If I’m in a faithful relationship, what’s wrong if it’s homosexual?

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One should rightly ask the question regarding homosexual behavior, “What commandment is being broken?”  To answer this, Let’s take a look at the way Paul loosely paraphrases the last six of the ten commandments in 1 Timothy 1:8-10.  Note the commandment being referred to is placed in parentheses.

“But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, 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 (Honor your father and your mother), for manslayers (You shall not murder), for fornicators, for sodomites (You shall not commit adultery), for kidnappers (You shall not steal), for liars, for perjurers (You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor), and if there is any other thing (You shall not covet…anything that is your neighbor’s) that is contrary to sound doctrine” (1 Timothy 1:8-10).

Sodomy, or homosexuality, is mentioned along side with fornication.  These encompass sexual immorality, which falls under the seventh commandment “You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20: 14). The reason for this is that the principle of the seventh commandment is about correct relationships.  It isn’t simply about consensuality or monogamy.  It is about relationships as defined by God from Eden.  So, for example, when you read in the Mosaic law about all the prohibitions for various sexual relationships, including incest, beastiality and homosexuality, these are given as an expansion of the seventh commandment.

Therefore, according to the Bible, a faithful relationship in a homosexual partnership is still a violation of the commandment to not commit adultery.

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In His service,
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