Where in the Bible does Jesus condemn homosexuality?

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.

If I didn't specifically speak against something even though it had been specifically spoken against everywhere else in the Bible, then it must mean I am okay with it and you can feel free to use that as an argument to live a sinful lifestyle.
If Jesus didn’t condemn something even though it’s condemned elsewhere in the Bible it’s ok to do that thing. #ThingsJesusNeverSaid

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.

15 thoughts on “Where in the Bible does Jesus condemn homosexuality?”

  1. You state “Homosexuals commonly claim that Jesus never condemned homosexuality. However, they are factually wrong.”. Then, you precisely prove their point by showing that he never explicitly condemned homosexuality. Rather, you deduce that by affirming the former he is condemning that latter. No matter what you believe, this is a very poor argument.

    1. I showed clearly how Jesus excluded the possibility of homosexual marriage. Jesus upheld the commandment forbidding adultery which in the case law of the Old Covenant forbids homosexuality. Thus, Jesus condemned homosexuality.

      One could also simply appeal to the fact that he upheld the commandment, “Thou shalt not commit adultery” which would be a condemnation of homosexuality since as already stated, the Old Covenant specifically prohibits homosexuality. Proving that Jesus affirmed the creation ordinance of marriage shows the consistency of scripture.

      It is impossible to escape the conclusion that Jesus condemned homosexuality.

  2. Mark 19: Jesus is answering questions about divorce and remarriage. That is clear, crystal clear, yet evangelicals have a higher divorce rate than society at large. Why ignore the clear teachings of Jesus to point the finger at a tiny minority that Jesus was not trying to address?

    If you claim that his reading of Genesis means we are under the OT today, you are going to run into a terrible problem in Matthew 15:4 where Jesus quotes the OT: “Anyone who speaks disrespectfully of father or mother must be put to death.”

    When Jesus dealt with biblical literalists, he warned them “the letter brings death” and said all the law and prophets could be summed up in 2 commands: Love God…Love your neighbor as yourself.” So please don’t make the Pharisee error. Don’t go literal and legalistic.
    Besides, the people who said Jesus never explicitly mentioned “homosexuality” were correct. Even the arguments you made were inferential, and not reasonable inferences at
    that. “Homosexuality” is a modern medical concept developed from scientific evidence unavailable thousands of years ago when scripture was written. Translators who were Culture warriors put the term describing life-long sexual orientation into the mouths of ancient men, thus misleading readers like you who want to find the truth.

    One thing you and I agree on is that Christian sects who deny their children life-saving transfusions and medicines are dangerous and dead wrong even though they sincerely believe they are following biblical teachings. I think you are just as dangerous as they are as you sweep aside the unanimous conclusion of every medical association in the free world.
    This year the ex-gay ministries that had proclaimed gays could change into heterosexuals announced that nobody had changed from homosexual to heterosexual. The men with the official files shocked the nearly one million Christians who had been trying to change over the past 40 years. Not even the president of the only worldwide evangelical ex-gay ministry network, Alan Chambers of Exodus International, had become heterosexual. The national Love in Action closed down and then Exodus International followed suit. Maybe it’s time for the church to look with fresh eyes at these old questions.

    When I was a boy, 9 of 10 Christians “knew” it was a sin for a white person to marry a black person. And they had biblical support for their position, including the bible’s
    curse of Ham. The church had to rethink their theology.

    Mildred Loving, of the groundbreaking Loving v Virginia case said, “I support marriage equality; it is the same struggle my husband Richard and I endured, the struggle to marry the person you love.” It seems to me that our grandkids’ generation will see your views on gays the way we see our grandparents’ generation’s views on race and interracial marriage.

    Don’t be DEAD certain. Lives are in the balance. This week Uganda, inspired by 3 American evangelical pastors, enacted the Anti-Homosexuality law that will put many gays into prison for life and jail parents of gay kids for 3 years if the parent fails to immediately report their suspicions of their own child. Also to be jailed are any heterosexual people who assist gay people by providing housing, employment, or any other assistance instead of reporting the suspected gay. It’s a witch hunt.

  3. Many gays call them self’s Christians they even preach in church on the subject of homosexuality and deny the fact it is a sin I am simply amazed at the length they have gone to sustain this contention. They will concede to all other sins except homosexuality how hypocritical is that.

    1. I can’t believe that people who claim to be Christians break commandments every day but are so focused on homosexuality. Are murders and adulterers and gluttons sitting in church, calling themselves Christian? Why not attack them as well? We are all humans born into sin. Why don’t you leave the judging to God? Um, I think that’s also in the Bible. Maybe I’m wrong though.

    2. Many straights call them self’s Christians. They will concede to all other sins except heterosexuality how hypocritical is that.

  4. I can’t believe anyone who hates or is against gays getting married is christian. Just because the bible says gay marriage is wrong doesn’t mean we need to institute it in our own government. Our country was founded on the separation of church and state, and having christians bash gays because their book says to is no reason for it to be illegal in a free country like ours. If you don’t like gay marriage their is countries that penalize it to death, but have fun there. Gays just want the same respect and amenities everyone else gets in this FREE country. If gays want to preach Gods word let them, John 3:16 doesn’t say “anyone who believes in Jesus but isn’t gay can have eternal life.”

  5. MARRIAGE BEGAN AS A PROMISE TO GOD BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN. MARRIAGE IN THIS COUNTRY HAS LONG SINCE DRAWN AWAY FROM THE TRUE MEANING OF THE WORD AND BECOME SIMPLY A LEGAL CONTRACT BETWEEN TWO PEOPLE THAT CAN BE DISSOLVED BY A COURT AT ANY TIME. MARRIAGE IS A HOLY WORD PRESCRIBED BY GOD. IF GAY PARTIES WANT TO SIGN A CONTRACT STATING THEY ARE A COUPLE FOR LIFE THAT’S ONE THING. BUT A MARRIAGE IS ORDAINED BY GOD AND NO OTHER. IT CANNOT BE A CONTRACT OF MAN’S MAKING AND IT CANNOT BE BETWEEN THE SAME SEXES.

  6. They asked if Jesus spoke about homosexuality. Yes, he said it will be worse for this generation than it was in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah. (Matthew 10:15) When the bible refers to Sodom, it refers to all sodomites past, present and future. The fake ministers who join together same sex couples will be punished even worse. (I and II Peter) There are false teachers–many of them.

    1. READ the story of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19). The only homosexual element in it is an attempt to subject the visiting angels to a homosexual gang-bang. Consensual gay relationships are not mentioned anywhere in the story. Nor did Jesus say anything about them or hint at them in his reference to Sodom and Gomorrah. It is clear from the context of what he said that what was in his mind was the ill-treatment of strangers (of which the attempted rape of the visitors in Genesis 19 was one manifestation). The attempt to turn Sodom and Gomorrah into a story about ordinary homosexuality is a non-starter.

  7. I can garauntee that homosexuals will not have eternal life. Everything about it is wrong. You think Jesus is just going to embrace someone who has violated his standards and publicly displays. I don’t know where you come up with your ideas, but they are false.

  8. “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.”

    So why aren’t you and every other Christian condemning and trying to ban or outlaw divorce? Why is divorce ok within Christian churches, but homosexuality is not? Divorced people are welcomed whole-heartedly to attend church but I have never heard one sermon chastising them for it. NOT ONCE. Meanwhile gay men and women are made to feel inferior and unwanted within those same churches. Are not all sins the same in the eyes of God? Yes or no?

    Why do you have an entire website dedicated to no same-sex marriage? Ask yourself… is this what Jesus would do? Is this how a true Christian should spend their time? Why worry about what your neighbor is doing? Your only concern should be your personal relationship with God, not everyone else’s. In the end, you will be judged by that one relationship between you and Him, not the one between your neighbor and Him. Think about that.

  9. It is irrational as well as immoral to approve of homosexual marriage. The laws of nature decree, and science confirms, that male and female are required and designed for normal sex relations and begetting of offspring. My childhood observations of my grandparents’ farm animals, from pet dogs and cats to the cows, sheep, chickens, ducks, and others unfailingly confirmed that offspring always involved a male animal and a female animal. The same is true of people. A man and woman are always involved in begetting children, and nature intended for children to have a father and mother. So it is only logical as well as moral to restrict marriage to one man and one woman only. As my farmer grandparents told me long ago, “it takes a daddy animal and a mommy animal to make baby animals.”

  10. Simple everyday observation of nature proves that homosexuality is illogical because it is unnatural. Nature decrees, and science confirms, that male and female are required and designed for normal sex relations and begetting of offspring. My childhood observations of my grandparents’ farm animals unfailingly confirmed this. The same is true of people. A man and woman are always involved in begetting and birthing children, and nature intended for children to have a father and mother. So it is only logical to restrict marriage to one man and one woman only.

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