Probably one of the most controversial subjects facing Christians today is homosexuality. Yep….I’m taking the bull by the horns. Hang tight and hold on.
Some say that all homosexuals are going to hell. Others say its not even a sin. So what’s the truth? What does God say? Set aside your personal beliefs for a moment. Let’s look at scripture.
Truth Test 1 Is homosexuality a sin?
A quick search for the word homosexual finds this: “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be 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”. (I Corinthians 6:9, 10 NKJV) That seems pretty strong to me. It’s in a list with adultery, stealing, and even extortion. Activities that most of us would agree are sins. It’s found in Timothy as well. “We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine” (1 Timothy 1:9, 10 NIV). Here it is again in a list of known sinful activity. The answer seems clear. It is a sin. Isn’t that a bit unfair though? They didn’t choose that life. How can a good God say that who they are is wrong? Where does that leave homosexuals? “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”, (Romans 3:23 NIV). Apparently it makes them human… and in the eyes of God that is a great place to be.
Truth Test 2 Does everyone who is homosexual go to hell?
As we have already discovered, homosexuality is a sin and sin can be dealt with. The truth is all of us deserve hell, but…….. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”. (John 3:16 NKJV) What do we need to do to be saved? It sounds like the only requirement is belief. “But we also have to obey. We can’t just continue to live in sin and expect to get to heaven can we?” Let’s take a look. “For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law”. (Romans 3:28 NIV) It sounds like our eternal salvation has nothing to do with our behavior. There are still earthly consequences to living a life of sin, but if we believe our eternal destiny is secure.
Truth Test 3 How do we respond to “militant” homosexuals?
We live in a time where certain groups are trying to change the very fabric of our culture. The phrase “Homosexuality is a sin” is considered by some to be hate speech. They are trying to redefine marriage. I’ll talk about that in a future post. They are trying to force Christian groups to accept their way of life as normal and not sinful. They look, act, and feel like an enemy. Let’s have a look at scripture. “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous”.(Matthew 5:43-45 NIV). It looks like we are to love them and pray for them. Wow, scripture sometimes can be a hard pill to swallow. What does it mean to love them? “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres”.(1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NIV) Set politics aside for a moment. Take a look at your actions and words. Are they motivated by love?
So what have we learned? Homosexuality is a sin. Sins are forgiven through Christ. Salvation is not through works but through faith. Finally, the Christian response to homosexuality is love and prayer. Please feel free to comment. I’m not a biblical scholar, and I most certainly do not have all the answers. I just hope and pray that I have represented scripture in an accurate way. Take the truth test for yourself and see where it leads you.