Is Homosexuality A Sin?--by Timothy A. Southall
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Is homosexuality a sin? Homosexuality has become a heated topic in the Christian arena, but the subject is easily addressed if one uses God's Word. Some think the church should be a democracy when deciding right from wrong. The church is not a place to be politically correct. It is not wise to base our opinions on what others think. Rather, we should rely upon the commands of the One who created us in order to be acceptable in His eyes. We are to use the Bible as the example and the final authority in our lives.

In 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Paul states homosexual offenders cannot inherit the kingdom of God. Anything that keeps one out of the kingdom of Heaven is a sin. Homosexuality is just like drunkards, the sexually immoral, adulterers, etc. Homosexuality is detestable (Leviticus 18:22). Homosexuality is consistently considered as a behavior, rather than an orientation in God's Holy Word. It is a choice, not a design of God. One decides to do homosexual acts. In Romans 1:26, homosexuality is called a shameful lust. Then, in Romans 1:27, homosexuality is called a perversion.

Some try to justify homosexual relationships, saying they should be able to be married. God created marriage on the fifth day of creation when He made man then woman. They were to be united, be fruitful and increase in number (Genesis 1:26-28; Genesis 2:7-25). Marriage is part of God's creation. Changing it to be anything other than between one male and one female is wrong. Homosexual marriages have no Biblical authority. Homosexual relationships cannot be fruitful and increase in number, meaning to produce offspring from them being united.

Another word for homosexuality is sodomy. Ever wonder about that word? Could it have a relationship with the city of Sodom in the Bible, the city known for its homosexual activity? In Genesis 13:13, we are told the men of Sodom were wicked and sinning greatly against the Lord. The men of Sodom were homosexuals (Genesis 19:5). What did God do as a punishment for this perversion and wickedness? He destroyed Sodom along with Gomorrah. He destroyed everyone, everything, even the vegetation. God left nothing. This was their punishment and a warning for all generations to come (2 Peter 2:6). See Genesis 19:1-25 for the whole account.

Is forgiveness and salvation possible for a homosexual offender? Yes, of course. God will forgive this sin if one repents, obeys His gospel plan of salvation, and lives a faithful Christian life. Paul proves the sin of homosexuality can be forgiven in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. Anything, including forgiveness for homosexual acts, is possible through Christ.

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