When the question is asked, “Did Jesus condemn homosexuality?”, Christians need to be careful, because the question is a trap, and it requires believers to commit the logical fallacy of argument from silence.
…in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,…(1 Peter 3:15, ESV)
So, just how are we to respond to the enemies of our faith and our God? Allow me to demonstrate:
Did Jesus condemn homosexuality?
I don’t know.
What do you mean you don’t know?
Well, in John 21:25, the apostle writes, “Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. (ESV)” But we do what Jesus thought of the law, because in Matthew 5:17-18, Jesus says, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.” And we know what Jesus thought about human sexuality, because in Mark 10:6-8, stating, “But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh.(ESV)” So, from the available evidence, we are forced to conclude that Jesus held to a normative view that permanent, monogamous, heterosexual relationships is the purpose of human sexuality and held to the biblical position that homosexual behavior is an abomination and a sin and that those who engage in it are subject to the judgment of God according to Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, along with many other sins.
Notice that my response, while lengthy, is anchored in Scripture, Scripture that reflects both the words of Jesus that correspond to the subject in question and avoids the position that the inquisitor is trying to put me in: a position where I have to back away from clear biblical teaching. But that assumes that I, and my Christ, have differing views of Scripture, but I determine my view from his view, a view that said to his enemies, when they asked him what had tripped up their philosophical opposites,
…have you not read what was said to you by God…(Matthew 22:31, ESV)
So, let’s open our Bibles and listen to what God has to say, and use the sound, logical argumentation that he has given us in his revealed.