PMT 2014-033b by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.
In this posting I will summarize some quick responses to popular arguments in defense of homosexuality. Perhaps you have heard some of these arguments supporting tolerance of homosexual conduct.
I. POPULAR ARGUMENTS
A. Personal Preferences
“I prefer to quote Scriptures that support life for my fellow man.”
- What does this preference have to do with reality? Do you get your preferences?
- What does our personal preferences have to do with universal moral principles?
- Christ often warned of woes upon evil doers, such as the seven woes upon the Pharisees in Matthew 23. In fact, he taught more on Hell than anyone else in Scripture.
B. Loving God
“My God is a loving and caring God. My God asks that I not judge others.” “The God I believe in simply does not play those kinds of games.”
- Who is your God? He is certainly not the one who the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. Lev 20:13 “If there is 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. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them.” Rom 1:26 “For this reason 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.”
- Your God is not the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, for Jesus commands in John 7:24: “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”
- Is Noah’s Flood a loving and caring act? But God sent the flood, as Jesus himself says (Matt 24:38).
- Is Hell a loving and caring community? Christ teaches more about Hell than anyone else in Scripture, and he attributes Hell to God the Father. Matt 25:41 “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels.”
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C. Autobiographical Pronouncement
“I am the parent of two gay sons.”
- This is a moral issue. Whether you are related to someone who practices homosexuality is irrelevant to the moral argument.
- Every murderer has a mother! Should we repeal laws prohibiting murder?
II. BIBLICAL ARGUMENTS
A. Prohibited Judgment
“Who are we to judge someone else?”
- This is an Impossible ideal. To live morally demands judging matters. We judge others when we choose one person to marry over someone else, when we avoid keep company with prostitutes, when we refuse a baby sitter on the sex offender registry, and so forth.
- Jesus even expects us to make moral judgments against others. John 7:24: “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”
- In Rom 13:1–4 Paul states that God ordained the civil magistrate for the purpose of punishing evildoers, which requires a moral judgment.
B. Jesus’s silence
“Jesus never once uttered a word against homosexuality.”
- This is a dangerous argument for he does not say one word against beastiality, child sacrifice, or rape either.
- This is irrelevant: Did Jesus have to mention homosexuality? Did he have to re-state all moral prohibitions for them to be valid?
- Ultimately, it is untrue in principle. In Matthew 5:17–19 the Lord affirmed all of God’s Law. This serves as a blanket endorsement for the Old Testament prohibitions against homosexual conduct.
- Christ condemns fornication, and homosexual conduct is a form of fornication (Matt 15:19)
- In Matthew 10:15 Jesus mentions Sodom as a morally reprehensible city, and Sodom is well known for widespread homosexual conduct. Hence, our term “sodomy.”
- Jesus commissioned the Apostles to declare his word and will. In specifically commissions Paul as a late-comer to the apostolic office. Paul condemns homosexual conduct in Rom 1:25–27; 1 Cor 6:9; and 1 Tim 1:8–11.
C. Divine Tolerance
“I can’t believe God would allow sexual orientation to preclude someone from Heaven.”
- Does your personal belief make a matter true or false? This is another autobiographical statement which is irrelevant to external moral principles. My belief that all Gentrys should be millionaires has not functioned well.
- But as a matter of fact, the Bible speaks directly against this observation. In 1 Cor 6:9-10 we read: “do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.”
“The foundation of the ministry of Jesus is love.”
- This is certainly true, but it is a love for God and his righteousness. Matt 6:33: “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” And his righteousness is defined by his Law. Rom 7:12: “The Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.”
- Love is not incompatible with moral condemnation. In great anger Jesus drove the moneychangers from the temple (Matt 21:12) and called the Pharisees “children of hell” (Matt 23:15). He also turned away the rich young ruler for his love of money (Luke 18:18-24). And again, Christ taught more on Hell than anyone else in Scripture.
“Christ welcomed all those who would come to hear his message and receive his love.”
- What about Rich Young Ruler (Luke 18:18-24)?
- This is ultimately true, but we need to ask what his “message” was. In Luke 13:3 we read: “I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
- In Matt 7:21ff he calls the wise person one who hears and does his word, whereas he commands others: “depart from me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matt 7:23).
III. ACADEMIC RE-INTERPRETATION
A. The Bible Condemns Ritual Homosexual Acts in Worship
“The Bible condemns ritual homosexuality as a means of worshiping false gods, as is evident by the two clearest judgments being found in Leviticus, Israel’s worship manual.”
- He does condemn such, to be sure (Deut 23:17–18). But he also condemns simple homosexual activity — even in Leviticus will deals frequently with ritual worship. Lev 20:13: “If there is 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. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them.”
- This argument is destroyed by a simple reductio ad absurdum. If the Bible only condemns homosexual acts in worship, then Lev 18:22 only condemns burning children to death in worship to Molech. And Lev 18:23 only prohibits beastiality in worship.
- The New Testament clearly condemns homosexual as a moral issue alone (see previous references).
- But what of Deut 23? There the cultic acts employing homosexual behavior and cult prostitution is expressly stated. We agree. But does 1 Cor 11’s condemnation of drunkenness during the Lord’s Supper mean we may get drunk at other times?
B. The Bible Condemns Promiscuous Homosexual Conduct
“Many homosexuals have only one partner and are in love.”
- But the Law & the New Testament condemn homosexual conduct itself, as we see in the references above. Nowhere does the Bible endorse or imply any faithful homosexual relations.
- The means of gratification and love are moral issues. Paul clearly declares homosexual conduct blocks someone from heaven, if unrepented of.
- Again we may apply a reductio: Since the attainment of food, clothing, and shelter are God blessed, may we use any means to secure them? The Bible makes a moral distinction between honest labor and criminal theft.
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