What Is Wrong With Homosexual Behavior? -- By: Mark J. Larson

Journal: Journal of Dispensational Theology
Volume: JODT 22:64 (Spring 2018)
Article: What Is Wrong With Homosexual Behavior?
Author: Mark J. Larson


What Is Wrong With Homosexual Behavior?

Mark J. Larson

* Mark J. Larson, Ph.D., adjunct professor of historical theology, Shepherd’s Theological Seminary, Cary, North Carolina

To begin a discussion concerning the moral nature of homosexual behavior it is helpful to define what a homosexual is. Such a person has a “preferential erotic attraction” to members of the same sex. He or she may also engage in “overt sexual relations” with them.1 Homosexuality then has to do with a particular kind of desire and behavior;2 it entails inward romantic feelings toward someone of the same sex that may lead to outward physical actions.3

Diverse Positions

The question to consider is whether or not there is anything that is morally wrong with homosexuality. There are divergent views on this question. One perspective is that a faithful and loving homosexual relationship is quite legitimate.4 A 2012 Gallup poll indicated that 53 percent of Americans believe that homosexuality is morally acceptable.5 President Barack Obama took the same view in a speech delivered at the White House on 29 June 2009 in which he praised Franklin Kameny who coined the phrase “gay is good.” This indeed was the underlying perspective of the United States Supreme Court in the Obergefell v. Hodges decision of 26 June 2015, which required all the states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex

couples. The key issues in this position are “fidelity and mutual care.” If they are present, there can be nothing to morally prohibit it.6 Such a relationship cannot be sinful.7

The classical Christian position, of course, condemns homosexuality as immoral.8 Historic Christianity maintains that homosexual desire and homosexual behavior are sinful.9 This is true of Judaism as well. Both religions forbid all “deviant sexual practices,” such as sodomy and bestiality.10 Christian theology appeals to Romans 1:27 to argue that the sin of homosexuality includes not only the act, but also the desire: “And in the same way also the men abandoned the natural functi...

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