‘If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, “You just blew your entire life. You never dealt with yourself,” and I don’t want that to happen,’ Bruce Jenner said in her Vanity Fair interview, who is now known as “Caitlyn Jenner.”

Miley Cyrus came out as a pansexual (i.e., a sexuality that expresses itself in many different forms), saying, ‘I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn’t involve an animal and everyone is of age,’ she told Paper magazine. ‘Everything that’s legal, I’m down with. Yo, I’m down with any adult — anyone over the age of 18 who is down to love me. I don’t relate to being boy or girl, and I don’t have to have my partner relate to boy or girl.’

There is actually a coming out day, 11 October. On this day, an article in Gay Star News, 22 celebrities who came out and changed the world in 2015, Roger Rock, a retired British rail worker comments, “Congratulations to all of you – well done I wish I’d come out a lot earlier than 54 it will 20 years next year – never looked back!” Paula Key, from Toronto, Ontario, who studied at the University of Toronto, commented on the same above article. “So happy to blog these lesbians on … There is such a need for gays/lesbians in homophobic countries to learn about their history. Just over 200, 212 visitors – the need is there.”[1]

The Advocate is an American LGBT-interest magazine, printed bi-monthly, ran an article, 53 People Who Came Out This Year, referring to 2015. They write, “We’re always glad when anyone comes out, although it’s particularly noteworthy when well-known people do. They provide role models for young LGBT people and drive home the message that we are everywhere, while usually enhancing their own lives in the process — living openly and honestly is good for the soul. We’re looking back at some famous folks who’ve come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, or fluid this year. Of course, you don’t have to be famous for your coming-out to make an impact. When people know someone who is LGBT, they’re far more likely to support our rights. ‘Every person who speaks up changes more hearts and minds, and creates new advocates for equality,’ notes the Human Rights Campaign.”[2]

Pew Research Center[3]

Acceptance of homosexuality is rising across the broad spectrum of American Christianity, including among members of churches that strongly oppose homosexual relationships as sinful, according to an extensive Pew Research Center survey of U.S. religious beliefs and practices.

Amid a changing religious landscape that has seen a declining percentage of Americans who identify as Christian, a majority of U.S. Christians (54%) now say that homosexuality should be accepted, rather than discouraged, by society. While this is still considerably lower than the shares of religiously unaffiliated people (83%) and members of non-Christian faiths (76%) who say the same, the Christian figure has increased by 10 percentage points since we conducted a similar study in 2007. It reflects a growing acceptance of homosexuality among all Americans – from 50% to 62% – during the same period.

Among Christians, this trend is driven partly by younger church members, who are generally more accepting of homosexuality than their elder counterparts. For example, roughly half (51%) of evangelical Protestants in the Millennial generation (born between 1981 and 1996) say homosexuality should be accepted by society, compared with a third of evangelical Baby Boomers and a fifth of evangelicals in the Silent generation. Generational differences with similar patterns also are evident among Catholics, mainline Protestants and members of the historically black Protestant tradition.

At the same time, however, a larger segment of older adults in some Christian traditions have become accepting of homosexuality in recent years, helping to drive the broader trend. For instance, 32% of evangelical Protestant Baby Boomers now say homosexuality should be accepted, up from 25% in 2007.

Regardless of age, seven-in-ten Catholics – whose church teaches that homosexual behavior is “intrinsically disordered” – say that homosexuality should be accepted by society, a 12-percentage-point increase since 2007. Similar jumps have occurred among mainline Protestants (from 56% to 66%), Orthodox Christians (from 48% to 62%) and members of the historically black Protestant tradition (from 39% to 51%).

Most Mormons and evangelical Protestants still say homosexuality should be discouraged by society – in line with the teachings of many of their churches – but 36% of both groups say it should be accepted. Among Mormons, there was a 12-point increase (from 24% to 36%) in acceptance since 2007, and among evangelicals there was a 10-point rise (from 26% to 36%). Jehovah’s Witnesses remain perhaps the most opposed of any U.S religious tradition toward homosexuality, with just 16% saying it should be accepted by society.

The trend of growing acceptance is evident across many specific Protestant denominations, including some conservative denominations with official teachings that remain strongly opposed to same-sex marriage. For example, among members of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the share saying homosexuality should be accepted by society grew by 12 points (from 44% to 56%) between 2007 and 2014. And although Pentecostals who identify with the Assemblies of God remain largely opposed to homosexuality, 26% now say it should be accepted by society, up from 16% in 2007.

Among members of the Southern Baptist Convention – an evangelical church and the nation’s largest Protestant denomination – the share saying homosexuality should be accepted increased 7 points, from 23% to 30%.

Members of several mainline churches – some of which have officially embraced same-sex marriage – have become even more accepting of homosexuality in recent years. For instance, 73% of members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America now say it should be accepted by society, up from 56% in 2007. Members of the United Methodist Church, the Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the United Church of Christ also have become more accepting toward homosexuality.[4]

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TheRichest.com claims to be “the world’s leading source of shocking and intriguing content surrounding celebrities, money, global events, society, pop culture, sports and much more.” They write, “The year was 2003, Britney shocked the world when she and Madonna went into a kiss with full on mouth-to-mouth. After the fact, Spears announced that she had never kissed a female before and never would again. In an interview with CNN, the pop star stated, ‘I didn’t know it was going to be that long and everything.’ Evidently, she and Madonna discussed the possibility during rehearsals, but did not have a solid plan. When asked if she would ‘do it again,’ she decided that she would not, but maybe if it was Madonna again.”[5]

The world is going liberal-progressive right before our eyes. The above, while once shocking is a regular occurrence. There are more websites than can be counted that run articles about homosexuals and homosexuality. The comments on these innumerable sites are into the millions likely. If one takes a stand as a Christian, saying homosexuality is a sin, they are labeled a homophobe, a bigot, prejudiced and judgmental. Many are afraid to defend the Word of God and their faith.

We have to understand that just as this generation is rapidly growing to accept homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle, the same is true of many Christian beliefs. However, God’s Word is true and the values, morals, and ethics therein are always the same and do not change because of public opinion.

Ephesians 4:14 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

14 So that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of teaching, by the trickery of men, by craftiness with regard to the scheming of deceit;

On this verse, Max Anders writes, “The Ephesian church, as most of the churches Paul wrote, faced teachers with opposing viewpoints. They divided the church body into factions, each opposing the others. Their presence required the type of spiritual maturity and church unity Paul had described. Without such unity the church would act like a group of babies, each crying out because of his own pains and needs, each inconsistently saying one thing and then another, each at the mercy of cunning, deceitful teachers. To avoid infantile behavior, the church must mature into unity of the faith and of knowledge of Christ.[6]

When it comes to Satan’s world, which Jesus said we were to be no part of (John 15:19; 17:14-16), and Paul said that while we must live in the world, we need not fully use it. (1 Cor. 7:31) What did Paul mean? “To handle matters of this life properly, Christians must remember that these things are not permanent. On the one hand, believers live in this world with its pleasure, pain, and responsibilities. On the other hand, they belong to the next world that will replace this life forever. This is why Paul described his own life in paradoxical terms: dying but living, beaten but not killed, sorrowful but rejoicing, poor but making others rich, having nothing but owning everything (2 Cor. 6:9–10).[7]

On the subject of homosexuality, true Christians adhere to the Bible’s view. What is the Bible’s view of homosexuality? If we are going to obey to the Bible and not water down the Word of God, how are we to evangelize those who see us as a homophobe, a bigot, prejudiced and judgmental?

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What is the Bible’s View of Homosexuality?

We have covered this extensively in chapter 1, so we will only offer the gist if it here. We were created in the image of God, and we were designed male and female, to have sexual relations between one man and one woman, only within the marriage arrangement. Men are not to have sexual relations with a male, as with a woman, nor are women to have sexual relations with a woman as with a man; it is an abomination. (Gen. 1:27-28; Lev. 18:22; Pro 5:18-19) The Bible condemns fornication (Gr. Porneia, sexual immorality), which applies to both homosexual and forbidden heterosexual conduct.” (Gal. 5:19-21) Sexual immorality unlawful sexual intercourse, which includes adultery, prostitution, sexual relations between unmarried individuals, homosexuality, and bestiality.

How Should Christians View Homosexuality?

We do not hate homosexuals. Nevertheless, we cannot approve of same-sex relationships of any kind. We can empathize with those who struggle with same-sex attractions, as many heterosexuals struggle with inappropriate sexual attractions to persons of the opposite sex that they ought not. We proudly but not arrogantly live by the moral code found within the Bible. This is our lifestyle choice just as some have made homosexuality their lifestyle choice. We will not hate those who are free to make choices at odds with ours, even if many evidence hatred of us, viewing us as a homophobe, a bigot, prejudiced and judgmental. We will not be ashamed of what we have a right to, a biblical worldview. – Joshua 24:15; Psalm 119:46.

Are Christians to Respect Everyone?

“Unquestionably, the Bible says: “Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.” or, “Respect everyone, love other believers, honor God, and respect the Emperor.” (1 Pet 2:17, NASB and GNT) However, we have a problem with the word homophobic, as it is defined as “showing an irrational hatred, disapproval, or fear of homosexuality, gay and lesbian people, or their culture.” (Bold mine) If anyone asks us if we are homophobic, we will have to qualify it. Why? If we just say that we are not homophobic, they might believe we do not disapprove of it.

Are you homophobic? Respond, “I do not have any hatred of homosexuals, or fear of homosexuality, gay and lesbian people, or their culture. However, I do not approve of same-sex relations of any kind, except friendships.”

Is the Christian Stance Not Encouraging Prejudice Against Homosexuals?

Certainly not, Christians reject homosexual relations, not the people themselves. If any Christian does otherwise, he or she is not being obedient to God’s Word. True Christians cannot be faulted for radical Christian groups like the Westboro Baptist Church, who are nothing more than hate mongers. If we look at the link to their homepage (http://www.godhatesfags.com/), we can see that they are not true Christians. They and a handful of other groups like them are but a few thousand at most out of 200 countries with more than 2.18 billion Christians. Of course, not all of these 5.18 billion make up genuine Christianity. Certainly, there are those within the LBGT community, who would say that there others, who are radical and hate Christians merely because they are Christians. We as Christians cannot fault the whole for the select few. We are not to be prejudice toward the LBGT community and hope that they will not be prejudice toward us. We both can respect each other as persons and agree to disagree on certain matters.

Did Jesus Teach Tolerance?

First, let us define “tolerance.” Like any word, it has different meanings in different contexts. It can mean, (1) acceptance of different views, (2) putting up with somebody or something irritating or otherwise unpleasant, (3) ability to endure hardship, and (4) the loss of effect that a drug can have. Our meaning is number (1), which can be better defined as, “the acceptance of the differing views of other people, e.g. in religious or political matters, and fairness toward the people who hold these different views.”

Second, let us take a brief look at Jesus. While Christians certainly seek to imitate him to the best of their ability, it is impossible to do so fully, as we are imperfect, while he was a perfect man, as well as divine, the Son of God. In addition, he is the judge of whether someone receives eternal life or eternal destruction. (Matt. 25:31-46; 2 Thess. 1:8) Therefore, Jesus can judge a person as to life or death, for he can read hearts and minds. Humans are not to judge in this sense, nor do they have those abilities.

Third, Jesus did not have tolerance, accepting different views, as he clearly stated, “My food is to do the will of him [the Father] who sent me and to accomplish his work.” (John 4:34) He also said, “Truly, truly, I say to you; the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise … I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.” (John 5:19, 30, ESV) Jesus’ will would be the same as the Father’s will and vice versa. They are one, in full agreement, and there are no divisions between them, as they are united in the same mind and the same judgment. Christians seek to be one as they are one. – John 10:30.

We can understand the values, the character, the moral code of the Father and the Son because of Scriptural revelation. Jesus would not accept any view that was not in harmony with his and the Father’s personality, standards, ways, and will. (Lev. 20:20; Num. 9:13; Job 2:10; Ps 39:1; 2 Cor. 12:21; Jam. 4:17) Christians with a biblical worldview would be in agreement, united in the same mind and with the same purpose. Therefore, no, Jesus would not tolerate homosexuality, and nor would Christians. Any congregation that would allow a homosexual to become a member of that congregation, let alone a pastor or bishop, would be contrary to the above and the rest of Scriptures. They would be false teachers, leading people astray. They are ‘untaught and unstable as they distort Paul’s teachings, as they also do the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.’ (2 Pet. 3:16) Just because Christians do not tolerate, or accept different views that are in conflict with Scripture (e.g., homosexuality), this does not mean that they are to disrespect such ones.

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Is Not Homosexuality Genetically Predisposed?

The Bible does not directly disclose that same-sex attraction is genetic. However, it could be inferred from God’s curse of Canaan, (the forefather of the Canaanites), the grandson of Noah, who, it appears, sexually assaulted Noah when he was unconscious from alcohol. It can be inferred that we inherit leanings and dispositions. Certainly, we inherit sin, i.e., imperfection. (Rom. 5:12) In addition, the Bible does say that some of our imperfect traits are deeply ingrained. (2 Cor. 10:4-5) Therefore, if homosexuality is predisposed to some, this does not equate that “God made me this way.” It only means it is imperfection passed on like any other. Thus, the fault lies with Satan and Adam.

Many accept that anger can have a genetic root. If this is true and at present there is no reason to doubt it, are we to accept men beating their wives, or wives beating their children because they may have been genetically predisposed to anger? Science argues that pedophilia is a genetic predisposition, so, are we to claim that pedophiles are acceptable? Some claim that alcoholism is genetic, so, are we to accept alcoholics as a part of the norm? Some from the LGBT community are offended when pedophiles are brought into the conversation because those sexual acts are an abomination, disgusting, revolting and rightly, they do not want to be associated with such ones. However, God feels the same way about homosexuality. We would expect that those with anger issues, those suffering from alcoholism, and those preferring child-sex (pedophile) would get control over themselves and avoid such unsavory activity. God’s Word expects the same from those who have same-sex attraction.

Is It Not Cruel to Tell Those with Same-Sex Attraction to Control Themselves?

We would not accept a pedophile just because he or she has a child-sex attraction. Yes, God gave us sexual impulses, desires that are natural. However, sin, i.e., imperfection came into the world through Adam, and death through sin, imperfection, and so death spread to all men because all sinned, i.e., are imperfect. (Rom 5:1) We expect people that have impulses for things we find revolting not to act on them but tend to rationalize when our impulses are pointed out. Christian ‘Therefore consider the members of their earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.’ – Colossians 3:5.

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The LGBT community, as well as all others, lives by some ethical code, which means that there are things that they view as deplorable. They would agree that stealing is terrible and unacceptable. The Bible and thus Christians with a biblical worldview, have a moral code, which prohibits certain behaviors, as well as certain types of sexual conduct, e.g., homosexuality. (1 Cor. 6:9-10) The Bible is not unreasonable, nor is it encouraging its readers to be prejudice. The Bible expects those with same-sex attraction to do the same as those with an opposite-sex attraction, namely, “Flee from sexual immorality!” (1 Cor. 6:18) The Greek word porneia (sexual immorality) which again includes unlawful sexual intercourse, namely, adultery, prostitution, sex between unmarried individuals, homosexuality, and bestiality. Many do not realize that there are millions of heterosexuals, who are trying to get control over their sexually immoral leanings as well. If a person with same-sex attraction wants to conform to the Word of God, they can live happily without fulfilling their sexual urges. If their desire to please God is greater, this can be the case. Remember, it is only temporary.

If we want to please God, we should shun experimenting with conduct that the Bible describes as sexually immoral. (Eph. 4:19; 5:11) It has been socialized over the last few decades for boys to see lesbians as sexually appealing but gay men as unappealing. Almost all movies, TV, and music today promote girls kissing girls. The last few years, they have started promoting guys kissing guys. One cultural difference should make the point. In the 1980’s a teen boy kissing a girl was the thing; however, today, teens as young as thirteen see oral sex and kissing a person of the same sex as being no different from what older teens did only for decades ago. The entertainment industry his indoctrinated our young ones, so that they do not consider oral sex to be wrong, but rather no different from kissing. If we feed our minds on such things, it will only enhance the leanings we may already have. The Bible offers us eternal life and it is an attainable goal for any of us if we choose not to act on any wrong desires.

Review Questions

  • What is the Bible’s view of homosexuality?
  • How should Christians view homosexuality?
  • Are Christians to respect everyone? Explain.
  • Is the Christian stance not encouraging prejudice against homosexuals? Explain.
  • Did Jesus teach tolerance? Explain.
  • Is not homosexuality genetically predisposed? Explain.
  • Is it not cruel to tell those with same-sex attraction to control themselves? Explain.

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[6] Max Anders, Galatians-Colossians, vol. 8, Holman New Testament Commentary (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1999), 153.

[7] Richard L. Pratt Jr, I & II Corinthians, vol. 7, Holman New Testament Commentary (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2000), 121–122.