I love the saying that as long as no one gets hurt, then God does not care about sexuality. Where does this stuff come from?
I was listening to some teaching on Revelations the other day and while going back, trying to reread the verses for myself, I kept seeing a common admonishment to the seven churches. Now the seven churches represent seven historical churches, but the message also applies to future churches as well. Each church represents a type of church that patterns similar issues to the historical churches, so the warnings are still relevant. Downside about this is that all of the churches like to see themselves as the church that is being praised instead of being admonished.
But this is to your credit: You hate the actions of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. (Rev 2:6)
But I have a few things against you: You have there some who hold to the teaching of Balaam, the one who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the people of Israel so that they would eat food sacrificed to idols and practice immorality. (Rev 2:14)
But I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet and who teaches and leads my servants to practice immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols. (Rev 2:20)
One church is commended for hating the actions and teachings of the Nicolaitans and two of the seven churches were admonished for practicing immorality or the Greek word porneusai.
Nicolaitans refers back to those who followed the teachings of Nicolaus who was appointed as a deacon of the church in Jerusalem. This sect taught that Christians could engage in immoral behavior with impunity, as they were covered by grace and were practicing “love”.
As for sexual immorality, let us go back to Acts where the requirements were first given to the Gentiles:
For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to place on you any burden but these essential requirements: to keep away from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from anything strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you avoid these things, you will do well. Goodbye.” (Act 15:28-29)
Essential requirements sound rather strict, but surely they only matter as long as no one is getting hurt right?
What we are seeing passed down through James to the Gentiles is what is known as the Noahide Laws. These are seven laws that were given to all peoples through Noah once the land had been dried up. Jewish tradition teaches that these are the bare minimum a Gentile needs to follow in order to obtain a share of the world to come. These laws given to Noah were reaffirmed to Moses on Mt Sinai. Here are the seven laws:
Prohibition of idolatry: You shall not have any idols before God.
Prohibition of murder: You shall not murder. (Genesis 9:6)
Prohibition of theft: You shall not steal.
Prohibition of sexual immorality: You shall not commit any of a series of sexual prohibitions, which include adultery, certain forms of incest, homosexual behavior and bestiality.
Prohibition of blasphemy: You shall not blaspheme God’s name.
Dietary law: Do not eat flesh taken from an animal while it is still alive. (Genesis 9:4, as interpreted in the Talmud (Sanhedrin 59a))
Requirement to have just laws: Set up a governing body of law (e.g. courts)
The sexual immorality we see also includes no sex outside of formal marriage, so I am not listing this to pick on those in the GLBT community. Anyone who has sex outside of marriage is sexually immoral. There are more heterosexuals breaking this rule than homosexuals as a whole.
The point is that while we might think no one is getting hurt, it is still commanded that we should not partake of any act that would be deemed immoral through out the ages.