God’s Word About Homosexuality
“If a man also lies with man as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination.” –Leviticus 20:13
“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” -I Corinthians:6:9-11, NKJV
God created the covenant relationship between a man and wife when He created Eve from Adam and espoused her to him. This was to be the model followed by all of mankind according to His purpose: a spiritual, emotional and sexual relationship between one man and one woman within the bonds of matrimony, cleaving only to each other and God. How far we have come from His ideal model and from His commandments that address our sexuality!
I have to make very clear here that homosexuality is a sin. God was very specific and unequivocating in His Word concerning this. That said, a few other comments need to be added for clarification.
Homosexuality is a sexual sin. So is adultery, incest and fornication (any sexual relations that take place outside of the covenant bond of marriage). Please understand that sin is sin. Homosexuality is a sin that will separate the homosexual from God as does all other sin. Adultery is a sin that will separate the adulterer from God. Those who have sexual relationships outside of marriage relationships can become separated from God by their sin. Homosexuality is a sin. So is lying, stealing, gossiping and backbiting, anger and resentment, etc. Sin is rebellion against God and His holy Word. Too often lately has current political correctness (including from some of our more liberal clergy) said, “God is love; therefore any expression of love comes from God.” That is untrue. Love, like every other emotion we are capable of, can be and has been perverted by the enemy. Selfish or self-gratifying love, any love at all that defies the inerrant Word of the Most High, is not of God.
Now comes the Good News! God loves you. Jesus the Messiah died for your sins and He loves you. Make no mistake: He does not love your sin. He loves you, personally, in spite of your sin; He awaits only your repentent heart to call on Him for forgiveness, and He will bring you into His Kingdom, cleanse your spirit, forgive your sins and remember them no more. He will be your Comfort and Shield, and He will help you to victory over sinful lusts and desires. Call upon Him now, Beloved! Find release from the sin that binds you; find joy in His strength and His nearness!
Some who read this may roll their eyes, mutter about “fanatical Christians” and log off. Obviously, this is not for them. But if you are living a gay lifestyle and you know deep down that God does not approve of it, then now is the time to seek His blessings. Exiting sinful lives can be difficult, but it is not impossible and you don’t have to go through it alone. First, get on your knees and ask God’s forgiveness for your sins and ask Him to lead you into righteous living through Christ Jesus. Then go find help to get you started on the right path. One possibility is to seek out Exodus International. This wonderful organization was founded and is staffed by people who once lived the gay lifestyle but found freedom from their bondage through the love of Christ, and they are experts at helping others who want to change their lives. Some local churches have ministries or sponser support groups for those who are struggling with homosexuality.
“Being then made free from sin, you became servants of righteousness.” Romans 6:18
For those of you who have family members who are gay, please do not give up on them or cut them off from you because of their sexuality. God loves them so much; as followers of Christ we can do no less. Such sinful behavior should not be condoned or excused, but remember that unkindness is also a sin. Your loving and constant prayers may avail much good. If your love continues to reflect the love of God in us, the Holy Spirit may be able to work miracles within the hearts of your loved ones. Remember also that we are “none of us righteous; no, not one” except that we are made righteousness through the blood atonement of Jesus Christ and His resurrection. We are not heirs of the Kingdom because we are good, but because we have accepted Jesus’ sacrifice for us on the cross as payment for our sins. As we approach these last days, we need to keep in mind that time may be short. What we can do for those we love, we need to be doing now. Our testimony is more important than our anger or our embarrassment over the sins of those around us. Instead of acrimonious brangling with those living lives in opposition to God’s Word, we must display the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance.