How Can Homosexuality Be Wrong if It Doesn’t Harm Anyone?

Matt Smethurst | July 2, 2013

Whether coming from a spirit of honest curiosity or agitated defensiveness, it's a common question: How can homosexuality—and same-sex "marriage" in particular—be wrong if it doesn't hurt anyone?

In a new video, Russell Moore, J. D. Greear, and Voddie Baucham tackle this complex and critical topic. Our starting point, Moore observes, must be determining what sexuality is for. "If God designed it," he says, "then there's a purpose to it." And, contrary to popular belief, Moore insists, we aren't trying to disappoint our gay and lesbian neighbors, nor to "restrict" or "keep" marriage from them. We're simply observing that, based on what sexuality and marriage are, same-sex marriage is impossible.

Reducing immorality to harm is a principle that must be challenged, Greear contends. What about the man who cheats on his wife, but she never finds out due to deft deceit? Are we really willing to deny that's wrong? Or that the harm will eventually become apparent in many cases?

Moreover, Baucham points out, the pressingly public nature of today's marriage debate "explodes the myth" that the issue is really just about "what I do in my bedroom." This debate especially confuses evangelical teenagers, Moore explains, because we in the church have for so long…

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