Homosexual Bible Arguments: A False Premise Corrupts the Mind
In a recent news article, the author crafted a personal version of the bible that was based upon abiding and accepting sinful behavior. Beginning with the assumption that Jesus never condemned the sin of homosexuality, the author focused only upon those components of scripture that illustrate God’s love for mankind.
The writer brought to attention the fact that Jesus was quick to correct legalistic leaders and hypocrites. He also made mention of those who “cast stones.” Pointing out that Jesus loved the adulteress and that Jesus spoke openly of his refusal to condemn her, the writer pursued a course of faulty reason that ended up with a conclusion that promotes pure evil.
He said that Jesus never spoke against homosexuality. He then concluded the argument with an assumption of how Jesus would have reacted to a homosexual relationship between two of his disciples. The author of the article suggested that Jesus would have accepted such a relationship, even embraced it, and that he would have worked to help the two “imaginary homosexual disciples” find peace and acceptance in a world that condemned their activities.
Clearly this writer failed to consider the concept of “Go and sin no more!”
Bible Arguments: The Core of Doctrinal Error
In reading the arguments presented in the above case, I felt sorrow over the author’s lost soul. This man seemed sincere in his beliefs. He seemed to actually think that Jesus – under a false application of unconditional love – would embrace homosexual behavior. Yet this man has an understanding of God that is clearly blemished by a distorted bible doctrine. He knows not the truth.
Now don’t get me wrong. I understand the struggle to do right in a confused world. I recognize the danger of standing in judgment over any other person. I also realize how easily we can be deceived. Yet we are called to:
- Be discerning
- Have sound bible truths within our heart
- Admit that God is always right, though every man be a liar.
I battle each day with personal temptations and demons. Sometimes I win. Sometimes I lose. The lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life always linger near to my gates. A sharp tongue dances behind the bars of my lips. A lustful eye seeks to provoke my thoughts. A wave of pride is ever present. I am not perfect and neither or you.
By grace and the living power within us, the Christian’s wins outnumber his or her loses. And by the power of ongoing sanctification, the victories increase day by day.
Yet I do know the struggles. This article is not an attack against stressed-out sinners – redeemed or not. It is an effort to help correct some of the false teachings that permeate our world. We are under attack. Many false teachers are promoting doctrinal error. This core of deceit focuses on two primary points:
- Men add to scripture
- Men remove content or diminish the meaning of scripture.
Bible Arguments: Adding to Scripture
Adding to scripture can be subtle or it can be blatant. For the most part, clever additions tend to do much more damage that barefaced lies. Many Christians have failed to read the Word of God. As such, they can be easily run aground by both subtle and blatant changes. They are unarmed soldiers in a war they fail to understand.
For example: In his effort to support a false understanding of homosexuality, the author of the stated article began by claiming that Jesus never once condemned the physical relationship between people of the same sex as unnatural or sinful. In a limited point of context, this is a true statement. There is no record of Jesus taking a specific stance on this issue.
However, in a point of biblical balance that sets God as the underlying author of scripture, the writer’s statement adds content to the words of scripture. Furthermore, it presents an argument that is contrary to any well-rounded understanding of biblical text. And the error expands, for in the silent language of the background, the author is also saying that Jesus is not a part of the Godhead that inspired the words of scripture.
But how can we prove that the writer’s statement is so clearly out of context?
Foremost are the general truths found throughout the scriptures. However, another answer to the question lies in the last verse in the gospel of John. For therein we are told that there are not enough books in the world to contain all that Jesus said and did while walking this planet in an earthen vessel. Therefore, any claim that Jesus did not directly address this particular sin is based upon adding unproveable doctrine to the bible.
Furthermore, any premise that eliminates a given sin from bible teachings merely because there is no recorded mention of Jesus speaking against that sin must also conclude that:
- Domestic violence is not sinful
- The taking of multiple wives or husbands is not sinful
- Incest is not sinful
- Bestiality is not sinful
- And the list of exceptions would extend on and on in defiance of things concluded elsewhere in scripture as wickedness before God.
Bible Arguments: Removing Content From Scripture
Men use many methods to diminish the meaning of scripture. In the obvious manner, as noted above, men merely declare that the bible does not address a given issue. Many people openly declare that the bible does not condemn homosexual behavior. This argument is not based upon bible truth; it is a lie. Such false arguments are driven by a desire to create denial and confusion among the public, the uninformed Christian and those who desire to live a sinful lifestyle without reproach.
Consider now the process of removing content from scripture. Any time an individual lifts scripture out of context for the purpose of delivering a false message, that individual is guilty of taking away from God’s Word. In the story pertaining to the woman taken in the very act of adultery, a false teacher presents an argument based upon the fact that Jesus did not condemn the adulteress. In stopping with these words, the false teacher removes the concept of repentance from the story.
Jesus indeed forgave the woman her sins. However, he also cautioned her to “Go and sin no more!” The concept of forgiveness bonded to repentance resonates throughout scripture. Forgiveness cannot exist without repentance. Matthew 4:17 defines the ministry of Jesus Christ:
“From that time, Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Thus we see that repentance is the core of acceptance. It need not involve any immediate act of physical or moral change – hence we see in the thief on the cross. However, it must include a heart-felt confession and an agreement with God concerning man’s lost state and the need for Jesus Christ as a deliver.
In time, providing that life does not instantly end, salvation will always be accompanied by a turning from sinful ways. The abiding spirit within us assures this ultimate response.
Bible Arguments: Add Not and Remove Not Reflect Both Old and New Testament Teachings
I close now, not by condemning sinners, for we all fall short, but by warning those who would add to or remove from the holy scriptures of God. Scripture is not limited to the words displayed in red. It encompasses the entire character of God revealed through the Holy Spirit inspired writings of many prophets and teachers. To change even one meaning is to risk great wrath. For is it not written, does it not say:
“Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you,” (Deut. 4:2).
“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book,” (Rev. 22:18,19).