Do You Know What Jesus Said About Homosexuality?
August 17, 2012 by Nathan A. Cherry, 08/17/2012
I have a complaint. I don’t really complain too much, at least I try not to complain too much. But I have a complaint I need to share. My complaint begins with very liberal supporters of same-sex “marriage” that say “Jesus never said anything about it” and therefore justify homosexuality. But that is only the start of the complaint, because let’s face it, liberal and lost homosexual advocates will use absolutely anything they can to drum up support for their cause. The biggest part of my complaint is that some Christians are buying into this notion and starting to repeat the rhetoric verbatim to justify their own support for same-sex “marriage.” Maybe they have been duped into consent by the media and those in the spotlight, I don’t know.
I would address those liberal and lost supporters using this line of reasoning except that it would be mostly a futile argument and I have better things to do with my time; like, for example, addressing the Christians that are using this line of reasoning. First, let me just say “stop it!”
The idea that Jesus never said anything about same-sex “marriage” or homosexuality so it must be acceptable is ludicrous, at best. I could point to the fact that Jesus, as God, is the author of the entire Bible, including the parts that do speak of homosexuality as sin. But the fact is, I do believe that anyone that truly studies the Bible will find that Jesus did speak directly on the subject. This is the same assertion made by Daniel Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, who recently penned an article stating that Jesus did in fact address these subjects. Akin said:
“First, what did Jesus say about sex? Jesus believed that sex is a good gift from a great God. He also believed that sex was a good gift to be enjoyed within a monogamous, heterosexual covenant of marriage. On this He is crystal clear. In Mark 7 Jesus addresses the fact that all sin is ultimately an issue of the heart. Jesus was never after behavioral modification. Jesus was always after heart transformation. Change the heart and you truly change the person.
“Thus, when He lists a catalog of sins in Mark 7:21-22, He makes it clear that all of these sins are ultimately matters of the heart. It is the idols of the heart that Jesus is out to eradicate. Among those sins of the heart that often give way to sinful actions He would include both sexual immorality and adultery (Mark 7:21). The phrase ‘sexual immorality,’ in a biblical context, would speak of any sexual behavior outside the covenant of marriage between a man and woman. Therefore, Jesus viewed pre-marital sex, adultery and homosexual behavior as sinful.”
Somehow I can imagine that someone would end up at the illogical conclusion that just because Jesus didn’t approve of homosexuality doesn’t mean He would disapprove of same-sex “marriage.” After all, Jesus loved people, He would want to see two people that love each other be happy. And Jesus was a champion of “the little guy,” and fought for equality, right?
This liberal, progressive theology doesn’t coincide with the Jesus that loved people too much to ignore or endorse their sin. If Jesus didn’t approve of homosexuality there is no way He would approve of same-sex “marriage” since that is, in effect, a ringing endorsement of homosexuality. To this point Akin says:
“Second, what about the issue of marriage? Is it truly the case that Jesus never spoke to the issue in terms of gender? The answer is a simple no. He gives His perspective on this when He addresses the issue in Matthew 19:4-6. There, speaking to the institution of marriage, Jesus is clear when He says, ‘Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast 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 not man separate.’ That Jesus was committed to heterosexual marriage could not be more evident.”
To my fellow believers, those that call themselves followers of Christ, there is no way to affirm or support homosexuality and same-sex “marriage” while confessing to “follow Jesus.” Jesus never led to a place where He strayed from God’s original design for sexuality (heterosexual sex within the confines of marriage) and marriage (one man, one woman, one lifetime). To claim that Jesus led anyone to an acceptance of homosexuality or same-sex “marriage” is to pervert the grace of God, the Gospel, and the words of Christ. It is a dangerous position that compromises biblical integrity and leads others astray.
I hope Christians will resist the deceitful distortions of Jesus and the Bible perpetrated by the liberal and the lost. It is our responsibility as followers of Jesus to know the Bible and be able to clearly communicate it to others (1 Pet. 3:15, 2 Tim. 2:15). Daniel Akin’s conclusion on this matter is stated as ably as I could so I will close with his statement.
“First, Jesus came to deliver all people from all sin. Such sin, He was convinced, originated in and was ultimately a matter of the heart. Second, Jesus made it clear that sex is a good gift from a great God, and this good gift is to be enjoyed within heterosexual covenantal marriage. It is simply undeniable that Jesus assumed heterosexual marriage as God’s design and plan. Third, Jesus sees all sexual activity outside this covenant as sinful. Fourth, it is a very dangerous and illegitimate interpretive strategy to bracket the words of Jesus and read into them the meaning you would like to find. We must not isolate Jesus from His affirmation of the Old Testament as the Word of God nor divorce Him from His first century Jewish context. Fifth, and this is really good news, Jesus loves both the heterosexual sinner and the homosexual sinner and promises free forgiveness and complete deliverance to each and everyone who comes to Him.”