Website header


Homosexuality and Christianity Created 3 September 2017

Skip to the video below.

To the devoted Christian this is not a difficult matter to decide on. Still, for some, it is a hard matter to put into practice. Each of us has a different 'starting point' from which our walk with Christ began. All will have started in sin regardless of how 'great' such sin had been. Some will have started in pride. Others in idolatry. Others in laziness, stubbornness, drunkenness, blasphemy, ..., homosexuality, fraud, adultery and/or sodomy. The list is extensive and most often than not it is rather intertwined. So, none of us (Christians) were clean when we started our journey.

The key for us, however, is that we progressively come clean with God (repent) and become clean as a result of God (be changed). So, the born-again[1] person allows him or herself to be washed by the Word of God[2] - the Bible. That is how we make our election sure[3]. That is how we never falter. That is how we may progressively do things God's way. That is the basis upon which we may claim to be Christian; if we allow Christ's will by His Word to come to fruition through us [4]. That is what a Christian is.

The non-Christian - regardless of whether or not they were born-again - do not submit themselves to the law of Christ (any longer). It will have been either a matter of willful rebellion[6] or neglect[5] of some sort, but they are people not in submission to Christ and His Word. Granted, there are those amongst us who are in the process of renewing our minds (about this particular issue - homosexuality - in order to turn from it). I am not talking about these. I am talking about those who may think they are Christian but are not. There is no or litte repentance and there is no change regardless of what they faith may think they profess.

As such, when the Bible says that homosexuality is wrong they will find reasons why the plain text does not say what it does [7], or why it is no longer relevant, or why it has never been relevant. Bottom line - they will not believe. In the end, please do not let your faith be directed by such a one who does not rely on the Word of God in faith.

Many people - some professing Christians - say, "I do not believe that [the] God [of love] will condemn a so-and-so (adulterer, fornicator, homosexual, ... fill in the gap)". In reality they are quite correct - they do not believe. But that does not mean to say that God will not follow through on His promise; and this is His promise: 'these will not inherit the Kingdom of God' (refer 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and Galatians 5:19-21). Indeed He will - His Word is true.

Notwithstanding, it is not our duty to condemn people. It is our duty to love them. Still, loving people and condoning or tolerating ungodliness is not and will never be the same thing. We are to neither condone nor tolerate that which God calls ungodly, else we cannot claim to be for Him.

Our job is to bring the Kingdom of God into the world, not to dictate to people (non-Christians) what moral standards they should uphold. In fact, I cannot see how we as Christians can insist upon having non-Christians maintain our standard of morality. It is the wrong priority to pursue. First bring them to God. Then insist on God's standards. Not the other way round!

The fact that there are so few genuine Christians around should not only say something about the world, it should say something about the pursuits of the so-called church; whether or not these pursuits indeed hit the mark. Personally I believe the number of false conversions that take place is stupendous. And the extent to which Christians pursue the wrong objectives is as big if not bigger.

Note that a person may be born again, still live a sinful (homosexual, proud, adulterous, fraudulent, ... [fill in the gap]) life, only to be washed by God's word over a period of time. Thus, they may in fact 'look wrong' but 'be right'. The problem comes in when there is no change. What that means is that there is no progressive submission to the "law of Christ". And the Bible says that such a person is not a bond servant of Christ - they are not Christian (refer Galatians 1:10).

God's love and the Homosexual

Let's agree that God loves that which He has created. He loved people enough to send Jesus to sacrifice His life on behalf of mankind, to rise again from the dead and to thus become the firstborn amongst many brethren [8].

But to suggest that because God is love, He tolerates all kinds of behaviour or decisions made by people shows how little the proponent of such a belief understands the very basis of the Christian faith; if God tolerated all things done by men then there would be no such thing as sin. The very very notion that Jesus came on account of mankind's 'addiction' to sin means that there are things which God simply does not tolerate. And, He names them - refer 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and Galatians 5:19-21.

Christians and Homosexuality - the vote for or against the Kingdom of God .

Unless God has specifically called us there, I'm not so sure Christians should keep themselves busy with the things of this world - politics, laws and social engineering[9]. Instead, Christians should be busy with the things of an eternal kingdom - the Kingdom of God[10] Admittedly, Christianity has singularly played the most significant role in forming Western society and it has been the reason why many good things have been adopted within our Western norms. But it is not our primary role to create the rules within these societies without first bringing the Kingdom into the hearts of people. The Kingdom of God is our primary objective. And, the Kingdom of God compared to whatever legal, sociological, political and/or economic domain simply is not the same thing.

So, most often than not we have a choice - either a pursuit of the Kingdom of God where we 'store up moneybags in heaven', or a pursuit of another kingdom. That said, when we have an option to restrain that which the Bible says is not of Him, then it is our obligation to act with enthusiasm, yet without confusing the Kingdom of God - a 'place' which is not of this world - with any other domain found here on earth.

My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here. (John 18:36)

Someone once said, 'laws can restrain evil but they cannot make anyone godly'. That is exactly correct; as a Church, our focus should be to first turn ourselves to Christ and then also to turn those around us to the Lord in trust and in obedience to Him - thus, in ongoing, unwavering faith, which means a commitment to the law of Christ. So, if a person has come to Christ, He will wash away that wich needs to be washed away. It is not for Christians to start washing without anyone having come to the Lord.

Where we can vote to restrain the introduction of that which is not godly we should do so without reservation. Because God has already decided on this matter - refer 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and Galatians 5:19-21 - we need not consider our own sentiments concerning it. And we should definitely not fall prey to those who accuse us of harboring "hate" or "fear" or "prejudice" or "intolerance". For as bond servants of Christ we apply ourselves to the God of the universe first and foremost.

Where we should pay attention notwithstanding is where the world accuses Christians of being hypocritical;

The Christian church as it harbours the abuse of children, the abuse of funds, money-grabbs, taking money from the poor - the list goes on, and then preaching morality from the pulpit - without sanction of those perpetrating such things - is not the church of the Bible. So, yes, we should pay attention indeed when the world points to such rot. For they are correct. Because silence from within Christian circles - the so-called 'church' - about these things is in clear violation of the law of Christ. It is 100% non-Christian, satanic. And those amongst us who have witnessed others betray their confession or kept up a facade and remained quiet about it, those will need to answer for it. We need to know that no church is perfect. But inasmuch as Jesus hated hypocrisy (refer Matthew 6:2, 6:5, 6:16, 15:7, 16:3, 22:18, 23:13, 23:14, 23:15, 23:23, 23:25, 23:27, 23:29, 24:51 and Paul rooted out hypocrisy), so too should Christians do. Morality should start inside the Church. Hypocrisy and sexual immorality are two things which the Bible does not tolerate within the church (refer Galatians 2:11-16 and 1 Corinthians 5:1-7).

Video: Vote to legalize 'same sex marriage'

In the end, the vote for or against 'marriage equality' reflect the extent to which we are submitted to the law of Christ. It shows whether we are in agreement with it, or whether or not we are in rebellion. Thus, the vote for or against 'gay marriage' serves as a measure of the extent to which we are serving Christ or our own will/preferences regardless of whitter or not our will/preferences are in sympathy or loyalty to those close to us. Paul makes it clear that if we are to 'please men as opposed to pleasing God' then we fool ourselves in thinking we are Christ's servants.

Jesus makes the question about pursuing His Kingdom very plain:

  1. we are either for Him or against Him - there is no in-between. To be for Him means to be for His will and thus for His Word (Matthew 12:30);
  2. those who are not willing to lose their own will (their own preferences, their own "life") for Him are not worthy of Him. (Matthew 10:39)

Let each support their views on this matter by Scripture and not by their own sentiments.

Please let me have your feedback on this video:

Subsequent to making the above video, I cam across this video of Francis Chan on Homosexuals and Church:

Footnotes:

[1] John 3:3-8 (NKJV): 3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” [back]

[2] Ephesians 5:25-27 (NKJV) 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. [back]

[3] 2 Peter 1:5-10 (NKJV) 5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. 10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; [back]

[4] Galatians 1:10 (NKJV) 10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ. [back]

[5] Hebrews 2:1-4 (NKJV) Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. 2 For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, 4 God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will? [back]

[6] Hebrews 6:4-6 (NKJV) 4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 if they fall away,[a] to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame. [back]

[7] 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (NKJV) 9 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 homosexuals,[a] nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

Galatians 5:19-21 (NKJV) 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. [back]

[8] Romans 8:29 (NKJV) For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. [back]

[9]2 Timothy 2:4 (NKJV) 4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. [back]

[10]Matthew 6:33 (NKJV) 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. [back]

Top

Evereyday Believer USA shop icon

Please consult the Bible and test what is written here. Ask the Lord to give you wisdom in this area. Keep that which is good and reject that which is not Scriptural. Should you come to a different understanding than I please let me know - perhaps I can learn from you.

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil by good

(Romans 12:21)

 

Copyright protected © 2009 - 2017
I support Give Your Gift logoChrist Currency logo