Did He Really Say Nothing About It?

The point has sometimes been made that Jesus never mentioned homosexuality in His teaching.

What He did say

But we do know this: Jesus expressed His approval of God’s plan for the union of one man and one woman (Matthew 19:1-9).

Also, Jesus made reference to the destruction of Sodom (Luke 17:28-30). Homosexuality was a major lifestyle in Sodom (Genesis 13:13; 18:20-21; 19:1-29). This was the main reason God destroyed it (Jude 7).

Jesus’ ministry was to His fellow Jews. For centuries the Jews had been instructed in the Law of Moses, which forbade homosexuality (Leviticus 20:13).

What Jesus’ representatives had to say

The Greco-Roman world, however, lived by a different standard. So it’s no wonder that in their letters to Gentile Christians, Paul, Peter, and Jude address this issue (Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 Timothy 1:9-11; 2 Peter 2:6-8; Jude 7).

The authors of the New Testament were not expressing their own bias, but preached and wrote by the authority of Jesus, inspired by the Holy Spirit (John 14:25-26; 16:12-13; 17:6, 8, 18, 20; Acts 1:1-8; 2:1-4; 1 Corinthians 2:12-13; 14:37; Galatians 1:11-12; 2 Peter 3:15-16).

They were Christ’s direct and official spokesmen (John 13:20; Matthew 28:18-20). To reject their teachings is to reject Christ who sent them (1 Corinthians 14:37-38; 1 John 4:6).

Because Christ loves sinners (heterosexual and homosexual), He died for us. Whatever our sin, repentance means we change our lifestyle (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

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