Question: “If homosexuality is a sin, why didn’t Jesus ever mention it?”

Question: “If homosexuality is a sin, why  didn’t Jesus ever mention it?”

Answer: Many who support  same-sex marriage and gay rights argue that, since Jesus never mentioned homosexuality, He did not consider it to be  sinful. After all, the argument goes, if homosexuality is bad, why did Jesus  treat it as a non-issue?

It is technically true that Jesus did not  specifically address homosexuality in the Gospel accounts; however, He did speak  clearly about sexuality in general. Concerning marriage, Jesus stated, “At the  beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a  man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will  become one flesh[.]’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what  God has joined together, let no one separate” (Matthew  19:4–6). Here Jesus clearly referred to Adam and Eve and affirmed God’s  intended design for marriage and sexuality.

For those who follow Jesus,  sexual practices are limited. Rather than take a permissive view of sexual  immorality and divorce, Jesus affirmed that  people are either to be single and celibate or married and faithful to one  spouse of the opposite gender. Jesus considered any other expression of  sexuality sinful. This would include same-sex activity.

Also, are we to  believe that any and every action is good unless Jesus specifically forbade it?  The goal of the Gospels was not to give us a comprehensive list of sinful  activities, and there are many obvious sins that are not found in the “red  letter” section of the Bible. Kidnapping, for example. Jesus never specifically  said that kidnapping was a sin, yet we know that stealing children is wrong. The  point is that Jesus did not need to itemize sin, especially when the  further revelation contained in the Epistles removes all doubt as to  homosexuality’s sinfulness.

Scripture is clear that believers are to  have nothing to do with sexual immorality: “Flee from sexual immorality. All  other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually,  sins against their own body” (1  Corinthians 6:18). Sexual immorality, whether same-sex activity or  otherwise, is a sin against a person’s own body.

It is important to note  that sexual immorality, including same-sex activity, is listed alongside other  sins in Scripture, indicating that God does not rank one sin as worse than  another. While the consequences of some sins are greater than others, Scripture  often simply lists sins side by side. For example, Jesus said, “Out of the heart  come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony,  slander” (Matthew  15:19–20; see also Romans  1:24–31).

The Bible teaches that followers of Jesus are to practice  sexual purity, and that includes abstaining from same-sex activity. In addition,  unbelievers who practice homosexuality stand in need of salvation just like any  other unbeliever. Christians are called to pray for those who do not know  Christ, to serve others in love, and to share the message of Jesus with all  people, including those involved in homosexuality.

Recommended Resources: 101 Frequently Asked Questions About Homosexuality by Mike  Haley and Logos  Bible Software.

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