Evangelist John R. Rice On Homosexuality
By David J. Stewart | April 2015
On page 17 of his booklet titled, “Adultery and Sex Perversion” (You may order this helpful and timeless booklet by Dr. John R. Rice from the SWORD of the LORD), Dr. Rice states . . .
Homosexuality, Sin, Sodomy
“I speak today on 'Homosexual Perversion.' That is a sensitive subject, but it is in the Bible and there ought to be teaching about it.
First, let me remind you that all these sex sins are summed up in the one command in Exodus 20:14, 'Thou shalt not commit adultery.' That term doesn't say 'fornication,' but that is the same sin. It doesn't name sex perversions, but includes them.
I turn now to read in Leviticus 18:20, 22-24:
'Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's wife, to defile thyself with her . . . Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion. Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you.'
Adultery and homosexual sin and sin with beasts are all included here.
I turn to the 20th chapter of Leviticus, verse 10,
'And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.'
And verse 13,
'If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.'
And verses 15 and 16,
'And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast. And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.'
Hear is a clear teaching that adultery and sex perversion are all involved in the same command of God.
Somebody says, 'Oh, but this homosexual matter—people are made that way.' No. Everybody is made a sinner. Everybody has some sex drive. Everybody would like to satisfy it some way, particularly men. Whether through a woman, or whether it is with a beast, or whether it is with a man, the truth is, it is all the same sin. God has ways for men to have control over themselves and do right! You need not call it sickness; it is wicked sin.
People say drunkenness, alcoholism, is a disease. Well, it is a disease that is self-induced. People do it to themselves. And instead of 'alcoholics,' they are just called drunkards in the Bible, and they go to Hell if they don't get born-again.
In Deuteronomy 23:17 is another Scripture I ought to read at this time:
'There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.'
Note this: sodomite—that is the sin of those men of Sodom, that is homosexual sin, and it is clearly forbidden, like the sin of the harlot.”
SOURCE: Dr. John R. Rice — “Adultery and Sex Perversion” (booklet), pg. 17-18; copyright 1978; Sword Of The Lord Publishers.
Dr. Rice further states concerning the sin of homosexuality . . .
They Are Perverts
“Such people are not safe as teachers. I wouldn't want to hire a man as a teacher if he is likely to lead one of the high school girls into immorality and sin. He is not safe. Such a teacher is likely to lead the boys into sex perversion. So he is not a good teacher and he ought not be hired. We have a right to make laws to safeguard the schools and churches and others from sex perverts. They are not good citizens. They are not safe.
Now when people are married, they have children. But sex perverts—men with men and women with women—don't have children, but they are always out to solicit, to involve somebody else in sin, to grow up some more homosexuals and sex perverts. And that is wicked.
I thank God for the great victory in St. Paul-Minneapolis where they had a great referendum and voted to repeal the law forbidding discrimination against teachers, the homosexuals. It is going to be repealed in other places. Thank God for that! Christians ought to take a stand. They ought not give honor and position to those who are openly known as sex perverts.
I thank God there is mercy for anybody who is tired of sin. Anybody who is tired of sin can have help and victory.
...I was in a blessed revival in Chicago in a little church on the West Side. It ended up in the big auditorium in the park. I remember night after night a grim-faced man came and sat in the back. I tried to talk to him. He pushed me aside, 'I don't want to talk to you.' But he kept coming. After several days he said, 'Preacher, I want to ask you a question. Will you tell me God's truth?'
I said, 'Yes, I will.'
'All right. I want to know this: I have dealt in sex matters until I am obsessed. I have read every filthy, dirty magazine; I have pinned up every nude photograph I could get. I have told every dirty yarn I could think of. I have gone as far as I can in sex. And this thing has gotten so I am obsessed by it. I have already accosted women on the streets. If this goes on, I know what will happen. I will pull some woman into an alley and commit rape and I will have to go to prison and spend my years behind bars.'
'Now tell me: you talk about the Lord Jesus. Can He deliver such a man from this thing? Can He give me purity, cleanliness, and set me free of this awful addiction that I can't control?'
I told him, 'Yes, He can, if there is honest repentance. He promises, 'If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.' He can save you and cleanse you too. And if you will trust Him, you can have His help in that.'
He did trust Christ. But he said, 'If you can't tell me the honest truth, if you can't assure me, I am going to kill myself. I am not going to spend my life behind bars as a sex pervert.' But thank God, he got saved!
Yes, there is deliverance in Jesus. Through the years, how many murderers, how many who have lied and stolen, how many drunkards, how many whoremongers, how many sex perverts, have found mercy in Jesus! Jesus died for sinners. And He died for you.”
SOURCE: Dr. John R. Rice — “Adultery and Sex Perversion” (booklet), pg. 21-22; copyright 1978; Sword Of The Lord Publishers.
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