What does the Bible teach about homosexuality?

What is the Bible’s teaching regarding this subject?

Some assert the Bible merely condemns such behavior outside a "committed relationship" (compare Gen. 19:5; Jdg. 19:22). Because the word "abomination" is linked with idolatry, some maintain the clear statements regarding this behavior (Lev. 18:22; 20:13) only legislate against idolatrous immorality, not the behavior per se. The context of both these Leviticus passages is wider than idolatry and involves any behavior that violates the sanctity of marriage (see the 7th commandment). Calling them an abomination shows how detestable such acts are to God (compare 1 Sam 15:23).

Paul’s three references on the subject (Rom 1:23-27; 1 Cor 6: 9; 1 Tim 1:10) are crucial. In Romans, Paul addresses male with male and female with female relations. Both are against nature, violating God’s purpose in creation; they epitomize moral degradation. In First Corinthians, the words "effeminate" and "abusers of themselves with mankind" are relevant to the subject and express behavior foreign to Christian standards: "such were some of you." The first two terms of First Timothy chapter 1, verse 10 include every form of homosexuality and violate God’s moral law (v. 9). Such acts are sinful.

D. Oliver