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Homosexuality and the Bible

Ji8 Verses For Christians Who Think Homosexuality And Same-Sex Marriage Are No Big Deal

We are at a point in American Christianity where vast amounts of Christians do not know their Bibles. I wish this were an overstatement. How else do denominations who claim to believe the Bible, normalize homosexuality as a virtue and people still sit in the pews? The optimistic side of me says people don’t know what God says in his word. But the rhealistic side of me hints at something smellier. There are Christians who know what the Bible says about homosexuality, and they shrug their shoulders, roll their eyes, and act like unrepentant homosexuality and same-sex marriage is no big deal.

Ignorant VS Arrogant

Now, ignorance ain’t arrogance. God doesn’t oppose the ignorant—he informs. He opposes the arrogant (James 4:6). God opposes the people who are twisting his word and giving hearty homosexuality_3approval to sin (Rom. 1:32), writing books, leading people into unrepentant sin—it’d be better for them, as Jesus says, to sink to the bottom of the ocean. “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea” (Mark 9:42). This is serious.

Where are the people who tremble at God’s word, receive it and believe it as it stands, rather than surgically transform it to fit in with the liberalatti? People don’t tremble because, as I said in the very first sentence, they don’t know their Bibles. They may know what the Bible says but they don’t know what it is. They don’t see it as God’s word. They see the Bible as merely Paul’s words or Matthew’s words—and yes, those homosexuality_Rabbit hearted girlare Paul’s words, but not merely; it’s God’s word (2 Tim. 3:16). Far too many professing Christians today don’t see God’s word as a never-dulling, in-step, always relevant, unchanging, double-edged sword. They don’t see God’s word as etched in stone but as a pile of sand to be shaped or dumped according to their tastes, like a child constructing a castle on the beach. Well, the tide is on its way.

A low view of scripture doubles down on a low view of God, which results in a low view of sin, which ebbs into accepting and normalizing sin, which dominoes into celebrating sin. For Christians, the Bible isn’t something we can edit, ignore, or tailor to wear another culture’s clothes. It is what it is. Rather, the Bible edits us, showing us our own sin, reminding us how to follow Jesus as new people living from Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection.

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Homosexuality is (and isn’t) Like Every Other Sin

homosexuality_1Homosexuality is, and is not, like every other sin. It is like every other sin (pride, anger, gluttony, lying, etc.) in that it deserves God’s wrath, and yet God forgives those who seek salvation and forgiveness through faith and repentance in Jesus alone. Now, let’s imagine homosexuality is like every other sin. Why don’t people walk around identifying as a gluttonous Christian, an angry Christian, or a proud Christian? Because those are sins, like every sin, should be in line for repentance because they are dishonoring to Christ; sins for which Christ died (Rom. 8:13). But the celebratory, open and active ‘Gay Christian’ label and rainbow flag—just like all our sins—should be seen as covered by Jesus’s sin-delivering blood, and no longer having dominion over us because we are dead to sin and alive to Christ (Rom. 6:11–14). We don’t celebrate sin or identify with sin but with Christ alone. A Christian who struggles with same-sex attraction and seeks to put his sin to death is a work of the Spirit. A Christian who celebrates same-sex attraction and seeks to live it out is a work of the flesh. And unless repentance occurs, at some point, this person will not inherit the kingdom of Christ.

“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” (Galatians 5:19–24 ESV)

But what about those who are living in a loving and committed same-sex relationship? Commitment to sin doesn’t sanitize it—it makes it worse by reinforcing the deception. Aren’t we to love homosexuality_5our neighbors? Absolutely. But love “does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth” (1 Cor. 13:6 ESV). Christians can’t rejoice in the Supreme Court’s decision.

And I realize some reading this don’t see homosexuality as sin. And my hope for you is that the Spirit of Christ will convict you, and change your heart. If you do believe that God’s word is in fact God’s word, I want to plead with you to listen up now—not so much to me. You can disagree with me. But as a Christian, you are not allowed to disagree with Christ. That’s rebellion, friend. Listen to God. Sola Scriptura, a battle cry from the Reformation for Scripture being the rule and guide of the church, is also meant for life—all of life. Every corner. So, is scripture an authority in your life or a suggestion? Once the Jenga game of theology begins…you’ll go the way of Jericho.

I have no expectation of non-Christians giving a second thought about the eight verses below. Which why this post is titled for Christians. For those who do follow Jesus, these words should carry a gravitational pull on the heart and mind. For Christians who submit to the authority of God’s word instead of their own understanding (Prov. 3:5), who apply a semi-transparent rainbow filter to their Facebook have revealed what they really believe about God’s word. How you treat these verses is bringing you to a theological fork in the road. “Do I believe what the Bible says? Is Jesus really Lord over my life?”

The Bible uses the phrase sexual immorality (Greek, porneía) as a wide-angle, categorizing word. Every kind of sexual sin lands here. Adultery, polygamy, fornication, beastiality, homosexuality—any kind of sexual activity outside of God’s design for sex between one man and one woman in marriage is sexual immorality.

8 Verses for Christians Who Think Homosexuality and Same-Sex Marriage are No Big Deal

1.Sexual Immorality must not be maintained and nurtured among the Church of Christ. Same-sex marriage is not proper for Christians.

“But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.” (Ephesians 5:3 ESV)

2.Unrepentant sexual immorality will not inherit the kingdom of Christ.

“For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.” (Ephesians 5:5–6 ESV)

3.Do not be deceived—because people will try!—the unrepentant, sexually immoral will not inherit the kingdom of Christ.

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality” (1 Corinthians 6:9 ESV)

[Note: The phrase, “men who practice homosexuality,” is two Greek words Paul uses to describe the giving and receiving homosexual males. Many have tried to argue that Paul is condemning homosexual prostitution, but that is to limit the language.]

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4.God’s will is for Christians to abstain, not live in, sexual immorality, controlling our bodies toward holiness. Whoever disregards this goes against God himself.

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly being gaywarned you. For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.” (1 Thessalonians 4:3–8 ESV)

5.Sexual immorality, like all sins, are to be repented of and put on death row.

“Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming.” (Colossians 3:5–6 ESV)

6.Sexual immorality, same-sex marriage, is not a work of the Spirit, but the flesh.

“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:19–21 ESV)

7.Sexual immorality, same-sex marriage, is contrary to sound doctrine.

“The sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine.”(1 Timothy 1:10 ESV)

8.Jesus knows what marriage really is. Do not go against Christ. He is not on the wrong side of history.

“But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife,and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh.” (Mark 10:6–8 ESV)

If we have ears to hear, we know where to land. No sinner is beyond forgiveness and new life in Christ. If that isn’t true, then I wouldn’t be writing this. I’d probably be dead. Jesus saves:

“Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 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.” (1 Corinthians 6:9–11 ESV)

 

 

 

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