Title: What does the Bible have to say about Homosexuality?
Text: Romans 1-2
CIS: Our people are being pounded everyday by the world to embrace homosexuality. But what does the Bible teach us about this?
Introduction: Introductory Video (FRC)
Audience: I’m fully away that this sermon is being recorded and therefore will not stay here with us today. However, with that said, I want to let you know my target audience today is my church – Calvary Baptist Church in Tyler, TX. There will be those who find this message via the Internet and, that’s ok. I’m sure there will be some who disagree with what is shared. That’s okay, too. What is important for you to understand is that I’m sharing Biblical principles from God’s Word. I will cite outside sources at times; however, if you’re listening to me today, you need to understand this message was prepared to help my congregation. They are the ones for which I’m responsible to God. I tell you this, so you’ll understand the tone and passion in my message.
Purpose: There has been a tremendous onslaught of information moving about the world: On the news, on the Internet, in the papers. There are many who desire to make you feel a certain way. My purpose today is to prepare you to take a Biblical stand against the world when that world tells you to ignore what God’s standards are for you. This message today is more about intellect than emotion – although I hope to engage the whole person.
Goal: I want to arm you with what God’s word says about homosexuality and what it means for you, for your family and for your life as a Texan, an American, and a Christian. I want you to know that God has a standard for the Christian and that standard hasn’t changed – no matter what other well meaning individuals might tell you.
My Text: The Word of God. I know there are other sources you can use. The American Journal of Medicine, or just about any medical school or school of Psychology has a publication or journal. Their views will differ. Their views differ from what has been published over the last 50 years. This book is the same and has not changed over the centuries. It is my judgment that this book is authentic and true. It is therefore trustworthy in advice, counsel and commands. The Bible is the standard by which we, as Christians, have been called to live up to. From it we can know God’s heart and intention for our lives.
Caveat: As we begin, I want you to know that this is not a message to encourage discrimination or prejudice. This is not a message of hate or bigotry. The message remains the same: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. If you leave this room today with hatred or bigotry in your heart, I’ve failed to communicate God’s Word clearly.
Furthermore, there is way to much information for me to deal with every topic concerning homosexuality. I can’t do it in one message. I’m not sure it could be done perfectly in one series. I’m pressed for time as it is. So, when I’m finished today, and you approach me and say: you didn’t cover such and such. I want to refer you to my purpose mentioned above: to prepare you to take a stand.
Our Outline: (I’ll only get through point #1 this today)
- The Traditional View of Marriage
- Man’s Perversion
- Why We Cannot Endorse Homosexuality in the Church
Let’s begin with the passages of Scripture we have. We start with what we call The Traditional View or the Biblical View
- The Biblical View: Marriage is between one man and one woman.
- The Design of God: Genesis 1.26-28; 2.18-25; there are different types of flesh created – each one unique. Within the context of man (ish), God creates a ‘same, but different’ companion, or helper for him – one that is suitable for him (ishah). They compliment each other in their differences yet, they are Equal. God commands them to procreate and fill the earth.
So God’s design isn’t any two persons coming together for sex, but rather: one man becoming one flesh with one woman. That is God’s design. We call this the Traditional View of marriage because it has been this way for thousands of years. Let’s begin with the teaching of Jesus.
– Jesus Taught this View. There is another reason in understanding this to be God’s design and that’s because Jesus taught us so. In Matt. 19:4–6 and Mark 10:6–9 Jesus teaches the principles found in Genesis 2, specifically v.24. The Pharisees want to test and trap him by asking him about divorce. Jesus confirms the Biblical model.
3 And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” 4 He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”
– The Apostles Taught this View. I’ve mentioned Matthew and Mark above in quoting Jesus; you can add Luke to that when you discuss Acts 15 and the decision to the Gentile Churches. We might call this the Apostles Decree. I’ll share a little more about the Apostles’ Decree later on. for now, note that at that 1st church council were men like: James, the brother of Jesus, Simon Peter, Paul and Barnabas, Silas. With Paul we could reference Ephesians 5.22-33; or 1 Corinthians 7; The terms husband and wife are used for the English, but the Greek is very explicit with the use of man for husband and woman for wife and to intensify this, personal possessive pronouns are used (i.e., her own husband, his own wife). Peter in his 1st Epistle has a similar passage with similar wording identifying one man and one woman in a marriage.
– The Scriptures are consistent with this View: We’ll look at a few more in just a moment, but usually at this point, someone would comment that the Biblical record on Homosexuality is rather small. And that would be true, but it is larger than most assume.
Scriptures: Genesis 9.20-27; 19.4-11; Judges 19.22-25; Leviticus 18.22; 20.13; Ezekiel 16.50 (and possibly 18.12 and 33.26); Romans 1.18-32; 1 Corinthians 6.9-11; 1 Timothy 1.10; Jude 6-7 and 2 Peter 2.6-7. But there are more when you consider homosexual cult prostitution (Deuteronomy 23.17-18; 1 Kings 14.24; 15.12; 22.46; 2 Kings 23.7; Job 36.14; and Revelation 21.8; 22.15).
Transition: At this point, I’d like to move away from Scripture and give an historical basis for the Traditional View of Marriage. So, what we have so far in our outline is:
- The Traditional View of Marriage
- God’s Design
- Jesus taught it.
- The Apostles taught it.
- Scripture verifies it.
- Historical Tradition
Written in the 1640’s, the Westminster Confession of Faith proclaims: “Marriage is to be between one man and one woman.” I state that to show that for hundreds of years, this has been the traditional view of marriage within the church. Basically, I go back to the Westminster Confession because it was born out of the Reformation. There were pre-reformers in the 1400’s. Martin Luther launched the Reformation in 1517. A Contemporary of Luther was John Calvin, who with his body of work, Institutes of the Christian Religion, established a document that would impact all non-catholic denominations in one way or another. His work in the 1500’s molded and shaped theological works, as well as secular laws and standards.
But we need to go back a lot further to find the roots of our laws concerning marriage between one man and one woman. King Alfred the Great first established the English Common Law in 890 AD. He basically assigned his men the responsibility of delineating the Scripture into English Law. In the 13th Century Henri Bracton wrote On the Laws and Customs of England. He basically put into writing the judicial laws and practices of the English that had been in use even before King Alfred established the English Common Law.
So even though the United States has been in existence since 1776, our foundation comes from our English founders. And, the basis for their laws goes back more than a thousand years. The English Common Law has mirrored the Judeo-Christian Moral Code of Morality closely. Behaviors that were consider unlawful even until very recently included: Sabbath-Breaking, Public Exposure, Fornication and Adultery, Incest and Homosexuality, Polygamy, Arbitrary Divorce, Prostitution, Gambling, Drunk and Disorderly Behavior. Over the past 50 years alone, we have seen each of these being moved into the tolerant zone and in many cases even become legal to practice. (Go back over them and identify practices today)
Ill.: an 18 year old woman is marring her biological father; They are moving to New Jersey where they can live together because it is not illegal in New Jersey. USA Today, January 16th, 2015;
Now, Before I move on from this, let me state further that the laws we’ve had for really more than a 1,000 years were not just behavioral laws, but also laws to help and protect the poor and the sick. These laws are taken from God’s law and are the foundation for our welfare system. (Now, I’m starting to move off task, so let me stop there and just let you know that the laws we have are biblically based and have thousands of years of success behind them.)
Transition: The laws, which governed our nation for hundreds of years, are not new. Specifically, we’re discussing the traditional view of marriage. It has not just been in existence since 1776. Furthermore, the law of marriage being between one man and one woman predates our country and our heritage. Our law is thousands of years old.
Now, there are some who would argue that the Genesis account is not about legal purposes, but rather for the purpose of Man’s aloneness. God created the heavens and the earth. He saw that everything he made was good. He saw that man was alone and that was not good. Therefore, two men or two women can still fulfill this purpose of God. But let me disagree, because what makes them “one flesh” is their coming together. And, the result and purpose of their coming together is to ‘fill the earth and subdue it.” So I think the purpose of God isn’t just companionship (it is not good that man is alone; I will make a helper), but there is the issue of procreation that results in the coming together of these two. That is something two men or two women cannot do.
At this point, the argument would be made that if procreation is really the issue, then what about birth control and what about couples who can’t procreate? They don’t fit the model. In doing this, we’re moving away from my first sub-point: God’s Design. What I am saying is that God’s perfect design fulfills all that he requires. Sin entered through the rebellion of Adam and Eve and everything has been affected. Man’s variation of God’s perfect design breaks down somewhere along the way. This is the definition of sin: when we take God’s perfect design and create variations of it to fulfill our own selfish desires. That in essence is rebellion – sin.
Conclusion: 1 Cor 6.9-11 – such were some of you! That’s us. The difference is the message of hope being accepted. If we embrace the message of the world, we will lose our message: Repent!
So I call you today to repent of your sins and find forgiveness in Christ.
(Part II will be continued next week: The Perversion of God’s Design by men & What is at stake in accepting homosexuality into the church. )