Homosexual Orientation vs. Homosexual Behavior

Kevin Probst By Kevin Probst, 19th May 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The Bible condemns behavior, not orientation. We may have a proclivity toward alcoholism or gambling or adultery, but the proclivity in itself is not a sin, yielding to sinful behavior is.

Homosexual Orientation vs. Homosexual Behavior

The term ‘homosexuality’ is not found in the Bible. Nor is the term ‘lesbian’. The absence of these modern day terms in scripture does not indicate that scripture is silent regarding this issue. The Bible does not address orientation but the Bible very clearly and unequivocally addresses behavior. Same sex is condemned in the Pentateuch and also again in the New Testament. The Apostle Paul strongly warned about homosexual behavior, even listing it as one of those sins that, if not confessed and cleansed by the sacrifice of Christ, would certainly lead one to hell. (1)

God’s plan from the very beginning was that sexual relations should be between one man and one woman involved in a monogamous relationship that would last a lifetime. God’s condemnation of sexual activity outside of these parameters must be taken very seriously. Those involved in homosexual behavior or adulterous behavior in the Old Testament were subject to the punishment of death. The instructions were very specific and unarguable: “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman, that is detestable.” (2) The penalty for such behavior was clearly spelled out: “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both have done what is detestable. They must be put to death’. (3) The severity of the law of the Old Testament is now redundant due to the fact that Christ made the ultimate sacrifice by which he made available an abundant grace to all who would believe in him and repent of their sins.

Since the fall of man our depraved nature has habitually taken the good and beautiful gifts of God and corrupted them. God gave us the ability to create art, but we have corrupted that gift by creating works that degrade the holy nature of God, even winning awards for placing a cross in a jar of urine and declaring it art. (4) God gave us music as a way of expressing our praise for him but we have corrupted his gift by using it to promote violence and hatred and twisted sexual behavior. God gave us the gift of sex so that we might procreate and multiply God’s crowning achievement, the creation of the human being. As a bonus he threw pleasure into the formula but we have corrupted his gift by trespassing beyond the parameters he has clearly set for us in scripture.

Lest Christians get on their high horse and beginning flailing away at those who commit sexual sins, let us beware of Christ’s requirement for holy living. He didn’t come to lower the standard of his Father’s holiness, on the contrary, Jesus said, “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (5) If anything, Christ is now raising the bar by requiring that those who call themselves Christians draw on the grace of God made available by his Holy Spirit and allow him to purify our minds.

So what are the parameters regarding sex in the Word of God? They are simple and very clear. We have only three options regarding sexual activity if we are to please a Holy God: (6)
1. Abstinence before marriage
2. Fidelity in marriage
3. Celibacy in singleness
Sometimes orientation can be changed. (7) There are others who seem to be destined to a life full of temptation. We must not believe the lie our culture is continually screaming in our ear that no one can really be fully human unless they are participating in some sort of sexual activity. The Apostle Paul refuted this lie when he commended those who chose celibacy as a lifestyle and were able to free themselves of sexual activity in order to live a more exclusive and sanctified life for the sake of the Kingdom of Christ. (9)

The Bible does not condemn those who have an orientation toward homosexuality or toward infidelity. But it clearly condemns those who participate in sinful sexual acts. We must always distinguish between temptation and actual sin. Those who must fight a proclivity toward homosexuality and who do so successfully have not sinned. Those who fail in their struggle need to experience an alternative love, a love that demonstrates the holy nature of a forgiving and merciful God. True followers of Christ will not shove a boot in the face of the homosexual or the one who is sexually promiscuous. Rather, they will demonstrate the true nature of Christ who graciously offered living water to the woman at the well whose life was shredded with sexual sin. (10)

We often fall into the trap of treating gay and lesbian people as if they were lepers. We condemn their sin while committing an equal or greater sin of acting as if their actions merit a greater punishment for their sins.

Today Christians are expressing great concern over same-sex marriage. It is easy to find scripture to oppose such a union. But the marriage Christians should be more concerned about is the marriage of homosexual sin with Christianity itself. The idea that one can live in a continuous state of sin and disobedience and still claim ‘at-one-ness’ with Christ Jesus is a blasphemous heresy. Of course, the homosexual should be welcome to come as they are to our Christian assemblies but they are not welcome to stay as they are. The church is a place for all sinners to repent of their sin and join the body of believers who rejoice in Christ’s power to deliver us from sin.

What are the causes of homosexuality? Some would claim that there is a gene that causes one to be oriented toward homosexuality. There is no sure evidence of this claim and the study of identical twins with the same genetic code but differing orientations seems to contradict this claim. Environmental factors seem to play a part in orientation. Observe that very few homosexual men have a strong, healthy relationship with their father or any other male figure in their early lives. We all have inclinations. We all have orientations and a whole realm of experiences that have brought us to where we are. The Bible minimizes the psychological and environmental aspects and makes behavior the primary issue. We are all called to repentance.


1. 1 Timothy 1:8-11
2. Leviticus 18:22
3. Leviticus 20:13
4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piss_Christ
5. Matthew 5:28
6. Matthew 19
7. http://www.newswithviews.com/psychology/psychology2.htm
8. 1 Corinthians 7:22-35
9. 1 Corinthians 7:8
10. John 4:1-26

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Adultery, Christian Homosexual, Fornication, Habitual Sin, Holiness Of God, Homosexual Behavior, Homosexual Orientation, Homosexuality

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author avatar Kevin Probst
Kevin lives in Columbus, Georgia. He is married with three sons. He teaches Bible and apologetics at Lafayette Christian School in LaGrange, Georgia. www.kpprobst.blogspot.com

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author avatar Jack Vorster
20th May 2012 (#)

One who is tempted to steal, but does not, is not a thief. And as you say, the same applies to to those who are homosexually inclined. As for the cause of it, I am convinced that it is demonically inspired over a period of time so that the victim finally gives in to the power of suggestion. In other words, the victim finally believes the lie and starts the "orientation" process. In exactly the same way crimes are committed by people as a result of "voices" in their head urging them to go ahead and steal or kill.
It is in the area of sex that Satan started his campaign against God's Word to man when fallen angels took human wives to themselves and Satan has been perverting sex ever since. Bottom line - homosexuality is a lie of the devil and it would not surprise me if demons are actually able to manipulate genes once they have the victim convinced.

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author avatar Tony Barnes
20th May 2012 (#)

Interesting observations Jack.

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author avatar Jack Vorster
21st May 2012 (#)

Yes Tony, we have to bear in mind that we are spiritual beings stripped of the ability to see into the spiritual realm. While demons cannot read our thoughts, they can hear what comes out our mouths (our thoughts expressed) and then attack us in the area of our weaknesses. Spirits can make contact with spirits - and demons do exactly that. The mind of our spirit picks up that communication and it is assumed to be our own thought and before we know it we speak it. That is why the Bible teaches us to discern the spirits to see if they are from God or not. I might also mention that the moment we speak out or enact demonically-inspired thoughts we take ownership of it. That is why God holds us - and not demons - accountable for our words and actions.

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author avatar Jack Vorster
21st May 2012 (#)

And I might add that a youngster who is unhappy with his father might mutter and complain continually to to himself about his father. Demons might then inject thoughts like, "All men are like that. It is better to be a woman. Just observe your mother. She is sweet and kind and not at all like your father."
After a few years of this kind of thought pattern will get the ball rolling towards homosexuality.

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author avatar Tony Barnes
22nd May 2012 (#)

I agree...a similar thought we should remember is "what we tolerate; we sponsor".

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author avatar Jack Vorster
22nd May 2012 (#)

That's a good one, Tony. It speaks volumes.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
3rd May 2013 (#)

Kevin, thank you for your very accurate and truthful account of God's Word, I hope this is in a book . The Bible speaks of a spirit of Harlotry , and seducing spirits of lust and adultery, and I believe this is one of Satan's greatest weapons against all mankind since the Fall of man . Anything that would pervert Truth and Righteousness , and would hold back the One who would crush his head ( though done at Calvary ) and cast him into the eternal Pit ( yet to be ) would have him , all gun's blazing with hatred , at those who are made in the image of the true and Living God , of whom we must all give account .
Man looks on the outward appearance , but God sees the heart and all that is in it , and out of the mouth the heart speaks , and acts ....selah
God bless you
Stella

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