1. The Scriptures teach that sexuality is a good gift from God. Within Christian marriage, sexual union is a celebration of the marriage covenant and participation in the creativity of God. When our human sexuality is used this way in Christian marriage, it expresses God's will (Mark 10:3-9). Sexual activities outside of the marriage union of one man and one woman are condemned in Scripture whether they are premarital, extramarital, or homosexual(Ex. 20:14; Lev. 18:22; 20:10-16; Rom. 1:18-32; I Cor. 6:9-11; Gal. 5:16-21; Col. 3:5, 6; I Tim. 1:9-10; Rev. 21:8).
Romans 1:18-32 identifies several sins, including a clear statement that homosexual behavior is sin (vs. 26-27). This sin, like others in the passage, is an expression of rejecting God as creator and is evidence one is outside the righteousness of God. The answer to this sin, as well as others, is found in God's great work of redemption in Christ.
Now, although we have the joy of the Holy Spirit and the transforming grace of God, we must continue to struggle to live faithfully. The redemption of our bodies from this struggle remains a future hope (Rom.
8:18-24). Therefore, just as heterosexuals who are single can now live a life of holiness in celibacy (even though they experience heterosexual desire), so also persons with homosexual desire can live a life of holiness in celibacy.
No one is given the freedom to practice sexual sin whether that sin be heterosexual or homosexual. All members of the Christian community are one body in Christ. It is important for the Christian community to provide encouragement, support, and counsel to all of its members to live out their human sexuality in the holiness and righteousness of God.
2. God's first and highest call to humankind is to a relationship with Himself. One disciple of Christ may be called to celibacy and another to marriage. However, Christ calls all of us to freedom from a pre-occupation with the lusts of the flesh. That Jesus never married is a clear indication that sexual union is not a necessary condition for human fulfillment.
3. Those who attempt to support homosexual practice from the Bible use approaches to the Bible that do not support the understandings historically held by the Christian church. Many theologians who
support homosexual practice reinterpret the Scripture in a variety of ways. For example:
a. They reinterpret Romans 1 as only condemning homosexual practice in the context of idol worship. They miss the obvious fact that Paul is condemning, among other things, the idolizing of sex itself.
b. They emphasize that Jesus did not speak against homosexuality. But neither did He speak against rape or child molestation. Yet Christians believe these practices go against Biblical principles.
c. They teach that homosexual genital behavior may now be understood as a good gift. In so doing they agree with Satan's suggestion in the Garden of Eden that God has in fact held back some good gifts from