Is gay marriage a sin?

Is gay marriage a sin?

First, let’s define sin. Sin is anything that creates a barrier between man and God. Violating God’s laws and commandments prevents one from enjoying a healthy relationship with God. Since no man or woman is capable of keeping all of God’s commandments all are sinners. So let’s look at marriage.

Marriage, the intimate relationship between a man and a woman, was established by God. Genesis 2:18-25. Marriage was established for procreation between a man and a woman. Therefore, the term “gay marriage” is a misuse of the word “marriage” as ordained by God the Creator. God’s idea for marriage was to provide a family unit as the basic building block for a fair and just and loving society. True biblical marriage creates a loving environment in which to raise children so that together the family could enjoy God’s creation and ‘fill the earth’ with a people who would come to know, love and honor their Creator.

Any other arrangements or partnership type of intimacy are opposed to God’s standard for marriage. A gay relationship, therefore, breaks God’s laws and like adultery, must be classified as sin. But, the good news is that God is merciful and will forgive sin if a sinner repents–that is turns away from his or her sinful behavior, confesses that sin to God and allows the Holy Spirit to guide him or her away from the sinful behavior. God is faithful to restore His relationship with faithful repentant sinners. God also reminds us “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God!” (Romans 3:23)

If you would like to learn about how to deal with any sin, including gay marriage, we encourage you to read our post on How to Become a Christian the first step in allowing God to show his grace in forgiving your sin.

Is same-sex marriage a sin?  Why?

Is same-sex marriage a sin? Why?

Yes, same-sex marriage is a sin. 

 It goes against God’s created purpose for us as male and female and disobedience to God’s precepts and laws is sin. 

So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them. 

Genesis 1:27

The practice of homosexual relationships in any way, including marriage, is an abomination to God. In his letter to the church in Rome, the Apostle Paul explained it this way:

Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

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

Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they 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 have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 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.

Romans 1:24-32

God created man and woman to enter into marriage so that they could be “fruitful and multiply” and fill the earth with future generations, i.e. children.  This is obviously impossible in a same-sex marriage. God in his infinite wisdom knows that children ideally need both a mother and a father to be properly and lovingly raised in a family. The family is also God’s basic building block for a joyful, safe, moral and just society.

 

 

If God made us in his image, why do so many Christians seem to hate gays and transgender people?

If God made us in his image, why do so many Christians seem to hate gays and transgender people?

The Bible is clear in calling out homosexual acts as detestable (Leviticus 20:13). It is even made more clear in Romans 1:27 how God views homosexuality, “men committed shameful acts with other men, and received and themselves the due penalty for their sin….so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so they do what ought not to be done.”

That said, God’s word in Matthew 7:11 warns Christians not to judge others lest they be judged. Perhaps you have heard the expression, “hate the sin but not the sinner.”  Christians are not supposed to hate anyone including gay or transgender people. That kind of hate is actually a sin from which one needs to repent and seek God’s forgiveness. (Galatians 5:19-21) Christians should be caring and compassionate taking every opportunity to share the gospel message of love, repentance, forgiveness and salvation.

With respect to the subject of gender, in Genesis we read that God created man and woman or male and female. A person who declares him or herself as transgender goes against God’s design for humanity and his wisdom in creating beings that can be joined together in marriage, have children and create families. That is God’s design for the basic structure of a loving and compassionate society.  Here again, a Christian should not hate but reach out to everyone with the truth of God’s word in a loving never hateful way.

If God made us in his image, why do so many Christians seem to hate gays and transgender people?

Why is being ‘Gay’ viewed by Christians as a sin?

This question really has two parts. The first is what is sin? The second is what does being gay involve? Is being gay a mindset, an attitude, or a behavior? Now sin is simply breaking any of God’s laws in word, thought or deed. What is important to understand is that it’s not how Christians view sin but what God views as sin. The condition of being gay suggests an unnatural intimate relationship with a person of the same sex. Note that it is the practice of homosexual activity, not same gender attraction, that is a sin.
So, let’s see what God has to say about homosexual activity. In the Bible book of Leviticus 19:22 it is called an abomination. It does not get more explicit than that. In the book of Genesis chapter 19 we find that God totally destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because of their unnatural homosexual desires and practices. It is easy to see that God detests homosexual activity because it breaks God’s order about the relationship between a man and a woman.
In Genesis 1:27 we find that, “God created man in his own image; in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them.” Further on we read,” man shall become one flesh with his wife and be fruitful and multiply.” God’s intention is for mankind to be joyful, healthy, safe, to love and to be loved. It is also for the forming of families in which to raise children where godliness can be learned and practiced. Now to be clear, it is not just homosexual behavior that God calls sin, but all sexual activity outside of the marriage between one man and one woman. Just think how much emotional, spiritual and physical pain would be eliminated if mankind followed God’s plan for human relationships.
When one’s life is surrendered to Jesus, one of the great things that happens is that God’s Word in the Bible certainly makes sense. We often wonder how they were so blind to the truth the Bible contains. God’s Word has the power to cause one to pause and reconsider what he or she may have believed before; and now to seriously doubt what the culture is proclaiming today.
Accepting Jesus as Savior and Lord allows the power of the Holy Spirit to begin the process of overcoming temptations and transforming behavior. If the idea of a life lived according to God’s Word is appealing to you, why not ask Jesus into your heart and begin this wonderful journey into the newness of life today.