One of the many untruths put forth in defense of homosexuality is that ‘fact’ that Jesus said nothing about the subject. Of course this is not accurate, but is an argument based on silence considered proof of support for a particular lifestyle? Jesus never spoke about drug addiction, sex trafficking, child porn or rape either. Does that mean He is fine with such ‘choices?’
Let’s consider what Jesus DID say in light of the current debate on homosexual marriage in our country:
1. And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” (Mt. 19:4-6)
It is clear to any honest mind that marriage is between a man and a woman and that God is the One who joins them together.
2. “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.” (Mt. 15:19)
Let’s get to the root of what Jesus did say. Out of the heart come fornications. Fornications is the Greek word ‘porneia’ which is the root of our modern English word pornography. Here is the definition: illicit sexual intercourse, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals etc., sexual intercourse with close relatives.
It seems that Jesus covered the entire spectrum of sexual immorality in His statement. The point is that sexual intimacy is designed for the God ordained union of a man and a woman, period. Any other kind of sexual activity is sin and destructive.
The issue is the heart. A heart that embraces homosexuality or adultery or incest or sex trafficking or rape or evil thoughts, lies, slander or murder is a heart that desperately needs the transforming work of the Holy Spirit. And that is the free gift of the gospel message. All of us need to be delivered from the power of sin and its many manifestations. That is why Jesus came and that is what Jesus offers.
Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:26)