Bible Question:

My mother says there is a verse in the Bible about homosexuality. I cannot find it.

Bible Answer:

There are a number of verses in the Bible about homosexuality. The term has been changed, and today our culture calls it being “gay.” But it does not matter what anyone calls it. God calls it sin, and here is how God describes it,

If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them. (NASB) Leviticus 20:13

God says it is a sin when a male lies with a male. The same principle holds when it is a woman with amnother woman. One Old Testament verse,

‘You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination. (NASB) Leviticus 18:22

Some teach that since Jesus did not condemn the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11), He does not condemn homosexuality or lesbianism. But that is not true. Listen to the New Testament,

For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. (NASB) Romans 1:26-27

The Holy Spirit wrote these words. These are words from God. The Bible is also very straight forward and says unrepentant homosexuals will not go to heaven,

Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God. (NASB) 1 Cor. 6:9-10

That is being gay. God includes it together with “wickedness, evil, envy, murder, . . .

God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and, although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them. (NASB) Rom 1:28-32

It is sin! God hates the sin of homosexuality so much He destroyed two cities – Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen. 19:24) because of homosexuality. Romans 1:28 seems to say that men and women who choose to be gay have really rejected God!


God forgives all sin, including this one. We must always remember that God loves the sinner. If you know of anyone who thinks they are gay, or thinks they were born gay, let them know we are all born sinners. But they do not have to be gay. Jesus offers to forgive them and help them to flee this sin (John 3:16 and 1 Cor. 10:13). They only need to believe in Jesus to have their sins forgiven.

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