Homosexuality condemned repeatedly in Bible

March 14, 2004

Dear Editor:

It never ceases to amaze me how people can come up with their own interpretation of what the Bible says. Last week, Bill Johnston wrote to say that many quote Leviticus 18:22 as the passage that condemns homosexuality, but "the condemnation of many sexual acts was a call for faithfulness to a sexual partner." If this were so, would it not have been easier for God to simply say, "Thou shalt pick thy mate and stay with him or her for life."

God was not just teaching fidelity here, but specifying all the different ways of pairing off that are forbidden. This passage covers incest, adultery, and homosexuality. As for his comparing the condemnation of homosexuality with some other seemingly trivial things condemned in this chapter, such as shaving or mixing linen with wool garments, it helps to study a little of history and culture to see where the writer was coming from. Pagan priests wore garments of wool and linen to symbolize their supposed power over the animal and vegetable worlds. God wanted his priests to be set apart, totally renouncing any pagan customs.


In the continuing effort to understand God and Scripture, one must read and study all of His Word, not just the current passage. It is important to note that this condemnation of mixing wool and linen is mentioned only one other time in the entire Bible. But the condemnation of homosexuality is repeated many times throughout the Bible. The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because of their open, prevalent practice of homosexuality (Gen. 19). Thereafter, the names of Sodom and Gomorrah were used to mean a place of sin.

In Acts 13:10, Paul says, "Thou child of the devil, enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?" We are seeing every day those who take the Word of God and pervert it, or worse, just deny there is a God. It happens today, it happened in Paul's day, and it was back in Jeremiah's day (Jer. 23:36). Romans Chapter 1 talks about how the wrath of God is being revealed against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth.

It goes on to say how God gave them over to their shameful lusts, and the women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones, and the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another, committing indecent acts with other men. This led to depraved minds and all kinds of corruption. The problem is, people don't think they are sinning, they think they are discovering liberty in their new interpretations of age-old laws of nature. 1 Corinthians 6:9 says, "The unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor the effeminate (translate homosexual), nor thieves, covetous, drunkards, swindlers, or slanderers shall inherit the kingdom of God." This is not talking about sins that have been repented of, it is referring to lifestyles.

This list of sins was condemned in both the Old and New Testaments. The shaving and mixing of cloths forbidden in the Old is never mentioned in the New. So it is safe to assume that tradition was changed over the ages. But sin is still sin, and using the command to love does not cover the fact that homosexuality is still wrong. No one is born a homosexual, no more than any are born alcoholics or drug addicts or murderers or thieves. God would not make what He forbids. It's our choice.

Marie Garland


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