HOMOSEXUALITY AND GOD’S LAW (2)

PMW 2017-085 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.

In the last article I introduced a brief outline survey of the Christian position against homosexual conduct. I continue this in this article.

II. BIBLICAL ISSUES

A. The New Testament condemns homosexual conduct

Rom 1:26-27: “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.”

1 Cor. 6:9: “Do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals….”

Tim. 1:9-10: “Law is not made for a righteous man, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching.”


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B. The Nature of God’s Law

1. God’s law represents God’s presence. It is written by the finger of God (Ex 31:18; 32:16; Dt 4:13; 9:10).

2. God’s law lies at the heart of the New Covenant.

Jer 31:32-33: “I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts.” And the new covenant was effected in the Upper Room: Matt. 26:28; Mark 14:24; Luke 22:20; 1 Cor. 11:25; 2 Cor. 3:7ff; Heb. 8:6ff.

3. God’s law reflects God’s character.

God is good (Mk 10:18; Psa. 143:10); the Law is good (Dt 12:28; Psa. 119:68; Rom. 7:12, 16). God is holy (Isa. 6:3; Rev. 15:4); the Law is holy (Num. 15:40; Rom. 7:12). God is perfect (2 Sam. 22:31; Psa. 18:30; Matt. 5:48); the Law is perfect (Psa. 1:25; Jms. 1:25). God is spiritual (John 4:24); the Law is spiritual (Rom. 7:14). God is righteous (Dt 32:4; Ezra 9:15; Psa. 116:5); the Law is righteous (Dt 4:8; Psa. 19:7; Rom. 2:26; 8:4). God is just (Dt 32:4; Psa. 25:8, 10; Isa. 45:21); the Law is just (Prov. 28:4,5; Zech. 7:9-12; Rom. 7:12).

C. The Law’s Purpose

1. God’s Law defines sin.

“Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4).

“For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law” (Rom. 5:13).

“On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, You shall not covet” (Rom. 7:7b).


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2. God’s Law convicts of sin.

“What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, You shall not covet…. I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died…. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me” (Rom. 7:7, 9-11; cp. Jms. 2:9).

3. God’s Law condemns transgression.

“The law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression” (Rom 4:15).

“For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all” (Jms. 2:10).

“For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them” (Gal. 3:10). See also: Deuteronomy 11:26, 28.

4. God’s Law drives men to Christ.

“And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death” (Rom. 7:10).

“Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith” (Gal. 3:24).


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5. God’s Law restrains evil.

When its breach is feared, it exercises a restraining power within the souls of men.

“But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust” (1 Tim 1:8-11; cp. Psa. 119:11).

6. God’s Law guides sanctification.

“For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit” (Rom. 8:3-4).

“To those who are without law, [I am] as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law” (1 Cor 9:21).

See also Leviticus 20:8; Psalm 119:105; and Proverbs 6:23.

To be continued in the next article.

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