How should Christians respond to homosexuality, gay “marriage,” and the “gay Christian”?

Leviticus 18:22
Malachi 2:15
Mark 10:6–9
Romans 1:28–32
1 Corinthians 6:9–11
Galatians 2:20, 3:26–29
Ephesians 4:15, 25–32
1 Timothy 1:10

In truth and love (Ephesians 4:15). These two things are inextricably linked. As Christians, we’ve been commanded to do both and should do so joyously out of love for God and His image bearers (1 Corinthians 13; Ephesians 4:15).

The unmistakable truth articulated throughout Scripture is that homosexuality is sin (Leviticus 18:22; Romans 1:26–32; 1 Timothy 1:10; 1 Corinthians 6:9–11). It’s a result of the Fall and mankind’s sinful nature, in direct rebellion to God’s commands and created order (Genesis 1:27–28; Malachi 2:15; Mark 10:6–9; 1 Corinthians 7:2–3).

Biblically speaking, there is no such thing as gay “marriage.” As stated earlier, marriage is God’s creation, and He alone defines it. He emphatically does so throughout His revealed Word as a lifelong union between one man and one woman. Anything other than that, no matter what people call it, is not marriage. It’s another thing.

And what about the so called “gay Christian”? Again, it doesn’t exist biblically. When someone experiences salvation by submitting and following Christ, they become a Christian. Period. Praise God, their identity is fully found in Christ alone (Galatians 2:20, 3:26–29)! There’s never a descriptor attached to Christian. And a Christian is certainly never identified by their sin, past or present. You don’t see the “promiscuous Christian,” “lying Christian,” “kleptomaniacal Christian,” “raping Christian,” or the “violent Christian.” As ludicrous as those sound, that’s what the title “gay Christian” is doing. It’s attaching a rebellious sin to the identity purchased by Christ who paid for and removed that very sin.

The basic idea behind the argument for the gay Christian is that some people are born with a homosexual orientation. They’re just “born that way.” The orientation isn’t necessarily bad, it just shouldn’t be acted on or only in a monogamous way. The problems with this are myriad. For starters, there is currently no biological or genetic basis for homosexuality. None. In theory, it’s plausible that one could be found in the future. What would that prove? It would simply affirm the biblical truth that sin broke everything. It corrupted the entire universe, including humans, from our DNA to the way we think, feel, and perceive reality.

Ultimately, humans have sinful inclinations of all different sorts because we’re all sinners. And having a sinful inclination, orientation, or desire does not justify the desire and certainly does not make it good, right, or normative. Someone inclined to violence is not justified in beating his wife. Someone oriented toward promiscuity isn’t justified in adultery. An attraction to children does not validate pedophilia. Whatever the surrounding factors influencing a sin, it’s still sin. And if you’re a follower of Christ, that sin has been paid for on the Cross and you can rejoice in your identity as a Christian!

As we speak these truths, our motivation is love. Love for God, love for His Word, and love for sinners who need a Savior (2 Timothy 2:24–25).