I had a question come to me regarding my view of homosexuals, namely those who say they love God.
Well, there is a difference in the way I view the person, any person with sin, and in the way I view the sin itself. We are called to love each other no matter what. As Gal. 5:6 says, “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” That kind of love being that which is spoken of in Rom. 13:10 –“Love does no harm to its neighbor.” However, love must also uphold truth. And the truth is that the Bible says that those who sin, which would include those who commit the sin of homosexuality, “are trampling the Son of God underfoot” (Heb. 10:29), incurring upon themselves God’s dreadful judgment. (v. 27,31)
So… let me affirm that I do love homosexuals. But, that does not mean that I condone their sinful lifestyles or many of their attitudes concerning any extra rights. Though I do not believe that being gay is necessarily a worse sin than being slanderous or adulterous or deceitful or hateful, gay activists do sometimes cause rude disturbances, and attempting to shove their agendas through in inappropriate settings, they then infringe on the rights of the rest of us. I firmly believe they should have no more rights than do any other group of people who try to illicitly set themselves up as a minority. Therefore, it is not right or fair for gay people to organize themselves into a coalition that demands recognition to receive any extra rights, especially for something God calls “SIN”. If individuals are getting ostracized for the color of their skin, their accent, a physical or mental handicap, etc. –that is completely different –and I believe the difference is clear.
Do I believe that the Bible says that practicing homosexuality is a sin? I definitely do. I would be denying clear words in God’s Word if I said I didn’t believe that. Here’s a few verses that address it:
1 Cor. 6:9,10 –“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” Don’t we notice several sins lumped into that verse? Yes. And it clearly says that it will be none of those who commit such who will inherit a home with God forever. No, in fact, they will inherit a home WITHOUT God forever. So those who say they love God and do ANY of these sins, are deceiving themselves if they think that they are okay and safe before a very Holy God.
Let’s remind ourselves too, that Jesus said that it is not only those who commit the physical ACT of adultery who get thrown into Hell, but even he who LOOKS and THINKS “lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. [So] if your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell…” (Matt. 5:27-30) In other words, Jesus is saying that sin is so serious that it must be dealt with severely if necessary –to be ridded of!
Romans 1:24-27 also addresses this: “Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another… Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.” So this verse says that it is “unnatural” according to God; therefore, it not only is sin, but it is also unnatural –meaning “perverse”. And what is the “due penalty in themselves”? AIDS, maybe; or other STDs. Or even the penalties of emotional, mental, and spiritual heartache. And the ultimate penalty is separation from Holy God –which is, the Bible says, Hell.
1 Tim. 1:10 speaks against those who are “adulterers and perverts, slave traders and liars and perjurers –and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God…” So here it says that those who indulge in this are NOT conforming to the gospel.
Rev. 21:8 says, “But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars– their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur.”
These are just a few verses from the Bible. There’s many more. So I do wonder how people can go to church, or read God’s Word, and then come up with any other belief than that these sins will condemn a person who commits them –to Hell.
Now, of course, it also says all through the Scriptures that the person who “repents, turns to God, and proves their repentance by their deeds” (such as Acts 26:20), will be saved from God’s wrath against “all such sins.” (1 Thes. 4:6 –That context referring to sexual sins.) For “all other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.” (1 Cor. 6:18) So the sin itself is not necessarily worse than some other sins; but it definitely can harm one’s own body (and probably emotions) more so. (Not to mention the other people’s bodies and emotions that are also affected.) And I will add one thing here: Not all, but many –gay men especially– seem to get completely immersed in lust. Then usually that lust spirals into more and more acts of filthy and even violent debauchery.
So, do I love homosexuals? Again –yes, just as anyone who abides in Christ should. Like I said, I’ve often felt great love toward them, and there have been some that I have shed tears over in praying for them. I do realize that many gay people turn toward that sin out of confusion and loneliness. But that still does not make it right or acceptable in God’s eyes. God is completely holy. He hates all kinds of sin. So should we. God loves the inhabitants of the world, for He did die for us all. (John 3:16) We then, as His imitators, must love others also. But that gives us no leniency toward sin and in preaching very hard against it. We should utterly abhor sin. Because it has caused much pain to humankind, as well as to Jesus. In fact, besides His love for us, it was our sin that hung Him up on that wretched cross!
God is just. There had to be an atonement made for sin. But instead of pouring out His wrath against humans –those full of sin– He poured it out on His own Son. So… the penalty HAS been paid. However, most people turn their noses up and won’t take the pardon extended to them! Why? Because when they realize they also must die to self –and die to the sin they love to commit– they say, “No way.”
But to some of us, it is GREAT NEWS –that Jesus came to “set us free from sin… [and empower us to] become slaves to righteousness.” (Rom. 6:18) “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Gal. 5:1; see also Rom. 6:16) How do we “stand firm”? By reading His Word which does truly feed our spirits with STRENGTH, DISCERNMENT, WISDOM, PURITY, COURAGE, COMFORT, etc…………
Therefore, if someone who has been set free goes back to bondage, they do it by choice. They do it because they do not KEEP walking away from the slave master. They do it because they hang back and listen to the lie that says, “You are NOT FREE!” Thus, they go back to serving sin. …….It is foolish AND unnecessary. And it will bring on oneself eternal death.
This is the warning given in God’s Word for all who sin. Including those who continue in the sin of homosexuality.