There were a lot of comments made yesterday in response to my post, Jesus Under Attack, and most of them were inquiring about my views on homosexuality. While I'm completely convinced that no matter what I say that I will be accused of bigotry and hate, people want to know, so here it is.
First off we need to look at what the Bible says:
Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
So as we can see from these passages, homosexuality is an abomination in the Old Testament, and in the New Testament it is called unnatural, unseemly, and an error for which punishment will be received.
And in the interest of full-disclosure let me share with you a few other passages:
1 Corinthians 6:9
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
1 Timothy 1:10
For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
And probably the strongest language in the Bible against homosexuality is found in Jude:
Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.
Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.
So as we can see, there is a plethora of Scriptural support for my position that homosexuality is wrong. To say the Bible is neutral about this issue can only be categorized as lying, or extreme ignorance.
I also want to try and touch on the fact that we are not to hurt homosexuals in any way. Many so-called Christians like to point to this verse in Leviticus and say that it's still okay to kill people for being homosexual:
If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
While it is true, that if a person were found to be homosexual in the time of Old Testament law, they were to be put to death, let me explain that this is no longer the case.
In the Book of Hebrews this is spelled out perfectly for us, so that there should be no confusion about this topic at all. These verses all come from Hebrews chapter nine, I'm not going to put the entire chapter on here for sake of space, but you can go and read the entire chapter here.
Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary.
So as we see, the first covenant, or testament, had ordinances of divine service, and a sanctuary, or tabernacle made with hands. These ordinances are referring to all the restrictions on the food we were to eat, how we handled the sick, clothing, etc.
But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:
Then we see the priest offered sacrifices for the errors, or sins, of each and every person, including himself, each year. This was to signify that which was to come, Jesus Christ, which is referred to in the next verse:
The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:
He's telling us here that not everything had been made manifest, or visible while the old tabernacle and law were in effect.
But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
So as we clearly see from these verses, when Jesus offered himself it only had to be done once (verse 12) so the need for sacrifices and the ordinances were taken away.
But you still may be wondering, why did those who committed errors like homosexuality have to die, even in the O.T. times? Well, the short answer is because God said so, but the best answer is found in verse twenty-two of Hebrews nine:
And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
This explains everything to us. It explains why they sacrificed animals, and killed those who were guilty of more egregious sins, and it shows us why Jesus had to die. You see, the only way for sin to be paid for, is with the shedding of blood, and without it, sins CANNOT be remitted.
Before I move on to my next point you need to understand; if you have a problem with this, your problem is not with me, it's with God.
But I want to briefly bring this back to modern society. Many have asked me, why does it matter if people are homosexual, and why does it matter if they get married?
First of all, it matters to me if someone is homosexual because generally speaking that person is not a Christian. I know there are those who claim the name of Christ while being homosexual, but we all would agree that it's a very small percentage. So my initial reaction is that they need to be saved.
Secondly, it bothers me if they flaunt it, just like it bothers me if straight people flaunt it. Certain actions are to take place in private, but it seems like the homosexual community is trying more and more to do certain things in public, and I have a major problem with that.
Now to gay marriage. Many say, "How in the world does it affect you if homosexuals get married?" Well, I would just say, how does it affect them if they don't? Many people today view marriage as nothing more than a flimsy piece of paper that they plan on ignoring the first time things get tough, therefore they don't bother. They just move in together and start their life without the ceremony. But homosexuals, who generally speaking, care less about societal norms than most, want to get married, and many want it done in a church? Why?
The answer is easy; to thumb their noses at Christians. It's not about equality. Nobody is trying to stop them from living together or even civil unions. Homosexuals have all the rights that anyone else does. This is about trying to tell churches what they have to do, and I for one will never be apart of it. I believe in our religious freedom and I will not have it taken away by homosexuals or anyone else for that matter. If homosexuals want to live together, fine. They don't answer to me about such things, they only answer to God.
Some will say, "This is bigotry!" This makes me want to get angry, and laugh out loud at the same time. Bigotry? Blacks who were called the "N" word experienced bigotry. Blacks who were told they couldn't drink from the same water fountains as white people experienced bigotry. Blacks who were hosed down in the streets experienced bigotry. Blacks who were brought over here and made slaves experienced bigotry. Homosexuals don't know the first thing about bigotry. Just because I disagree with what they do, doesn't mean I'm oppressing them, just like when they disagree with me, they're not oppressing me.
Here's the HardTruth.
Homosexuals have every right that anyone else does, and then some. Why is it if a group of people jump me and take my money, it's a crime, but if the same happens to a homosexual it's a hate crime? Did the people who jumped me love me? No. All crimes are hate crimes, yet homosexuals get preferential treatment. Just because our society has said, "You're not going to change what marriage is", doesn't mean homosexuals are being oppressed. Just because the Bible says homosexuality is wrong, doesn't mean they are being oppressed. And just because I whole-heartedly agree with the Bible doesn't mean I'm oppressing anyone either, and that's the HardTruth.