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Where in the Bible does it say that God doesn’t approve of homosexual behavior?

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While God loves the sinner to death (John 3:16), He hates sin. The scriptures show that the Lord doesn’t approve of homosexual behavior as seen in the following references:

1-Genesis 19:1-11

Sodom and Gomorrah  were destroyed because its citizens were exceedingly sinful (Genesis 13:13). Their citizens’ actions at Lot’s house reflected their deep sinfulness (Genesis 19:4-11). Jude 7 emphasizes the sinfulness of the people: “As Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”

2- Leviticus 20:13

“If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.” (Leviticus 20:13).  This verse pronounces the death penalty upon homosexuals.

3- Mathew 19:4-6

“And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?  So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate” (Matthew 19”4-6). Jesus’ heterosexual view opposes the homosexual behaviors.

4- 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

“ Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). God has made it plain that there can be no compromise between sin and righteousness, and that whoever clings to sin must reap the reward of such shortsighted folly (Prov. 14:9; Gal. 6:7, 8).

5- 1 Timothy 1:9-11

“knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust” (1 Timothy 1:9-11). The words sodomy and sodomize come from the biblical account of Sodom. Sodomy points to homosexuality.

6- Romans 1:26-27

“For this reason 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 1:26-27). Again it is clear here that God does not approve of homosexuality.

The good news is that God’s forgiveness is just as available to a homosexual as it is to an adulterer, idol worshipper, thief, etc. And God not only promises forgiveness from sin but also the grace and power to overcome sin, to all those who will believe in Jesus Christ for their salvation (1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Philippians 4:13).

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

 

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