It is clear from Scripture that those who practice homosexuality are “missing the mark” (def. of sin) of what God intended for human beings.
Please don’t get me wrong. I don’t in any way hate people who commit this particular sin. I am a sinner myself, and I wish to extend the same grace that God has extended to me when I get entangled in sin to anyone who is caught in the snare of this or any other sin. Sin is the enemy. It’s pretty obvious that sin hurts the one who sins and not only them but also everyone around them as well. We are all in this together. We are all sinners and every one of us needs to be set free and stop hurting ourselves and each other. May we have the humility to receive the salvation and freedom that Jesus freely gives to any willing to receive it.
It’s obvious that God doesn’t want us to sin. He wants us to live as he intended us to live. To live loved, and in turn, to live lives marked by His love. Sin is incongruous with God’s loving intentions. Sin is anti-love. Sin wars against love. God created us not harm ourselves with sin, but for love. It pains God to watch us hurt ourselves by choosing sin over love.
God, because of Jesus and all he accomplished on the cross, has nothing but mercy, forgiveness and cleansing – yes, even complete redemption – for all of us sinners who want his grace and are simply willing to receive it. Do you want to be free? I know I do.
Honestly I would rather not write a blog post on this topic of homosexuality, but after having a few dreams I thought I must at least voice my concern. My dreams were about how the enemy (yes, I’m talking about the devil that most people don’t really even believe exists) was planning (and is well into implementing his plan) to desensitize and thoroughly corrupt people by putting homosexuality on display, especially in front of impressionable kids. And I see it happening. Don’t you? So this blog is for my nieces and nephews who are being lied to every day by a media that homosexuality is just an acceptable lifestyle.
I get it. People need love. People need intimacy. But we need to realize that the intimacy we were made for is actually meant to be fulfilled in relationship with God and, in lesser ways, our mates or our “mates” (of course with the Aussie understanding of the word). God wants to be intimate with you and indeed with everyone he has made. Of course this is not in a sexual sense but in a far more satisfying way then mere sex could ever do for you.
We get a few pictures of this kind of intimacy between friends in Scripture, which I believe model for us the kind of satisfying relationship/friendship that we can have with God himself. Take for instance the relationship between David and Jonathan:
“Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself” (1 Samuel 18:1 NIV)
David’s tribute to Jonathan at the news of his death:
“I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother; you were very dear to me. Your love for me was wonderful, more wonderful than that of women.” (2 Samuel 1:26 NIV)
or Jesus and the apostle John (who referred to himself as the disciple whom Jesus loved):
“Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask who it was of whom He spoke. Then, leaning back on Jesus’ breast, he said to Him, “Lord, who is it?” (John 13:23-25 NKJV)
Neither of these close friendships were in any way sexual, and to even imply so would taint this beautiful picture of friendship. We too can be and are meant to be one in spirit with Jesus and have a level of intimacy with him that will meet every need of our hearts so we can stop looking for fulfillment elsewhere in what God forbids us to do. He knows best and he wants the absolute best for us. This intimate relationship with Jesus is what’s best for us and is what we were created for and will satisfy our intimacy needs. Unfortunately, more often than not, this relationship with Jesus is either neglected or even rejected. And so we are left with unsatisfied hearts searching for love and intimacy elsewhere… in sin.
So many people are confused about this issue of homosexuality, saying people were born this way, etc… and I suppose when I was in the most deceived time in my life, I too believed the same. I once had thought that God had just put a spirit of a woman in a man, or vice versa, but this is complete nonsense when you hold it up the truth of Scripture.
You must read this very thoughtful and, I believe, anointed article on this topic by Ron B. entitled Love that does not Count the Cost. It was amazing and shed so much light on the subject. Way more than I could or would ever intend to do.
Here are a quick list of Scriptures on the subject of homosexuality:
Leviticus 18:22 (yup it’s a sin)
Leviticus 20:13 (& a capital offense among those who are called to be holy and in God’s family. When people make war on love, they do so at the risk of, not only their lives, but their everlasting soul.)
Genesis 19 (Homosexual Sodomites want to rape some angels and Lot)
Jude 1:7 (Commentary on Sodom and Gomorrah which were destroyed as a warning to all who would give themselves to sexual immorality)
Romans 1:24-28 (This sin is part of the final stages of God having to hand people over to sin and Satan because of persistent rebellion)
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (Those who practice this sin, among others, will not share in God’s coming kingdom)
I Timothy 1:8-11 (The laws purpose is to expose and confront sins such as these)
This is just a little bit of what the Bible has to say on the subject.
The good news is that we get to repent! Yes!
You have the wonderful amazing privilege of repenting (having a change of heart and mind and turning away) from your sin! In Jesus, you can walk away and never look back from this sin or any other sin you may be involved in. YEA!!!!
Have you ever considered what a gift it is to part ways with sin? Jesus already has paid the death penalty for your sin. As I read through the Bible I was confronted with things I had done that deserved the death penalty. How amazing that there no longer remains any punishment, for Christ has taken it all and he commands, and allows us in his grace, to repent. Take advantage of his offer today. It really is a gift! (More on the gift of Repentance)
I have been disturbed that many professing Christians don’t know homosexuality is a sin or worse, are even defending it as an acceptable lifestyle. I even talked about this with a pastor who, when asked, told me that he didn’t know if it was a sin. Really?
I think the reason we compromise with the clear teaching of Scripture is that either we don’t want to give up our sin or, there are loved ones or people in our lives with this sin and we have to reconcile with that. I can see how difficult it is. But the answer is not to capitulate the truth, for the truth is what sets us free. (John 8:32)
As I see it, this, and every other issue, boils down these questions: What is the truth? Is God the creator? Does he love us and intend the best for us? Do we trust him? Is he pure and absolute perfect love itself as his word says? And as the loving Creator he is, does he have the authority and right to dictate to us what is love and what isn’t love (what is sin)?
Besides, even if we all agreed that homosexuality wasn’t a sin, would that change the truth? Can we shout loud enough to drown out the voice of God? Can we change his mind about how he intended his creation to be if we all agree to protest? There is an account in Scripture of a time to come in the last great rebellion when the masses will unite to overthrow God’s rule. Do you think they succeed?
The worldly media has been saturated with the homosexual agenda. You know it and I know it. There is hardly a show out there that doesn’t have the token gay character or at least have guest appearances of gay characters. It’s an agenda to desensitize us and make this sin commonplace and an accepted part of society.
But, it is all a deception. We live in enemy occupied territory you know. The devil exists and rules this sin saturated world. (And only rules because of our sin.) He seeks to turn us all away from our loving heavenly Father. He seeks to twist and corrupt what God intended for good – our sexuality – and pervert it.
Based on what I have read in Scripture, I don’t believe anyone is born homosexual. I do, however, believe the enemy may come in at an early age and deceive and distort and bring confusion to someone’s sexual identity. This is what the enemy does. He seeks to steal, kill, and destroy. But Jesus has come that we might have life abundant and free… free from sin.
If you are caught in this or any other sin, God can and will lovingly restore your innocence if you let him. He loves you and created you just the way you are for his glory.
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ps. The more I thought about it, I came to question why any of us should think that our sexuality is part of our essential identity. After all, we are spiritual beings having a temporary physical experience not physical beings who will one day have a spiritual experience. Knowing this could be important to putting our sexuality in its proper place and under the authority of the giver of sexuality – God. Jesus says that such thing as marriage will not be apart of the resurrected life. Mark 12:25 tells us that, “When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.”
- This is the best article I have found on the subject and is absolutely amazingly well done: Love that Does Not Count the Cost by Ron B.
- Homosexuality, the Bible, and the Christian Response (richwendling.wordpress.com)
- Sermon: “Homosexuality According to the Bible” (firstbaptistscottcity.wordpress.com)
- Homosexuality is a sin – not an “alternative lifestyle choice!” (haroldcameron.wordpress.com)
- When Jesus Healed a Same-Sex Partner (sandystrachan.wordpress.com)
- Homosexuality… Should Christian’s Accept it? (christianbikersource.wordpress.com)
- Homosexuality, Polyester, and Shellfish. (defendingcontending.com)
- So You Still Think Homosexuality Is Sinful? (patheos.com)
- Is homosexuality a sin? What does the Bible say about homosexuality? (napalomo.wordpress.com)
- Is Jesus Really the ONLY Way to Salvation? (daniellovett.wordpress.com)