Does the bible address "sexual orientation"?

A Chicago area religious personality claims that since the Bible doesn’t address so-called “sexual orientation”, then the church should accept homosexuality as normal.

Rev. Dr. Martha Simmons, Creator and Director of The African American Lectionary. During a Feb. 18th 2010 interview with Santita Jackson on Chicago’s WVON 1690 She appeared along with Dr. Brenda Wade who we will feature in another article. Dr. Simmons stated that not only does the bible not address the issue of sexual orientation, but the word which many people claim that was used to address this issue (Gk: arsenokoites) was a word of unknown origin and meaning and was allowed to creep in later translations of the bible. She stated that this word was defined by scholars as 1- sexual behavior or 2- sexual orientation. She says that most biblical translations only refer to homosexual sexual behavior not homosexual orientation.”

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Simmons started the AA Lectionary, a type of topical sermon bank for black preachers. Judging from the gaggle of liberal,  black liberation theology activists she highlights there, I wouldn’t spend ten seconds looking for sermon material to preach in church.

We are increasingly having to deal with the slithering teachings of people like Simmons (shown with homosexual bishop Vickie Robinson) who are importing false constructs into the church. Simmons’ doesn’t derive her conclusions from any honest and legitimate study of God’s Word, but rather hers is a mixture of religious and social ideology.  As we have said before, its a major error in judgment and exegetical analysis to determine that silence equals consent and approval in the scriptures.

Thus, Simmon’s argument is nothing more than a contrived strawman. The issue isn’t, nor will it ever be, whether the bible addresses sexual orientation. The issue is a vain attempt to circumvent with worldly wisdom, God’s creative intent for human sexual expression. The fallacy of the argument can be proven with a logical application to a host of contemporary issues that are not expressly mentioned in biblical texts.  But any true student and lover of the Word knows that the logos is infused with a supernatural ability to transcend time and culture.

Dunamis Word blog explains in much more detail why Simmons is being patently disingenuous in her attempts to justify homosexual behavior. Its odd how these so called religious scholars resort to such triteness of thought to convince people to believe against the will of God. Common sense would tell you that if a person has wrong feelings, it will produce wrong behavior. Homosexuality as evidenced 100% of the scriptures which mention it, is without doubt wrong behavior.  If you allow God’s word to correct wrong feelings, motives, thoughts at the root of your wrong behavior, you’ll live a life pleasing to God.

Where the term originated. Homosexuals used to be called homosexuals who had a “sexual preference”. They found out that didn’t work.  As a minority seeking more power and  needing wider social acceptance,  a more potent political identifier which deleted the idea that their behavior was a choice was concocted.  So, it was changed it to  “gay and lesbian”. Gay and lesbian was easier on the ear and opened a political and social door closed to “homosexuals”.  This self identifying metamorphosis has been adapted by pedophile and polygamists too.

As gays and lesbians gained the political clout they needed to affect laws and social mores, other sexual minorities took note and clamored for some of the power sharing. A new term was needed to include  everything not yet discovered in the pandora’s box. Hence, sexual orientation.

So the term sexual orientation is a fairly new etymological offering which has evolved to include a conundrum of sexual malfunctions outside the normal scope of male-female covenant relationships.   Advocates claim a person’s sexual orientation is “fixed at birth”.  But what’s very interesting about the sexual orientation theory is its selective application. While homosexuals and lesbians swear by it, they are still unwilling to include pedophiles. It was only in recent years that the “transgenders” got into the power circle after accusing the gays of hypocrisy.

What the bible says about our identity, emotions, thoughts and feelings
The bible says a great deal about our identity, emotions, thoughts and feelings. But all are oriented in respect to right relationship with God. In other words, with God as the source of right wrong, we learn what is and is not acceptable to him even if it involves the intangibles of our lives.

Jesus told his disciples that it was evil thoughts and motives which defile people causing them to act out what was on the inside, thus “defiling” him. Mark 7:15 There is nothing from outside a man that, entering into him, can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.

And He said, “That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: all these evil things come from within and defile the man.” vss 20-23

Look closely and you’ll see homosexuality.

Hebrews 4:15 – Our feelings matter to Christ, but only as identity with us in the struggle to overcome temptation and sin.

2 Cor 10:5 Any thought, feeling, attraction or vain imagination, when in contradiction to the supremacy of Christ  must be destroyed.

Jeremiah 7:24 Acting on one’s wrong feelings and thoughts are evil and cause a person to go “backward, not forward”.

Therefore if ” sexual orientation” is based on how one feels about themselves, Jesus and the bible significantly condemn any feelings, thoughts and actions which lead a person into ungodly activity.


What’s the intent of the term’s current usage?

The introduction of the phrase “sexual orientation” marked a watershed moment in our society. Finally homosexual activists and their allies had something in which they could conveniently insert just about any feeling or sexual behavior and call it “orientation”. It is an intentionally broad term because of the growing expressions of perversion needed a home and this provided it.

Planned Parenthood tells teens that “sexual orientation is the term used to describe whether a person feels sexual desire for people of the other gender, same gender, or both genders.”

The conventional gay wisdom is that you are what you feel. And  no one can tell you what you feel is wrong for you. Typical postmodernist relativity stuff. As I asked a young gay man once who vigorously asserted to me that since he “felt” gay from the age of two, it was proof he actually was gay. I asked him if he’d felt like a pig since he was age two what would he be right now? Its silliness that doesn’t even qualify as logic.

You might be astonished to know that this type of shallow, illogical relativity has literally become “scientific” evidence upon which laws in this country are passed.

What implications does it have on the church?

Its dangerous and unbiblical for the church to adopt and include terms as “sexual orientation”. If the concept is biblical, then there is only one legitimate sexual orientation. God created man and oriented him sexually, emotionally and relationally to the woman. Thus any other attraction, emotion, feeling, behavior or the likes is illegitimate as it is rooted in fallen sinful nature.

Inclusion of such destructive terms continue to set the church at odds the divine plan of redemption. If sin can be justified with clever new phrases and “scholars” who sanctify the clever new phrases what will be the church’s message?

If our core message is not that man is hopelessly degenerate apart from the repentance and remission of sin, what is it that we will be teaching and preaching. Self help? Im ok, youre ok? All you need is a hug?  No! Our core message is what distinguishes us from every other religion because it is the express reason Jesus Christ came, suffered, died and rose again. If we allow outside influences to dilute or change that message in the slightest, we stand to lose our identity.

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17 thoughts on “Does the bible address "sexual orientation"?

  1. This is a setup from the enemy to prepare the world for the coming of the anti-Christ (who will have no desire of a woman) and the false prophet.
    These individuals are going to incur the full wrath of God without mixture.

  2. Friends,

    Our beloved Lord, informed us throughout his Word, that these very things were going to occur w/these false prophets/propheteses slandering his Word, and those of us w/no understanding would be tossed to and fro w/there heresies. And lets not forget the epistle of Jude, who comments on, them twisting the word, to fit agendas, though they came from among us. All w/understanding know that both OT and NT speak about homosexuality, beastility, incest and adultery as an abomination/sin, and that if you don’t repent of them, you will not see the Kingdom of God. The Word of God is plain on these subjects, some would even attempt breaking down the hebrew and greek verbage of the OT/NT to claify there wicked agenda, attempting to separate ancient and modern hebrew/greek terminology.

    I’m reminded of a verse of scripture from Eccl citing, “Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions (schemes).” Schemes to twist that which they already know to be true. Now we can blast these charlatans, until the end of time, and hopefully some will repent, and receive the “TRUTH.” But if not, I pray the Holy Spirit bring back to our remembrance this verse of scripture, “If they don’t receive you, knock the dust off of your feet, for it will be better w/Sodom and Gomorrah, on that day, than w/them. For if you don’t they will turn around and tear you to pieces.”
    I understand this to be saying, what we have is a pearl; our love, giving, and courtesy, given to us by the Holy Spirit, why continue to battle w/those who will not “RECEIVE” it for what it is, sometimes we have to leave it in God hand, and move on.

    Some would look at this as “cowardice” or “passivity” on the contrary its not, it keeps us balanced, knowing when to go on the offensive, and knowing when to “stand still” and see the salvation of the LORD.

  3. Tony forgive me if I sound a bit perturbed, but Im tired of the “we already know this is going to happen” type of responses. Yes, we do but if its not new to you, then just reserve your comments and allow the ones that perhaps dont know, to get some education. We cant assume that everyone knows all about false teachers and the theological tricks they use to justify sin. That’s why I write. This isnt about moving on, its about educating those who could fall into the trap of false teachers. Thats not a battle at all its a mandate. If you’d like to move on from it, feel free.

  4. Pastor,

    I have received your comment w/humility, but I say “WE” because those of us, who do know, yes are to educated the ones’ who do not know, so that they know have to handle these situations when they arise, as Christ said, “I tell you these things, so that you don’t be surprised when they come.” Or even the Apostle Peter making two statements, “I will not cease to tell you these thing, even though I know, you know them already”, or “Do not be surprised when the fiery trials come upon you, as some strange thing is happening.” I personally believe were both presenting both sides of the coin, a penny is still a penny, though it has different sides. James and Paul talked about faith, but in different circumstance, and to two different groups of people, but it was faith they centered on nonetheless.

    Now I receive your comment w/humility for if we examine the five fold minstry of Ephesians, we find these God given gifts, to bring glory to God, and edification to the household of faith, in maturity and faith and being knew believers are being added everyday. So I receive your comment as a Pastor of God’s Word, I pray you receive my point as a Teacher of it.

  5. Tony, this is a simple matter called staying on topic. If you dont want to discuss the content of the post at hand, then Im suggesting that you refrain from commenting. It will only lead others into discussions which have nothing to do with “does the bible address sexual orientation”. That is a disservice to the work Ive done to gather, research and write. Lets stay on on topic per the content of the post. Thanks.
    And…this is the last comment regarding this.

  6. I have for some time now realized that the whole idea of ‘sexual orientation’ is a furphy – God created male and female – I don’t see any other identity in scripture – you have one of those two sexualities – and feelings don’t come into it.

    The fact is this – we are made a certain way and sex works a certain way – a evidenced by over six billion of us on the planet. You can ‘feel’ whatever you want – it doesn’t change God’s Word nor does it change biological reality.

    In the last month I have had the sad task to challenge Rob Buckingham, a high profile preacher here in Melbourne, Australia, on the subject. I heard him talk on radio about homosexual behaviour but effectively confusing identity with behaviour. The twisting of Scripture was abhorrent and I could barely stand to listen to the program but I forced myself to, so that I could respond to him. I also read a book, unChristian, which he used to justify his ‘real Christian approach’ of ‘accepting GLBT people’. So I sent him a longer post of questions and facts on facebook…

    His response was to avoid my questions and block me. He did the same to someone else, but his church is convinced (I also watched one of his sermons) he knows what he is talking about when he teaches – for example – Sodom and Gomorrah being destroyed had nothing to do with homosexuality.

    I can’t believe how shallow and careless Christians are getting with their growth in God. But then, right now we also have a big youth conference here featuring TD Jakes as well. Sometimes I could just scream. I just bought Robert Gagnon’s book, which will take me some time to go through… But I appreciate your uncompromising approach to the subject, DL – be blessed and encouraged.

  7. Bro – awesome holy spirit inspired insights here! Thank you.

    As to your question – NO! The only orientation mankind should be concerned about, according to God’s word, is not a four letter word, but a three letter word – SIN. Satan from the begining dressed up the rebellion with the ideas – “has God said…you surely will not die…you will be like God”

    “sexual orientation” is a liscence to be like God; an idea that God created “me” this way, in His image.
    Seduction and deception – the tools of Satan, killed innocence in the garden, so it does today.

  8. Such terms allow for the blurring of gender roles/identities as evidenced by the number of young men I see daily wearing clothes that normally would be identified on a woman. Also, since sexual orientation term as being applied is “feeling” based, it leads to a shallow self delusion that one’s feelings cannot be judged by anyone…for they are legit because they are real to the individual. It neither creates or approach a standard for wrong and right thinking. But as you said, for some reason, they’re silent on the pedophilia issue. I mean, it is a feeling, right, so it too should be a protected orientation?

    This stuff is becoming really silly…..I’m supposed to be having “MY BEST LIFE NOW,” a sexy single christian on the move for God by blending in with the world. (insert sarcasm here).

  9. Pastor, if I was in front of you, I would so give you some love, dap, skin and whatever else I had in my pocket. Lovely post and very necessary.

    Much as you alluded to earlier, we can’t sit back and presume folk know about this ill and keep on keeping on. This is an issue that needs attention and answers.

    Well done my brother.

    Peace, HiScrivener

  10. Does anybody truly study God’s word for themselves if not then chew on this in plain english and maybe this will clarify some erroneous thinking

    Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.
    22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools.
    23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.
    24 So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies.
    25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.
    26 That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other.
    27 And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.

    Romans 1:21-27 (NLT)

  11. I was looking for biblical quotes in the article that condemn homosexuality, but the ones provided did not do that. They condemn only temptation and sin. Why?

  12. From my reading of the Bible I see a condemnation of homosexual behavior, but the concept of sexual orientation is missing. This isn’t terribly surprising since I do think the concept of an “orientation” is a relatively new one.

    But the Bible is completely accepting of slaves and concubines domestic abuse, so I would say that using the actual written word of the Bible as a rubric for acceptable behavior is a risky proposition.

  13. How it happens…

    I came to the Bible. I found the Word of God. I found Christ. I found the church. I was changed. Thanks be to God!

    IT IS NOT…

    I changed the Bible. I changed the Word of God/ess. I changed Christ. I changed it all. Thanks be to Me!

  14. Sandals,

    I see where you were saying the bible accepts slavery, domestic volence and concubines. I must tell, the bible, nor its author the Lord God, supports neither of these. If you read carefully, the issue of slavery, is talked about in these terms, the master is to treat his slave, w/love, kindness and gentleness, cruelty of one’s slave is condemned. When treated w/dignity as God presribed, the slave many times desired to stay w/there master, because there master loved them, and they there master, also try to remember when reading/studying the bible understand the culture and times of antiquity. I’m sure you are employed as I am, if we were living in that time, the employer/employee concept, as it is this day would be looked upon as the same.

    Domestic violence is condemned, a man was and is required to love his wife w/love and tenderness, nurturing one another, and if the woman was not married, the same courtesy was to be afforded her, unless found guility of adultery and other abominations, which both man and woman, were severally dealt with if found guility. And if they both were found guility, it was to be more than one witness, and in the end the One who sees all renders the final verdict.

    Polygamy is never sanctioned, a man is to have only one wife, in both OT/NT. Friend man was created upright, but we chose death instead of life, and I say we because, sin was imputed to us through Adam, but praise be to God righteousness was imputed to us through Jesus Christ. Your addressing these issues and claiming the Word of God to be faulty, I understand, because I too at one time, was a critic also, telling people the bible says this, and that, but wasn’t trying to live it myself. But when I allowed the Spirit of Christ to open my eyes, as I pray you also will come to, sooner than I did. Upon allowing this supernatural act, and thats what it was, to change my hypocrital and cynical mind, I saw exactly who I really was. I recommend you also read about another cynical and hypocrital person, who was said to have one of the most brilliant and imaginative minds, of the last century, his name, C. S. Lewis. He found out the same thing, and I and countless others have, it was he, who was faulty and countradictory.

  15. For one I had a problem with this article from the beginning.

    “She says that most biblical translations only refer to homosexual sexual behavior not homosexual orientation.”

    When a person is gay, doesn’t that mean that they are taking place in homosexual behavior? And in the biblical sense that would be wrong. So they are saying basically that if you are gay that is totally cool. You just can’t marry anyone, because in marriage there is sex and sexual things happen between gay people and to me that is homosexual behavior. That seems backwards thinking to me and a horrible argument. I am not trying to sound mean, I just do not understand the logic on that.

    Also, Romans 1 verses 26 through 31 says

    Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

    Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. (NIV)

    I just want clarification on as to why these things are refuted with back sided arguments. I think that the bible plainly states things about the behavior and the fact that it is wrong. I think that it goes with out saying that people who do such things are wrong in the lifestyle because the acts are wrong.

    That is just how my brain works I guess.

    Let me know what i did wrong or what not??

  16. Sandals,

    I see where you were saying the bible accepts slavery, domestic volence and concubines. I must tell, the bible, nor its author the Lord God, supports neither of these. If you read carefully, the issue of slavery, is talked about in these terms, the master is to treat his slave, w/love, kindness and gentleness, cruelty of one’s slave is condemned. When treated w/dignity as God presribed, the slave many times desired to stay w/there master, because there master loved them, and they there master, also try to remember when reading/studying the bible understand the culture and times of antiquity. I’m sure you are employed as I am, if we were living in that time, the employer/employee concept, as it is this day would be looked upon as the same.

    Domestic violence is condemned, a man was and is required to love his wife w/love and tenderness, nurturing one another, and if the woman was not married, the same courtesy was to be afforded her, unless found guility of adultery and other abominations, which both man and woman, were severally dealt with if found guility. And if they both were found guility, it was to be more than one witness, and in the end the One who sees all renders the final verdict.

    Polygamy is never sanctioned, a man is to have only one wife, in both OT/NT. Friend man was created upright, but we chose death instead of life, and I say we because, sin was imputed to us through Adam, but praise be to God righteousness was imputed to us through Jesus Christ. Your addressing these issues and claiming the Word of God to be faulty, I understand, because I too at one time, was a critic also, telling people the bible says this, and that, but wasn’t trying to live it myself. But when I allowed the Spirit of Christ to open my eyes, as I pray you also will come to, sooner than I did. Upon allowing this supernatural act, and thats what it was, to change my hypocrital and cynical mind, I saw exactly who I really was. I recommend you also read about another cynical and hypocrital person, who was said to have one of the most brilliant and imaginative minds, of the last century, his name, C. S. Lewis. He found out the same thing, and I and countless others have, it was he, who was faulty and countradictory.

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