6 “‘No one is to approach any close relative to have sexual relations. I am the Lord…..
22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.
Today, many Christians try to defend sodomy by attempting to place the condemnation of Scripture in a false context. The prime example is Leviticus 18. A pastor, from one of those denominations that endorses sodomy, explained to college students that the prohibition in Leviticus, chapter 18, was no different from the prohibition against eating pork or frog legs in Leviticus, chapter 11.
Of course, this is absurd. The clear divisions in Leviticus begin with, “And the Lord spoke…,” as in chapter 11 where the context is dietary laws and in chapter 18 which condemns sexual immorality: incest, adultery, and sodomy.
To be consistent with his argument, the pastor would have, also, had to defend these other sexual sins and child sacrifice (v.21).
The clear warning to God’s people at the beginning of chapter 18 is not to accept the sins of the nations around them.
The answer to God’s prohibitions against sin is not to defend sin but to acknowledge it and repent. That is the call to all. We are all sinners. Christ died to deliver us from sin, not to enable us to make excuses for it.
The sad state of our society today is, to a large degree, due to the salt losing its savor. Another sin which is condemned in Leviticus is the failure to give faithful witness by remaining silent.
[See Ch. 4, Sin and Silence, in Love, Prayer, and Forgiveness: When Basics Become Heresies]
[Thorough background on the texts of Scripture that prohibit sodomy, including Leviticus, by N.T. Prof. Robert Gagnon, here. ]