The following post is the 1st of a 5 part series of posts on “Frequently Asked Questions About Homosexuality?” In this 1st post I will be answering the question “Is Homosexuality A Sin?” If you would like to see the other questions addressed in this series of posts, then just click the links below:
Pt. 2 – Are People Born Gay?
Pt. 3 – Is Homosexuality Worse Than Other Sins?
Pt. 4 – Can Someone Be A Homosexual Christian?
Pt. 5 – How Did Jesus Treat People With Sexual Sin?
I originally wrote the content of these posts when I was asked to address these questions at a summer youth camp. The intended purpose of these posts are to help Christians who already have a firm conviction about the authority of Scripture. I want them to better understand what the Bible teaches about homosexuality. So my hope is that these truths will help instruct Christians who want to share the gospel with the homosexuals they know.
Is Homosexuality A Sin?
I think before we answer this question we need to first ask ourselves “What is a sin?” If we are going to call homosexuality a sin we should probably make sure we know what is a sin so that we can know whether or not homosexuality deserves to fit in that category.
The following are my notes from Tim Keller’s portion of the sermon given by him and his wife at The Gospel Coalition’s 2012 National Women’s Conference. A video of the entire message can be found HERE
1. The Unreal and Distorted Relationship of Our Culture to Marriage
Here are three statistics about marriage in our culture:
1. The divorce rate today is about 50%, but it was only 25% in 1960.
2. In 1960 75% of all US adults were married, but today it is less than 50%.
3. In 1960 the percent of those who cohabited was not even on the map, but today 25% of all unmarried women ages 25-40 are living with a man. Over half of all women in their 20s, 30s, & 40s will at one time cohabit.
These statistics are striking and show a huge change in our culture but they also communicate a set of assumptions:
Where did the term come from?
John Piper: At the Danvers Statement gathering We need another name so we distinguish between egalitarianism and the abuse of the differences between men and women were the men are domineering or passive and likewise the women who abusing it.
Where is the culture now?
Russell Moore: I fear we are complimentarian by checking off a box but not functionally in the home. Today pastors have to deal with men wanting be women. Luther never had to deal with that!
Why is this issue talked about at a conference about coming together for the gospel?
John Piper: That is a great question because we do not need to believe it to be a Christian, but marriage is the gospel portrayed. You could lose the gospel because of the gymnastics you would have to do to be egalitarian.
Greg Gilbert: It is a corrosive hermeneutic that gets to egalitarian. That corrosion will eventually get at the heart of the gospel.
Russell Moore: The question is not just of we have male headship but what kind of male headship we will have. Continue reading