To say that one was born a homosexual is to say that one has no free will. The fact is that there are thousands of homosexuals who have changed their ways. If only one person has changed that would prove it is possible. Furthermore, the Bible tells us to turn from our sinful ways which indicates it is possible otherwise it wouldn’t tell us to do it.
Some say that pastors quote Leviticus 18:22 out of context where it says “Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind: it is abomination.” Chapter 18 is the giving of the Law of Moses and defined sin as it relates to sexual matters. By claiming that we are no longer under the law attempts to leave people with the assumption that homosexuality is ‘OK” now because the Law of Moses was written for the Jews of that day.
Ok, let’s put it in context. What does apply to us today?
In the New Testament Romans 1 starting at vs. 21 the apostle Paul describes the 7 stages of world apostasy and one of these stages is homosexuality. Vs. 26, “for this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature.”
“And likewise also the men leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men working that which is unseemly and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet….vs. 32 ” Who knowing that the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”
These verses make it abundantly clear that homosexuality is indeed a sin.
The Jews of the Old Testament were under the Law of Moses. Today, although we are not under the law it is still true. The New Testament is the ruling factor in our lives and it does agree with the Old Testament in this matter.
The good news is that homosexuality is a sin like all other sins. It is forgivable. We commit sins because we take pleasure in them and like a drunk or a thief or whatever we tend to put the blame on God and say “I can’t help it I was born this way”. This is merely an effort to justify our sinful ways. We must remember that everyone has a sin nature which was inherited from Adam. In this sin nature we have an area of weakness and an area of strength. We are not all the same. In other words, one person may have a tendency to be a thief but never even consider a sin such as homosexuality. A homosexual may not consider being a thief. Yet another person may not commit either of these sins but may be a habitual liar.
There are those who are adept at hiding their sins from view. There are those who think that because they don’t commit sexual sins that they are sinless. We should keep in mind that there are not only sexual and other outwardly obvious sins but also sins of the tongue (maligning, gossiping, lying etc.) and sins of the mind (jealousy, hatred, envy).
Whatever dominates a mans thoughts determines what he does in life. The Bible declares “For as a man thinketh in his heart so is he…” (Proverbs 23:7)
However, I disagree with pastors who say that homosexuals cannot go to heaven unless they give it up. This is scripturally not true. Homosexuality is not the unforgivable sin. Rejection of Jesus Christ is because Christ is the salvation package and if we reject him there is no other means of salvation and Christ couldn’t die for the rejection of himself.
Jesus, when confronted by the religious people who were publicly condemning and wanting to stone the woman who committed adultery (John 8: 1-7), Stooped down and wrote on the ground with his finger while the religious people were talking to him. We don’t know what he was writing but I would suspect that he may have been writing their sins in the dirt and drawing an arrow toward each of them. Finally he stood up and said “He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her” They were convicted by their own conscience and left one by one. He asked the woman what happened to her accusers and had any man accused her. She replied “No man, Lord” (she believed in him) “And Jesus said unto her, neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”
The message is that we should not condemn people because of their sin because ours is just as bad. Jesus was without any sin and he did not condemn the woman.
It is not the Job of Christians today to reform the world. It is the job of Christians to evangelize the world.
Christian activism and holier than thou Christians are playing right into the hands of Satan. If we as Christians spend our time trying to correct the sinful acts of others by law or intimidation we have failed miserably in our mission. Who will preach the gospel of Christ if not us. If we alienate unbelievers because of our actions our witness will be ineffective.
The heart of man must be changed for it is where evil resides.
Only Christ can truly change the heart of man and only through the effective witness of Christians who know and understand the true mission of the Savior.
The Bible clearly says that “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”. In other words we are all sinners not just homosexuals. Pastors who preach on sin and condemn sinners are wrong to do so.
For salvation the issue is not sin at all. Jesus Christ paid the death penalty for all sin. God the Father poured out the sin of the entire world upon Jesus Christ on the cross. Christ bore those sins and paid the death penalty of sin for all humanity.
“Who his own self bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being (spiritually) dead to sin, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes (punishment) ye are healed (drawn together). 1 Peter 2:24.
“He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement (punishment) for our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed (drawn together with God). All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way, and God (the Father) hath laid on him (God the Son) the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:5)
All sinners can be saved. A change of life style will not save us but faith will. . All you have to do is believe.
“I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead (spiritually), yet shall he live (spiritually in heaven). And whosoever lives (physically) and believes in me shall never die (spiritually). (John 11:25&26)
“I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me” (John 14:6)
It is difficult for some to believe that God would save a murderer, rapist, homosexual, adulterer or child molester. These are sins that are visible to others so we tend to condemn those who commit them. However, to God there are other sins which are just as bad as these but may be not visible such as arrogance toward God or jealousy which can lead to all types of evil. To God sin is sin and it must all be paid for by someone who is qualified. That someone is Jesus Christ.
The fact that our sins are paid for is not a license to sin. God will punish his children if they continue in habitual sin without confession (1 John 1:9) and without forsaking. There is warning discipline then comes severe discipline. We are told to resist sin.
“Let not sin therefore rein in (control) your mortal body, they you should obey it in the lust thereof.” (Romans 6:12)
If we constantly give in to sin for an extended period of time and develop a hardened heart against God He can allow us to die a long a horrible death or simply take us out of the world which was the case when the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed. This is called the sin unto death.
This does not mean that we loose our salvation. Jesus said “…him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:37b) We will loose our rewards in Heaven as believers but not our salvation if we die the sin unto death.
Jesus did not come into the world to condemn mankind. He came into the world to provide a means by which man could escape his death penalty. He has offered us a pardon by taking the punishment of sin upon himself so that we can be presented as righteous before God.
“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:17)
If you are a homosexual and you think that you cannot get into heaven because of your sin take heart because there is only one condition for salvation.
“He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides on him. (John 3:36)
The door is open and the decision is yours.