Homosexuality

Homosexuality

Homosexuality is a subject which many Christians are afraid to approach or talk about, for fear of being branded ‘hateful’, ‘bigoted’ or ‘homophobic’. In today’s society, we seem to see homosexuality around us in increasing prevalence. Just turn on the TV, and you will see presenters and actors happily ‘coming out’ and declaring that they are gay. Most soaps and TV series now have at least one ‘token’ gay or lesbian character written into the story. Newspapers and celebrity magazines often talk about someone who has ‘come out’, or has had some kind of a homosexual fling. Bisexuality has become quite popular, especially in celebrity culture. Teen magazines often include tips on ‘how to know if you’re gay’ or ‘how to come out’. Many cities and towns now have annual ‘gay pride’ events which see many different people coming together in a celebration of homosexuality as if it is something to take pride in and flaunt in public. The society we now live in seems to put across the message that gay relationships are normal, and are equal to straight relationships. But what is the truth about homosexuality? To get to the truth, we first need to look at what God says in His Word – the Bible.

Leviticus 18:22 - Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Leviticus 20:13 - If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

Romans 1:26-27 -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 one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 - Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

After reading these passages, it is very clear that God condemns homosexual acts as sinful. In the passage from Romans 1, we also see a specific reference to lesbianism. It is interesting to note that in the day and age that Paul was writing this in that he would be aware of lesbian behaviour. However, it is also good to note that lesbianism is clearly a sin, and we should take the other biblical passages which refer to male homosexuality and also apply them to female homosexuality.

In this generation, many people would say that homosexual behaviour is not a sin, that people are ‘born gay’ and cannot change. You may even be struggling with homosexual thoughts or practise yourself. If you are struggling with homosexuality, all is not lost. Notice what the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 6:11, ‘And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.’ Clearly, the Bible would not say this if homosexuality is unchangeable.

Contrary to popular opinion there are thousands of people around the world who can testify to the saving and healing power of Jesus Christ to set them free from sin – including homosexuality.

One question you may ask is: what do I do if a friend tells me they are gay? Firstly, love them – they are just a person struggling with sin, and will all struggle with sin in our lives. Show them what God says about homosexuality, but always speak the truth in love. Tell them about the many people who have successfully changed and left the gay lifestyle behind. Most importantly of all, pray for them! Pray that God will open their eyes to see the truth, pray that they will be set free from the power of sin.

It is important that in our generation, we do not allow the world to silence us in sharing the truth of the gospel. Truth is often unpopular, and it often hurts people. However, which is more loving: To tell homosexuals that they are sinning and need to accept Jesus as Saviour, or say nothing and allow them to continue living their life for fear of ‘offending’ them or being branded a ‘homophobic bigot’?

Christians must always show the love of Christ to everyone. The Bible tells us to speak the truth in love. We should not hate anyone. Hatred of people who choose to identify themselves as homosexual is wrong. In Romans 3:23 it says, ‘For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;‘. We have all sinned and homosexuality is just one of many sins. The struggle against homosexuality is a struggle against sin.

Christians should oppose any change in the law which tries to legitimise homosexuality, and promote it as a healthy, acceptable equivalent to God’s plan and design of sex and relationships – That is the relationship between a man and a woman, in the confines of marriage. We should speak out against public displays of sin, such as ‘gay pride’ events. We should also be telling people that homosexuality is not inborn, it is a sin, and God can change people’s hearts and minds so that they no longer want to be a homosexual.  When people come to Christ, he changes them. In 2 Corinthians 5:17 it says, ‘Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.’

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  1. Lucy

    Everything you’ve just written is absolutely ridiculous – where are your Christian morals? Whatever happened to humans are “made in God’s image” and “God loves His creation”? Honestly, you need to realise that love is beautiful and equal whether it’s between a hetrosexual or homosexual couple. Stop spreading hatred, it’s people like yourselves who drive so many young teenagers to commit suicide because they feel they are in some way ‘sick’ or ‘wrong’ – that is an incredibly un-Christian thing to do. I believe the 6th Commandment is “do not murder” – by spreading the hatred, resulting in deaths, you have already broken this simple rule. Please, stop, think and change.

    1. Peter Greensmith

      Christians get their morals and guidance from the Bible. The Bible clearly states that we are all made in God’s image and that God loves each and every one of us. The Bible also states in a number of passages which I quoted above that homosexuality is a sin. It’s one of a number of sexual sins, fornication and adultery among them. However, let me assure you that we are not here to spread hatred. We are here to share the love of Christ through the message of salvation.

      The truth is that although each and every one of us has sinned in one way or another, Jesus came down to this earth and took upon himself the punishment that we deserve. He died on the cross, yet he didn’t deserve it. He could have come down from that cross at any moment, but he didn’t because he loves us so much. Because of his sacrifice, we have a way to be forgiven, to be made right before God. It is not by our own effort that we can achieve this, but by his grace. All anyone has to do is believe this and ask for forgiveness. God loves you just as you are. You don’t need to change anything to come to him. But if you do come to him, he will change you. That is something I learned when I became a Christian. I once was a homosexual, I lived as a homosexual, I had relationships with other guys. But God set me free, and he can set anyone free who calls upon him. This is a message of love, not hate.

      When I say I’m a Christian, I don’t say it thinking that I’m better than others. I don’t say it because I’m perfect. The thing that makes a Christian different from a non Christian is simply that they are forgiven. They are trying to live life a different way, the way that God intended for them.

    2. daleyboy

      Lucy, as Peter said we love you.
      Jesus Christ loves you also, but His love for you is more perfect than anyone on this earth, and therefore He loves you so much that He is willing to set you free from living a life enslaved to sin, whatever sin that may be.
      As Peter expressed, God will change you from someone who is a slave of sin into someone who loves God and hates sin, as He changed us. However, before you can be saved and changed like this you must first acknowledge that you have actually offended the God of the universe who holds your very breath in His hands, Jesus Christ came not for the righteous (good people) but for sinners.
      He givers grace to the humble but resists the proud, humble yourself before God and He will forgive all your sins. All who call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved. Cry out to Him today!

      I must correct your thinking when you said “you need to realise that love is beautiful and equal whether it’s between a hetrosexual or homosexual couple”.
      The God of this universe has given us His standard of what is right and wrong in sexual relationships :
      Mark 10:6-9 But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”
      As we have said, we love you and true love speaks truth.

    3. Josh

      I don’t think that Lucy has properly read this article, as there is no mention of hate towards gay people, especially as it says in the second from last paragraph that hate towards those who identify as gay is wrong!

      Unfortunately if you are coming from a non-Christian view point, your view is most likely going to coincide with social trends, which would be contrary to Christian belief and understanding. I think people outside the faith also look in on people as if they should be perfect, and don’t see that. This leads them to think hypocrite. Christians will be tempted by the same things as everyone, but it’s how they try to deal with it that is the difference.

    4. Michael

      Lucy you need to take your own advice, your spreading of Christianophobia and hatred of Christians is not helping the world. The right to freedom of speech is not the same as hate-speech, if that is the case then the whole homosexual community is guilty of ‘hate speech’ every time they speak out about what they believe. To quote yourself; STOP, THINK, CHANGE.

  2. David cross (not y real name)

    Absolutely right!!!

    Too many things in modern society have been corrupted by the gay agenda. Not many people see this, but there is a government plot to reduce the population by promoting th faggotry, by the TV of Gramam Norton and LAN Carr! Yet many “refuse” to recognise it. God bless you.

  3. simon

    teen’s rap opposing misguided tolerance!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=h-p98umv1gg&safe=active

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