Was Jesus Silent About Homosexuality?


Bryant Wright explains why there are no direct words from Jesus on the subject of homosexuality.

And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?'" (Matthew 19:4–5)

Some liberal theologians justify the gay lifestyle by saying, “Look, Jesus is our ultimate authority, and He never spoke about homosexuality, so there must be a freedom to decide on that issue!” Nice try, but let me explain why there are no direct words from Jesus on the subject. This is because Jesus’ ministry was primarily directed to the Jews, and in the first century, homosexuality was just not an issue for them. Sure, it occurred, but it was seen as evil perversion. It was not a part of Jewish contemporary debate.

But Jesus did discuss the many issues related to homosexuality as He taught us our most basic Christian principles. And He was quite clear that marriage is only for a man and a woman in Matthew 19:4–5.

When we study the biblical teachings concerning marriage, we see that sex is a wonderful gift that God has created for a husband and wife to enjoy. But sex outside of marriage is always wrong in God’s eyes, be it premarital sex, adultery, or homosexuality. Although Jesus never specifically spoke about homosexuality, His Word certainly does. Jesus said, “Thy Word is truth.” And the Word is absolutely clear: sexual intimacy is God’s gift for a man and woman to enjoy in the context of marriage only.

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