The Claim, “Jesus Never Condemned Homosexuality”

  • A common argument from those who would seek to legitimize homosexual sexual activity goes like this, “Jesus never condemned homosexuality, so who are we to judge?”
  • While it is true that Jesus never specifically mentions “homosexuality” in the gospels, to say that this means he had no problem with homosexual sex is an argument from silence. Lack of direct mention doesn’t imply his endorsement. Jesus never mentioned “idolatry” either, but he certainly didn’t approve of it.
  • While Jesus never spoke directly to the issue of homosexuality, he did affirm God’s creation mandate for human sexuality, the physical union of one man and one woman in a life-long marriage relationship (Matthew 19:4-6).
  • Jesus also spoke against sexual immorality (Matthew 15:19; Mark 7:20-23). The Greek word used in these passages is Porneia, which refers to all forms of illicit sexual activity, including homosexual sex acts.
  • Jesus loves all sinners, including those caught up in sexual sins. Through his death and resurrection anyone who trusts in him with a repentant heart can experience forgiveness, reconciliation, and transformation (John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

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