What are some good Bible verses to combat homophobia?


By definition, homophobia the dislike of or prejudice against homosexual people. In this regard, we are not to judge others in whatever sin they may be involved in.

Matthew 7:1–5

1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

When you consider the aspect that we should hate the sin and love the sinner, the context of sodomy, as is the biblical description of homosexuality consistently tells us that homosexual activity is a sin (Genesis 19:1-13; Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9).

Romans 1:26-27

26 “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet”.

Romans teaches specifically that homosexuality is a result of denying and disobeying God. When people continue in sin and unbelief, God “gives them over” to even more wicked and depraved sin in order to show them the futility and hopelessness of life apart from God.

“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind”. 1 Corinthians 6:9

God does not create a person with homosexual desires. The Bible tells us that people become homosexuals because of their choice to partake in this particular sin.

24 “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet”. Romans 1:24-27

A person may be born with a greater susceptibility to homosexuality, just as some people are born with a tendency to violence and other sins. That does not excuse the person’s choosing to sin by giving in to sinful desires. If a person is born with a greater susceptibility to anger/rage, does that make it right for him to give into those desires? Of course not! The same is true with homosexuality.

However, the Bible does describe homosexuality as having “greater” judgment than other types of sin outside of the category of abominations. Leviticus 18 & 20

All sin is offensive to God. Homosexuality is just one of the many things listed in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 that will keep a person from the kingdom of God.

9 “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God”.

According to the Bible, God’s forgiveness is just as available to a homosexual as it is to an adulterer, idol worshipper, murderer, thief, etc. God also promises the strength for victory over sin, including homosexuality, to all those who will believe in Jesus the Christ for their salvation (1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Philippians 4:13).

The most important thing to consider about homophobia is that it is as much a choice to be prejudice against those who practice homosexuality as it is for those who choose to be homosexuals.

Both are unacceptable to God. The best action is to love the people and accept them despite their sins as much as you need others to accept you despite your sins.

The conviction and reproof of a person is the work of the Holy Spirit, it is He alone who will minister to all who are in sin, which is everyone. We should not presume to do the work of the Holy Spirit.

To judge a person and pick out any one sin over another, simply ostracizes people and moves them further from the Lord.

The problem with this is that God will hold their blood on your head if your the reason they turn aside from the Lord.

Ezekiel 33:1–7

Love and acceptance with truth without judgment is the best.

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