God Made Them Male and Female: Creation and the Issue of Homosexuality

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It is all too popular today to hear things such as, “The Bible never talks about homosexuality,” but is that claim true? The reality is that the Bible speaks to the issue directly, indirectly, in an implied manner, principally, theologically, and biologically.

For the purpose of this writing, let us address the issue’s theological treatment briefly. Jesus speaking, as recorded in Mark 10:6–9 says, “But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother, and the two shall become one flesh; so they are no longer two, but one flesh. ‘What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.’”

Now, here one might ask, “What does this have to do with homosexuality? That’s a good question; let’s dive into the theology here. From the very beginning, God created male and female. This is important because we return to the creation account, which God said was “very good.” In this account, we find God’s grand design for many things, specifically romantic relationships.

The first thing to recognize is that only two sexes are created, only two, male and female. There was no distinction between biological sex and gender, the sex is the gender, and the gender is the sex. So, what is male is male, and what is female is female, and they cannot be changed no matter how much someone wishes it so— no more than a goldfish can decide to become an eagle, can a man choose to become a woman or vice versa. This is God’s design made known to us.

But there is so much more to learn from this passage; we also see God’s grand design for the most intimate of all relationships, the marriage union in which we find two different and complementary parts that need one another. We know that a man needs a woman and a woman a man because when God created man, in Genesis, he said, “It is not good for man to be alone; I will make him a helper” (Gen 2:18). So God’s perfect match for man was not another man, not an animal of some sort, or any other thing God could have made, but a woman. In other words, God created what was perfect and right from the very beginning, and to twist that is to defy and reject what God has said “is very good.” 

Another aspect we must consider in this passage is that an inseparable union happens in this God-ordained union. This union has a purpose, and something deeply spiritual happens—the two become one flesh. This describes the consummation of a proper, God-ordained marriage between one man and one woman. Then, to add gravitas to the result of the two coming together, Jesus adds the words, “What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” 

It is God who created the institution of marriage, and so God is the only one allowed to define it. Anytime a modification is made to God’s design, it is to first and foremost place oneself above God by effectively saying, “God’s way isn’t best.” Can you imagine standing before the living God and telling Him that you know better? That would be a frightening prospect. Beyond that, it is pure rebellion, and ultimately the very thing Satan would want; it’s the same tactic he used in the garden—“Did God actually say?” (Gen 3:1).

Because God has created the man and the woman, defining both as well as the union that is to happen between the two, no man can change the truth of what are a man and a woman or how to define marriage. All other sexual relationships fall into the category of sexual immorality.

These are truths with which all men must come to terms. So how does the Christian address this issue with others? And if you are reading this article and are in support of a relationship that is outside of God’s ordained plan for marriage, what should you think? 

For those who may be reading this and who have been supportive of homosexuality, fornication, or any other perversion of God’s design, or perhaps you are in one of these relationships yourself, it’s time you acknowledge the truth of what you’ve just read. That you support or are involved in something that is in opposition to God’s ordained design is important to recognize because you now possess the knowledge for which you will be held accountable when you one day die and see God face to face.

You also need to know that the wages of sin is death (spiritual death); in other words, every sinner is condemned to an eternity in Hell, where there will be suffering for all time. Finally, you need to know that whether you are a liar, having premarital sex, a homosexual, or give approval to these things, none who give themselves to that which God deems sin will enter heaven, and all of these will go to Hell.

But there is good news, and there is a way out. The reality is that man, deep down, knows that homosexuality isn’t a natural relationship, and I have no doubt that you find yourself in a place where you are just never content and are struggling inside. This is the testimony of so many who have been freed from their sin, whether one admits it or not, but this doesn’t have to be true any longer. You can find peace and be free from the bondage in which you find yourself. Though every sinner deserves hell, there is hope. Because of the love of God, Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the penalty owed due to sin for all of those who would turn away from their sin and cast themselves on Christ for salvation from sin and hell. So if you will, this day, repent of your sin, including your homosexual lifestyle, and believe in Christ. He will be loving and gracious and save you!

Don’t live another day in defiance of God; tomorrow isn’t guaranteed, and if you die in your sin, Hell is real and will be your reality for all of eternity. Repent now and be saved.

For the believer reading this article, we must remember that we are not of this world, though we are in it. Our eyes are fixed on heaven, and we should desire to take everyone we can with us. The liar, the fornicator, the adulterer, the gambler, or the homosexual are not our enemies; they need what we have—the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They are the fields, white for harvest; they are the souls wandering in the darkness needing the light, they are the children of the darkness of this world needing to be rescued, and more importantly, some of them are our brothers and sisters in the Lord yet to be saved.

It is not loving to refrain from speaking out or avoiding conflict. Love is recognizing that people are fast on their way to Hell, and we are the only thing that stands in their way because God has chosen people to proclaim the Good News that saves. Consider the words of Charles Spurgeon, “If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.” Don’t miss the opportunities to love your fellow man trulyby calling him to repent and showing him the beauty of Christ and Him crucified. 

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Nathaniel Jolly

Nathaniel is the pastor and church planter of Homer Reformed Baptist church in Homer, Alaska. He and his wife moved to Alaska in 2020 to begin church plant work. He is the host of the Truth Be Known podcast, is currently enrolled in the DMin program for expository preaching at The Master’s Seminary, and is working towards ACBC certification.