I've read a lot of articles and books on the subject of what the Bible teaches about homosexuality. I think this treatment is the best. It is by Dr. Wayne Grudem and found in the ESV Study Bible. It is titled, The Bible and homosexuality.
Janet Mefferd posted the following article on her blog on June 27, 2015.
Today, five Supreme Court justices forced upon the United States a fictitious “right” to state-sanctioned homosexuality in a form to be referred to as “marriage.” From this day on, we can add Obergefell v. Hodges next to Roe v. Wade on the list of the most outrageously unconstitutional SCOTUS decisions ever rendered.
It doesn’t matter that 20 years ago, creating such a “right” was both morally and legally unthinkable, across the globe, on all sides of the political aisle.
It doesn’t matter that the U.S. Constitution doesn’t even address the issue of marriage. It doesn’t matter that millions and millions of Americans legally went to the polls to uphold real marriage. It doesn’t matter that the polls or research on the subject of so-called “homosexual marriage” are deliberately skewed or even based on faked data, as in the recent case of a study retracted from the academic journal Science.
It also doesn’t matter that the Founders would have been aghast at today’s decision. And it doesn’t matter that two of the five justices who upended marriage today unapologetically officiated at so-called “homosexual weddings” and refused to show ethical responsibility by recusing themselves from this case altogether.
That’s because today isn’t about the rule of law, the Constitution, what is morally right or ethical or even what is ultimately real. When it comes down to it, it’s about the revolution — the sexual revolution that has reached its zenith at the hands of five unelected justices.
Years ago, I heard former U.S. Rep. Bob Dornan speak at a pro-life rally, and I’ve never forgotten what he said (and I paraphrase from memory): “For years, those of us on the side of life have been treating this abortion issue as if it were a debate. ‘Hey, we’re the ones with all the facts on our side!’ we say. ‘Babies are human beings. They’re alive. It’s murder to kill a human being. How can America not see this? Why aren’t we winning?’ And yet we’ve forgotten the most important thing. If this were a debate, we’d have won it years ago, because we do have all the truth, all the facts and all the science on our side. What we need to understand is that while we were trying to debate the pro-abortion activists, they were at war.”
You’ve seen it, haven’t you? When the Big Gay Bulldozer mows down Brendan Eich, Barronelle Stutzman, the Benham brothers, the Kleins or Craig James, there are no tears shed for these people who have lost their livelihoods and/or reputations. No one worries about the harassment or even death threats that are hurled at these people behind the scenes. It doesn’t matter how they were treated or what their First Amendment rights are. It’s all about the Revolution, man.
When the Human Rights Campaign puts enormous pressure on businesses to support “full LGBT equality” and ranks them through its “Corporate Equality Index,” with companies actually losing points for having any “anti-LGBT blemishes” on recent records, there’s no debate. You’re either with HRC, or you’re targeted homophobes. Nor did the far-Left Southern Poverty Law Center feel the need to retract its “Hate Map,” which identifies and smears Christian organizations, merely because it inspired a homosexual domestic terrorist to storm the Family Research Council with the intent to commit mass murder. It’s all about the Revolution, man.
There is no “gay gene.” It doesn’t matter. The CDC states that men who have sex with men account for 59 percent of those who have HIV and comprise 66 percent of those who contract HIV each year. It doesn’t matter. The Bible is clear that homosexuality is sinful. It doesn’t matter, homophobe. The Revolution is the thing!
Saul Alinsky’s eighth Rule for Radicals was: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” As he put it, “Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new.” This is what Big Gay has done and done effectively. Its activists have applied intense, constant pressure on every side, through every medium, to achieve their goals, and nobody has been immune to that pressure – especially not judges or politicians. And we must note that among secularists, enormous and constant social pressure — aided and abetted by means of high-pressure propaganda and duplicitous Newspeak – can be very hard to resist if you have no true north in the inerrant Word of God. In fact, I believe in the coming days, it very well may be that only those who are grounded in the Word of God will maintain the true north on marriage and sexuality.
Big Gay knows this. Christians and their Bibles are a problem. This is why one of the next big pushes will be to try to get Christians to accept a twisted and false view of Scripture that upends texts like Matthew 19, Romans 1, Genesis 19 and 1 Corinthians 6.
Expect homosexual activists like Matthew Vines and other self-identified “gay Christians” like him to try to come in and influence your church or denomination, people who will twist the Scriptures to try to deceive you. There will be pressure on you to “show the love of Jesus” and “stop hate-filled discrimination,” but it’s just Alinsky Rule 8. Do not let them deceive you. God speaks clearly in His Word on the homosexuality and marriage issues, and we must stay the course. Christian, you can read your Bible for yourself. You already know what it says. And if you don’t, you’d better get on that. Because if you are a Christian, you are required to be on the alert against the one who would whisper in your ear, “Did God really say …?”
Yes, this is war. But then, we sometimes forget that the Christian is always at war. Yet our war is not against Big Gay or the Supreme Court or the media. Our true enemy, as we know, isn’t even human. Our weapons are not physical or carnal. Ultimately, this war we’re in is spiritual. As 2 Corinthians 10:4 puts it: “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” And what are these weapons? The breastplate of righteousness. The shield of faith, with which we can “extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” The helmet of salvation. And the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. (Ephesians 6:10-18)
In the evil day, we are to put on this whole armor of God and be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Why? So we can take our “stand against the devil’s schemes.” It’s true that today’s Supreme Court decision is a travesty, a total violation of moral and natural law, the highest peak thus far in the current revolution. And so it’s imperative that we continue to make the case, on the civil and political and moral levels, for true marriage and for our First Amendment freedoms. Like we’ve been doing for four decades against Roe v. Wade, we must do whatever we can, on the human level, to reverse this ruling. But the bigger picture is the spiritual war and the duty we now have to stand. “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” (Eph. 6:13)
There are all kinds of repercussions coming down the pike after today’s decision. Expect polygamy to become legal at some point; there’s no keeping it at bay anymore. But it’s also very likely that life will become much more difficult for Christians, too. Our tax exemptions may be going away. Our schools, universities, Bible colleges and seminaries will feel the pressure. Our churches will come under fire. Some of us could lose our businesses. There will be hatred and insults, and we will feel temptations all around us to give in, to compromise, to give up and to downplay the Word of God. But we must not do that. We cannot do that, any more than the apostles could give in and compromise the gospel to get along with Rome.
We know we must stand because there is another Judge, a higher Judge who is also the Lawgiver and the one who kept the Law perfectly on our behalf as Savior. The Lord Jesus Christ is no fallen ideologue who should have recused Himself before rendering a lawless judgment. No, His moral law is holy, perfect, right and eternal, and His judgments are always perfect. And on that final day, He will judge the world in righteousness: You, me, your neighbor and yes, those Supreme Court justices, too.
In light of the judgment to come, we must not only stand our ground, but we must proclaim to those around us that that day is coming! They need to hear that God is commanding everyone to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ while there is still time. “For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.” (Acts 17:31) This is what the apostles preached. This is what Christians throughout history have preached. And this is what we must preach, too.
The Revolution will not last forever, but the Kingdom of God will. No matter how disheartened we may be today, that is always good news.