How do you respond to the comment that Jesus never addressed homosexuality?

Some say, Jesus never addressed homosexuality, therefore, we don’t know how He viewed it. But the truth is that Jesus never addressed many other topics like pornography, pedophilia, bestiality, and drugs. Does that mean He approves all these activities? Of course not.

About Jesus and homosexuality, we need to consider the following:

First- Jesus confirmed the authority of the Old Testament (that clearly condemned homosexuality) since He quoted frequently from it. And He never ever contradicted it.  Jesus Himself said that He didn’t come to abolish the Law and the prophets, but to fulfill them (Matthew 5:17). He only rebuked legalism and said that the Law of God has to go deeper than just the superficial actions and into the innermost thoughts. When the religious leaders of His day resisted this application, He rebuked them pointing out that they worshiped Him with their mouths, but their hearts were far from Him (Matthew 15:8).

And according to 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. We must look to the entirety of Scripture to find God’s heart.” This means that the OT is as valid as the NT.

Second: some claim that since Jesus didn’t speak on a specific issue, in this case homosexuality, this means it must be outdated. But we must remember that Jesus’ primary ministry was among the Jews who were already familiar with the OT sexual laws and generally obedient to it.

The Sermon on the Mount, for example, shows how Jesus upheld the OT commandments and elaborated on how to truly observer it. Wouldn’t it have been easy to include homosexuality in this discussion, if this was a prevalent problem? If homosexuality was an issue at that time, Jesus would have said, “You shall not lie with a man as with a woman. It is an abomination.” Jesus’ silence about homosexuality implies His agreement with Old Testament commands.

Third: Paul the apostle to the gentiles, who was contemporary to Jesus and His disciples, understood clearly what the Lord’s views were on homosexuality. And he taught that homosexuality was a sin (Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9).

Finally, it should be added that the Lord’s forgiveness is just as available to a homosexual as it is to any other sinner. The Lord promises the strength for victory over every sin, including homosexuality, to all those who will believe in Jesus Christ for their salvation (1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Philippians 4:13).

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God bless you

BibleAsk Team

 

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