“Did Jesus Address Homosexuality in the Bible?” YES!!!
The argument is that Jesus never addressed homosexuality. This is a very popular approach. People look at this and say “You are a follower of Christ.” Well, yes, I’m a follower of Christ. As a follower of Christ, it seems very strange to me that you are making a big deal of something that Jesus never mentioned one time in the Gospels. Not one time! And for most Christians, when they hear that, they are taken aback and their response is, “Well, uhm, ahhh, uhm … what?” And we just don’t know what to say.
Here’s what you say:
1. Jesus DID address homosexuality. He addressed it in Matthew 5 and chapter 19. In Matthew chapter 5 and 19 he addressed the topic of marriage and he rooted his understanding of marriage in Genesis Chapter 2. The teaching in Genesis chapter 2 on the marriage between a man and woman, for the purposes of procreation, illustration and sanctification. He also made it very clear that what God has joined together, man cannot separate. In other words, God is the author of marriage, not man. God defines marriage, not man. Man does not have the right to introduce the concept of same sex marriage. Number 1, it is not marriage; it is another thing, it goes against the teaching in Genesis Chapter 2. So, Jesus did address homosexuality.
2. But there is a bigger issue here. Jesus is a member of the Godhead. You see, we believe that there is one God who exists eternally in three persons. Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit; you cannot separate Jesus from the Father and the spirit on the issue of homosexuality. Jesus was there at Sodom and Gomorrah. He was raining down fire and brimstone. Jesus is the author of Leviticus. So, you can’t say that Jesus never addressed the issue of homosexuality, unless you are going to argue that Jesus has a different opinion on the issue than the Father and the Spirit. This is hugely problematic because that would mean a break in the Trinity and the whole universe would cave in on itself.
3. Thirdly, the Bible is one story, not many. You can no longer separate Jesus from Paul or Peter, can you separate Jesus from the Father or the Spirit. The Bible is one story, not many. What did the apostles teach? The apostles are whose apostles? They are Christ’s apostles. So the teaching that they give us is the authoritative teaching of the church from the Lord Jesus Christ himself.
So, for these three reasons we don’t have to panic when someone says, “Well, Jesus never addressed the issue of homosexuality.” So, we can point out to the person that first of you are wrong because Jesus did address the issue in Matthew 5 and Matthew 19. Second of all, Jesus is a member of the Godhead. You can’t separate the Father from the Son or the Spirit. Thirdly, the Bible is one story, not many. You separate the teaching of Jesus from the teaching of His apostles. Adapted from message by Voddie Baucham