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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.
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
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
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
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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