Homosexuality Is Still Sinful
W. FRANK WALTON
(Note: We borrowed this fine study of this important issue from brother W. Frank Walton. Let it be known that our purpose is to demonstrate our sincere love and concern for those who have chosen their sexual orientation as that which is condemned in God’s Word. We have great concern for all whose lives are enmeshed in a lifestyle that goes contrary to God’s word. Please read and study this article and if there are questions please let us know. If there is any kind of help we can lend we stand ready and willing to do so.)
“Homo” is from the Greek word, homos, meaning “same.” Homosexuality is having a sexual desire for one of the same sex. As applied to women, “lesbian” is derived from Lesbos, the ancient Greek island supposedly inhabited only by women. Another familiar term is “sodomy,” which comes from the notorious homosexual activity of the men of Sodom (Genesis 19). This practice of ancient history is as modern as today’s headlines.
“No society has ever accepted homosexuality as a ‘normal alternative’.” (Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology, p. 522). Historically, it has been always “seen negatively everywhere” (ibid. p. 523). It has always been accepted that people did it, such as in Plato’s classic Symposium, to many of the Roman Caesars being gay. Fifty years ago in the U.S., one could be arrested for “disorderly conduct” if they were caught in homosexual activity. Humans are the only species of creatures in nature that practice such.
GROWING ACCEPTANCE OF HOMOSEXUALITY
However, the “gay rights movement” seeks to legitimize homosexuality as a normal, acceptable sexual orientation, which one is born with and cannot help.
According to researchers Kinsey, Pomeroy and Martin in 1948, less than 5% of the American population had a strong homosexual drive and 5% were bisexual. Using Dr. Alfred Kinsey’s statistics, homosexuals regularly boast that a full 10% of the U.S. population is gay. A gay advocate said he preached this percentage to delude the public and politicians that “we are everywhere” and homosexuality is “a legitimate lifestyle.” These are exaggerated numbers. A recent book, Kinsey, Sex and Fraud, (published by Huntington House and written by Dr. Judith Reisman and Edward W. Eiche, and edited by Drs. John H. Court and J. Gordon Muir), exposes the fraud of how and why Kinsey arrived at his 10% gay figure.
Kinsey interviewed a select sample of the male populace, 25% of which were prison inmates, who had often developed homosexual tendencies in prison, and deviant sex offenders. In 1972, Dr. Wardell Pomeroy, Kinsey’s research colleague, admitted “that Kinsey’s subjects were coached to give answers to suit a hypothesis” (Michael Downs, “The ‘Gay,’ Myth,” Rosemont Reminder). The result of this sampling was then projected onto the general public and repeated ever since. Kinsey knowingly distorted his sample, to give the desired results to “respectabilize homosexuality.’
A more recent scientific study was done at the Battelle Human Affairs Research Centers in Seattle (“The Shrinking Ten Percent, Time, April 26, 1993, p. 27). It is one of the most thorough reports on male sexual behavior ever made. It found only 1% of the 3,321 men surveyed, ages 39 to 20, were exclusively homosexual for the past 10 years.
In 1968, the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Churches began, which is composed mainly of homosexuals. Major cities have to endure “gay pride week,” which commemorates the “Stonewall riots.” In June 1969, there was a 3 day confrontation between police and gays in New York’s Greenwich Village, after the police raided a gay bar.
In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its official list of mental disorders. In 1975, the American Psychological Association supported this change and urged in a news release that “all mental health professionals to take the lead in removing the stigma of mental illness that has long been associated with homosexual orientations.”
There is unrest in scattered public school systems, such as New York City, because literature has been introduced in the primary grades teaching that homosexuality is a normal, acceptable lifestyle. The liberal mass media, in talk shows, sitcoms, pop songs, etc., touts homosexuals as nice, normal people who just happen to have another sexual orientation. Mainstream denominations are in turmoil due to the presence of homosexual “pastors” in their churches. On January 19, 1992, the governor of New Jersey signed into state law a statute prohibiting churches from discriminating in the hiring or firing of employees based on sexual orientation, which is supposed to protect gays’ civil rights. Hawaii, Massachusetts, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia have a more general statute prohibiting job discrimination against gays. Some fear it could be used to sue churches who refuse to hire a homosexual or fire someone later found to be gay. It is later than we think.
WHAT SAYS THE SCRIPTURE?
What does God think about the practice of homosexuality? The Bible in both testaments strongly condemns homosexuality as a wicked perversion of God’s design of one man and one woman in a loving, lifelong marriage (Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:4-5). The Law of Moses condemned homosexuals to be stoned to death. “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination” (Leviticus 18.22). “If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death” (Leviticus 20:13).
Israel was not to learn and imitate the abominable, immoral conduct of the surrounding Canaanite nations (Deuteronomy 18:9). Among such practices was cultic homosexual prostitutes, known as “dogs,” who performed homosexual acts as part of pagan worship (Deuteronomy 23:17; 1 Kings 15:12). Sadly, such ungodliness arose in Judah with the moral decline of Rehoboam’s reign (1 Kings 14:24). Josiah’s later reforms included tearing down the houses of these religious sodomites, which were “in the house of the Lord” (2 Kings 23:7).
In the New Testament, Paul clearly describes homosexuality as one of the Gentiles’ moral perversions in rejecting God. “God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due”(Romans 1:24-27 NKJV). God’s law condemns homosexuality, along with murder and other sins, as ungodly rebellion (1 Timothy 1:10).
Paul lists homosexuality among those sinful practices that will bar one from heaven: “the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves ... shall inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Cor. 6:9-10 NASB). “Effeminate” or “male prostitutes” (NIV) translates the Greek word, malakos. It literally means “soft to the touch.” The Greeks used it metaphorically to refer to males who played the passive role in homosexual acts. “Homosexuals” translates arsenokoites, which literally means “male in a bed.” The Greeks used this word to refer to one who took the aggressive role in a homosexual encounter.
Some of the Corinthians had engaged in homosexual acts, but the powerful gospel cleansed and liberated them from their ungodliness (1 Cor. 6:11). Sinful behavior can be changed if the heart and mind and character is changed. Dr. James Dobson reports a 70% success rate of homosexuals who seek counseling, for moral reasons, to straighten out their sexual orientation. Hence, it is not something you are born with and cannot change. It cannot be a “natural, normal sexual orientation,” because if everyone were homosexual, the human race would be extinct, in due course, in one generation.
FIERY OLD TESTAMENT WARNING FOR US
In warning against licentious false religious teachers, Jude refers to the example of God’s fiery judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah’s sins, which included homosexuality. “Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example, in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire” (v. 7; cf 2 Peter 2:6). “Strange flesh” refers to homosexual activity. The only joining of flesh approved of God is the union of “one flesh” in marriage of a man and a woman (Genesis 2:18-25). In Genesis 19, the men of Sodom surrounded Lot’s house and called for the two messengers God had sent to him. “Before they lay down, the men of the city ... surrounded the house, both young and old, all the people from every quarter; and they called to Lot and said to him, ‘Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may have relations with them” (Genesis 19:4-5). How disgusting to see this mob panting for a homosexual orgy. Their vile sins cried out before God for judgment (Genesis 19:13; 13:13). The city was utterly consumed by fire and brimstone from heaven (19:24f). It is an example to us today!
God has not changed his view of homosexuality as a moral abomination. Yes, He loves the sinner but He hates the sin.
CONTRIBUTING FACTORS TO HOMOSEXUALITY
Homosexuality is not an inherited, genetic orientation. “The genetic theory of homosexuality has been generally discarded today” (Masters, Johnson & Kolodny, Human Sexuality. 1985, pp. 411, 412). Medical doctor James Dobson observed, “Homosexuality often seems to result from an unhappy home life, usually involving confusion in sexual identity.” The typical home where this happens is “where the mother is dominating, overprotective, and possessive, while the father is rejecting and ridiculing of the child” (Dr. Dobson Answers Your Questions About Marriage & Sexuality, p. 111). Clinical psychologist Joseph Nicolosi, author of Reparative Therapy of Male Homosexuality, noted in a magazine interview with Focus On The Family, “My work with over 200 homosexuals points to a poor relationship with the father... a deep grievance or a deep hurt in regard to their relationship with their father” (Citizen, November 16, 1992, p. 14).
It seems homosexuality is a conditioned, learned response. It usually develops from growing up in a painfully dysfunctional family, especially with improperly modeled gender roles of father and mother. This contributes to a confused psychological and emotion orientation of one’s Sexual identity. For example, when a child is 3-5 years old, Dr. E. M. Pattison observes, “the child strongly identifies with the parent of the same gender. Failure to successfully identify, due either to a hostile relationship, absent or distant relationship, or other conflict, leaves the child an incomplete and inadequate sense of gender identity. Although other aspects of personality develop, the child continues on into adulthood with the sense of being an incomplete male or female. These children continue to seek same-gender relations to strengthen their internal search for gender identity.” Also, “the child identifies with the parent of the same gender in learning to relate to the opposite gender. Hostility of one parent toward the other may impair cross-gender modeling, as when the father hates the mother. Hence the son learns that male associations are more desirable than relating to women. Or there may be competitive jealousy. For example, a mother may become jealous of her daughter relating to men. Therefore the girl learns that she must restrict her relationships to women” (Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology, p. 523).
Another possible influence contributing to homosexuality is the confusion of sex roles in our increasingly unisex society. Masculine and feminine behavior, hair length and dress are often blurred.
HOPE FOR THE HOMOSEXUAL IN THE GOSPEL
Homosexuality can be unlearned, if a person really wants to please God and is given proper professional help. Like God, Christians hate sin but love the sinner. Someone has said, “God loves us as we are, but He loves too much to let us stay that way.” If the Corinthians could leave their sinful homosexual lifestyle (1 Cor. 6:11; 2 Cor. 3:18), so can one today. Homosexuality is still sinful, regardless of what the secular mass media portrays. The gospel of Christ still has the power to transform vile sinners into faithful saints of God (Rom. 1:16). “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
We, as Christians, must also remember to follow God’s guidelines for the role of father and mother in the home, so our children will see the proper role models of masculine and feminine behavior and interaction.
Questions about this article are welcome. Email: Valley Church
<Back to Religious Issues>