One of the issues that many modern “Christian” churches are facing, and that many ministers are pushing today, is that a person can be a “practicing” homosexual and be a “good” Christian. If we are true Christians, and trust God’s Word, we must ask what does God’s Word actually have to say on the subject?
First, is homosexuality a sin? According to many today the answer is no, but according to God’s word, it clearly is.
In Leviticus 18:22 it says “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.” In Romans Paul tells us “For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.” Romans 1:26–27. People can twist and contort God’s Word to make is say whatever they wish, but they are denying the clear truth. Paul also said “3 But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; 4 and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.” Ephesians 5. Paul also wrote to the Corinthians “Or 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 effeminate, nor homosexuals,”. 1 Corinthians 6:9
Many of these people will claim that homosexuality is sin like any other sin, and they are forgiven as they commit that sin. True in one sense, however, practicing homosexuality is not a stumble into sin, it is a chosen lifestyle, and so it is not a single act of sin, and those who “practice” it are not committing an act of sin that they repent of and continue their battle against it, but are choosing to continue to “walk” in it, and not to repent and turn from it.
We are called to “repent” of our sin, to turn from it and “walk” in righteousness, to set our minds on the things of Spirit, and if we do, we are “putting to death the deeds of the body” Romans 8:13. That isn’t true if we have not chosen to repent and set our minds on the things of the Spirit, and walk according to the Spirit. John says “If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth;” 1 John 1:6. And in 1 John 2 he says “3 By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; 5 but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected.”
We are commanded by the Lord to repent and turn from our sin. He continues “By this we know that we are in Him: 6 the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.” Christ walked in righteousness and is Holy, and we are told “15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16 because it is written, ‘YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.’” 1 Peter 1
Allowing people to believe that they can continue to “Practice” or “walk” in their sin and still be in Christ and headed for His Kingdom, is the opposite of showing them “love”, as you are helping them into Hell. True love is to proclaim God’s call for us to repent and turn from the sins that will keep us separated from Him, and condemn us to Hell.
Romans 3:4 “…..let God be found true, though every man be found a liar,”.