The Gospels

Referencing Jesus in the Gospels, Robinson writes:

“What does Jesus say about homosexuality? Absolutely nothing. Jesus is not recorded as having said anything related to intimate sexual relationships between people of the same gender.”1

Is Robinson’s statement true? Consider Matthew 19 (Jesus’ words in red):

“The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.” – Matthew 19:3-9 KJV

Jesus made a critical point here which further corroborates what we read in Genesis. In Jesus’ own words, he reiterates that God made male and female and they are to become one flesh. For those who question the definition of marriage, Jesus makes it clear for us here.

So to counter Robinson’s claim, did Jesus say anything related to intimate sexual relationships between people of the same gender? Yes in fact, He did. Jesus defines for us marriage between male and female. This leads to the topic of fornication. Consider what Paul wrote:

“Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.” – 1 Corinthians 7:2 KJV

According to Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, fornication is “the incontinence or lewdness of unmarried persons, male or female.” In other words, fornication is basically sex outside of marriage. Considering Jesus has provided us the definition of marriage in Matthew 19, logically speaking, wouldn’t same-gender intimate sexual relationships be considered fornication? I’ll let the reader decide.

1. Robinson, God Believes in Love, p. 83