I was reflecting yesterday on the fact that so many Christians (and non-Christians) will say that they are unsure about whether homosexuality is a sin because “Jesus never spoke about it”. Today I discovered the scripture that turns that argument on its head!
- Mark 7:20-23 – He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”
I suppose the argument that will be thrown back at me is that Homosexuality in a loving relationship is not sexual immorality. But think of it this way. The Jews, who Jesus was talking to, knew the Old Testament, they knew the law and they knew what it said in Leviticus 18 and 22 about homosexuality. In their eyes homosexuality was clearly sexual immorality, Jesus did not have to spell this out to them.
- Leviticus 18:22 – You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.”
- Leviticus 20:13 – “If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act;
I believe that Jesus wants us all to see that the choices we make are what defiles us. Sometimes those choices are influenced by external factors. I for one used to tell people that I was born gay. It is only now that Jesus has saved me and I have had time to work this through that I can see the things that happened in my life that pushed me towards women. I was not created gay, I was created in God’s image. I was scarred along the way and I made my choices, that does not mean they were right or pleasing to God.
Jesus is clear about God’s purpose for us in marriage (Matthew 19:5-6) a man is to be joined to a woman.
Whilst Jesus was never recorded as saying homosexuality is a sin, that does not mean it is not a sin. The Bible, God’s word, clearly tells us otherwise and I believe Jesus too tells us quite clearly in Mark 7 that we are defiled by immoral sexual choices which includes men sleeping with other men and women sleeping with other women.