God loves all His children and accepts us all regardless of our sexuality.
Unfortunately we live in a time where being gay or lesbian is not only accepted but highly praised. It is pushed upon our society with such brute force it is easy to see how one would think these lifestyles are completely normal. No matter where you turn, images of non-heterosexuals seem to be everywhere in an attempt to convince everyone that alternative lifestyles are ok. At times, not just ok but even the best lifestyle. Anyone who disagrees is considered hateful, out of touch, barbaric, intolerant, ignorant, Christian, anti-civil rights, Republican and cruel just to say the least. The reality is, this lifestyle is not as normal as the media attempts to make us believe. The population of gays in America are actually believed to be less than 2%.1 However you wouldn’t know it by the coverage of all things gay. In fact the media blitz of all things gay has been so strong that most Americans believe that at least 25% of America is populated by gays. 2
To add to the confusion we are now seeing the acceptance of gays in the Church as if God is somehow now ok with it. This is the common path people take in order to justify their sexuality.
“I was born this way. Therefore God made me this way. God loves all of His children. Therefore God is ok with my lifestyle.”
Sadly, this thinking is tragic. In order to right our thinking we must see what God Himself has to say about the subject. To do that we look at the bible, His holy Word that guides us and delivers instruction on how we should live, educates us on who God is and stipulates what God desires of His people. God’s ruling is the only one that matters.
“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” (Leviticus 20:13)
We should note there are some who attempt to debate the origin of the word “abomination”. They want everyone to believe it is a mistranslation. There is simply no point even debating that. Mainly because after cherry picking the word out, the rest of the verse still has to be dealt with and kept in context. Cherry picking one word does not allow us to simply ignore the context of the verse. It is obvious, for this act, it was punishable by death. We can safely assume, homosexuality was not an accepted practice, regardless of the cherry picking of the word “abomination”.
“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. 23 Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion. 24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:” (Leviticus 18:22-23)
Again, we see that a man is to “not” lie down with a man as one would with a woman. The bible makes it clear. As we stated before, one can debate the word “abomination” here, but the context is crystal clear.
“Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Cor. 6:9-10)
The bible is clear on homosexuality. Whenever it is mentioned it is condemned. Some argue that because Jesus himself did not discuss the issue, it somehow is ok. That is simply a problem with not understanding how to read the bible. Or possibly choosing not to see what is clear. God condemned the act in the old testament. It is a sin. God did this because sexual perversion like all other sins separate us from Him. Jesus did not mention it because He did not have to. God’s stance was and is still the same. It is a sin. If God was ok with it, He would have said He was ok with it. But the bible only speaks to homosexuality being a sin. There is not one verse in the bible that states a change to what God originally condemned as a sin.
Some people may argue that they were “made” gay. Or that they have been gay as long as they remember so this means it is ok to be gay. The reality is we were all **born into sin **.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”(Romans 3:23)
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”(Romans 5:12)
“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:”(Romans 3:10)
“If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”(1 John 1:10)
The bible makes it clear we are born into sin and we are all sinners. We are born as murderers, liars, homosexuals, deceivers, idolators, thieves, blasphemers, fornicators, adulterers, haters of God, rebellious against God and so on. But God has given all of us a conscious to make right decisions and despite our inability to make them, He has given us a way to be freed from our sins and no longer held in bondage by them through His Son, Jesus Christ. However even God has a limit to how much sin He will allow us to endure before He backs away altogether as a result of our rejection of Him and love for our sins.
“Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.26 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: 27 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. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” (Romans 1:24-32)
Being born a sinner does not give us the right to accept sin, let alone blame God for our sinning. Should we accept murderers who were born as sociopaths? How about child molesters and pedophiles who have always been aroused by children?
God has given us a way to be free from our sins. All of them. This way is through Christ Jesus. Sin, keeps us separated from God because He is holy and righteous. God’s nature does not allow Him to be in relationship with those who have not repented of their sins and accepted Christ Jesus, His son and sacrifice for our sins. It is not a matter of God’s love and His acceptance of all people just because He loves us. The matter is He simply can not be in relationship with those who love sin because it would make God a lie. It would mean a perfect, holy and righteous God is ok with sin. And God is not ok with sin. Even if it is homosexuality.
If you are battling with this sin, know that God does not want you separated from Him. God offers forgiveness no matter the gravity of our sins. Regardless if it is lying, stealing, murder or homosexuality. This is possible because His Son, Christ Jesus, paid our fine. He took the punishment that we deserved so we could once again enter in relationship with God. The same relationship we enjoyed before the fall of Adam. Confess your sins to God. Repent, turn away from your sins and trust in Christ. God is faithful to save you. He will turn your heart from enjoying sin, to hating sin. He is faithful to make you a new creature free from the bondage of sin.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”(2 Corinthians 5:17)
- The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law | A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey
- 2011 Gallup