Summary: Part 2 in series, What does God think about ... Addresses the issue of homosexuality
WHAT DOES GOD THINK ABOUT
Part 2: Homosexuality
A number of years ago, I had a man from the community call and ask if he could visit me. I said “sure,” and he came by. After talking for a while the heart-broken dad came to the reason he was there. He said, “My son is a homosexual. I am sickened by what he does, but I love my son. What do I do?”
I pray that is a question you never have to ask, but it is a question we must be prepared to answer. In the past few years we have seen the Canadian government legalize homosexual marriage and at the same time make it a crime to call homosexuality a sin. Our Supreme Court has decriminalized sodomy, and in even more recent days the Supreme Court of Massachusetts has given homosexuals the legal right to marry in that state.
One would think, that if the country is divided on the issue, at least the Christian Church would be able to agree, but such is not the case. In recent days the Episcopal church has elected a homosexual bishop, part of the Methodist church has allowed a homosexual woman to remain in the ministry, and some churches and pastors are performing homosexual unions. The question before us today though is not, “What do other people, or other churches, or even other Christians think about homosexuality?” The Question before us today is, “What does God think about homosexuality?”. Let’s look first, this morning, at God’s plan for marriage.
I. GOD’S PLAN FOR MARRIAGE
- Read Genesis 2:18-24
1. Marriage involves a Man and a Woman
First notice, that God created man and woman to be together. Man was alone and God made a helpmeet for him. Man, even in Paradise, even with God there, was lonely, was lacking, needed companionship. So God, in His infinite wisdom created a woman to be man’s companion.
2. Marriage cements a Couple – In verse 24 we are told that the 2, though separate and distinct, unites a couple. Somehow, mysteriously, through marriage and union, the 2 become one.
3. Marriage is the place for Sex –
- Genesis 4:1 Verse 1 of this passage says Adam had relations with his wife. It was God’s intention from the very beginning for there to be sex, and if you read
Proverbs 5:18-19 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love. We understand that God intended for one man and one woman to be together, to stay together, to have passion for one another for life. One man, one woman, in love and together for life.
God does not condone fornication (sex outside of marriage), and God does not smile on adultery (sex after marriage with someone other than your spouse). He specifically forbids it. Marriage is between a man and a woman, it cements a couple, and all sex is to within that marriage relationship. If that is the case, then what does God think of homosexuality? What does God think about homosexuality?
II. HOMOSEXUALITY IS SIN
- Romans 1:26-27, 32.
There are nine scriptures in the Bible that specifically refer to homosexuality. Each of the passages say, without reservation or qualification, that God hates homosexuality, that it is a sin, and that it is punishable by God. God hates homosexuality just as He hates all other sin.