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The Bible & Homosexuality – Part 2

posted Jun 2, 2015, 10:45 AM by First Baptist


It is becoming increasingly clear that numerous churches, denominations & professing Christians are planning to go along with the culture in its efforts to normalize homosexual behavior. The purpose of this series of articles is to re-affirm the Bible’s teaching on this important subject.


This series is for persons who regard the Bible as inspired (the very Word of God) and thus authoritative for our lives. Those who do not regard the Bible in this way will likely come to a different conclusion about homosexuality.


We’ll be looking at the 5 major passages dealing with homosexuality. The first is Genesis 2:22-24:


Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.


Here, in the opening words of the Bible, God creates the first human institution: marriage. It seems rather obvious from the passage that marriage, as well as sexual intimacy, is to be understood as the unity of 1 man & 1 woman.


Kevin DeYoung addresses the significance of this:


“A different marital arrangement requires an entirely different creation account, one with two men or two women, or at least the absence of any hints of gender complementarity and procreation. It’s not hard to conclude from a straightforward reading of Genesis 1-2 that the divine design for sexual intimacy is not any combination of persons, or even any type of two persons coming together, but one man becoming one flesh with one woman.” (emphasis added)


The way in which the woman was created (from the man’s rib) indicates that she is the man’s divinely-designed complement. She wasn’t created out of thin air or even from the dust of the ground like the man was. What makes the woman unique is that she is like the man (“bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh”) but also different from him. Adam is delighted that the woman is not another animal AND not another man. She is exactly what the man needed: a suitable helper, equal to him, but also his opposite.


With regard to sexual intimacy, the phrase “one flesh” presupposes two persons of the opposite sex. The sameness of body parts in homosexual activity does not allow the participants to become “one flesh” as is the case with 1 man & 1 woman. Mere physical contact that produces a sexual response falls far short of God’s prescription for joyful sexual intimacy.*


God’s definition of marriage, so clearly stated in Genesis 2 (and affirmed by Jesus in Matthew 19 & Mark 10), has been the Church’s teaching for 2,000 years. Has the Church been wrong all this time?


Pastor Dan


*This paragraph, along with the preceding one, was adapted from “What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality?” by Kevin DeYoung.