Posted by Gary on October 4, 2007
I am convinced that the Christian faith calls me to be kind and loving toward homosexuals yet my personal responsibility toward individual homosexuals must not keep me from declaring this behavior sinful and standing against it. The immediate charge against Christians regarding our Biblical position is that we are hateful, bigoted and judgmental. The charge that we are making a judgment I cannot deny this we are commanded to do by Jesus Himself (though I view this as something different than being “judgmental”):
John 7:24 “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”
Where the Bible does not condemn we must not condemn but where it speaks clearly, we as Christians must speak clearly. Hear God’s Word, it is not ambiguous or halting in stating God’s thoughts about sexual behavior between those of the same sex:
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. 24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26 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.”
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 “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, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.”
1 Timothy 1:8-10 “But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, 9 realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers 10 and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching…”
The Scriptures are where we take our stand as Christians and we are reviled for it which is fine, Jesus told us that if the world hated Him it would hate us too (John 15:18-19).
The more I have thought about this issue the more I marvel that people do not seem to take into account homosexuality’s condemnation of itself. Without me uttering a word as a Christian is it not evident that homosexuality is sinful and wrong? Does not the fact that it leads to disease and death reveal something about the nature of this behavior? When a man and woman join together in marriage and commit themselves to one another exclusively, we do not see disease and death in fact we see the creation of new life. When two men or two women have sex we do see disease and death, “…receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.”
Some will immediately ask how we are seeing death through sex between two women, have you ever heard of something called extinction? Have you ever considered that homosexuality places itself on a course of self-elimination? If practiced by all, homosexuality would lead to extinction; the act itself would bring about its own end. The response of homosexuals is that not everyone practices this behavior therefore we needn’t fear extinction but this is skirting the issue isn’t it? If homosexuality is good should it not be commendable to all? But immediately we realize this cannot be for if all were to adopt it soon there would be no one left.
The Christian’s chief responsibility is to preach the sinfulness of this behavior on the authority of Scripture but we are foolish to ignore the obvious, homosexuality is in conflict with itself, it condemns itself, it would in the logical end, end itself. Don’t be angry with the Christian for proclaiming the Word of truth that is only validated in the undeniable outcome of homosexuality.
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