Did Jesus speak against homosexuality?
No doubt, the homosexual debate is front and center in our culture. Christians appeal to the Bible as their final authority in taking a stand against homosexuality and pro-homosexual policies. But those in favor of the homosexual agenda will often point to something curiously missing from the words of the One from whom they get their name. Interestingly enough, Jesus never spoke against homosexuality. Matter of fact, He never even uses the word in His entire recorded ministry. Why is it that Christians make such a big deal about the issue if their very Savior never even spoke a word about it? Or is there something in Jesus’ message many are not seeing?
Christ speaks of homosexuality just as He does of bestiality or adultery, or any other type of sexuality outside the context of one man and one woman in marriage…He talks about “immorality” which is a summary term to cover the entire spectrum of sexual deviancy, including lustful looking (Matt. 5:28). 4 times (Matt. 5:32, 15:19, 19:9 and Mark 7:21) the gospels record Jesus speaking against “immorality.” The greek word is ‘pornei’ where we get pornography. Here is the actual Greek meaning: πορνεία, ας, ἡ –generally, of every kind of extramarital, unlawful, or unnatural sexual intercourse (Source: Friberg, Greek Analytical Lexicon) To be coy, I could ‘find’ exceptions to what Jesus said about theft also…He didn’t say anything about me stealing my neighbors Xbox, or Car, or Wallet, or TV, or lawnmower, ad infinitum…So it must be ok for me to do those since He didn’t EXPLICITLY mention them. No, because he used a summary term to cover all the exclusions (You shall not steal – Matt. 19:18). Again, same with the term “immorality”. Jesus covered a lot of ground with just one word. So it’s clear Christ spoke against homosexuality (along w/ all other sinful sexual acts) if we take Him on His own terms and in His context. Hope this helps.