The Plague of Perversion
One of the most potentially devastating movements to evolve from the environment of human degeneracy in recent decades is the so-called “Gay Movement.” The homosexual “lifestyle,” with considerable support from the entertainment industry, and significant publicity from the news media, is a growing phenomenon.
No longer content to practice their perversion behind closed doors, homosexuals have moved into the mainstream of society and are flaunting their immorality in the most extravagant ways imaginable. Marching in “Gay Pride” parades, they thrust lewdness in the faces of men, women, and children alike. Their agenda has no limits.
They are demanding their full “human rights” which, according to them, include the right to hold influential governmental positions, the right to teach in schools, the right to “marry,” and the right not to be “discriminated against” in any job. Huge corporations have capitulated to the powerful gay-rights lobby, and even cities (such as San Francisco) have caved in to this movement so that private businesses have been forced to acknowledge “civil unions.” Now, “gay marriage” is in their nation-wide agenda as they await the snail-paced process of legal review on a state-by-state basis.
The very fact that so many within our country have taken a tolerant—even sympathetic—view of this perverted movement, ought to be a danger signal to every moral-minded person in the United States.
The Cause of Homosexuality
Exactly what is responsible for homosexual orientation? Some medical authorities assert that homosexuality is either the result of genetic problems (abnormal chromosome variations) or psychological aberrations. It is now known that in most instances of homosexuality this is not the case.
Forty-five years ago, Pritchard’s study of male homosexuals found a normal complement of
XY chromosomes in every case (1962, 108). In 1974 the American Psychiatric Association voted to remove homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses. In the spring of 1979, after a decade-long study, sex researchers Masters and Johnson concluded that homosexuality for most persons is neither a physical or emotional illness, nor is it a genetic disorder; rather, it is a learned behavior. Study of this subject led Dr. Jerry Bergman to state: “It is not understood exactly what learning produces a gay sexual orientation, but because this behavior is learned, quite possibly it could be learned from other homosexuals” (1981; cf also 1995). (For more information, see the article on the so-called Gay Gene by Harrub and Miller.)
The Biblical View
In the sacred Scriptures, homosexuality is not viewed as a medical issue; rather, it is a moral problem. The name of Sodom lives in the infamy of history. So well known is the biblical narrative concerning the perversions of Sodom and Gomorrah, that the term “Sodomite,” across the centuries, became synonymous with “homosexual.” Recent allegations by modernistic theologians who suggest that the sin of Sodom was mere “inhospitality,” or an intended “gang rape,” contains not a shred of evidence.
When Jehovah’s messengers came to Lot’s house in Sodom, certain base men surrounded the dwelling and urged Abraham’s nephew to send out the visitors “that we may know them” (Genesis 19:5). The word “know” (Hebrew
ginosko) is sometimes employed in the Bible as a euphemism for “to have sexual relations with” (cf. Genesis 4:1; Matthew 1:25). The men of Sodom clearly wanted to engage in sexual activity with Lot’s guests.
These perverts are characterized as “wicked” and their sin is said to be “very grievous” (Gensis 18:20ff). In the New Testament, the inspired Peter affirmed that God turned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes and “condemned them with an overthrow, having made them an example unto those that should live ungodly.” Yet righteous Lot, who was “sore distressed by the lascivious life of the wicked” and daily vexed with their “lawless deeds,” was delivered (2 Peter 2:6-8). Later, the law of Moses declared: “And if a man lie with mankind, as with womankind both of them have committed abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall surely be upon them” (Leviticus 20:13).
Some claim, however, that since many Old Testament regulations are obsolete today (e.g., the wearing of a garment of mingled fabric—Deuteronomy 22:11), so also injunctions against sodomy may be similarly ignored. This is a woeful blunder. Some Old Testament regulations were strictly ceremonial in nature and thus solely a part of that temporary system. Homosexuality is a moral evil that assaults the home, the very foundation of human society; it has never been tolerated by God.
The Teaching of Jesus Christ
Some religionists (homosexuals and their sympathizers), while admitting that certain New Testament passages appear to condemn homosexual conduct, nonetheless deny that Jesus personally censured such acts. This is totally inaccurate.
First, Christ clearly taught that the doctrine of his inspired spokesmen ultimately was from him. To the seventy disciples under his commission, he said, “He who hears you hears me; and he who rejects you rejects me” (Luke 10:16). Paul, who was very outspoken about sodomy, affirmed that the things he wrote were “the commandment of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 14:37).
Second, when Jesus spoke of marriage as that which was ordained of God, he stated it was for male and female (Matthew 19:4-6).
Third, the Lord’s concession, that fornication against an innocent spouse is grounds for divorce by the victim, condemns sodomy since this vile practice is but a form of fornication. This point needs some elaboration. Unless there are contextual indications (either immediate or remote) which suggest that biblical terms have been given special meanings, the words of the sacred text are to be understood as they were commonly employed by the writers of that era. The word “fornication” (Greek
porneia) was used in antiquity in a generic sense “of various kinds of ‘unsanctioned sexual intercourse’” (Danker et al. 2000, 854). It includes such sins as prostitution, incest, homosexuality, bestiality, and such like (Reisser 1975, 497-501).
Jude explicitly declares that Sodom and her neighbors had “given themselves over to fornication and gone after strange flesh” (v. 7). Finally, Christ indicated that ancient Sodom was in need of repentance and that they justly were destroyed (cf. Matthew 11:23, 24; Luke 17:29).
Additional New Testament Evidence
Paul’s inspired rebuke of homosexuality in Romans 1 could be misunderstood only by the willfully ignorant. In verses 26 and 27, homosexual conduct is characterized as: (a) the result of vile passions; (b) a perversion from the natural to that which is against nature (note Jude’s reference to “strange flesh” [vs. 7]); © lust causing males to burn for males and females for females; (d) unseemliness; (e) error that was due recompense.
Further, in 1 Corinthians 6:9 the apostle declares that the “effeminate” (
malakos – “pert. to being passive in a same-sex relationship, effeminate, especially of catamites, of men and boys who are sodomized by other males in such a relationship” [Danker et al., 613]), and “abusers of themselves with men” cannot (in that condition) inherit the kingdom of God. This latter phrase translates the Greek word
arsen, a male, and
koite, bed). Literally, it is males in bed with males!
In 1 Timothy 1:9-10, Paul puts homosexuals in the same lawless class with murderers of parents, etc. Some attempt to wrest the Scriptures by suggesting that Paul was not condemning homosexuality per se, rather, only the abuse of this practice. But there is, liberals maintain, a proper homosexual relationship that would be approved. How absurd! The same type of logic would imply that there is a legitimate form of drunkenness, idolatry, murder, etc.—that only perversions of such acts are condemned!
The Matter of Rights
The contention is frequently made these days that sexual preference is entirely a private affair. We are told that what homosexuals do is their business. Those who fancy themselves as broadminded intellectuals allege that the “rights” of all must be protected. There are several things wrong with this reasoning:
First, the “gays” are pushing for public acceptance of their conduct. They want to teach in public schools, etc. Do parents have any rights? As a parent I have the right to expect that my children will receive their education from reasonably moral people. Should those who champion incest and bestiality be denied their “rights” to teach children?
Secondly, one spokesperson for the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights has stated that the ultimate goal of the gay liberation movement is “freedom of sexual expression for young people and children.” The writer says, “We gain nothing by limiting our defense of homosexual love to consensual sex between adults. It is absurd to charge gay men who share their sexuality with boys as ‘child molesters’” (Stockton Record 1979). Is this what the Constitution of the United States was designed to protect?
What Shall We Do?
It would be most desirable if we could simply teach sinful homosexuals to abandon their wickedness, obey Christ, and accept his forgiveness (Acts 2:38). This is precisely what some in the first century did (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). However, the so-called gay community is totally unconcerned with anything the Bible says. These people must be dealt with differently. This approach is thus suggested:
Virtually every person has a threshold of morality at some point. Those opposed to this depravity must demand that homosexuals defend their practice on some moral basis. For example, is bestiality immoral? What about incest? If the homosexuals endorse this type of activity, let them come out and publicly say so. If they feel that such conduct is immoral, by what standard is their judgment made?
They must be pressured to logically and consistently defend their views. It will become apparent that when one rejects God as the ultimate standard of right and wrong (as his will is revealed ultimately in the New Testament record), there is absolutely no stopping place for human immorality. Who is willing to accept the inevitability of this type of thinking? Scarcely no one except those who have no regard for logic and who revel in debauchery.
Let us, therefore, kindly, but forcefully, press these truths upon our contemporaries. We must take the initiative in this struggle for decent conduct. The future of generations yet unborn depends upon how intelligently, spiritually, and vigorously we engage this battle.
[Note: For an alarming report of how students, who may have contracted the HIV virus, are protected from identification see this article.
- Bergman, Jerry. 1981. http://www.asa3.org/aSA/PSCF/1981/JASA9-81Bergman.html
- Bergman, Jerry. 1995. http://www.answersingenesis.org/tj/v9/i1/homosexual.asp
- Danker, F. W. et al. 2000. A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Christian Literature. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago.
- Harrub, Brand and Dave Miller. 2004. http://www.apologeticspress.org/articles/2553.
- Pritchard, M. 1962. Homosexuality and Genetic Sex. Journal of Mental Science, 108:616-623.
- Reisser, H. 1975. The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology. Vol. 1. Colin Brown, ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
- Stockton Record. 1979, April 7.
About the Author
Wayne Jackson has written for and edited the Christian Courier since its inception in 1965. He has also written several books on a variety of biblical topics including The Bible and Science, Creation, Evolution, and the Age of the Earth, The Bible on Trial, and a number of commentaries. He lives in Stockton, California with his dear wife, and life-long partner, Betty.