Scripture forbids same-sex practices

March 01, 2004

I want to respond to Billie Jones Stockton's letter concerning the support of same-sex marriages.

She suggests that Christians base their opinions concerning same-sex relationships on Gen. 2:24. This is not the bedrock text I look to for guidance on this matter. Lev. 18:22 says, "Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable." It is clear that this text forbids same-sex practice, as does Rom. 1:18-32 and 1 Cor. 6:9-11. Listed in those who will not inherit the Kingdom of God are those who practice homosexuality. To participate in such practices, according to Scripture, is to willingly remove oneself from those who will inherit the Kingdom of God.

Stockton stated that, "Incorrect Biblical interpretations can lead to serious error." I couldn't agree more, but would also add that the omission of Scriptural truths because we don't agree with them will lead to a life lived in error. It also was stated that "to oppose same-sex marriage is to err by not doing what God through Christ wants us to do - to follow Christ's calling - choosing to love one another and to promote committed relationships between loving couples." Where in Scripture do we find the quote telling us to "promote committed relationships between loving couples"?


Not only has Stockton misinterpreted Scripture, she has changed it all together. No where does Scripture place promoting committed relationships, homosexual or otherwise, above the rejection of what has already been deemed unacceptable. As Christians, we are called to love our neighbor, but not to embrace an unacceptable lifestyle. Not only are we to love our neighbor, we are also called to be holy.

We are all sinners in need of God's saving grace and with that grace comes a life of faithfulness and commitment to the things God has deemed acceptable and a rejection of what God has deemed unacceptable. I oppose same-sex relationships not because I dislike homosexual people, but because my God has said that such practices are unholy and unacceptable.

Finally, Stockton closes by saying, "I pray that we will start helping God be God by allowing same-sex couples sanctify their commitment." We are not called to "help God" we are called to "follow God." God is God whether we believe it or not. God has been doing fine being God all this time and our help was not only unnecessary, it could be harmful.

Scott E. Wilson



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