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“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” (Leviticus18:22)

“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination…”(Leviticus 20:13)

When confronted with these Biblical commands, the LBGTQ (lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, questioning) community responds as one would expect. They cannot dismiss these commands flatly; the Scriptures speak too clearly to the issue. To legitimize their homosexual lifestyles, they must overcome the obvious meanings of these verses. To deny the application of these Biblical texts to the present day the homosexual community employs several methods. These methods fit into three categories.

Orientation

According to the homosexual community, these verses appeared in an age void of scientific knowledge. The progress of recent science, they say, gives rise to a new classification of humans. Homosexuals cannot help themselves, proponents state. They have a physically inherited condition, called orientation, which causes them to manifest same sex desires. The LBGTQ people describe it this way, “God made me this way,” thus overcoming these verses and legitimizing their homosexual behavior.

Despite continued efforts, however, no legitimate scientific discovery confirms the claims of a “gay gene.” In fact, numerous studies reveal no existence of a “gay gene.” These studies reveal a host of factors that could influence a person to homosexual behavior. However, research has not yet found a “gay gene.” (1)

As we all know, genes direct many physical manifestations in our bodies: eye color, height, color of skin, and a multitude of other features. Further, many gene anomalies cause birth defects, e.g., Toy-Sachs disease, Angelman Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Sickle Cell Anemia, and a long list of other defects. Whether the genes produce normal or abnormal effects, they do not determine ethical behavior. No “gay gene” forces particular sexual behavior. (2)

Even if scientists do discover some physical factor that influences one to experience same sex desires, the force of these verses remains unchanged. Every person on earth experiences the “uncontrollable” urge for sin(s) that plague them. Rapists, murderers, thieves, and adulterers, to name only a few sins, describe their behavior in the same fashion as homosexuals: uncontrollable urges that compel their behaviors.

Simply stated, the LBGTQ community cannot overcome these verses with a physical explanation that science has discovered since the time of the writing of these verses from Leviticus. Furthermore, an uncontrollable urge does not legitimize any behavior. Nor does it prevail over the directions of God’s commands.

Meaning of the texts

In its attempt to overturn these verses in Leviticus, homosexuals reject the meaning of the practices described there as applicable to them. They claim these references depict the behavior of cultic temple prostitutes. Further, they say it includes pederasty. Or, they claim it refers to violent homosexual patterns existent solely in those days. In any event, the LBGTQ people assert these verses do not describe their behavior: loving, consensual same sex relationships.

Contrary to these conclusions, the peoples of the era of Leviticus practiced the same kinds of homosexual practices prevalent today. In fact, research from non-Biblical sources describes the prevalence of homosexuality in that time. Middle Assyrians, Egyptians, Canaanites, Mesopotamians, and inhabitants of the ancient near east indulged in same sex behavior without restrictions.

They had “gay parades” similar to those present in our day, even having cross-dressing males portraying childbirth. Their homosexual practices included loving, consensual, faithful relationships between same sex partners, a preview of same sex marriage in our day. Society of that day included open, free homosexual behavior without legal restraint. Societies of that day accepted it. (3)

Therefore, homosexuals have drawn false conclusions regarding the era of Leviticus 18.22 and 20.13. Sadly, the same sex preferences exhibited by many today mimic the behavior of ancient days. The exclusion of these texts by the homosexual community fails to dismiss the present relevance of the texts. Factual evidence contradicts their conclusions.

Rejection of Archaic laws

In a final attempt to refute the commands of Leviticus 18.22 and 20.13, the LBGTQ community rejects them with the claim that these decrees applied only to a bygone era. They combine this opinion with a previously discredited claim that this early society did not understand same sex behavior as the currently understood sexual orientation. They claim that these laws have no more application presently than do the ancient food and clothing laws required by God of Israel in that era.

The New Testament does not repeat these “silly” laws, so they say that the laws commanded against homosexuality no longer apply. Therefore, as their logic concludes, these laws against homosexuality no longer apply to our day.

To follow this logic, then, the other laws against sexual immorality mentioned in the context of these verses would also disappear. These commands forbid heterosexual immorality of all types, beastiality, and incest. The emphasis upon the legitimacy of homosexuality has encouraged an increase in these awful practices, which rely upon these same arguments.

To make these claims shows a complete misunderstanding of God and his ways with Israel. God as supreme lawgiver did give a multitude of laws. They covered a variety of aspects of Israel’s society at that time. For example, he gave them purity laws, e. g., the so called “silly” laws regarding clean and unclean foods, land and sea creatures, illnesses, others.

At first glance, they do appear foolish. But, God had a reason for requiring them. It taught them that a difference exists between clean and unclean behavior. Additionally, he taught them that, because of his holiness, the Israelites could not approach him in an unclean fashion. He required personal purity from those who desired fellowship with him. In addition, God gave some of these restrictions for health protection.

To direct their worship of him, God established a series of ceremonial laws. These laws governed Israel’s worship of God. God outlined offerings appropriate for various sins. The laws, which governed these offerings, described sacrifices the people could present to God to atone for their sins.

Further laws provided direction on punishments appropriate to the violation of God’s laws. Some of the laws, civil laws, gave guidance to Israel for their society. They promoted justice and equity.

One set of laws applies to the texts from Leviticus 18.22 and 20.13. These commands fit in the moral laws of God, sometimes called the Holiness Code. In Exodus 20, God outlined the moral laws that he demanded of Israel. Subsequently, he revealed further explanation and application of these laws. The commands stated in these texts further amplify parts the moral laws from Exodus 20.

To a certain extent, the homosexual community rightly explains that some of these laws no longer apply. For example, the purity laws, i. e., food, clothing, animals, etc., no longer apply. God no longer defines certain things as unclean. (See God’s vision to Peter recorded in Acts 10.9-16 where God redefined this distinction.)

God provided a means by which sinners can approach him: through his son Jesus Christ. Jesus offered himself as an atoning sacrifice to God on behalf of sinners like you and me. Jesus calls men and women from every society and nation to come to him in faith for cleansing from their sins that his sacrifice provides. Everyone who trusts Christ when he calls them by his Holy Spirit receives his promise. God accepts as clean everyone who comes to him through faith in Jesus, because of what Christ’s sacrifice accomplished on their behalf. The sacrifice of Christ renders the purity laws obsolete.

The societal laws no longer apply. God does not deal solely with Israel as outlined in the Old Testament.

The ceremonial laws’ existence ceased, too. The book of Hebrews as well as parts of the Gospels in the New Testament describe in full detail how Jesus Christ fulfilled the Old Testament ceremonial laws in his life, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension.

However, God has not cancelled the holiness code. The New Testament repeats them, some with more complete explanation than revealed in the Old Testament. God still requires that humanity obey them, including the laws stated in Leviticus 18.22 and 20.13. You can find these specific offenses repeated in the Gospels, Romans, Paul’s letters to the Church at Corinth, and other places.

Contrary to the LBGTQ interpretations, the commands issued in Leviticus 18.22 and 20.13 still apply today.

Explanation of Leviticus 18.22 and 20.13

A few words of explanation will help you to understand God’s commands, quoted here again for easy reference.

“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” (Leviticus18:22)

“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination…”(Leviticus 20:13)

The first part of each verse states the normal sexual relationship: a man and a woman. But not just any man and woman. From the beginning of the creation of mankind, God created them male and female. He established marriage between a man and a woman, not between same sex people. (4) Same sex intercourse violates God’s created order.

Next, God described abnormal, same sex intercourse. A man shall not perform sexual intercourse with another man as he would with a woman. The description given illustrates unrestrained, unforced, “loving” consensual homosexual behavior. All of the surrounding nations approved unrestrained homosexuality. God rejected it, even though none of the surrounding nations did.

God did not condone in Israel the kind of homosexual practice flaunted today. His law as given to the Israelites became the first such law against homosexuality. Further, he still rejects it as an abomination, which he called it in these texts. (5)

Clearly, the attempts of the LBGTQ society fail to sustain their assertions that these texts, which condemn homosexuality, do not apply today. They do.

Sadly, many professing Christians and non-Christians have accepted the errors of the LBGTQ as true. They have fallen for the lies of the enemy, Satan, who seeks their destruction. (6) The devil bases his strategy upon deceit and distortion of God’s plan and purpose for mankind.

The devil lies when he says that God did not say what he said. He distorts God’s purposes for mankind when he blames God for withholding pleasure from them. Perhaps you can recognize these tactics as the same ones he used in the Garden In Eden upon Eve. She, too, wanted to satisfy her own desires in contradiction to God’s clear command. (7)

God made provision for sinners of all kinds regardless of the sins they have committed. All who come to him, professing believers and non-Christians alike, who turn from their sin and trust Christ’s sacrifice for them, find pardon and forgiveness of sin. Perhaps this describes you today. I urge you to come to Christ and find relief from your sin.

To every believer, God sends his Holy Spirit to indwell him/her. His presence not only confirms God’s promises but also provides the power to overcome the lusts of the flesh. All sin, even homosexuality, begins with lusts of the flesh, which leads, uncontrolled, to sinful practice. (8) However, the indwelling Holy Spirit provides the child of God the power to subdue fleshly lusts and walk in victory over them. (9)

I pray that God by his Holy Spirit will come to you today, granting you new life in Christ by faith. I pray that he will continue his work in your life to bring you victory over the sinful, uncontrollable fleshly lusts that war against your soul.

References

1. Harrub, Brad, Ph. D., Thompson, Bert, Ph. D., and Miller, Dave, Ph. D. “This Is The Way God Made Me,” A Scientific Examination of Homosexuality and the ‘Gay Gene’”. Available at this web site: http://www.trueorigin.org/gaygene01.asp. You can find additional information on this topic at the following site:https://www.apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=7&article=1388.

2. Frame, John. “But God Made Me This Way!.” http://www.frame-poythress.org/but-god-made-me-this-way

3. Wenham, Gordon J. Available at this web site: http://www.biblicalstudies.org.uk/article_attitude_wenham.html.  Also see Wold, Donald J. Out Of Order: Homosexuality In the Bible and the Ancient Near East. Baker Books, Grand Rapids, MI49546; 1998.

4. Genesis 2.18-24

5. Romans 1.24-27;Jude 1.7; 2 Peter 2.6-10 (to name just a few references in the New Testament)

6. 1 Peter 5.8

7. Genesis 2.15-17; 3.1-6

8. James 1.13.-15

9. Galatians 5.17

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16 comments
  1. The best refutation I can think of is simply to ignore your religion. I’m not interested, nor do I believe the Bible is the word of God. The Bible was written by men. ‘Nuff said.

    1. If the Bible was written by men, as you say, why would that be reason to ignore it? What do you read and take as gospel in it’s place?

      1. Oh, I don’t ignore the bible, at all. I just don’t take it as inerrant and literally true. The Earth is much older than 10,000 years, for example. How do you distinguish as “gospel” among all the other “holy” books, including the Koran, the Bagha vad Gita, Upanishads, etc.? Fortunately, the US is a secular government and like you, I am free to believe as I want. Don’t get me wrong, I respect your right to hold the Bible as your gospel, just not mine.

      2. I am able to distinguish the Bible from the other books you mentioned, because I have read them, and the other ones are not holy to me. And, yes we do live in a secular society, and you obviously want to use your freedom of speech to influence others. If it weren’t for solid Christian inventors like Johannes Gutenburg, and the Christians who founded this country, under God, we wouldn’t be able to have this conversation. That alone says something extremely positive for the Bible, and not the other books.

      3. So, you’ve read the Bhagavad Gita? Really? Who is the principal character in that book? It’s holy to Indians, so I guess we do need freedom of religion, just as the founding fathers in their wisdom made possible…This was not founded as a Christian nation, but a secular nation, with a distinct separation of church and state. That is the wisdom, not that they were Christians. Some of them were some of them weren’t. What is the Talmud?

      4. Yes, I’ve read Sanskrit… George Washington-the main founding father and Christian, was all for a national character, and an international character, he started the Society of Cincinnati, and was also a Mason, and he said “We may find by our unhappy experience that there is a natural and necessary progression from the extreme of anarchy to the extreme of tyranny, that arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.” If we are a secular nation or not, we need to have lots of things in common, including foundations of character…that according to the founders.

  2. This is the most preposterous application of the Levitical Code (holiness laws) I have ever seen! NONE, absolutely NONE, of the Levitical Code apples to anyone outside the Hebrew tribes, holiness or otherwise. These codes were written for the protection and nurturing of the tribes, hence no “men or women lying with their same gender”…a BIG NO-NO in that culture since it was imperative that they propagate their own people in order to survive among the pagan tribes living around them. The Levitical codes were absolutely practical codes for living, but were intended ONLY for the Hebrew tribes. There has been so much damage to the Christians down the centuries for such mis-interpretations. Even Peter had to come to terms with this as Paul and others went into the Gentile world to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In the end, the Gentile males did NOT have to get circumcised to be welcomed into the Christian community. Paul won the argument, Peter, and the Jerusalem Church, lost. We have too many “Pharisees” running around today trying to wield power over those whom they disagree with. Jesus summed up the law thus: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and strength and your neighbor as yourself.” What “good news” we have received through Christ.

    1. The teaching of Scripture against homosexual practice is strong and clear throughout both the Old and New Testaments. The Apostle Paul, who you claim as accepting or tolerant of your pro-homosexual views, was clear in his Christian opposition to homosexual activity. Paul included homosexual practice in his list of sins and abominations prevalent in the downward degradation of human society in its drift away from God and Christian faith and practice. (Romans 1:26-28).

      1. You have misunderstood me. I merely used the principle of Christianity stepping out of the bounds/bonds of Hebrew law to prove my point. We don’t live under the law, but under grace. So the Leviticus passages go out of the window for Christians. None of us live by that law. Whether Paul was himself a homosexual or not (we don’t have any evidence either way on that), he certainly wasn’t in favor of it at least publicly. But he wasn’t referring to people being in loving relationships because that concept was not part of that culture. Marriage for love (instead of passing property and propagating the species) was not a concept in the western world until just a couple of centuries ago. This is why same-sex marriage works in this culture. It would not in previous cultures.

      2. While I do not claim to be a brilliant scholar, I have been a student of the Bible, theology and history for years. I disagree with your analysis that homosexual marriage or practice is acceptable or a positive development in our culture. It was, of course, practiced in various pagan cultures. Some pagan cultures also practiced child sacrifice. It is my firm opinion and conviction that the resurgence of these practices in our time and nation is a sign of a culture of death. Widespread approval of “legal” abortion and a major break down of the family unit among heterosexuals are also signs of the growing culture of deterioration and death in our nation and the modern world.

      3. Love is positive; hate is negative. Easy to understand..one does not need to study theology to understand that.

  3. Awesome article, accurate on all points. Nuff said. Homosex is against all organized religion Jewish/Christian/Muslim/Other.
    You don’t have to believe in G-d, but others do even if you don’t, respect that.
    Don’t pick a fight with people to try and insult their religions. Be gay in your gay zones and dont export it into territories where children are present or where people don’t wish that type of propaganda/exposure to sexual topics which should only be discussed in medical/hospital/treatment settings.

    1. I would like a map of these gay zones and I would like to your ask your wife what it’s like having to bring you to a medical/hospital/treatment setting every time you want to talk about anything sexual.

      1. See that is the thing about gays. Always want to ask someone else’s wife for advice rather than to just learn how to be straight and get your own wife (or wives) for a change. I don’t seek out strangers on the street randomly to talk about sex. If that is what you like to do, please get zoned for it because it is not a topic for children and not a topic to be forced upon people in public, because sex still makes the majority of people uncomfortable. Gays claim to be so sexually advanced that they are not discomforted by expressing their sexuality to anyone imaginable (even if they dont want to know about it), yet gay sex is one of the most extreme forms of sexual fetish imaginable. Talking about sex in general is difficult enough, and talking about the most extreme of the sexual fetishes (ie the fact that you love to engage feces-oriented sex) is not exactly a healthy topic to bring up with strangers if you know what i mean.

  4. The laws in Leviticus are pretty clear all around. I think we are all in a lot of trouble if we are responsible for implementing these in our daily lives. Read the book, eek! Pretty sad excuse as to why we can cherry pick laws against OTHER people from Leviticus yet claim we are saints and the other ‘silly’ laws that we break don’t apply. You can justify anything with the type of logic used in this article.

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