The Bible speaks very loudly and very clearly against the sin of homosexuality. In Genesis 19:1-29, we read that God completely destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, and it is clear that this was due to the rebellion of the inhabitants against God, as seen in their demand to have homosexual relations with men sin of homosexuality (see v.5 & v.13). Elsewhere, in Leviticus we see the following:
“22 And you shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.”
“13 If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them.” (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13 LSB)
“24 There were also male cult prostitutes in the land. They did according to all the abominations of the nations which Yahweh dispossessed before the sons of Israel.” (1 Kings 14:24 LSB)
A point of contention brought up by the pro-homosexuality crowd is that we are calling for their death. They often follow this with something along the lines of “death, simply for loving someone.” Arguments such as this demonstrate their ignorance of the Bible. While God still views the sin of homosexuality as an abomination (His morals have not changed, nor will they ever), the penal aspect of this falls under the Levitical Civil Law, which applied only to the Israelites. Since the first century the Moral Law serves as an objective moral compass for mankind. The Ceremonial Law was fulfilled in Jesus, who was the final sacrifice for sin for all who believe in Him, and the Civil Law will be fulfilled in all those who reject Jesus and the salvation found only in Him, when they are cast into hell for all eternity.
Another common argument by the pro-homosexuality crowd is that Christians are being contradictory, picking and choosing or “cherry picking” (as based on their re-defining of the term), by wearing clothes made with a mixture of wool and linen, planting different seeds together, or eating lobster, crab, shrimp, and pork (Leviticus 11:9-12; 19:19; Deuteronomy 22:11). These arguments stem from their ignorance of Old Testament Jewish Law. The Old Testament laws condemning homosexuality as an abomination are part of God’s Moral Law, and are still in effect for all people everywhere. The Old Testament Laws condemning the wearing of wool and linen mixed fabric, the planting of different seeds together, and the eating of certain foods are all part of God’s Ceremonial Law which was established to keep men and women in a right standing with God (remaining ceremonially clean, etc); and were applicable only to the Jews, and only until the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus fulfilled the Ceremonial Law as the final propitiatory sacrifice for sin. While there were often Moral, Civil, and Ceremonial aspects to the various Old Testament Laws; God is unchanging*, and therefore His morality has never and will never change. It is part and parcel of who and what He is, inextricably tied to His attribute of absolute purity and goodness.
[*The Immutability (Unchangableness) of God: Numbers 23:19; Psalm 33:11; 102:27; Isaiah 40:8; Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8; James 1:17]
The condemnation of homosexuality is not confined to the Old Testament. It also appears in the New Testament. In addition to those verses noted above where Jesus stated the normal expression of sexuality, we read in the Letter to the Romans, chapter 1, verses 18-32, God’s condemnation of those who engage in all manner of unrighteousness. Included in that list of unrighteous acts is homosexuality. In verses 26-27 we read: “26 For this reason God gave them over to dishonorable passions; for their females exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the males abandoned the natural function of the female and burned in their desire toward one another, males with males committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.” (LSB)
Because these people openly reject God, and openly rebel against Him, God has given them what they want by giving them over to depravity. By specifically naming female homosexuality (verse 26) and male homosexuality (verse 27), God makes it clear that there are no exceptions. All homosexuality is considered “unnatural” and “indecent.” God goes even further by stating homosexuals receive in themselves the “due penalty” for their unnatural and indecent acts. The “due penalty” includes the numerous sexually transmitted diseases, broken lives, broken minds, and ultimately cast into hell for all eternity.
In 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 we read, “9 do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.” Again, God is very specific, naming both effeminate and homosexuals. The word effeminate is translated from the Greek word malacoi, which means catamites, males who are effeminate and submit their bodies to homosexual practices. The word homosexual is translated from the Greek word arsenokoitai, which refers to a sodomite, or a pederast. Biological males engaging in homosexual activity with other biological males, including biological male teenagers.
And finally, in 1 Timothy 1:9-10 we read, “9...law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and godless, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for sexually immoral persons, for homosexuals, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching” Here we see that homosexuals are equal to murderers, the sexually immoral, kidnappers, liars, perjurers, and whomever else is engaging in sinful actions. God clearly states here that homosexuals are lawless, rebellious, ungodly, unholy, godless sinners. There is no mistaking the clear and literal words of Scripture in these passages. They simply say what they say, and the only way to make them say something else is to mistranslate, misapply, and otherwise twist them. But taken literally, with the clear and explicit meaning of the words – which is the natural and normal way to read these passages, then we easily and quickly understand them.
Fortunately, homosexuality is not an unforgivable sin. This is shown in 1 Corinthians 6:11, “11 And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” In this verse, after condemning a slew of sins, including homosexuality, God goes on to say that some of the people He has been writing to were lost in these various sins; but, they were washed, sanctified, and justified in and through Jesus Christ our Lord and in the Holy Spirit who seals us for the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13).
Often homosexuals and their supporters will claim that “Jesus never said a single word about homosexuality.” All Christians know that Jesus is God, He is Yahweh Almighty (as is the Father and the Holy Spirit). Since all 66 books of the Bible were breathed out by God, every passage noted herein was breathed out by Jesus Christ. So yes, Jesus said quite a bit about and against homosexuality.