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Subject: Homosexuality

Opposing or contradicting public opinion isn’t easy, especially when society firmly supports and readily accepts behavior totally contrary to God’s Word! Armed with the mighty Word of God, we are not only to reject our own temptations, but are to be ever diligent in exposing the world’s ungodliness to others.

Taking care not to be unkind or self-righteous, we Christians need to take a firm stand on Scripture, being careful not to indulge in our own sanctimonious prejudices. As we speak up and out against today’s ever worsening world, if we base our stand, regardless of the subject, purely on God’s inerrant Word, then we are presenting God’s teachings, God’s truths, and not our own biases! But we must honestly and openly oppose those who deny the Word of God; the very Word that proclaims the sinfulness of homosexuality.

The Bible definitely speaks out against defilement of the body. (Galatians 65:19; Leviticus 18:20-23) The ‘wondrously made’ bodies of both male and female – created by Almighty God - present the oneness of man and woman (husband and wife), and the miracle of procreation. There can be no denying these facts! Neither can it be denied that any type of sexual activity that uses the body contrary to it natural purpose is abusing the body. Homosexuality is such an abuse.

“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with woman: it is abomination.” (Leviticus 18:22)

If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination, they will surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” (Leviticus 20:13)

Such punishment may seem barbaric, yet, at the time of these extremely harsh punishments, people lived under the Mosaic Covenant and were fully aware of the severe consequences experienced by those who broke these laws. These laws were of God and were to be adhered to faithfully, or death could result. Homosexuality at that time was an abomination against God (and still is) and fell under those strict laws! Furthermore, these laws not only revealed man’s inability to obey God, but prepared man for God’s future plan of salvation through Jesus Christ and not through law (works)! (Ephesians 2:9; Romans 3:28)

Too often, however, only the Old Testament with its archaic punishments is used to denounce homosexuality. In truth, the New Testament also presents the sinfulness of homosexuality. “…even …women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise also the men leaving the natural use of their women, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly (indecent) ...” (Romans 1:26-32: I Corinthians 6:9)

It must also be remembered that homosexuality was the reason God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah and surrounding areas. (Read Genesis 19:1-26 to comprehend both God’s wrath and His ultimate fiery judgment!) God hated sin then and, because God NEVER changes (James 1:17; Hebrews 13:8), neither has His opinion of sin. Homosexuality, whether yesterday, today or tomorrow, is wrong in God’s eyes!

Thankfully, because of Jesus’ shed blood, because of His mercy and grace, He paid our sin debt on the cross, and the harsh penalties under the Mosaic Law have been abandoned. “For this is my (Jesus) blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (Matthew 26:28) Because of Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection, today no sin is too severe, too heinous, too big or too small for the cross to handle! BUT… one must first confront his or her sin(s), genuinely repent, and accept through faith Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior (I John 1:9), or the cross is useless, and sin will be the victor with eternal damnation its reward. (Mark 3:28-29)

Standing up for God can be a daunting task, nevertheless, a task every believer should be undertaking! When firmly supported by solid biblical proof, stating that a homosexual lifestyle is a sin is not being self-righteous, only honest. Explaining what God’s Word clearly says regarding sin, homosexuality included, isn’t displaying contempt or a holier-than-thou attitude, instead it reveals a staunch belief in the Lord and a sincere desire to share God’s Word with those who don’t know or understand His Word.

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (I John 1:8)

Nancy Hamilton

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