In a recent podcast, well-known theologian John Piper answered a question regarding the biblical stance on homosexuality. “Should a same-sex couple, once converted, stay married?” Piper was asked. “No, I do not believe that two men or two women living together, practicing homosexuality, should remain in that relationship,” Piper began. Piper explained that while heterosexual couples can enter into a marriage in a way that goes against the Bible, they can make decisions to change that. When it comes to homosexual couples, they can’t change anything about their relationship to move it in a Biblical direction because at the basis, it is wrong.
“I conclude that while it was an adulterous act to marry under the conditions that Jesus disapproves of in Luke 16, nevertheless, it’s called a marriage,” he explained. “A marriage is a matter of covenant faithfulness between a man and a woman. Therefore, I would encourage that couple to repent of what they did wrong, to ask for forgiveness and to consecrate their union, which, though it should not have happened, may nevertheless be holy before the Lord.” Piper went on to explain that it’s impossible to consecrate a marriage if it was not a marriage in the first place. He argued that the union between two men or two women is not a marriage in the first place.
“You can’t consecrate a marriage if it is not a marriage at all,” he said. “The union of two men and two women is not same sex marriage, it’s no marriage. I don’t like it that so many people are willing to use the term same sex marriage instead of calling it so-called same sex marriage.” “That’s the main reason one relationship can be consecrated as a holy marriage and the other one can’t,” he said. “One is a marriage and the other is not a marriage, no matter how many thousands of times legislators and laws and judges and news commentators say that it is. It isn’t. That’s the first difference.”
Piper added that homosexuality is wrong because by nature it is a dishonourable and shameful act. “In other words, sexual relations between a man and a woman are not, by nature, dishonourable and shameful,” he said. He pointed out that no matter how much repentance, you cannot turn a dishonourable and shameful act into “an act that is holy or pure or honourable, the pastor explained.” “That’s why I would encourage two men or two women involved in such acts to renounce the sin, repent, ask for forgiveness in the name of Jesus, and no longer make any provision for the flesh, as Paul says in Romans 13:14,” he concluded.