Was Jesus tempted by homosexuality?

That’s the question posed (and presumably answered) by Christian teacher John Piper. The following from the Christian Post was said to be “an edited transcript of the audio.” There ‘s no link to an audio so I guess its safe to assume Piper is speaking here.

Since Jesus “in every respect has been tempted as we are,” does that mean he was tempted with homosexuality?

You know, this statement-“tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sin”-is troubling, because there are a lot of things you could think of besides this one. This is a real difficult question for me. I’ll come back to homosexuality in a minute.

I think some of my worst temptations come from situations I’ve created by sinning. Jesus never got into a situation created by sinning. Jesus never felt guilt. I think a lot of my temptations are owing to what I do with my guilt feelings, so how is he going to empathize with me there? So this is not an academic question for me.

Here is my best shot at what Hebrews meant when it said “tempted in every respect.” Surely he knows that Jesus didn’t face every objective kind of situation we face. He meant kinds of temptation, dynamics of temptation. And then the final answer for me is that on the cross the sins of the world went onto Jesus in ways that are, I would say, incomprehensible.

The temptation of homosexual behavior went onto Jesus at the cross. And he felt it. He owned it. He knew it. And he himself, in that moment, didn’t sin. He became sin. God counted him as a sinner, but he didn’t sin.

I don’t know if that’s the best solution or not. I’m just trying to deal with the extent of sinfulness in the world, and the complexities of temptation in the world. And Jesus lived a pretty narrow little life on earth: just three years of ministry in a Jewish context.

I would just say that, in his life, things came at Jesus that are more than we know. And on the cross, everything came at him. And he dealt with it in an obedient way.

That’s why it says that Father regarded the Son’s offering as a fragrant aroma in Ephesians 5:1-2. He looked upon his Son not only as bearing the sins of the world, and thus his own wrath; but he looked upon his Son as an obedient son that he was very very proud of.

So the question is now in your hands. Based on Hebrews 4:15, do you believeĀ  Jesus was tempted by homosexuality. Second question: if he was why does it matter?


16 thoughts on “Was Jesus tempted by homosexuality?

  1. I think when it says that he was tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin. That implies that he was exposed to all that we are exposed to. But we also have to remember the character of our Lord.

    “how is he going to empathize with me there?” I don’t think that this can be qualified, due to the fact that his holiness wouldn’t allow that. His nature is far above the guilt factor. But he’s well aware of what we are exposed to, therefore sympathy(Mercy) and a sacrifice (by provision of The Father) is afforded us.

    To your first question, Absolutely not, and for the hearing impaired, a profound NO!

    Question #2, I refuse to address it!

  2. There are only 3 things (points) in the world that tempt us…

    I John 2:16 “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”

    So, when the bible says he was tempted at all POINTS, It’s not talking about anything specific, but a generalization of all types of sin, and there are ONLY 3 types. Everything that we are ever tempted with is in one of those 3 areas. Think about it. The enemy doesn’t have but 3 bullets…So, Jesus was tempted in all points of sin…. he felt it, he knew what it was like, and he overcame all 3 points. How those points are presented to you is different for everybody. God sees the big picture, it’s people that are into the details…for example, the bible never mentioned which fruit adam and eve ate in the garden. We just most of the time assume it was an apple, but the bible says no such thing. It doesn’t even mention any one specific type of fruit. That’s because the idea that God was trying to convey is it doesn’t matter what the fruit is….it’s the process of overcoming that he wants us to see.

    So, was Jesus tempted by homosexuality? I don’t think so…but I do think he knew what it felt like to be tempted with the lust of the flesh…same thing..


  3. I have to disagree with Vaughn here.

    When the Bible states “he was tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrew 4:15) it is not telling us that Jesus was tempted by EVERY possible sin imaginable. He was never tempted to smoke crack cocaine, steal an automobile, or look at gay porn on the internet.

    In fact, if you look at what He was tempted by (turn stone into bread, jump off the pinnacle of the temple, bow to Satan to gain the world cf. Matthew chapter 4) we must ask, “Who of us has ever been tempted to do such things”?

    The “all points” has to do with every category of sin “the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life” (1 John 2:16)

    So, while there s no temptation but that which is common to man (1 Corinthians 10:13) this does not mean that everyone is tempted by every potential sin but that we have been tempted by every type of category of sin.

    In a similar way, I have not felt the woman’s pain of labor and yet I can empathize with her pain because I have had a kidney stone which women who have had both tell me they are similar. So too Jesus can empathize with what it is like to undergo temptation even if He never had to deal with our specific temptation.

    Was Jesus tempted with an homosexual act? I seriously doubt it, it would pale in comparison to being tempted to gain the world by avoiding the cross by only bowing to Satan.

  4. Christ never broke His 10 Commandments which means he may have been tempted by satan and minions. He Never lusted after women or men in his heart.

  5. The question for me is what John Piper says the meaning of Jesus became sin is, is it really that the actual sins were placed on Jesus? and at that point He was tempted by every sin? or was it that God treated Christ as if He had all the sins of the world on Him? Like the sin offering it was not the ram or lamb that sinned but they were killed as a sacrifice for the sins of the people, the people deserved death.

    I have always though to myself that the reason Jesus could sympathize with me is because He knows exactly how I feel, I could be wrong though.

  6. Is there some correlation between the 3 points people are mentioning and Jesus’s temptations from the devil?

  7. Are we missing the point? Isn’t the real issue here that Jesus Christ OVERCOME (is this right grammar?) every temptation that came his way? Whether he was tempted by homosexuality or not, is pointless, the true point is he OVERCAME and he did not sin. And because he overcame, we too can be overcomers. That’s the meat of the matter.

    And yes, we could spend hours debating whether her was tempted by homosexuality or not……..and this is precisely why the apostle Paul mentions ‘debate’ in a category that included hatred, strife etc…… Not all debate is of a Godly origin.

    My two cents.

  8. The absurdity of this question is beyond my ability to articulate ,but I shall try to give a satisfactory response.( James 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed). The key word in the text is own lust. We are not all tempted by the same things, and Christ was no different. We must also know that although Jesus totally identified with our humanity he was not the seed of Adam, but the seed of God the father.( Luke 1:35 therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God). The word pathos is the diseased condition of the soul from which lust springs forth. Jesus’s only desire was for the world to believe that he was the Son of God. Thats why satan said if thou be the Son of God prove it. We have contaminated soulistic desires because of the bloodline of Adam that makes us sucseptible to many of the snares of satan’s temptation. Christ could not have been tempted by homosexuality because the perfect soul would not have an appetite for it.

  9. For me I would just like to know what does the bible mean, He was tempted in all ways but yet He didnt sin, the specifics dont matter to me. Obviously when the bible says Jesus was tempted it didnt mean He was in any way drawn to sin as we are in this flesh of ours. Jesus became sin, what exactly does that mean is also my question if anyone would like to tell me what they think it would be greatly appreciated.


  10. When Jesus Christ was tempted in the desert, he was tempted according to what Jesus was, what he could do…
    He could have changed the stones into bread if He wanted to, but for what end? He would be praising Himself. He could have cast himself down, only to be lifted by angels, but this again would have been praising Himself. He could have knelt to Satan, and Satan could have given Him the kingdoms of the world, but this would have been creator woshipping the creature.
    He was tempted in all ways as we have not in the same sins, but the same way to praise self and Satan.
    For instance, Jesus was never tempted to spend a evening of watching ‘Friends’ for four hours a night, nor was He tempted to have sex with the same sex. But in both of these accounts, the nature of these sins is that of worshipping self, and things, other that God.

  11. @ wisdom hunter and Iesha,

    Your answers combined are the most accurate to me. I don’t think it is important to veer off into specifics. If God wanted us to know specifics, He would have specifically told us specifics. It’s like a small child trying to know every detail of his father’s job. All he really cares about is that daddy loves him and he’s being cared for. Leave daddy’s job up to daddy.

  12. Dear Friends,

    We must all remember at times, to contend for the faith, not so much defend, because on that day, “every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” Discussions and topics like this could’ve been the very thing the Apostle Paul was speaking of, when alerting us not to get caught up in wasteful conversation, even if it seems offensive “don’t be offended by the offenses for they are sure to come.” There is a terminology some of us in christendom use when pertaining to Christ temptation in the desert, and it is called “The Impeccability of Christ”, meaning though he was tempted to sin, but could not sin due to his divine nature, this is why he is called the “God Man”, for those of us who believe we must believe he was all man and all God. The bk of Hebrews speaks this way, “we have a high priest who knows and understands our afflictions” as a few have said already, no specifics are necessary. His temptation in the desert simply emphasizes, as he exhibited without using his divine nature, that if we love, stand-on, and trust in the Word of God “man shall not feed on bread alone, but every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”
    that we can overcome every temptation and if its too much, he will give us “room to escape.” For many of us will, if it hasn’t happened already will have a “cup” to drink from and a “baptism” to receive, and only by loving and trusting in the living “LOGOS” will be able to drink from that “cup” and be “baptizied” in the same baptism he was. So I would say to my fellow yoke fellows, lets not get caught up
    in these type of conversations, or should I say lets try not to, for the Lord does not I repeat need us to defend him, for he says, “I own a cattle on a thousand hills, if I were hungry, I wouldn’t need you to feed me.” Loving you all.

  13. Sin results from temptation, which stems from within our own wicked hearts {Matt. 15 19}. Christ did not possess a sinful heart, nor did He possess a sin nature. His temptation was outside, not from within. He became ‘sin’ on the cross only in the sense that He took our punishment because of our sins.

  14. I agree with Behold and Erik analysis, and its really just another ridiculous argument homosexuals and other sinners want to make. If they get convicted by that, then they’ll want to say Jesus was just a great teacher, he was not divine, so they feel they have nothing to fear
    I have been trying to find this short story someone wrote years ago, about how even standing before the White Throne Judgement, men will still be trying to say Jesus is not worthy to judge them because he did not live through what some of them had to. So they call out criteria like someone whose legitimacy of birth is questionable, came from humble backgrounds, only had a basic education, had to work for a living, championed a cause that was not popular, was unjustly accused, betrayed by friends, wrongfully imprisoned, and died for a crime they did not commit.
    Now who does that sound like?

  15. Yes, this is a case where a literal view does not work. Behold said it first, all transgressions are housed under the three major categories of sin.

    This cannot be literally true as Erik pointed out but I think a broader application of Heb 4:15 is allowable.

    I will say though that having once been homosexual, Heb 4:15 does hold a powerful message for me. Even if he wasnt personally tempted by homosexuality, Jesus still understood my struggle to overcome it and can still be a specific and effective mediator for me in that context. I think every person has to be able to see their sin —no matter how modern it is— in the book and to see that Jesus knows and can deliver and keep them from it. A timeless power that only he holds.

    Homosexual sin is just a manifested component of sexual lust.

    And finally could John 21:25 possibly shed light onto this question or at least suggest its possibility?

  16. I personally agree that all sin fall into the 3 categories. I also believe that there are sins unto death (abomination) and sins not unto death.
    I am sure that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the propitiation for our sin and able to make all grace apply unto all who come unto him with an honest and true heart.
    Where I have problems with homosexuality is when they try to make excuses, say they were born that way or that they can be Christians while actively engaging in a lifestyle condemned by a multitude of counsellers.

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