Objection: It is not
We can easily understand that some actions result
in people being hurt. Theft and murder are
obvious examples. But where there is no victim,
why should people not be allowed to do what they
This is essentially a non-biblical objection although
some might try to justify it on the basis of the so-
called “Golden Rule” (Matthew 7:12): We are to do
to others what we would have them do to us. That
sums up the Law and the prophets.
That clearly prohibits actions that are harmful. We
wouldn’t want them done to us so we must not do
them to others. But does it prohibit actions that
are not harmful? If no one is being hurt – if it is
consensual and mutually desired – it is OK. Or so
the argument goes
But the Bible says it is an abomination to God! We
are not free to disobey a clear instruction of
scripture by simply appealing to a particular
interpretation of another passage. It is not
conceivable that Jesus was proposing the so-called
Golden Rule as a way of negating the scriptures.
On the contrary, He said that the command He
gave summed up the Law and the Prophets. The
two are in perfect harmony, not conflict.
We must also examine the assumption that no one
is being hurt. If homosexual acts are sinful and
practising homosexuals will not enter the Kingdom
of God, then people who engage in them are
hurting both themselves and the other person in
the most damaging way imaginable.
Furthermore, if people are persuaded to engage in
homosexual acts – for example, if young people
uncertain about their sexuality are introduced to
homosexual sex by others – then they are being
led into sin and therefore their eternal salvation is
threatened. Jesus had the harshest words for those
who lead others into sin.
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Things that
cause people to stumble are bound to
come, but woe to anyone through
whom they come.
It would be better
for them to be thrown into the sea
with a millstone tied round their neck
than to cause one of these little ones
So watch yourselves.
Indeed, the parallel passage in Matthew (18:6-7) is
followed by the words:
If your hand or your foot causes
you to stumble, cut it off and throw it
away. It is better for you to enter life
maimed or crippled than to have two
hands or two feet and be thrown into
And if your eye causes
you to stumble, gouge it out and throw
it away. It is better for you to enter life
with one eye than to have two eyes
and be thrown into the fire of hell.
Jesus is not teaching literal self-mutilation. He uses
hyperbole to stress the eternal importance of
avoiding sin. It truly would be better to enter life
with one eye than to be thrown into hell with two.
Drastic action must be taken to avoid sin. The
consequences are too dire for anything else.
Wilfully sinning and leading others into sin is
© Peter Cheyne 2017.
A Christian’s Guide To Homosexuality