Homosexuals commonly claim that Jesus never condemned homosexuality. However, they are factually wrong. Jesus condemned homosexuality when he reaffirmed the creation ordinance of marriage between a man and a woman. The parallel passages of Matthew 19:3-9 and Mark 10:2-12 contain some of Jesus’ teaching on marriage.
Matthew 19:3-9 And the Pharisees came forward to him testing him, and saying to him, Is it allowed to a man to dismiss his wife for every reason? 4 And he answering said to them, Did you not read that the one making from the beginning, made them male and female. 5 And he said, On account of this a man shall leave the father and the mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and the two will be for one flesh. 6 So that no longer are they two, but one flesh. What then God yoked together, let not man separate! 7 They say to him, Why then did Moses give charge to give a scroll of divorce, and to dismiss her? 8 He says to them that, Moses for the hardness of your heart committed to your care to dismiss your wives; but from the beginning it happened not thus. 9 And I say to you, that who ever should dismiss his wife, not for harlotry, and should marry another, commits adultery; and the one being dismissed marrying, commits adultery. (Apostolic Bible Polyglot)
Mark 10:2-12 And coming forward, Pharisees asked him, Is it allowed for a man to dismiss a wife? testing him. 3 And answering he said to them, What did Moses give charge to you? 4 And they said, Moses committed to one’s care to write a scroll of divorce and to dismiss. 5 And answering Jesus said to them, Because of the hardness of your heart he wrote to you this commandment. 6 But from the beginning of creation God made them male and female. 7 Because of this a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall be cleaved to his wife; 8 and the two will be for one flesh. So that no longer are they two, but one flesh. 9 What then God yoked together, let not man separate! 10 And in the house again his disciples concerning the same asked him. 11 And he says to them, Who ever should dismiss his wife, and should marry another, commits adultery against her. 12 And if a wife should dismiss her husband, and should marry another, she commits adultery.
In each account of Jesus’ encounter with the Pharisees Jesus reiterated the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman by stating, “But from the beginning of creation God made them male and female. Because of this a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall be cleaved to his wife; and the two will be for one flesh. So that no longer are they two, but one flesh.” Note that Jesus actually states the definition of marriage three times in this instance.
First, Jesus states that God “made them male and female.” This statement references several different statements of the creation account.
Genesis 1:27 And God made man. According to the image of God he made him. Male and female he made them.
Genesis 2:23-25 And Adam said, This now is bone from my bones, and flesh from my flesh; she shall be called woman, for from the man she was taken. 24 Because of this man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and the two shall be for one flesh. 25 And the two were naked, both Adam and his wife. And they were not ashamed.
Genesis 5:1-2 This is the book of the origin of men in which day God made Adam. According to the image of God he made him. 2 Male and female he made them, and he blessed them. And he named his name Adam, in which day he made them.
The account of the forming of Eve is particularly important to this subject because the author of Genesis noted that there was no suitable helper found for Adam.
Genesis 2:21 And Adam called names to all the cattle, and to all the winged creatures of the heaven, and to all the wild beasts of the field; but to Adam there was not found a helper likened to him.
Only the forming of the female counterpart to Adam was sufficient to meet the qualifications of a helper or “help meet.” The physical union of Adam and his helper constituted a marriage. No combination of two males or two females can constitute a marriage.
Secondly, Jesus referenced a man leaving his “father and mother.” By referencing a man’s father and mother Jesus noted that the procreative abilities of a man and and his wife were an explicit part of the definition of marriage. When Adam names his wife Eve in Genesis 3:20 he also references the fact that all men would be descendants of Eve and himself.
Genesis 3:20 And Adam called the name of his wife, Zoe (Chavvah in Hebrew or Eve), for she was mother of all the living.
Thirdly, by stating that a man in particular “shall be cleaved to his wife,” Jesus again noted the different genders of each party to a marriage.
After explaining how Jesus condemned homosexuality by reaffirming the definition of marriage, homosexuals still vainly cry that Jesus did not explicitly say something to the effect of “homosexuality is wrong” or quote the condemnations of sodomy in Leviticus. However, such a statement is unnecessary.
As the above graphic illustrates, it is foolish to believe that because Jesus did not explicitly condemn a certain practice that that practice is acceptable. Jesus confirmed the whole of the Old Covenant scriptures in John 10:35 and other places. It was unnecessary for him to restate the entirety of the Old Covenant moral code.
In the case of a hypothetical homosexual marriage, the advocate of such a thing is presupposing that such a thing as a homosexual marriage fits within the definition of a marriage. There can be no such thing as a homosexual marriage since the definition of marriage as defined by God and set forth in creation is between a man and a woman. Claiming that the Christian scriptures must condemn homosexual marriage for it to be wrong would be like claiming the scriptures must condemn killing rocks for it to be wrong. It is impossible to kill something which is not alive and further still impossible to kill something which has never been alive. In order to kill a rock one must change the definition of kill to mean something other than to end the life of something that is living. In the same way, in order to allow for such a thing as homosexual marriage to exist, the definition of marriage must be changed to allow for two males or two females to be married in addition to the traditional definition of a male and a female. No warrant in scripture is given to ever change the definition of marriage.
Since a homosexual marriage is an impossibility, homosexuality is condemned since sexual intercourse outside of marriage is also condemned. Hebrews 13:4 is one of many condemnations of sexual intercourse outside of the marriage bed.
Hebrews 13:4 The wedding is esteemed in every way, and the marriage-bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
Other condemnations of homosexuality in scripture include Leviticus 18:22, 20:13, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9, and 1 Timothy 1:9-10.
It is impossible to escape the conclusion that homosexuality is condemned in Scripture. It is also impossible to escape the conclusion that there is no such thing as a homosexual marriage and thus, the claiming of such a title for a homosexual relationship does not justify it.
As the author of Scripture, Jesus condemned homosexuality during His incarnation and in His revelation to us in the Old and New Covenant.
…the scripture cannot be broken.