1999 James A. Fowler
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I. Scriptures pertaining to homosexuality
? Gen. 19:1-11 -"we may have
relations with them" (inhospitality? sexual obsession for
- cf. Ezek. 16:49; II Peter 2:6; Jude 7
Lev. 18:22 - "You shall not lie
with a male as one lies with a female"
Lev. 20:13 - "If there is a man
who lies with a male as those who lie with a women, both of them
committed a detestable act; they shall be put to death"
Deut. 22:5 - "a woman shall not
wear man's clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman's clothing"
? Judges 19:22 - "bring out the
man who came into your house that we may have relations with
I Kings 14:24 - "there were male
cult prostitutes in the land"
I Kings 15:12 - "he put away the
male cult prostitutes from the land"
Rom. 1:26,27 - "women exchanged
the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the
way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman
and burned in their desire
one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving
in their own
the due penalty of their error"
I Cor. 6:9 - "do you not know...effeminate,
nor homosexuals...shall inherit the kingdom of God" (Greek
malakos - passive, effeminate, soft homosexual partner;
Greek arsenokoites - active, aggressive
I Tim. 1:10 - "immoral men and homosexuals...whatever
else is contrary to sound teaching"
II. Biblical position toward homosexual behavior
A. Homosexuality is sin because it
is contrary to God's intent for human sexuality.
divided mankind into male and female, made to fit together -
Gen. 1:27; 2:18
intent is heterosexual relationship between one man and one woman
in context of marriage
- Gen. 2:23,24.
Otherwise celibacy - Matt. 19:10-12
unnatural - Rom. 1:26
indecent - Rom. 1:27
detestable - Lev. 20:13
"degrading passion", insatiable lust - Rom. 1:26
abomination - Lev. 18:22; 20:13
immoral - porneia - Rom. 1:29; I Cor. 6:3
rebellion against God
idolatry - obsessive preoccupation - Rom. 1:25
abnormal, aberration, perversion
B. Homosexuality is sin because
it is contrary to character of God.
God's character is purity - Ps. 18:26
Homosexuality is impurity - akatharsia - Rom. 1:24
Homosexuality is dishonoring to God - Rom. 1:21
Homosexuality rejects the absoluteness and sovereignty of God
C. Homosexuality is sin because
it comes under divine judgment.
and Gomorrah - Gen. 19; II Pet. 2:6; Jude 7
penalty of error - Rom. 1:27
not inherit kingdom of God - I Cor. 6:9
III. Social degeneracy in contemporary attitudes toward
A. Sigmund Freud - regarded homosexuality
as a psychosis which could be cured.
B. Later psychologists regarded homosexuality
as a sickness, illness or disease.
C. Homosexuality began to be regarded
as "gay" lifestyle.
D. Cultural relativism conceded to homosexuality
rights; gay rights
- American Psychiatric Assoc. - "homosexuality is not an
- National Education Assoc. - "not unnatural to have sexual
relations with members
one's own sex."
IV. Fallacious arguments of homosexuality advocates
A. That homosexuality is an inherent
predisposition that one is born with
is not intrinsic to a person
spiritually - depravity, Satanic energizing
psychologically - "flesh" patterning
physically, genetically - heredity, organic, hormonal, DNA
is behavior that is sociologically and psychologically learned,
sinful, dysfunctional families - weak, passive fathers and dominant
guilt and shame - thought life, masturbation, inadequate sexual
inadequate sense of gender distinction - inferiority complex
B. That homosexuality is constitutional
identity is male or female, not "I am a homosexual"
Homosexuality is not what one "is," but what one "does."
C. That the one engaged in homosexuality
is not responsible for his/her actions.
D. That homosexual expression is necessary
and psychologically healthy
1. To have
feeling, desires or attractions toward another of the same sex
does not mean you are a
Such desires are temptations of the Satanic tempter in the mind
In the will we choose to act on such temptation
2. It is
not "hypocritical" to fail to "act out" the
homosexual behavior, and thus to fail to behave like
who you "think" you "are."
E. That homosexuality is so natural
behavior is "natural;" the selfish, personal gratification
of "natural man."
men/men relationships allow sexual expression to be impulsive,
sexual act; and women/women relationships allow sexual expression
to be tender, caring,
subjective sexual relationship; such does not allow for God-given
LOVE to be expressed
in sexual relationship as God intended.
F. That the one engaged in homosexuality
1. To posit
"once gay; always gay," is to posit "once a sinner,
always a sinner," and to deny God's
redemptive work in Jesus Christ.
change does not come by "behavior modification," but
by a spiritual exchange (Acts
26:18) of becoming a "new creature" in Christ - II
VI. Christian attitude toward homosexuality and those engaging
in such behavior.
A. Compassion, love, grace toward
persons being misused and abused by Satan.
B. Firm stand that homosexual behavior
C. Clear witness that those engaged in
homosexuality can overcome such
- change of mind that leads to change of action
creature in Christ - II Cor. 5:17
were some of you" - I Cor. 6:11
D. Unwilling to tolerate continued homosexuality
among Christians - Eph. 5:7,11; II Thess. 3:14
E. Encouragement and counsel for those
who continue to be tempted with homosexual desires