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What does the Bible teach about same-sex practice?

The Bible defines marriage in Genesis 2:24 as a union between one man and one woman. Jesus Christ upholds this definition of marriage in Matthew 19:5, as does the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 5:31. Any and all sexual activity which takes place outside of this context is treated as sinful, what Jesus calls ‘sexual immorality’ in Mark 7:21. 

Further to this, same-sex practice is specifically highlighted as sinful a number of times in Scripture. In God’s Law, for example, condemnations of same-sex practice are given in Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13. Further references are made in the New Testament. For example, in Romans 1:24-32, amid echoes to the Genesis creation account, both male and female same-sex practice are treated as sinful. Further references to the sinfulness of same-sex practice can be seen in 1 Corinthians 6:9 and 1 Timothy 1:10. 

The Scriptures are, therefore, consistent in their prohibition of same-sex sexual activity, across different periods of salvation history and within different cultural settings. Although the Scriptures are clear on sexual ethics, they also tell us that the prospect of forgiveness and eternal life is held out for anyone who turns from sin and puts their faith in Christ (Mark 1:15), no matter how they may have fallen short of his good design for sex and marriage. 

Resources for further study

Please note that any external resources below are intended to complement the main answer given above and may not entirely match TFT's position.

Living in Love & Faith video

This video chapter ("Real Clarity") explains that even most "liberal" scholars admit that the Bible is clear in its teaching on sexual morality, even though they disagree with its conclusions:

Living Out article: 'What does the Bible say about homosexuality?' '

This article (click link above) goes through the key biblical passages where homosexual practice is mentioned.

'What Does The Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality?' by Kevin DeYoung

This book (click link above) explains the orthodox reading of the Bible on sexuality and is engaging, biblical, well-balanced and relevant to our culture.

Kevin DeYoung video

Here is a video where De Young (see book recommendation above) explains some of the arguments from his book: