Was Jesus Really Silent on
The main argument of Christians that are gay affirming is this:
"Since Jesus was
silent on the subject homosexuality, we should at least be silent as
well; His silence could also speak of His endorsement of homosexuality,
thus gay marriage would be something Jesus might have approved."
First of all, was Jesus really
silent on homosexuality? Some might say that the gospels do not record
any specific mention of homosexuality. While it is true that no direct
record is given in the gospels in which Jesus addressed homosexuality,
this doesn't mean He was silent on the subject. It only means that the
subject was not recorded in the gospels, because the subject is outside
the scope of what the gospel writers wanted to accomplish. The gospels,
in order to show that Jesus is the Messiah and thus the new Law Giver,
deals with the differences that Jesus had with the ruling clergy. Maybe
the gospels do not deal with homosexuality because there was no change
in the moral laws of sexuality that was given to Israel. It could also
be interpreted to mean that Jesus and the rest of the rabbis had nothing
significant to disagree with on the subject, unlike the subjects of
divorce, the Sabbath and kosher foods.
Another thing needs to be
mention: the gospels do not record everything Jesus ever taught or did.
Even John acknowledges that he did not record everything Jesus taught or
did, "Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were
written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room
for the books that would be written" (John 21:25). For example, the
gospels do not record any sermons by Christ on rape, incest, or
pedophilia—so does that mean the silence in the gospels should be
construed to mean that He approves of these sexual acts? You see, the
argument of silence cannot prove anything.
Gay activists, who believe in
Jesus, make a huge blunder when they dissociate Jesus from His
historical roots. Jesus was not an American hippy going around preaching
free love. No, He was a Jewish Rabbi during the first century! (see Matt
26:25, Mark 9:5; 10:51, 11:21, John 1:49 and 3:2) And as such, He had to
hold to the basic tenets of Judaism as it was understood at the time.
This means, Jesus had to affirm the moral teachings of the Torah1.
The Torah is opposed to homosexuality.
Jesus, in His Sermon on the
Mount, affirms that He did not come do away with the moral teachings of
the Scriptures: "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or
the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them"
(Matt 5:17). So whatever is understood in Jesus teaching, we cannot
twist them to say that He did away with the Torah's moral teachings.
Consider the Sermon of the Mount.
He teaches, "You have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit
adultery.' But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully
has already committed adultery with her in his heart" (Matt
5:27-28). Jesus did not end the prohibition of adultery, but expanded
the prohibition to include adultery in the heart. Jesus did the same
thing when it came to "thou shall not kill." He says that "anyone who
is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment" (Matt 5:22).
To Jesus, it is not enough to not kill your brother, you should not even
be angry with him, either. Do you see? Jesus did not end the moral
teachings of the "Torah or the Prophets"; He expanded them to include
our hearts and minds.
The Torah prohibits homosexuality
as it prohibits any sexual conduct outside of a legitimate marriage. "'Do
not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable"
(Lev 18:22). Using the pattern of the Sermon on the Mount, here is how
Jesus would teach the prohibition of homosexuality; He would say
something like this: "You have heard it said that 'a man should not lie
with a man as one lies with a woman.' But I say to you, a man should not
lust after another man in his heart."
Not only was Jesus a Rabbi Who
upheld the moral teachings prescribed in the Torah, He encouraged others
to follow the teachings of the ruling clergy:
said to the crowds and to his disciples: 'The teachers of the law and
the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. So you must obey them and do
everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not
practice what they preach." (Matt 23:1-3).
While Jesus pointed out the
hypocrisy of the Sanhedrin, He nevertheless affirmed the rightness of
their moral teachings. Sure the Sanhedrin went overboard in trying to
obey God by adding man-made teachings, however, on the whole Jesus
affirmed their teachings. The Sanhedrin of Jesus day was definitely
opposed to homosexuality. Even to this day, the Sanhedrin is opposed to
homosexuality.2 They have not changed their view on
My point in bringing these things
out is to show you the historical Jesus. He of course is the Son of God,
yet He walked the earth as a Jewish rabbi that affirmed the basic,
sexual, moral teachings of His religion.
This means that Jesus did mention
the prohibition of homosexuality, because as a Rabbi, He would have had
to publicly read the entire Bible and given commentary on it. The
passages about homosexuality, such as Leviticus 18, would have had to
come up for public reading. So Jesus did read those passages and gave
His teachings and commentary on them. And if other men were given the
task of reading the passages on homosexuality, Jesus would have been
involved in commenting on them as well, since, it was the practice of
His day to read scriptures and have the men participate in discussions.
So if the subject of
homosexuality came up either in public reading of Scriptures, or private
discussions or people involved in it, He would have condemned it just
like He condemned adultery. But unlike His contemporary Rabbis, He would
have guided the offenders to repentance and receiving forgiveness.
While the gospels do not disclose
any specific conversations or teachings that Jesus had about
homosexuality, Jesus did in fact condemned a city for practicing
homosexuality: "But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained
down from heaven and destroyed them all" (Luke 17:29). Jesus
affirmed the rightness of God's destruction of Sodom. Sodom's most
famous and terrible sin was sodomy. To this day, we name sodomy
after this town.
The sin of homosexuality was so
prevalent, that men came to Lot wanting sex with the two men staying at
his house. "They called to
Lot, 'Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so
that we can have sex with them"
(Gen 19:5). While it's true that Sodom was guilty of many others sins,
homosexuality was definitely included among the many, and was its worse
offense. Jesus did allude to His disapproval of the sin of homosexuality
by affirming God's judgment on the city.
between Male and Female
Jesus view on same-sex
relationship is clearly outlined in the gospels. Jesus taught that
marriage is only between "male and female". Consider His words, "'Haven't
you read,' he replied, 'that 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'" (Matt 19:4-5, bold added). Jesus quoted from the Bible to
prove the sanctity of marriage between a male and female. For Jesus, the
Scriptures was the basis of understanding God's will concerning
marriage. Jesus reminded them of the story of Adam and Eve and how God
brought them together. Marriage was thus created by the Creator to be a
holy partnership between different, yet complementary genders.
Thus, His teaching on marriage—that
it belongs exclusively to opposite gender couples—should
completely prove that Jesus spoke against homosexuality. Jesus teachings
were deeply rooted in the Scriptures. He always alluded to them to prove
His points. Contrast His deep respect for Holy Scripture to the cultural
norms of the Roman motif.
The Romans were known for sexual
proclivity, especially toward both genders. It was common for those in
the upper chalet of society to experiment sexually with both genders.
Yet, Jesus was not influenced by the openness of Roman culture when it
came to sexual morality. He stood by the Holy Word of God. And this is
what every believer needs to do as we see the culture of our society
The only reason some churches
have yielded to the world by ordaining openly active homosexuals and
performing same-sex marriage is to be loved by the world. They feel that
the church could better serve the world by accepting the sexual
practices of the world. But we are not called to conform to the pattern
of this world, but transform it. The church is to be "holy" and separate
from the world. We are called to save the world, not accommodate it.
Jesus is our example. We find
nowhere that He accommodates the teachings of Scripture to the Roman
culture. We as believers are called to follow suit. Let us hold firmly
to the teaching of the Holy Bible, including regarding sexual holiness.
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Jesus spoke the truth. Near the
town where He lived, there was a huge city named, Beit She'an. I just
recently visited the remains. It was the capital of the Decapolis. The
Decapolis is mentioned in the New Testament (see Mark 4:25, 5:20 and
7:31). It was a coalition of ten cities in Galilee where Greek and Roman
culture pervaded. As I walked the remains, our tour guide showed us the
bath houses and brothels. No doubt, prostitution of both heterosexuals
and homosexuals were practiced. This city of about 50,000 was the
of Jesus' day. It was only a day's walk from where Jesus lived.
Being so close to this city,
Jesus must have spoken out against their abuses and sins. Many of His
disciples came from these cities: "Large crowds from
Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and
the region across the Jordan followed him"
(Matt 4:25). Surely He spoke out against the games of the Gladiators
that Rome just begun in the hippodrome
at Beit She'an. Surely He spoke out against perverted and violent plays
held at their outdoor theater. Do you think He was silent about the
perversion in those cities? Jesus' famous deliverance of the mad-man
with a legion of demons came from the
Decapolis, and He allowed the demons to go inside the pigs and upset the
pig farmers in the region.
Jesus refused to be politically
correct. He spoke the truth, whether the majority agreed with Him or
The sexual revolution has
destroyed many lives. It is the root of more babies being born out of
wedlock. It is the basis of the legalization of abortion. It is
responsible for more couples shacking up together and postponing
marriage. And it is the cause of the rise of the gay-rights movement.
The only reason, for the first
time in Christian history, that some Christians affirm same-sex marriage
is because they have been influenced by the sexual revolution. There is
nothing new in the Bible that they have discovered to allow
homosexuality. They must be honest; they are simply being influenced by
the world. They have lowered God's standard of holiness.
Jesus never lowered the standard
of holiness; He lifted it higher. He was stricter than the Sanhedrin.
Want proof? "For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses
that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly
not enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matt 5:20). Jesus expected more
from His followers, not less, because we live under a better covenant.
Under the Old Covenant, God made demands. But under the New Covenant, He
provides the power to obey the commands.
This article is written to
believers who hold to same-sex marriage. It is one thing for unbelievers
to promote homosexuality, but it is another thing for believers to do
so. We are bound to Christ Lordship. He doesn't bow to us; we bow to
I challenge all my fellow
believers who have allowed the world to change their concept on sexual
morality. Get back to Christ. Affirm His teachings as good and wholesome
for people. Don't distort the true Christ. Admit, that He did speak
against homosexuality, not because He hates sinners, but because He
loves them. God has something much better for those struggling with
same-sex attraction. Homosexuality is not God's best. It is incompatible
with the godly life God wants for us. Let us show compassion, yet
firmness, as we attempt to lead the world to a better life through
Not only have gay activists used
the "Jesus was silent" argument to justify homosexuality, some ministers
have used this argument to justify their own silence on the subject.
When asked why they don't speak on homosexuality, they counter, "Well,
since Jesus was silent on homosexuality, I am silent too." Yet, I have
heard these same ministers condemn the sex-slave trade, even though the
gospels are silent on this terrible crime. How can they justify speaking
out against sex-slavery while remaining quiet on homosexuality?
Here is the real reason: to speak
out against the sex-slave industry is politically acceptable. It makes
ministers look like they care about changing society, without the
criticism they would get if they spoke out against homosexuality.
I am a minister, and I understand
the pressure from the "thought police".
These are groups that promote
politically correct ideas and they also target and eliminate religious
people who might speak in behalf of their faith. They use terror and
public ridicule to silence people's voices. The thought police
will criticize ministers that speaks
out against politically protected behavior.
I agree, it is not politically
correct to speak out against homosexuality or same sex marriage. But
when are we suppose to avoid topics that are consider taboo by the
thought police? If anything, we are to be a strong voice for those
afraid to speak the truth. Every true minister must preach the whole
word of God, even those topics that might bring criticism.
Yes, the thought police will
accuse you of homophobia. But the truth is, they have Cristophobia. They
are afraid of Christ and His Word.
My fellow minister, I plead with
you to be bold and speak the truth in love. As a minister, you cannot
rightly use the "Jesus was silent" argument when avoiding homosexuality.
While you should always preach in love and practice forgiveness, you
must still preach the whole Word of God, just like Jesus did.
Torah is the first five
books of the Bible. While the other books of the prophets were
considered inspired, the Torah was considered greater. Leviticus is part
of the Torah.
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