IS BEING GAY A SIN?
By Tim Finley
This article contains both bad and Good News. You will learn that most world religions consider the act of homosexuality a sin. You will also learn that among knowledgeable Christians homosexuality is not considered a “bigger” sin than stealing a pencil from work, nor is it a “smaller” sin than murder. In Christianity – sin is sin.
The most important lesson you will learn is that in Christianity, all sins were paid for on a cross by God, who came into the world in the form of a human being, and who died on that cross because of his love for all mankind.
A great place to begin is by presenting you with a short, yet very profound story that appeared in Pastor, Professor, Author Dr. Steve Brown’s latest book titled Three Free Sins, God’s Not Mad at You. This story is very insightful.
I got a call this morning, which was passed on to me after first going through two staff people. The man who called was quite upset because he had heard a broadcast where I told the story of having two lesbians as my guests on a television show I did a number of years ago.
The man asked me if I would allow those lesbians into my church. “Well,” I replied, “I think the church is a good place for sinners. They took me in.”
“Don’t you care about the purity of the church?” he asked.
“Of course I do. I just haven’t found one yet.”
“Great!” I said. “I assume, then, that you’ve kicked out all the fat people, the greedy people, the lustful men, and those cantankerous folks. And you’re the only one left.”
That’s when the conversation turned bad and he hung up. After I got over my anger, I felt so very sad. I wasn’t sad because he was self-righteous or a pharisee. I’m pretty good at that myself. I was sad because he can’t know the supernatural power and joy of forgiving someone who needs it.
The true story that you just read is very typical of how many Christian people are more condemning than Jesus Christ.
In my book, titled JESUS CHRIST Is the EASY and ONLY Way to HEAVEN, I stated that homosexuality is a sin. Many people have criticized me for making such a judgmental statement. A sin is generally defined as: An act that violates a known moral rule in a religion. I am using the term “sin” as it is defined worldwide, and because most major world religions believe that homosexuality is a sin, my opinion is shared globally. You may consider me a bigot, but millions agree with me.
I don’t feel qualified to use anything other than the Christian Old and New Testaments as my authority for what is right and wrong. If you have a better source, please let me know and I will consider changing. In the meantime, I will continue using the written Word (the Holy Bible) of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as my moral authority.
What the Christian Bible says about homosexuality
Genesis 2:24 – This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.
NOTE: Although this verse does not address homosexuality per se’, it is a good point to begin by emphasizing that God made a man named Adam to be married to a woman named Eve.
Genesis 19:1-13 – That evening two angels came to the entrance of the city of Sodom. Lot was sitting there, and when he saw them, he stood up to meet them. Then he welcomed them and bowed with his face to the ground. “My lords,” he said, “come to my home to wash your feet, and be my guests for the night. You may then get up early in the morning and be on your way again.”
“Oh no,” they replied. “We’ll just spend the night out here in the city square.”
But Lot insisted, so at last they went home with him. Lot prepared a feast for them, complete with fresh bread made without yeast, and they ate. But before they retired for the night, all the men of Sodom, young and old, came from all over the city and surrounded the house. They shouted to Lot, “Where are the men who came to spend the night with you? Bring them out to us so we can have sex with them!”
So Lot stepped outside to talk to them, shutting the door behind him. “Please, my brothers,” he begged, “don’t do such a wicked thing. Look, I have two virgin daughters. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do with them as you wish. But please, leave these men alone, for they are my guests and are under my protection.”
“Stand back!” they shouted. “This fellow came to town as an outsider, and now he’s acting like our judge! We’ll treat you far worse than those other men!” And they lunged toward Lot to break down the door.
But the two angels reached out, pulled Lot into the house, and bolted the door. Then they blinded all the men, young and old, who were at the door of the house, so they gave up trying to get inside.
Meanwhile, the angels questioned Lot. “Do you have any other relatives here in the city?” they asked. “Get them out of this place—your sons-in-law, sons, daughters, or anyone else. For we are about to destroy this city completely. The outcry against this place is so great it has reached the LORD, and he has sent us to destroy it.”
NOTE: This story is commonly used as a story condemning homosexuality, but it never clearly identifies homosexuality as the sin for which Sodom was destroyed. In Ezekiel 16:49-50 the specific sin for which Sodom was destroyed is identified as arrogance and apathy towards the poor.
Ezekiel 16:49-50 – “Sodom’s sins were pride, gluttony and laziness, while the poor and needy suffered outside her door. She was proud and committed detestable sins, so I wiped her out, as you have seen.”
NOTE: God did say in this passage that Sodom committed detestable sins, so you must make a decision as to whether he was referring to sexual sins in addition to the sins of pride, gluttony and laziness.
Leviticus 18:22 – “Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin.”
NOTE: This verse needs no further explanation.
Leviticus 20:13 – “If a man practices homosexuality, having sex with another man as a woman, both men have committed a detestable act. They must both be put to death, for they are guilty of a capital offense.”
NOTE: This verse speaks for itself.
Romans 1:26-27 – That is why God abandoned them to their sexual desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 – Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people – none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.
NOTE: Yes, according to the Bible homosexuality is sin.
No desire to be politically correct
I realize it is not politically correct for me to state that homosexuality is a sin, but I do not have the arrogance to set the standard for God’s law – nor does society – so throw political correctness out the window.
Some people say homosexuality is not something that is inborn, yet many homosexuals swear they were born gay. I have many gay friends who say they were born gay, and I refuse to call them liars. Therefore, I will accept what they say as truth. However, whether or not it is inborn is not a factor if God says it is a sin. Furthermore, the Bible states we are all sinners.
Romans 3:23 – For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.
God forgave you and your gay neighbor
Jesus died for all sins including homosexuality, adultery, and even murder!
If you are one of those who believe Jesus Christ died on a cross as payment for your gossiping about your homosexual neighbor, but that his death was not effective enough to forgive that neighbor, you don’t thoroughly understand salvation. God forgave gossips and gays.
Romans 2:1 - You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things.
In the verse you have just read Paul was emphatically stressing that we have all sinned repeatedly, and there is no way apart from Christ to be saved from sin’s consequences.
As a Christian evangelist, when I make the statement: “Jesus died for all sins including homosexuality, adultery, and even murder,” I am not passing moral judgment on anyone. My point is that Jesus’ death on the Cross was the propitiation for all behavior that is considered sinful in the Christian faith.
As a Christian evangelist, the most common objection I hear regarding God’s comprehensive unmerited forgiveness is the objection that God forgives homosexuality, adultery, and murder. This is because most people consider these three as “big” sins. Folks understand how “smaller” sins can be forgiven, but they cannot wrap their arms or minds around God’s forgiveness the way God wraps his forgiveness around us.
Most people, especially those who are Christians (and members of other religious faiths) believe that certain sins such as homosexuality or murder are more severe in God’s eyes than a sin of something so simple as stealing a pencil from work. In our miniscule minds that makes sense, but according to James 2:10 all sins are equal.
James 2:10 - For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws.
James is reminding us that we are all sinners as the result of the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, which is referred to by Christians as the original sin. The Bible states that because of this original sin that we are all born as sinners. The term used to describe this inborn sin is imputed sin. Imputed sin is the bad news, but you will soon learn the Good News. Read on.
The “Good News”
The Good News that I promised earlier is: because God loved us all so much, he came to earth in the form of a man, and he died on a cross to pay for the sins of all mankind. This includes all of the past, present, and future sins of everyone everywhere. This means that everything you have ever done, that is not pleasing to God, has been forgiven – everything. It also means that everything you are doing or ever will do has been forgiven.
Because God did this for you and me I try my very best to be a good Christian by adhering to the moral standards set forth in the Bible and the moral teaching I receive from the Holy Spirit, who lives in all Christians. When the Holy Spirit instructed me to write the book – I did. There were times when I didn’t feel like writing a book, but I couldn’t resist. The Holy Spirit was very kind and gentle, but firm.
If you have trusted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit now permanently lives in you as your personal counselor. This is commonly referred to as “born again”, “converted”, and/or “saved”, which guarantees that you will go to Heaven. That is the most important thing that can be done in a person’s life because it is eternal.
A few paragraphs ago you read 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, which is very scary and condemning. It stated that many of us will not inherit the Kingdom of God because most of us have indulged in sexual sin, have worshiped idols such as money, committed adultery, are greedy, are drunkards, etc. However, now let’s read the verse that immediately follows 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.
1 Corinthians 6:11 - Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
Now let’s read the verse that immediately follows the one you just read. It summarizes what we Christians call Grace, and it is cool.
1 Corinthians 6:12 - You say, “I am allowed to do anything” – but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything.
As Christians we are allowed to do anything, but there are consequences. If we attempt to follow the tenets of the Bible and the prompting of the Holy Spirit the consequences are rewarding. Sure a Christian can smoke, but be prepared for deadly health consequences. If you are a homosexual, you should prepare yourself to be cruelly criticized by both Christians and non-Christians. This is one just one of the possible consequences. Judgment by other humans is part of being human.
God’s moral guidelines were created for us because they are what are best for us. God is so colossal I am certain he can handle our transgressions, but we are the ones who suffer the consequences.
The bottom line
Romans 8:1 - So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.
This verse declares Christians – Not Guilty. Jesus, by way of his finished work on the Cross, has paid the price for our sins and he has offered us the freedom to live our lives in a way that are either pleasing to our flesh or pleasing to his Spirit, which resides in us as Christians.
I suggest that if you haven’t accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior that you do that right now. Of the thousands of Christians that I have met, none has said they regret it.
The sinner’s prayer
Although it is a person’s faith alone in Jesus’ finished work that saves us, many Christians say a prayer as their acknowledgement. This can be done aloud or silently. It can be said publicly or privately, but however it is done it is not the intellectual content of the prayer, but it’s sincerity. Say something like this…
“God, I have been told that you came to earth in the form of a man and died on a cross as payment for my sins. Many people saw you come back from being dead, which proved you are God and that you can overcome death. I want to live eternally with you, and I want you to live in me while I am here on earth. I am now sincerely accepting Jesus as my Lord and Savior, and I am praying that over time I will learn more and more about him. Amen.”
The Bible says that because you acknowledged Jesus as Lord and Savior you have been converted (also known as born Spiritually, saved, and born again). The term that is used is not important. What is important is that you will spend eternity in Heaven. Congratulations!
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