9 Reasons Why Practicing Homosexuality is Wrong

Oct 26, 2016 by Josh de Keijzer

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 some it is the natural outcome of the desire to strive for justice for all and an important sign of the liberation of human beings from the oppressive influence that religion has exerted on sexual ethics. For others the acceptance of gay marriage has opened an abyss of moral decay that threatens to usher in the collapse of Western society. In this explainer we will explore the arguments in favor of gay marriage and the gay lifestyle and the arguments against it. Later on I’ll try to bring some nuance and perspective to the debate on this issue. Let’s start with the arguments against the practicing of homosexuality and gay marriage. Here are some hard-hitting reasons.

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 Leviticus the practice is strongly condemned (Leviticus 18:22). Leviticus adds the comment “Everyone who does any of these detestable things—such persons must be cut off from their people” (Leviticus 18:29). This is not the only place in the Old Testament where such practices are condemned. Earlier, during the life of the patriarch Abraham, the Lord decided to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah for the sin of homosexuality (Read Genesis 18:20 with Genesis 19:5). The men of Sodom wanted to have sex with Lot’s visitors, who were actually angels who had come to rescue Lot and his family from the impending judgment of God over the city for its debased practices.

2. The New Testament Condemns Homosexual Practice
In the New Testament there is absolutely no lift of the ban on gay sex. On the contrary. The apostle Paul, addressing the Christians living in Rome, the capital of the great Roman empire and center of all manner of vice and sin, makes short thrift with the idea that with the advent of Christianity with its emphasis on grace things had changed in favor of gay marriage. He did not merely condemn the practice of gay sex but portrayed it as a particularly strong expression of the fact that human beings, even though they knew God, had rejected God and that because of that God had surrendered them to perverted lusts, i.e. gay sex.

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 way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error” (Romans 1:21, 26-27).

Those who say that the homosexual lifestyle is ok, are going directly against the Word of God. Period. There’s no two ways about it.

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. Sexual union of such incompatible combinations won’t produce any result. This in itself ought to be a good enough reason to reject gay sex.

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 account something interesting happens. In Genesis 1 all kinds of animals are created “each according to their own kind.” And that is pretty much all that is being said about them. But when the creation story moves on to narrate the creation of the human species all of a sudden the text differentiates between the genders. The text says: “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).

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 in the combination of male and female; in their togetherness they are the image of God. That connotations of sexuality and procreation are indicated with this union is clear from the following verse that says: “God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth...” (Genesis 1:28). Male and female in their being fruitful through their sexual union are the image of God.

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.

In the Bible we see a subtle openness to a change in the status of women. In the explainer on the role of women in the Church, you can read more about this. But if you carefully compare the Old and New Testaments, you will see that in the New Testament the appreciation of women and their status in the Church is markedly different than their social status in the Old Testament. And this difference should encourage us to extend this move of liberation of women to our own times. However, this is not the case with the practice of homosexuality. As we’ve seen above, Scripture continues to condemn homosexuality in the strongest possible terms. It’s not just an abomination (as in the Old Testament) but an expression of rebellion against God (New Testament).

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, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions.” Therefore we need to put sexual immorality to death: “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming” (Colossians 3:5-6). Gay sex falls into the category of 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 is going to be advocated and practiced. And all of it in the name of freedom, self-expression, and autonomy. We need to draw a line somewhere and we better be safe. And if we want to be safe, we better do this in accordance with the Word of God.

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