Overcoming Sin through Christ: Homosexuality

Overcoming Sin through Christ

A Comprehensive List of Sins

(Alphabetically Arranged)

Richard Hollerman

The plan of this study is simple.  We will look at a large number of sins, one by one, alphabetically.  We will define the sin, describe it, and comment on it, along with noticing Scripture references on the particular entry.  Some illustrations will be offered along with the description.

Homosexual

Homosexuality

Over the years, this sin has received various labels. Some were given to sodomites and some were promoted by some sodomites.  One source says: “In English, some terms in widespread use have been sodomite, pederast, Sapphic, Uranian, homophile, lesbian, gay, queer, LGBT, Two-Spirit, and same-sex attracted. Some of these words are specific to women, some to men, and some can be used of either; this too changes over time.” (en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Terminology_ of_homosexuality).

“Sodomite” is taken from the city of Sodom that was destroyed because of this perversion (Genesis 18). “Pederast” has to do with the sodomite who has immoral sex with a young person. “Gay” is the modern sodomite’s preferred term, thus it should probably be avoided (a sodomite isn’t “gay” or “happy”). “Queer” is the term preferred by some radical sodomites and it was a common term used by non-sodomites in the past. “Buggery” also refers to homosexuality but it is seldom used today.

Homosexuality is defined today as “sexual attraction toward members of one’s own sex. . . . sexual activity with another person of the same sex.”[1][1]  Sodomy is a term that has often been used in the past since homosexuality was the proverbial sin of Sodom, the city that was destroyed because of this perversion (Genesis 19:1-29).  Today, because this sin has become more acceptable in society, there is an effort to even change the name to something less offensive.

One dictionary defines homosexual as “of, relating to, or having a sexual orientation to persons of the same sex,” but then it explains further: “Many people now avoid using homosexual because of the emphasis this term places on sexuality.  Indeed, the words, gay and lesbian, which imply cultural and social matters more than sexual ones, are frequently better choices.  Homosexual is most objectionable when used as a noun.”[2][2]  Since our purpose here is not to cater to sinful society, we will be using both homosexual and sodomy in our discussion.[3][3]

The way of Christ came to a world that generally accepted the sin of homosexuality.  Barclay observes, “From the highest to the lowest society was riddled with homosexuality.  This was a vice which Rome learned from Greece.”  J. J. Chapman “likens it to a loathsome fungus spreading steadily through a forest.”[4][4]  Plato and Socrates loved boys.  Plato’s work, Symposium, speaks of “homosexual love,” and he says there isn’t “any greater blessing to a young man who is beginning life than a virtuous lover, or to the lover than a beloved boy.’”[5][5]

Gibbon writes: “Of the first fifteen Emperors, Claudius was the only one whose taste in love was entirely correct.”  Julius Caesar was notoriously the lover of King Nicomedes of Bithynia. “The queen’s rival,” they called him and his passion was the subject of the ribald songs the soldiers sang.  Nero “married” a castrated youth called Sporus and went in marriage procession with him throughout the streets of Rome, and he himself was “married” to a freedman called Doryphorus. . . . The historian [Suetonius] speaks of Hadrian’s “passion for males and the adulteries with married women to which he was addicted.” . . . . It is to be noted that all the evidence which we have adduced for the unspeakable sexual immorality of the world contemporary with the New Testament comes, not from Christian writers, but from pagans who were disgusted with themselves.[6][6]

God, through His Word, reveals a radically different view of sexuality than what was common in the Greco-Roman world of the first century as well as pagan societies before the time of Christ.  We know that God created “man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27).  God created one man then one woman, and not two of the same gender (Genesis 2:18, 24).  As someone might say, God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Bruce!

Jesus referred to this creative act in the beginning: “Have you not read that He who created them from 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’?  So they are no longer two, but one flesh.  What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate” (Matthew 19:4-6).  Marriage is the union of one man and one woman for life.  It is not God’s will that one man marry two or more wives (though this was tolerated for a time before Christ), which we call polygamy, nor is it His will that one woman marry two or more husbands, which we call polyandry.  Only one man is to marry one wife, and this is to be for life.

Man, in his selfishness, in his sensuality, and in his perverse rebellion, has chosen to change the good relationship that God created in the beginning.  Whether we speak of the Greek homosexuality of 2,500 to 2,000 years ago, or any expression of this sin today in America or Europe, this is a sin that must be forsaken in order to please God.

The Word of God describes this sin in various ways, and all negative.  For instance, we read of the homosexuality in Sodom, that this “sin is exceedingly grave” (Genesis 18:20).  Abraham calls the sin of Sodom as wickedness (v. 23), and Lot says to commit homosexuality is to “act wickedly” (19:7).  The sin was considered so heinous that the two angels said, “Their outcry has become so great before the LORD,” that they were sent to destroy the city (v. 13).  This sin of homosexuality in Sodom is called “sensual conduct of unprincipled men” who commit “lawless deeds” and unrighteousness.  Peter says that such people “indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires” (2 Peter 2:6-10).  Jude also calls it “gross immorality” and indulging “strange flesh” that deserves “the punishment of eternal fire” (Jude 7).

In the Law of God, male homosexuality is called an “abomination” (Leviticus 18:22).  Because of this and other abominations, God says that the land “spewed out its inhabitants” (v. 25) and the land had become “defiled” (v. 27).  Furthermore, “a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death” (20:13).  Why don’t common Americans understand the sin to be “a detestable act” in our day?  It is because of the massive promotion by sodomites, because of a misreading of the meaning of “liberty,” because of the dominance of humanistic thought, and the rejection of Biblical teaching and norms.

In the New Testament, Paul also condemns this sin of sodomy.  He speaks of this as a sin of the pagans, “God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 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” (Romans 1:26-27).  Here we see homosexuality (both male and female) being called a sin that is “unnatural” and involves “degrading passions” and has to do with “indecent acts.”  The apostle also says that “immoral men and homosexuals” are committing sins that are “contrary to sound teaching” (1 Timothy 1:10).  In no uncertain terms, Paul says that homosexuals “will not inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

It is clear that homosexuality or sodomy is a sexual and moral perversion that involves unnatural relations with the same sex and that one cannot inherit God’s kingdom unless he repents of it.  Notice also that the term porneia means “illicit sexual intercourse” and porneuo means “to commit fornication.”[7][7]  One authority points out that porneia means “prostitution, unchastity, fornication, or every kind of unlawful sexual intercourse.”[8][8]  Obviously, this would include homosexuality.  Therefore, wherever we find “sexual immorality” or “fornication” (porneia) mentioned, we also find a condemnation of homosexuality—along with other forms of immorality.  This would mean that the sin of homosexuality comes from “within, out of the heart of men” and it “defiles the man” (Mark 7:21-23).

Fornication (or homosexuality) will definitely prevent one from inheriting the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:19-21).  Sodomy (or sexual immorality) must not be named among true Christians (Ephesians 5:3) and will bring the wrath of God on the disobedient (vv. 5-6; Colossians 3:5-6).  In committing the “lustful passion” of sexual immorality, one is rejecting God Himself who gives the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 4:3, 5, 8).  Although marriage is an honorable state, fornicators (including homosexuals) will be judged by God (Hebrews 13:4).  All “immoral persons” (including sodomites) will be cast into the lake of fire, which is the second death (Revelation 21:8).  All of this shows what God thinks of this particular perversion.  Yes, there are many sins mentioned in Scripture, but this definitely is one that perverts the holy and pure ways of God.

Thanks to God, Paul says that people may be forgiven of both male and female homosexuality.  After stating a list of sins (including sodomy) that will keep one from entering God’s kingdom (1 Corinthians 6:9-10), Paul is able to say, “Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified [set apart as holy], but you were justified [declared righteous] in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God” (v. 11).  The apostle also said that the Colossians had “walked” or lived in fornication (including homosexuality) at one time, but had since put them aside to live holy lives (Colossians 3:3-8).   Although denied by some pro-sodomite promoters, we know that sodomy and all other sins may be forgiven through repentance and renunciation.

 

[1][1] Random House Webster’s College Dictionary.

[2][2] The American Heritage College Dictionary.

[3][3] We are aware that in the sodomy may especially refer to male homosexuality, but it does have a place in describing female perversion as well.

[4][4] Flesh and Spirit, p. 26.

[5][5] Ibid.

[6][6] Ibid., pp. 26-27.

[7][7] W. E. Vine, Expository Dictionary.

[8][8] Bauer, Arndt, Gingrich, Danger, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament.

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