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It seems that daily I hear or read something about homosexuality. I do not believe the practice has God's approval, but could you point me to some biblical texts that deal with this issue? Is homosexual practice sin? If yes, where does the Scripture say so?

The question of homosexuality confronts us almost daily on the Internet, in textbooks, courtrooms, films, legislatures, magazines, newspapers, schools, and the streets. It is one of the burning issues of the early 21st–century world. It is imperative that we go to the Bible, God's Word, in order to ascertain what God thinks about homosexuality.

A number of passages in the Old and the New Testament deal directly with this question: Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:26–27; 1 Corinthians 6:9–11; and 1 Timothy 1:9–10. In Leviticus 18:22 (NLT) the Lord Himself says, “Do not practice homosexuality . . . it is a detestable sin.” In the Old Testament Law the penalty for a homosexual act was death (Lev. 20:13). In Romans 1:26–27, homosexual desires and practices are condemned and are evidence of the universal rejection of God's will and revelation. In 1 Corinthians 6:9–11, Scripture asserts that the practice of homosexuality is not consistent with sanctification. The witness of Scripture is clear that God declares these practices to be a sinful perversion of His good gifts to His creation.

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