Is saying homosexuality is a sin being homophobic?

by Matt Slick

One of the battles the homosexuals and lesbians have waged in their attempt to get homosexuality accepted in American culture is the war of words.  The terms, "homophobe," "homophobic," "homophobia," are often used to describe anyone who disagrees with homosexuality.  Generally speaking, if they can get people to be categorized under their words, and terms, then much of the battle is already won by them.  This is called propaganda. 

Propaganda occurs when one group or person labels another group or person with emotionally laden terms which brings a negative "feeling" upon the "guilty party". Such is the case with accusing anyone who disapproves of homosexuality as being "homophobic". The intent is to use a term that has a negative emotional connotation and use it in such a way as to accuse the guilty party of unwarranted prejudice and discrimination.  It is, ultimately, a disingenuous way of dealing with the issue and it is an admission that real intellectual discussion isn't the best option. Instead, name-calling is.

There are plenty of people in the world who disapprove of various behaviors such as lying, coveting, hatred, mockery, stealing, and pedophilia. Because they disapprove of these things, are they automatically labeled as "liarphobes," "covetophobes," "hateophobes," "mockophobes," "theftophobes," "pedophilophobes," etc.?  Ridiculous, isn't it?  Yep, except when it's "homophobia".

But, everyone I know who is a Christian and also considers homosexuality to be morally wrong, is not afraid, "phobic", of homosexuals.  They disagree with their moral choices it still treat them with respect and honor.

Biblically speaking homosexuality is a sin (Lev. 18:22; 20:13; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Rom. 1:26-28) as are adultery (Exodus 20:14), theft (Exodus 20:15), and lying (Exodus 20:16).  It is not as though the ones against it are emotionally unstable in their phobia of these sins. God has condemned them as being sinful.

So, disapproving of something does not mean that the person has an unwarranted, unhealthy fear of it based on prejudice, ignorance, and bigotry.  And, using the term "homophobe" to describe a person who sees homosexuality as a sin is not an argument based on logic or evidence. Instead, it is based on weak emotionalism, fear, and judgmentalism.




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