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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