An essay donated by Robert Flatt
Homosexuality: Sin? shame? cause?
A conservative Christian viewpoint
Contrasting statements on homosexuality:
J. Kerby Anderson wrote that homosexuality is:
"... like all sexual sins represent some failure on society's part
to stick to God?s path." 1
In contrast, Rev. Troy Perry in his book, The
Lord Is My Shepherd and He knows I'm Gay stated,
"One thing is sure, we homosexuals must all learn to rid ourselves of the
sense of shame that we have been conditioned to accept from the heterosexual
world. Such shame is no longer acceptable to any of us. How could we go on
being ashamed of something that God created? Yes, God created homosexuals
Issues to consider:
These two statements highlight three specific issues for us to consider:
homosexuality a sexual sin?
||Two: Is the source of the homosexuals shame the
heterosexual world or the result of their violation of God's moral standard?
||Third: By suggesting homosexuals and homosexuality are the product of God's
creative act is to suggest homosexuality represents something that is
normal. Is that true?
These are three questions that need to be answered but first we need to
address the manner in which the debate is being carried out today. In taking
a stand against homosexuality, the more often than not homosexual's response
is to defend their homosexuality by charging their opposition with
homophobia. Isn't strange that if you're against murder, no one suggests you
have "muderophobia." This name-calling, I believe, is an attempt by the
homosexual community to quiet dissent and make the discussion personal and
emotional. It is also an attempt to draw attention away from the
intellectual and social merits of case against them along with a quiet
admission by homosexuals that there isn't a real defense for their position.
Before we go any further, I know that there are some very zealous people in
their defense for traditional Biblical morality who in their misguided
defense of Biblical morality have crossed the line decency with their unkind
name calling, loveless actions and unkind words. This approach is
unchristian and counter productive. I want to discuss my opposition to
homosexuality just as I would any other Biblical issue by presenting the
Biblical teaching and raising some questions.
1. The issue of morality:
The first problem we must address is the issue of morality. Is there a
unchanging standard or is morality the product of an ever changing culture?
The lack of a consistent moral standard creates insecurity and produces an
emotional wasteland. How can you maintain emotional security and a sense of
stability in society where right and wrong is in state of constant fluxion?
Let me try to explain this with a simple illustration. Suppose every street
in your town had a posted speed limit of 25 mph but one. Now let's suppose
the town council allowed the local police to change the speed limit on the
street anytime they felt like it. How secure would you feel if everyday the
speed limit changed? Today the speed is 25 mph; tomorrow it's 35 mph and
then the day after 30 mph. How comfortable would you feel doing 30 mph the
fourth day? Would you be looking for radar? If you got a ticket for going 35
mph today and tomorrow the legal speed limit was 35 mph, how would you feel
about the ticket you got for doing 35 mph?
Now the first question, is homosexuality right or wrong? Since those who
advocate homosexuality want to use the Bible and or God as part of their
defense, let's go to the Bible and look for some answers. First, God created
a man and a woman and sanctioned their marriage [Genesis 2:21 - 25]. This
was the normal order established by God for marriage and procreation. It has
not been possible [expect for the virgin birth of the Son of God] until the
latter end of the 20th century for conception to accomplished any other way
than through the sexual union of one man and one woman. How then can we
suggest the union of two women or two men is normal? If it were the normal
way of things, human life would have ended soon after Eden. Not only did God
create marriage to be between a man and a woman, there is NO record of God
establishing any other option. Some use an argument from silence to justify
their views on homosexuality but a case from silence can be made for both
points of view. God's design was for the sexual relationship to stay within
marriage and He maintained that design by forbidding fornication and
Every time homosexuality [sodomy, the effeminate] is mention in scripture,
it is condemned as being a sinful practice under the judgment of God. God
even goes further and says because man changed the truth of God into a lie
as part on His ongoing judgment He:
"... gave them up to vile passions. For even
their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise
also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for
one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in
themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did
not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased
mind, to do those things which are not fitting." 3
When it comes to what is
natural and unnatural or what is morally right and morally wrong nothing can
be more clearly stated.
The pages of Scripture condemn as sinful the practice of homosexuality
[sodomy] from the Genesis 19 account of Sodom and Gomorrah to the final
statements in 2 Peter 2:6 and June 1:7.
One issue still left to discuss is that of the modern day homosexual saying
the statements of the Bible reflected the morality of the day and that in
today's changing moral environment, homosexuality is no longer sinful. Isn't
it amazing that for 2,000 years the church has been consistent in its
interpretation of scripture on the issue of homosexuality' It is only now as
society begins to accept the homosexual life style that we have this "new
insight" on the scriptural teaching of homosexuality. I ask the question,
Why to homosexuals feel shame?
In spite of the acceptance of society, many homosexuals still deal with
the issue of shame. This sense of shame does not come from the heterosexual
world; it comes from innate knowledge of a holy God that resides within
man. 4 It is their very own conscience that convicts them and produces the
shame they feel. Changing the world, the church and even reinterpreting
scripture does not take away the shame because God does not change and his
moral standards do not change. Subjectively reading into scripture something
that is not there cannot nor will not justify homosexual activity in the
eyes of God. The proper way to interpret scripture is to allow scripture to
interpret society, not for society to be the interpreter of scripture. When
society interprets scripture, morality is no longer constant and right and
wrong is not always right and wrong. The second problem with this approach
is that when we reject the truth of man being created in the image of God
and we remake God in our image. God speaking through the Psalmist said, "thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself."
5 Man is
not like God and when man begins to think he is, that is the highest form of
arrogance possible. The reasoning behind the homosexual agenda is no
different today than that of Adam and Eve when the chose to choice to eat of
the Tree of Knowledge. It is the desire to be like God. To not only know
right from wrong but to determine and in so doing determine right and wrong.
When this happens, God is no longer the immutable, holy, sovereign God of
the universe but the product of finite man who is unable to see or admit the
destructiveness of his desires.
Who creates homosexuals?
Now for the final question, did God create homosexuals and homosexuality?
God created man and gave man the freedom to choose. God did not create
homosexuality. Why is it that the homosexual suggests God created them as a
way to justify their sin? If this were true the pedophile, murderer or thief
will be saying I am the way I am because God created me this way. God cannot
create something that is contrary to his very being. God cannot create that
which He has declared unholy, sinful. For the homosexual, murderer, thief or
the pedophile to say they were born that way, I would agree in that all men
are born sinners 6 and homosexuality like murder or stealing
7 is but one
expression of that sinful nature. Can a homosexual orientation be changed?
Yes for the Bible says, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
It also states, "And such 9 were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are
sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the
Spirit of our God." 10
God has only one solution for sin. It must be confessed and forsaken. No
matter what the sin, being a new man in Christ brings victory.
- J. Kerby Anderson, "Living Ethically in the 90?s," Page 48, Victor
- Exodus 20:14, 17
- Romans 1:26 ?28 NKJV
- Romans 2:14, 15
- Psalm 50:21
- Romans 3:23
- 1 Corinthians 6:9, 10
- 2 Corinthians 5:17
- Reference 1 Corinthians 6:9, 10 where being effeminate among some other
things is mentioned
- 1 Corinthians 6:11
Originally posted: 2009-JUN
Latest update: 2009-AUG-06
Author: Robert Flatt