Unless you’ve been living on a deserted island somewhere with no access to the outside world, you have probably recognized how “hot” this topic is for ALL people, the topic of sexuality. The world is literally force-feeding us this topic every single day so there’s no escaping it. “They” use it to divide, to conquer, to demonize, to ridicule and embarrass, to harass people, churches, and businesses. They carry it as a badge of honor, as a mark of bravery, as a symbol of freedom. They’ve dedicated the entire month of June to “Gay Pride”, telling those who are homosexual to be proud of their sexuality.
How should the “Church” respond to the world’s demand to embrace all forms of sexuality, especially homosexuality? What should be our Christian response? I don’t know about you, but this whole world seems to be descending into chaos and confusion. One thing to remember, if something is causing confusion and chaos within the church (body of believers), it did NOT originate from God. We have an anchor in these tumultuous times, it is Jesus the Christ, the Word of God made flesh.
Jesus tells us that if we love God, we will keep His Commandments. This does not mean we have to obey them perfectly, because we know that is not possible. But if we love God, then we will “guard, attend to carefully, observe, take care to obey as best we can, His Commandments. What are His Commandments? Jesus tells us to love the Lord God with our whole heart, mind, soul and strength AND to love our neighbor as our self
If the First Commandment is to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength, how do we “keep” this Commandment? We must put to death our own selfish /self-serving desires, ambitions, thoughts, deeds and ideas and embrace God’s ways. Basically, we need to move away from focusing on the flesh and walk instead by the Spirit. Even for the Christian who has God’s Holy Spirit living inside, this is a “tall order” (difficult challenge). Let’s remember that it was the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil that got mankind into so much trouble to begin with. Man fell into sin when we believed satan’s lie that we can decide for ourselves, BY OURSELVES, the difference between good and evil, right and wrong. We were like the small child who said to his father “My do it myself”! The idea that we don’t need or want God to tell us what to do, think, or believe is where our problems originated. Do you think mankind has changed much? If we want to love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength, then we have to embrace His ways, His Word, His truth. We cannot make up our own “truth” and call it “the truth”. We cannot change His Words or “adapt” His words to fit our culture. Instead, it should be the other way around. Our culture should adapt to fit His Words; however, we know that will never happen. We live in a self-obsessed, materialistic, fleshy culture that is absolutely repulsed by the idea of an all knowing God telling us how to live.
The second Commandment is to love our neighbor as ourself. If we say we love God, and we’re hateful to our neighbor, then the love of God is not in us. The world tells us that if we love God and keep His commandments, then we’re hateful. Isn’t that just the most confusing message? Remember, confusion is from the enemy. God’s ways are really simple, but the enemy causes the confusion. So what do we do? How do we respond when we’re told that if we don’t embrace the homosexual lifestyle, then we’re not loving our neighbor, in-fact, we’re doing the opposite and hating our neighbor? This is very upsetting to Christians who are caught in this confusing conundrum. Many homosexuals feel very strongly that if their lifestyle is not fully accepted, then they have been shunned. Nobody wants to be shunned. Let’s face it. It’s a very difficult tightrope for the Christian to walk. Do we attend our brother’s homosexual wedding? Do we go to our gay niece and her partner’s baby shower? Do we like facebook posts of their family photos? We want to show love! In-fact, we DO love them! What do we do???
The first thing we need to do is to determine whether homosexuality is really a sexual sin, or not. First, we want to be clear that when we speak of “homosexuality” in this blog post, we’re not speaking about merely having a same sex attraction, but rather we’re speaking very specifically about the homosexual act, or acting on these attractions.
Pretty much most Christians agree that fornication, adultery, incest and bestiality are sexual sins. I don’t think there’s too much controversy or confusion there, although fornication has become a very common thing in our society (we define fornication as sex outside of marriage). Notice that television programs and movies began to “mainstream” fornication in the early 1990’s in the same way that they are attempting to “mainstream” homosexuality now. For the most part the entertainment industry is owned by the “prince of the power of the air” (satan), who is in the business of shaping attitudes, hearts, and minds away from the Creator God, YHWH Elohim. From the way that our society has degraded, I’d say he (satan) has been pretty successful with this endeavor. But let’s be clear, just because fornication is now widely accepted and embraced in our culture does NOT make it acceptable to YHWH. Actually, 1st Corinthians 6:9, in the New Testament, addresses the consequence of making sin a lifestyle. Does God give us Grace through Jesus Christ? Yes; however Grace is not a license to sin.
Spiritually speaking, everyone is a slave to something. We are either slaves to sin, which is our natural state, OR we are slaves to Christ. The Disciples willingly called themselves slaves to Christ (Romans 1:1, James 1:1). Sometimes the translation is “bond-servant” which refers to a slave who had been set free, but then CHOSE to remain a slave to his master, but the Greek word used is doulas which literally means “slave”.
Romans 1:1 Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,
James 1:1: James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ
In 1 Corinthians 6, Paul cautions us about not being deceived. Why? Because the devil deceives the whole world (Rev. 12:9)! The devil tells us that we can LOVE our sin, and still be accepted into the Kingdom of God. However, 1 Corinthians 6 tells us that those who remain slaves to sin, who embrace sin as a “lover”, who enjoy it so much that they refuse to part with it, will NOT inherit the Kingdom of God. It is impossible to love God and love sin. This is not the same thing as being a “sinner” and struggling daily with sin, which is what every Christian does. Paul is speaking about those who relish the sinful lifestyle and refuse to part with it, no matter the cost. Those who love sin more than God have a real problem on their hands.
But we still haven’t figured out if homosexuality is actually a sin (again, speaking of action, not feeling). 1st Corinthians 6 does list homosexuality as a sin, along with many other sins. Are there other scriptures that tell us homosexuality is a sin? Yes! There are scriptures in both the old and new testament. We’re going to focus on the New Testament because the New Testament has been twisted and then used by proponents of homosexuality to confuse people into believing that it’s not a sin. We want to understand the truth. Romans 1 gives us a pretty clear picture of God’s view on homosexuality. The author even goes so far as to describe why it is that homosexuality has become prevalent. It really doesn’t get any more clear than Romans 1. Because mankind refused to worship the Creator, and instead worshiped “created things” (money, fame, status, beauty, other people, angels, etc), God “gave us over” to do pretty much do whatever we wanted, to our “depraved minds”.
Romans 1: 24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.
Why does worshiping the creation and not the Creator lead to homosexuality? My guess is that it’s the whole idea, we can do whatever we want. “If it feels good, do it” is the motto of the unbelieving world. “Love is love”….right? But I think there’s even more here than meets the eye. If God is “hands-off” of His unbelieving creation, permitting them to do whatever they want, who sets the “limits” of what is permissible? Isn’t it true that major GREEDY corporations such as Monsanto are now poisoning our food supply with chemicals? How about the toxins and pharmaceuticals in our water supply? Is our air also being poisoned by noxious gases, by factory and car emissions, by past atmospheric nuclear tests? What about the microwaves that float through our air constantly because of cell phone usage? What might these microwaves do to the human brain and body? Have you heard of the BAD health-effects of 5G? Yikes!
I have been watching an HBO special series titled “Chernobyl” and it’s pretty shocking how the Russian Government LIED to the average person about the radiation release, causing many more to fall sick and die. Although this accident happened in the 1986, the area is still very radioactive and will be for hundreds of years. For an even more recent example of a severe radiation release, remember the massive Earthquake and Tsunami at Fukushima Japan in 2011? There are reports that the radiation levels at Fukushima are “unimaginable” (higher than they were in 2011 when the Tsunami happened) and that 300 tons of radioactive water is going into the Pacific ocean every day (since 2011). What does this have to do with homosexuality? What if…these greedy, GODLESS corporations generating all of these toxins, chemicals and poisons are polluting the natural order of things, causing people to be born with all kinds of conditions such as ADHD, autism, Asperger’s disease, auto-immune disorders, and even homosexuality, transgenderism, anxiety, depression? The homosexual often cites being “born that way”? Sadly, they may be right. Yes, we know that God does not make mistakes, but HE does allow this unbelieving, sin-sick world to poison our bodies and our minds. If children can be born with physical birth defects, whose to say that they can’t be born with genetic mutations causing them to “feel” homosexual or transgender? Studies have shown that there is a clear link between transgenderism and Autism / ADHD. But does the media or the world discuss this link…NO. They want us all to believe that homosexuality and transgenderism are completely NORMAL “lifestyle choices” that should be EMBRACED. That is satan’s MO (method of operation). First he creates a “need” and then he fills it…badly.
Why did the media push fornication back in the 1990’s and is now pushing the homosexual agenda today? You notice, they keep moving the “window” of what is acceptable away from God and towards the devil. Why are they “mainstreaming” these concepts in commercials, in television, movies, music, government as though they are completely right and normal? Why do they demonize anyone who even questions the agenda, calling them “haters”. (Chick-fil-A, who serves a delicious chicken sandwich to all people, gay or straight, is now facing possible shutdowns at certain airports because of their Biblical view of marriage) Soon, the media will call the Bible “hate speech”, banning it altogether, because it doesn’t agree with their agenda. Jesus, Himself, told us that Christians would be persecuted for our beliefs.
Here’s what they (kingdoms of this world) have done. They have systematically removed God from the schools, from Government, from the military, from television and radio under the guise of “freedom of religion”. At the same time, they promote materialism, sexual promiscuity, homosexuality, and everything godless. Concurrently they have slowly poisoned our minds and bodies with chemicals, gases, and microwaves, causing people to be born confused, or with various “disorders” that include homosexuality and transgenderism. For those who were not born confused, evil individuals within many institutions such as the Catholic Church (and other Churches), sports organizations, Boy scouts, etc, have sexually victimized young boys and girls causing them to become confused about their own sexuality. Once this confusion sets in, they call it “good” and claim that it should be not only embraced, but revered. Sadly, the devil does his “best work” at the pain and expense of others.
So what should be our response as Christians? This is an issue that has become so prevalent in our society that it has literally invaded almost every home and family. Almost everyone I know has at least one family member or friend who is gay or transgender. This would be unheard of only twenty to thirty years ago. Some would say that there have always been homosexuals and transgenders. Yes, though that is true, this, too, is like birth pains. In the child-birth process women experience labor pains that are not too painful, short, and pretty infrequent. But as the “birth” grows closer, the pains become more intense, longer, and much more frequent. By the time of the birth, the pains are super intense, right on top of each other, and they last what seems like FOREVER. Homosexuality has always been present on this earth, but its acceptance has absolutely EXPLODED in these last days. This acceptance has yielded an atmosphere that most likely fosters an atypically higher percentage of the population identifying as homosexual, transgender, or otherwise.
Churches are really struggling with this issue. Some Churches have split. Other Churches are embracing homosexuality, ordaining homosexual clergy and marrying homosexuals within the Church. They say they are doing this out of “love your neighbor”. Others are hesitant, but are unsure what should be the correct response. How is it possible to NOT embrace the lifestyle and yet still love our neighbors? The world will tell us that it’s not possible! Most homosexuals will tell us that’s not possible! Is it possible? Really, this is heart-wrenching because many homosexual people have struggled with their own “identity” and have experienced a lot of emotional pain and torment. Many are that way because they were abused as children. Because we are to love our neighbor, we would NOT want to cause the homosexual or transgender any additional pain. So what do we do???
This is something that I have prayed over, asked the Lord, read Scripture, and spent a lot of time pondering. What do we do, what do we believe, and how can we apply it to our daily life? As to what do we believe… I am fully convinced that homosexuality is, was, and always will be considered a sin. Why is it a sin? Because God Himself calls it a sin in His Word. It’s not my word, it’s God’s Word. God changes not, so the writing He inspired thousands of years ago, still stands as true today as it did 3000 years ago.
In my limited understanding of the Bible, sexuality was designed by YHWH as the most intimate act that should only occur between a husband and a wife, the two becoming One in the “mystery” of marriage. Marriage was “invented” so to speak, in the Garden of Eden. In the beginning, Adam and Eve were “one”, literally. They were a single individual created by YHWH in God’s own image. God saw that Adam needed a friend, a partner, someone with which to share his life so He put Adam into a deep sleep and took a “rib” out of Adam creating Eve. Now, Adam and Eve were two people, not one person. God did not take a part of Adam’s brain, making Eve “head over him”, or Adam’s foot so that Eve would be “under Adam’s feet”, but He took a rib, making Eve an equal partner walking side by side with Adam. Adam and Eve were now two individual people, but in the sexual act, they came back together as a single person, joined together in the bond of marriage. Through this intimate bond of LOVE, Adam and Eve were granted the gift of creating LIFE. The bond of marriage is more than just physical, it’s spiritual and represents the union between God and His people, Christ and the Church. In this regard, the sexual act is a symbol of worship, it symbolizes the union between God and man. When we worship God, we “join ourselves” to Him in a very personal and intimate way, we become echad. Echad is the Hebrew word for one, but more precisely it means a single entity but made up of more than one part. The original intention of marriage, as all things physical, was to teach us these deeper spiritual truths about the Kingdom of God.
When we change or distort the sexual act from the Creator’s original intention of one man, one woman, the two becoming ONE in the bond of marriage, then we are telling God that His plan of becoming One with His people wherein LIFE is created, is “old fashioned”, boring, no longer applicable. When we do this, we are aligning ourselves with the devil and not with God, whether we know it or not. Do you think the devil would want to pervert the very thing that symbolizes God’s relationship, His “Oneness” with His people? Um..yes! Let’s face it, whose idea was it to pervert or change sexuality in the first place? Whose fallen angels came to earth and had sex with women creating the Nephilim, beings that were created in the image of satan, not of God? Who utilized Temple Prostitutes and homosexuality in his own idolatrous worship practices (baal)? This did not come from God, it came from the devil, the enemy of God.
We can clearly see from God’s Word that God considers homosexuality a sin. Romans 1:24-27, 1st Corinthians 6:9, and 1 Timothy 1:8-11 include very clear examples of how God views homosexuality as a sin. However, we know that there are many Churches today who not only accept homosexuality, but promote it. They believe and teach that homosexuality is not a sin, they ordain homosexual pastors and even marry homosexuals within the Church. Again, what basis do they provide for this belief? What did Jesus say about marriage?
Jesus’ teaching on marriage is clear. Jesus told the Pharisees that IN THE BEGINNING God created male and female and GOD joined them together in marriage. When a man and woman are joined together in marriage, they become ONE FLESH. This is not possible between a man and a man or a woman and a woman. When a man “marries” a man, or a woman “marries” a woman (even in a Church) they are not married according to the Biblical definition of marriage. They cannot “join together” to become one flesh in the same way that a man and a woman can. Their “union” does NOT reflect God’s union with His people and therefore does NOT have the potential to create LIFE! Yes, they can still love and care for one another, but they cannot be married according to the Biblical definition of marriage.
Okay, so there’s no such thing as a Biblical homosexual marriage, even in the New Testament. Why is it, then, that many churches are stating that it’s okay for homosexuals to marry in a Church, and that homosexuality is not a sin?
Why do many Christians now believe that homosexuality is not a sin?
One of the arguments I’ve heard used to claim that homosexuality is not a sin is to say that the word for homosexual in the New Testament does not really mean homosexual, and has been changed in the translation from the original Greek or Hebrew into English. Let’s take a look to see if that theory holds water.
We stated that 1 Corinthians 6 and 1 Timothy 1 both list homosexuality as a sin (along with other sins). The New Testament was primarily written in Greek. The Greek word used for homosexuality in these verses is arsenokoitēs…. ” one who lies with a male as with a female, sodomite, homosexual” … ἀρσενοκοίτης arsenokoítēs, ar-sen-ok-oy’-tace; ; a sodomite:—abuser of (that defile) self with mankind. These are the only two verses that this word arsenokoítēs is used in the entire New Testament.
Note that many homosexual people will ask the question, why does it matter, it’s not hurting anybody? Isn’t it? What they don’t realize is that this is a “slippery slope”. In 1 Corinthians 6:18, God tells us that sexual sin (sex outside of marriage) is a sin against our own bodies, so it DOES hurt someone…it hurts ourselves, our bodies. In this verse, the Greek word for “immorality” is pornea and refers specifically to adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism and bestiality. Homosexuality is damaging to our bodies and our minds. Not only that, but consider the homosexual couple who is raising a child. That child will inherently be missing one or the other of his parents, either mom or dad. We can’t replace “mom” with “two dads” nor can we replace “dad” with “two moms”, it doesn’t work and it’s not fair to the children. Some might argue that there are worse situations for children, like abuse, neglect, no parents at all, divorce, etc. Yes, these are also terrible, terrible situations and again, are NOT God’s plan but a symptom of our wickedness and human brokenness. God’s design for the family was simple and beautiful, but we BROKEN human beings, who have been deceived by the lies of the devil, have perverted it, morphed it, and changed it into something that causes harm instead of good, causes confusion and chaos instead of peace, causes sorrow instead of joy. But God is in the Restoration business and He is calling His people to repentance, Godly sorrow over our sins, and holiness through the shed blood of His Son Jesus and the Divine Guidance of the Holy Spirit.
What other reasons do people give to say that homosexuality is not really a sin? Many will state that Jesus, Himself, did not address homosexuality specifically therefore it must be okay. I’ve heard this reason a few times. After prayerful consideration, this is where the Holy Spirit led me. Jesus was sent to the Lost sheep of the house of Israel because HE (Jesus) was still in the MOSAIC COVENANT with the Jews. Jesus was NOT preaching to the Gentiles. Homosexuality (the act) was common among the pagan Gentiles, even during the days of Jesus, but was forbidden among Jews. There may have been people in Israel who felt gay, or who committed homosexual acts in secret, but they didn’t openly “practice homosexuality”. Paul specifically mentioned homosexuality because he was the apostle to the Gentiles (Rom 11:13). Homosexuality was common among the Romans and Greeks; not the Jews.
Still other Christians will maintain that God created many animal species that are homosexual, so why not humans? The answer to this one is simple. God created man in His Image. He did not create other animals in His Image.
From a Biblical perspective, we can see that God does not change (Malachi 3:6), and that homosexuality (the act) is still a sin.
But why do so many Christians accept or embrace it now? Well, we can use the word “indoctrination“. We are being indoctrinated by the god of this world who has made it seem like homosexuality is a perfectly acceptable, Good and even admirable lifestyle choice. The enemy has created a great deal of confusion and fear in the Christian community. There has been a systematic and well planned out scheme to change the hearts and minds of both individual Christians and Churches, first by making the homosexual the underdog, a victim of the system, then by demonizing all who would speak out against homosexuality, labeling these folks as “homophobic”, grouping them in with racists, murderers, and violent offenders. Those who speak out against homosexuality are considered intolerant and therefore must be silenced. Have there been crimes against homosexuals? Sadly, yes…but who whipped up evil people into a frenzy to attack them and then make sure to highlight these attacks on the evening news? The devil! What’s his motto..”Never let a crisis go to waste”. The devil creates the problem and then offers a very bad solution, one that leads people away from YHWH. Once victimization is fully established, and people are terrified to be grouped in with hateful, evil people, the devil pronounces homosexuality as a perfectly good way to live. In fact, he goes so far as to imply that the homosexual marriage is actually superior to the heterosexual marriage. What’s the “Gay pride” banner…the rainbow. Where did the rainbow originate? It was the sign of God’s Covenant with mankind that He would never wipe the earth out again with a flood. The rainbow is a sign of God’s love and mercy. The devil is literally mocking God by establishing the rainbow flag as the “banner” for homosexuality. Finally, the devil’s goal is to cause people to believe that any God who is against “love” in any form, (even if in the form of lust) is a “bad God” and not to be trusted because He cannot be a God of Love. The devil is claiming to be more loving than Jesus Christ…all the while dragging deceived people down to the pit with him.
Christian response, love and truth
What, then, should our Christian response be to a world that is spinning out of control, one that is embracing all things immoral including sexual sins that cheapen the sexual act and change it into something it was not intended to be, something that does NOT reflect God’s union with His people? Do we acquiesce? Do we have the “fear of man”? Do we stand for truth? Do we love God and people?
The “Church” should call all sinners to repentance, including those who engage in homosexual activity. The Church, Pastors, Teachers, leadership also need to remember that those who teach and preach will be held to a higher account so they better be teaching the truth, not just words meant to tickle the ears and grow the numbers. (James 3:1). Sugar-coating a sin will not benefit the sinner in the end. He or she will discover the truth eventually. If it were me, I would prefer to find out now that I needed to repent then to hear later, standing at the Throne of God, that my actions were displeasing to Him. I’m not saying that those who struggle their whole life with the sin of homosexuality are automatically doomed to hell. Jesus did give us Grace, covering all of the Believer’s sins. I personally believe that a contrite heart, God will not despise (Psalm 51:17). God knows who mourns their sin and who do not. Those who are prideful, who love their sin and are proud of it, that is a whole different issue that I cannot answer. God is the judge, I can only relate what He tells us in His Word.
For the individual Christian, we must love God with our whole heart, mind and soul which means we need to love His Ways, His Word, His Truth. But we also must love our neighbor as our self, which means we need to treat our neighbor the way that we would want to be treated. My personal thoughts are to show love to all people, regardless of their sexuality, and yet hold the line standing for Biblical truth. Although easily stated, putting this into practical action steps is very difficult. We wish we could tell you the exact right “formula” for these “action steps”, but the fact is, we’re struggling with this as much as you. Prayer is key, pray for wisdom, pray for the gay friend, loved one, or family member to have their eyes opened. Pray for that person to be released from the bondage of the enemy. Ask the Holy Spirit to convict them of their sin so they can repent. Our battle is not against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12). Show kindness, mercy, love and grace whenever possible, remembering we too, are sinners saved by Grace through faith. Don’t shove the Bible down the gay person’s throat, and yet if asked, gently be truthful. Don’t let the fear of man be a stumbling block to standing for God’s truth. Look for openings to share the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ. Remember that their distorted view of sexuality may be due to an orchestrated sickness by the evil prince of the power of the air who has sickened our minds and our bodies. This distorted view is then enhanced and reinforced by the media, the entertainment industry, and even worldly governments. Be mindful that this individual has likely suffered quite a bit in their lifetime, either at the hands of an abuser, or simply by mean people or bullies. You get the picture. Love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8).
When we ask ourselves whether or not we should share the truth with someone who may be leading a lifestyle that is not congruent with God’s plan, we should ask ourself this:
If we knew the lug nuts were loose on their motorcycle, but they were so excited to take a ride in the beautiful countryside, would we tell them the truth about the required repairs and spoil their fun, or would we let them go, and hope for the best?
Being broken is why Jesus sacrificed so much for us in the first place. We don’t want others to settle for not being His.