An Unbalanced View of Homosexuality

 

An Unbalanced View of Homosexuality

Most of our readers know of our earnest opposition to sodomy, a sinful orientation that seems to be spreading like wildfire in America as well as in other countries of the world. (Thankfully, there are some places where this sexual aberration is still condemned openly, such as Africa and certain other countries.)

We’ve discussed how male sodomy, female lesbianism, transvestism, transgenderism, and anything pertaining to these sexual orientations and activities violate many of our Creator’s principles for His creation. But we must admit that if we limit our exposure and condemnation to these forms of sin, we are being unbalanced—and even hypocritical.

By this we mean that God also condemns all sexual expressions that violate His holy will and wise designs for the human race—which would be one man united to one woman for life. Thus, Scripture also condemns pedophilia, bestiality, polygamy, fornication, rape, adultery, group sex, nudity, and all other forms of sex sin. If we only show God’s opposition to homosexuality, we are being unbalanced, partial, and unfair with the holy will of the Lord.

In the twentieth century, there was a gradual but continual erosion of the permanence of marriage. Historically, a married couple could only sever their relationship on the grounds of adultery or perhaps desertion and extreme physical cruelty. Eventually “no fault” divorce was introduced for it was thought that this would prevent sordid and costly court proceedings. It became much easier to divorce and both parties could go their way and find other partners to marry. This is the case today.

We probably all know people—including family members, neighbors, fellow workers, and others—who divorce their mate, begin dating, and eventually marry someone else. When we inquire, these people may say that they divorced on the grounds of “irreconcilable differences.”  Even Catholics who once could divorce but not remarry are now under the revised regulations that provide for annulment. Thus many Catholics are now in their second marriages.

If we are to be fair with God’s will for marriage, we must point out that not only is homosexuality sinful but also divorce and remarriage is sinful.  (We are aware that there is a serious debate over the one “ground” of divorce mentioned in Matthew 19:9—i.e., unless the divorce is “for the cause of sexual immorality.” We don’t plan to tackle the issue at this time.) However we look at Jesus’ words at Matthew 19:9, nearly everyone agrees that if one divorces on grounds other than the partner’s unrepentant adultery, that person himself/herself commits adultery (cf. Mark 10:11-12; Luke 16:18; Romans 7:2-3).

In our condemnation of homosexuality, we must not overlook this matter of adultery—nor other sexual sins (pedophilia, rape, bestiality, unmarried fornication, etc.). If we single out sodomy and don’t mention other sexual sins, we are unbalanced and unfair in our treatment of God’s will and of the Scriptures. Some may point out that sodomy is not only immoral; it is also unnatural and a perversion of natural sexuality. Yes, this is correct, but such things as rape, pedophilia, and bestiality are also unnatural. Whatever the sex sin, we must condemn it and warn others of it.

Why would we have a reluctance to condemn adultery? Could it be that we don’t want to be seen as too “strict” in our interpretation of God’s will? Might it be that we don’t want to offend a parent, a sibling, an aunt or uncle, a fellow-worker, or someone else, since we know that such a person is in an illegitimate second marriage? Could it be that a preacher or pastor has expressed his acceptance of someone’s second marriage and we fear offending him or opposing someone with a degree of spiritual authority?

Could it be that we don’t want to be looked on as unforgiving or exclusivistic? Could it even be that we fear offending God if we suspect that He accepts someone who has divorced and remarried and then sought His forgiveness? There are many reasons why we might not want to even mention someone’s present adulterous relationship, particularly if that person seems to be in a loving, accepting, and happy second marriage—an illegitimate remarriage.

Whatever the reason we would not want to condemn adultery, premarital fornication, or nudity, we must recognize all of these sexual activities as sinful and we must be willing to run from them and warn others of the dire consequences of engaging in them.

For instance, we read in Scripture that fornicators, adulterers, and homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Notice that it is not just sodomites, but also fornicators and adulterers who will be forbidden to enter God’s kingdom. Or notice Hebrews 13:4: “Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge.”  Who will be judged by God? Both fornicators and adulterers! It is not the one and not the other—but both sins will result in God’s judgment. Consider also Galatians 5:19-21, where Paul says that [sexual] immorality, impurity, and sensuality will keep one from God’s kingdom. Notice that it is not just sexual immorality (porneia) but the sexual sins of impurity and sensuality that will keep a person from the kingdom of God. We must see that all sexual sin (and other sins as well) will be condemned by our holy God.

We need to bear these thoughts in mind as we walk through life. The reader is probably aware of my severe condemnation of homosexuality of all kinds. But be aware of the fact that all sexual and non-sexual sin must be exposed and forbidden. Let’s have the mind of Christ in this matter (1 Corinthians 2:16b).

Richard Hollerman

 

 

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