Love, Homosexuality, and Presuppositions
In the last two posts, we talked about homosexual desires and homosexual orientation. Another common argument given to, and by, Christians in defense of homosexuality is by appealing to love. The question is how anyone can rightly prohibit someone from being with someone they love. The argument goes something like this: “God is love, and wants us to love. I love this person and want to be with them. Therefore, it is right that I be with them, and you can’t tell me otherwise” (or, “and God wouldn’t want me to be unhappy”).
Again and again, the central issue is the authority and sufficiency of Scripture. The truth is, that if someone does not have Scripture as their authoritative starting point, then this argument is completely legitimate. If we throw out Scripture, if we throw out a holy God to whom I am morally accountable, than what more is there in life than to seek my own pleasure and satisfaction? If my worldview is not thoroughly biblically based, than I have no real argument against homosexuality on moral grounds (I still would on sociological and evolutionary grounds ironically, but not moral). In other words, we must be aware of a person’s starting point — their presupposition. I cannot expect someone who has a humanistic worldview to submit to the authority of the Scriptures, nor can I expect to win an argument with them by appealing to the Scriptures. That would be like someone trying to convert me to Islam by appealing to the Quran. I don’t accept the Quran as infallibly authoritative and sufficient, so appealing to it doesn’t work for me. The difference is that the Bible is the truth, and the truth is powerful (but, notice my presuppositions even in that statement). But if I do have a biblical worldview, than i understand that humanity is fallen and corrupt, and that the heart can and usually does harbor sinful affection. In other words, the argument from “love” assumes that positive affection for someone or something is always a good thing, and that thing desired or loved must therefore be good. But the Bible tells a different story. As fallen and sinful beings, we often love sinful things.
The argument, “but they love each other,” does not override God’s holy standard, because morality is determined—not by our affections—but by God’s Word.
If my desires and affections are what determines morality, than selfishness, pride, anger, adultery, and a host of other sins could be declared right and good based on my affection for myself or for someone to whom I have no right. A married man may have a strong desire and affection for another woman—perhaps he feels that he loves her—but this in no way makes adultery permissible. Why? Because adultery is clearly stated to be sin (Ex. 20:14; Lev. 20:10; Matt. 5:32; 19:9; Rom. 7:2-3; 1 Cor. 7:11; Gal. 5:19), and one’s affection does not overturn that standard. Likewise, one may have a strong affection for someone of the same sex, but if Scripture clearly condemns the practice of homosexuality, than one’s sinful desire and affection does not and cannot override God’s holy standard.
The Bible teaches that God’s created design and ordained order for human sexuality is for there to be a complementary relationship between a man and a woman, within the covenant of marriage. Homosexual acts and desires violate God’s creation design and are thus sinful. Therefore, the church today must stand fast upon the authority and sufficiency of the Word of God, no matter the consequences.
“God and the Gay Christian? A Response to Matthew Vines” – ebook edited by Dr. Al Mohler
“A Biblical Response to Homosexuality” – The Master’s Seminary
“Blame it on the Brain?” – Dr. Ed Welch
“God, the Gospel, and the Gay Challenge – A Response to Matthew Vines” – Dr. Al Mohler