This article is part of our 'Explainer' series. The aim is to inform you of the prevalent arguments from both sides, relating to a specific hot topic. We are not explicitly supporting one side of the argument. This is a purely informative piece. You can find the counter-argument article '8 Reasons Why Practicing Homosexuality Is Not Wrong' here.
Few debates have torn our society apart in recent years as the debate over marriage equality and homosexuality has. For
1. The Old Testament Condemns Homosexual Practice
Let’s start with some clear biblical condemnations for homosexual practice. The Old Testament denounces homosexuality in no uncertain terms. In the book of
2. The New Testament Condemns Homosexual Practice
In the New
Paul writes: “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. (...) Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same
Those who say that the homosexual lifestyle is ok, are going directly against the Word of God. Period.
3. Men and Woman are Made For One Another
Beyond the Biblical judgment on homosexual practice, there is also plain common sense. Anyone who knows the slightest thing about human anatomy knows also that the female body is made for the male body and that the male body is designed for the female body. Male-male combinations or female-female combinations are incompatible, physically speaking.
With the physical incompatibility comes the fact that procreation, i.e. offspring is not possible.
4. Gay Marriage is Against Natural Law
Closely linked to the previous argument is that gay marriage is against natural law. The natural law is something we discover in nature. It is not the same as the laws of nature that govern the universe. With the laws of nature things always automatically happen according to fixed patterns. Natural law, however, is something we discover as humanity as we live in the world and build human community. Certain things simply work best done a certain way. There is an order to the universe, a moral order, according to which we must learn to order our lives. According to this ordering, gay sex is experienced as unnatural, strange, counter to nature, and morally wrong.
5. Men and women together are the imago Dei
The biblical creation account aligns with this natural law. No wonder because the God who created the natural law and left it for humanity to be discovered also inspired the writing of the book we call Bible. In the creation
One might think: “What does creation have to do with homosexuality?” Well, here it is. We learn from the Scriptures that human beings are created in God’s image. Humanity is God’s image on earth. But this image is not just in the human individual alone. No, it is
6. Equality for Women and Marriage Equality Are not the Same
Some think that equality between women and men is on the same footing with marriage equality for gay people. In other words, when you advocate the equality of women and men, as some evangelicals are doing, you also have to advocate marriage equality. This doesn’t follow, however. One can be perfectly in favor of female leadership in the Church while still rejecting marriage equality.
7. Gay Marriage Has a Destabilizing Effect on Society
Gay marriage brings confusion. It creates families out of sync where children will be deprived of ever having and knowing a mother or a father. It destroys well-defined gender roles and distorts the self-identity of young people who now wonder who they are and what is expected of them. It destroys the family as God has created it as we can read in Genesis 2:24: “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.”
8. Gay Lifestyle Is Not About Being Human But About Sin
Being gay is not about one’s essential humanity as is often heard in the media nowadays. When people say they are gay they are not asserting this as a choice or as a preferred option. No, they parade it as their essential humanity. Being gay, then, is being what you truly are—or so the story goes. Just like a male person is truly male and experiences himself as such in the world, so a gay person truly experiences herself in the world as just that: gay.
This simply obscures the truth, however, that gay sex is simply a sinful act. It starts with a sinful desire that is acted upon until it produces the fruit of sin. Galatians 5:18-20 tells us to be led by the Spirit instead of giving in to sexual immorality: “But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality,
9. It Opens Pandora’s Box
Lastly, saying yes to homosexual practice and gay marriage is like opening pandora’s box. The arguments in favor of gay sex can also be applied to pedophilia, polyamory, bestiality, orgies... you name it. There is no end to it. The lid is off the box. All kinds of crazy