Someone sent an article to me entitled An Astonishing Message from a Gay Sister. This gay Christian sister stated in part:
” To those of you who would change the church to accept the gay community and its lifestyle: you give us no hope at all… You are willing to compromise the word of God to be politically correct. We are not deceived. If we accept your willingness to compromise, then we must also compromise. We must therefore accept your lying, your adultery, your lust, your idolatry, your addictions, YOUR sins. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.””
“We do not ask for your acceptance of our sins any more than we accept yours. We simply ask for the same support, love, guidance, and most of all hope that is given to the rest of your congregation. We are your brothers and sisters in Christ. We are not what we shall be, but thank God, we are not what we were. Let us work together to see that we all arrive safely home.”
Yes Sister! Thank you for stating what needed to be said! What does it profit a homosexual if the church accepts the homosexual acts and at the same time loses all hope of restoring himself to God? God stated the following regarding the act of homosexuality:
- Leviticus 18:22 (NKJ) – “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.”
- Leviticus 20:13 (NKJ) – “If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.”
- There are others such as Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9, 1 Timothy 1:8-11 and Jude 1:6-7
Make no mistake…God has condemned homosexuality. However, there is hope for the homosexual!
- 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (NKJ) – “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, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”
Is the temptation to sin going to keep you from the kingdom of God or is it the giving into the sinful temptation that is going to keep you from the kingdom of God? “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.” James 1:12-16 (NKJ). Thus, a homosexual Christian desiring someone of the same sex, but who does not act upon that desire, is the same as a heterosexual Christian desiring someone of the opposite sex, but who does not act upon that desire. The desire itself will not keep them from the kingdom of God, but the acting out the desire that will. How about Christians who are recovering from alcoholism or drug abuse? Or the Christian who is never content and always wanting more (covetousness)? Or any number of Christians who suffer from their weakness? We must all lean on each other to overcome our sins.
When you give your life to Christ, all sins and the shame from the sins are covered through the washing of Christ’s blood. In Christ we are “sanctified” (meaning completely belonging to the Lord) and “justified” (meaning declared completely not guilty of any past sins). Check this out…
- 2 Corinthians 11:2 (NKJ) – “For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.”
Who is this apostle speaking to? To the very same people that he was speaking to in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. Remember how they were described before they were sanctified and justified? And now the apostle is describing them as a “chaste virgin”! Oh the power of Jesus’ sanctification and justification! And that is where the Hope for sinners exist…in Jesus! My sin was going to keep me from the kingdom of God, but now by the sanctification and justification that I have through Jesus I can now be assured of my entering the kingdom of God. Every homosexual has the same opportunity to enter into the kingdom of God just like every other sinner….me included.
Heterosexual Christians should not shun homosexual Christians, as they are simply humans suffering from sin. We ALL are suffering from sin! Let’s lean on each other and help carry each others’ burdens. There is Hope for us all!