and follow the Law of Moses? What did the Law of Moses say about homosexuality? (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Deuteronomy 23:17).
Consider: Since Jesus was born and lived under the Law of Moses, and since he endorsed the Law of Moses, and since the Law of Moses explicitly condemned homosexuality, then could we correctly say that Jesus also condemned it?
3. “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for he will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you” (John 16:12-15).
Questions: What did Jesus say the Holy Spirit would do for the apostles? Answer: Guide them into all truth (v. 13.) When/as the Holy Spirit guided the apostles into all truth; would he speak on His own authority? Answer: No, he would speak on the authority of Christ (v. 14.) What did Jesus say the Holy Spirit would do in verse 14? Answer: “He (i.e., the Holy Spirit) will take of what is Mine (i.e., Christ’s) and declare it to you” (i.e., the apostles).
Consider: Since 1) the apostles would be guided into all truth by the Holy Spirit, and since 2) the Holy Spirit would not speak on his own authority but instead would speak on the authority of Christ, and since 3) the Holy Spirit would take of what was Christ’s and declare it to the apostles, then by WHOSE AUTHORITY would the apostle’s speak/write/teach when the Holy Spirit guided them into all truth? Answer: Christ’s.
Question: What did the apostle Paul (by Christ’s authority) say about the practice of homosexuality? (Romans 1:26,27; 1 Corinthians 6:9,10.)
Yes, Jesus did condemn homosexuality in his Word. The good news is,
… “there is hope for the homosexual; he has reason to believe there is hope for a brighter future. Paul states that some at Corinth had engaged in homosexual acts, but they had been washed, sanctified, and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). The same can happen today. As anyone who repents of a sin, the homosexual can be forgiven. He can experience the same freedom and joy that any other sinner knows when he becomes a Christian. The Bible condemns homosexual sex but clearly states that non-practicing homosexuals can be saved” (Doug Sensing, “Christian Response To Homosexuality,” Gospel Advocate, April ’93, Vol. CXXXV, No. 4, 12).

11 thoughts on “Did Jesus Ever Condemn Homosexuality?

  1. Great Article and to the point! It seems that those individuals who want to practice homosexuality actually want God to give them a green light to do such things without any consequences for their actions. That is the problem with our western culture, we want to have our cake and eat it too! The sooner people learn to obey all the commandments of God (or live righteously), the sooner they will find all of life joyous and satisfying in Christ.

  2. We must remember that Paul came from the strictest faction of the Pharisees and he would interpret God’s word more strictly than almost anyone. We have no right to force our views on homosexuals to marry of the opposite sex and propogate -that only makes for unhappy unions and increases tensions .We both feel that homosexuals have rights to find their own faith in God in their own way .For too long ,they have been told that what they feel /do is against the will of God .If a man /woman feels no attraction for the opposite sex and wants to be with someone of his /her own sex ,who amongst us should cast the first stone , as Jesus said.

  3. Jo and Dave,
    Homosexuality is sin because it is contrary to God’s will and against nature (Romans 1:26-27). It has always been sin and it always will be sin. Our feelings on the issue and compassion toward those in this lifestyle do not change what God’s Word says.

  4. I agree with Jo and Dave that we should not attempt to force homosexuals into hetrosexual relationships. In fact, we have no right to force any of our views upon them. However – God DOES have the right to spell out what is right and wrong, and we have the right to repeat it.

  5. I know that God loves the homosexual just as much as he loves any of us other sinners. But I know for sure that he hates the action of the homosexual as much as he abhors our sinful actions. Today it is all about our rights for this, our rights for that. What about the rights of a child who might find themselves in a same sex parent arrangement! If I was a child in that predicament I would hate it! You might think it old fashioned -but “Mum, Dad” and the Three Kids” is still the best, always has been and always will be the best arrangement as God intended a family to be. When will we learn that the Bible principles for our lives are there for our good because God LOVES us and wants the best for us. Trisha Hicks Australia

  6. Jesus,in His day, gravitated toward those shunned by society ,i.e. the woman at the well ,the tax collector ,the lepers & the mad man they couldn’t even chain down. In this day and age the family of a Mum,a Dad and 3 kids could almost be classed as a fairy tale .Here in Atlantic Canada they have a camp for children of same sex unions and one child said he was asked what it was like to have 2 mothers(he called them both Mum)- his reply ,”you get more hugs”.Jesus was never written up as having anything to do with homosexuals but we feel He would not have condemned them for their sexual orientation. Throwing more fat into the fire ,aren’t we?

  7. Feelings for those who who are homosexuals and whether homosexuality is sinful are two separate issues. I understand you love them and that is Biblical. But, feelings do not change what the Bible says in both testaments. You will have to disprove Romans 1:26-27 if you will insist homosexuality is not sinful. And Jesus never condoned sin because of his feelings toward those who practiced the sin.

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