WHAT DID JESUS SAY ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY?
Among those supporting same sex marriage, a popular argument is that Jesus never said a word to condemn same sex unions. Bishop Gene Robinson, who was an openly gay Anglican bishop until his retirement in 2013, wrote a couple years ago in a blog: “Jesus is not recorded as having said anything related to sexual relationships between people of the same gender. One has to wonder, if homosexuality is such a heinous sin against God, why does Jesus himself never refer to it?”
First, it must be noted that this is an argument based on silence, and thus rests on a weak foundation. Jesus also didn’t say a word about things such as pedophilia, polygamy, bestiality, or rape. But it would be absurd to seek to gather support for any of these practices on the basis of such silence.
Second, when Jesus did speak about marriage, He clearly “spoke” about the issue of same sex unions. Jesus affirmed marriage as an institution between a male and a female. In Matthew 19, Jesus affirms the sanctity of heterosexual marriage. The Pharisees asked Him what He thought about divorce, hoping to trap Him into disagreeing with Moses. In His response Jesus said, “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.”
In Matthew 19:4, Jesus reminds the Pharisees that God made human beings male and female. In other words, Jesus emphasizes this point to clarify that the divinely-ordained institution of marriage exists only between one man and one woman. God created human beings as male and female, and then He brought them together in one flesh. This is simply restating what Genesis tells us.
And there is one more thing to consider, namely, the inspiration of the New Testament. While it’s true that we have no record of Jesus speaking about homosexuality in the Gospels, the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus sent to speak His words (John 16:12–14), inspired the apostle Paul to write strong words against same sex behavior. This means, then, that Jesus did not stop “speaking” when Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John finished their Gospel accounts. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would come to the disciples and would guide them into all truth. This is a promise from Jesus himself that the Holy Spirit would speak through the disciples and that this would be Christ’s own words speaking through them (John 16:13). This is data that cannot be ignored; however, it is often rejected by many advocates of same sex marriage because they reject the inspiration and inerrancy of the scriptures.
So, did Jesus address homosexuality? Absolutely! He did so by upholding marriage as a divine institution between a man and a woman. Beyond this, Jesus “speaks” about homosexuality by sending His Spirit to inspire the writing of Paul such that what Paul wrote was precisely what Jesus intended to say. This means that Jesus condemned homosexuality by means of Paul’s strong condemnation of homosexuality in his letters. Thus, to deny that homosexuality is sinful is to deny Jesus himself, and that is irreconcilable with true, biblical Christianity.
by Jay Childs, Senior Pastor