Homosexuality is a sin. You cannot read the Word of God and come away with any other opinion unless you do extreme violence to the text. Homosexuality is a sin, but it is not the only sexual sin. Heterosexual sex before marriage is a sin. Bestiality is a sin. Rape, incest, and on and on we could go with the list of sexual sins in the Bible. The Word of God isn’t gray on this issue—it is as black and white as any issue in the Word of God…sex is reserved for a man and a woman within the realm of marriage.
When homosexuality came out of the closet it came out with two guns blazing. First, it was a military issue. Then it was a marriage issue. Now it has become an NFL issue. You can’t watch a television show without a homosexual couple or a homosexual individual.
For the last few years Kim and I have enjoyed The Biggest Loser. Last year one of the contestants was an open homosexual and again this year not only did a contestant come out as a homosexual, but Bob, the trainer came out as well. My youngest daughter has enjoyed Good Luck Charlie over the last few years, and it is one of the shows that I’ve enjoyed watching with her, but recently they had a lesbian couple on the show. Everywhere you turn…it isn’t just there, but it is being thrown in your face. Especially, now that Michael Sam has come out and will be the first openly homosexual player in the NFL.
Let me say I totally agree with the first paragraph of this blog. I believe the Bible teaches homosexuality to be a sin and as a Christian the Word of God is my authority. If you do not agree that the Bible teaches that homosexuality is a sin I would simply call your attention to Genesis 19 and the destruction of Sodom, Leviticus 18:22, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9, and 1 Timothy 1:10. Once again, it is not the only sexual sin, but it is a sexual sin.
Homosexuality is a sin, but the Word of God teaches us that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. I know that, and for that reason, I think we should reach out to homosexual men and women just as we reach out to heterosexual men and women—with love and with the Gospel. But I cannot reach out in love if I do not, as a sinner, point out the fact that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and that as sinners we must repent and be reconciled with a holy God.
Here in lies the problem…we are considered intolerant if we say homosexuality is a sin. We are judged as cruel and hateful if we believe what the Bible says about homosexuality. It isn’t enough that a person who believes the Bible is kind and accepting of a person…we must agree with that person’s lifestyle to be nice. Make sure you understand that. The homosexual agenda is not that we accept the homosexual as having the right to be a homosexual, but that we agree that is not only normal, but also that is good.
You cannot believe that and have the Word of God serve as your authority. Michael Sam is homosexual…from a Christian viewpoint I mourn over that (as I mourn over all sinful behavior) because I know what the Word of God says about his lifestyle, but as a fan of football I want to ask…what does that have to do with his ability to play football? Why does it need to be in the forefront at all? Why do we have to talk about it? Why do we have to have endless debates on Sports Center over the topic?
What if the number one quarterback in the draft came out and said, “I just want everyone to know that I’m heterosexual.” Would his sexual preference make the news? It would seem that the only way you make the news today as a heterosexual is to come out in favor of the Biblical view of abstinence before marriage…just ask Tim Tebow about that! You are ridiculed for a view of abstinence and adored for homosexuality.
What can we do? Do we turn off the TV, move into the woods, and hide from the culture? No! All we can do is what the Church has been called to do from its beginning. We say with Paul, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for the salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Gentile. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith.’”
The Gospel changes and transforms sinners—all sinners who place faith in Jesus will become New Creatures. Can the Gospel transform a philandering heterosexual? Yes! Can the Gospel change the heart of a homosexual? Yes. Listen to the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 6:11. Right after listing a number of sins, including homosexuality, he said, “And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” The Gospel transforms all lives through faith.
Now, that does not mean the philandering heterosexual suddenly loses all temptation…it will be a day-to-day battle, but in the power of the Holy Spirit he or she can be pure. Neither does it mean the homosexual will automatically become a heterosexual. He or she may well fight the temptation for the rest of their lives, but the temptation is not the sin. The sin is acting upon that which the Word of God calls sin and through the power of the Holy Spirit the man or woman who struggles in the arena of homosexuality can also be pure and holy and abstinent. Church, we must understand that we all battle sin and that while our battles are constant and while our temptations may differ we are all in need of the life changing power of the Holy Spirit. Do not lose hope…keep up the battle by sharing the Gospel with one person at a time.