1. Some will assert that the Bible knows and teaches nothing of an orientation (inclination, proclivity) toward homosexuality as a lifestyle and that the Bible only condemns homosexual behavior or deeds. This view will be shown to be false. The Bible condemns both the practice of an evil deed and the inclination toward an evil deed. Homosexuality, either as an interest in intimacy (inclination) or as an intimate interest (behavior) in a person of the same sex is forbidden. Both the desire and the deed are considered immoral in the Bible.

2. C. Everett Koop and Francis Schaeffer, Whatever Happened to the Human Race?, revised edition (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 1983), 2.

3. Ibid., 3.

4. Genesis 3:1.

5. See chapter 8 of this book.

6. See Tom Horner, Jonathan Loved David: Homosexuality in Biblical Times (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1978), chapters 2–3.

7. Francis Turretin, Institutes of Elenctic Theology, trans. George Musgrave Cider; James T. Dennison, ed. (Phillipsburg, N.J.: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1994). Turretin’s words could be applied to our own day without any doubt. While demonstrating various forms of illicit intercourse to be examples of adultery (violations of the Seventh Commandment), he included homosexuality and bestiality as examples. He wrote that such violations comprise “the sin against nature and those horrible crimes expressed by the words sodomy and bestiality (of which mention is made in Leviticus 20:13 and Romans 1:27, which are not even to be named among Christians, although even now they prevail too much in various places to the disgrace of the Christian name)” (vol. 2, 121).

8. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who Is There. The Complete Works of Francis Schaeffer, Vol. 1 (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 1982), 37.

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