HBC Statement on Homosexuality and "Gay Marriage"

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The creator God, to whom all are accountable, has revealed Himself and His will in His perfect Word, the Bible.

The Bible confines sexual relationships to marriage. The Bible defines marriage as a union of one man and one woman. These limitations are for our good and for God's glory. Biblically (and historically), there is no such thing as “gay marriage.”
Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. (Heb. 13:4)
[Jesus] answered, "Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, 'Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? (Matt. 19:4-5)

Because of the fall of man into sin (Gen. 3), all men and women struggle with various forms of perverse sexual orientation. An inclination toward these perversions (temptation) is not sin. However, acting upon any of these orientations is sin and offends a holy God.
  • Sex before marriage
  • Adultery
  • Heterosexual relationships with multiple partners
  • Sex with children and/or forced sex with an unwilling partner (these perversions are particularly egregious)
  • Homosexual relationships
Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. (Rom. 1:24-27)
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 men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Cor. 6:9-10)
Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. (Jude 1:7)

The essence of sin is idolatry – the worship of a false god. When I set up anything as a priority above the God of the Bible, including my own desires, sin results. As complex as perverse sexual orientations can be, at the root of each perversion is a worship disorder (Rom. 1:21-25).
Although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him. (Rom. 1:21)

The gospel gives us hope. Jesus Christ offers Himself as the Savior for sinners, regardless of the nature and extent of our sin. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, I can be forgiven of any and every sin (1 Jn. 1:9). As I begin to worship the true God, he gives me strength to overcome sin by His Spirit (Gal. 5:22-25). And in Christ I have the hope of future perfection: an eternity with God completely removed from sin (1 Jn. 3:2).
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:8-9)

In a culture that increasingly affirms homosexual practice and advocates “gay marriage,” here are a few necessary Christian responses:
  1. A wholehearted love for God. This includes submission to his Word and a sincere renouncing and turning from our own sin.
  2. A humble love for our neighbors. This doesn’t always involve affirming and advocating what they want, but affirming and advocating what is best for them and best for society. (By the way, this doesn’t just apply to the issue of homosexuality.)
  3. A broken-hearted gospel invitation to all who will hear. Our God is still mighty to save!
 The unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God…. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Cor. 6:9-11)


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