The Bible and Same-sex Relationships
What does the Bible have to say about same-sex relationships? Actually, a lot—both positive and negative. Same-sex relationships are healthy and biblical if they are for the purpose of friendship and fellowship. Read the book of Proverbs and you’ll find it has a lot to say about the benefits and importance of friends. In fact, friendships of the same-sex are vital relationships that we all need in our lives. This is the positive side of same-sex relationships mentioned in the Bible. We were created to be in community with others—it’s commanded and essential to Christian discipleship. Unfortunately, this positive message about same-sex relationships is often missing in the evangelical church.
Having said this, the Bible does forbid same-sex relationships that are romantic or sexual. This is where the Old and New Testament are extremely clear. While the cultural ethos of the day is fixated on an aggressive LGBTQ+ agenda, the Bible is clear that same-sex relationships become sinful when they cross over from friendship into a romantic and/or sexual relationship. The concept that one man and one woman are designed to be in a covenant marriage is foundational from Genesis to Revelation. There are many positive affirmations of this, and vice versa, outright condemnations of any type of romantic or sexual activity that strays from the biblical boundaries. This is designed for our own good and our protection. For the sake of the gospel, it’s important for the church to clarify both the positive and negative aspects of same-sex relationships.