Saturday, December 12, 2009

The taboo subject - Homosexuality

By Angela Bhandal

1. What does the Bible say about homosexuality?
2. Can some who is gay also be a Christian?
3. What should our attitude be toward gay people?

1. What does the Bible say about homosexuality?

Leviticus 18:22You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.”

Romans 1:26-27For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 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.
Genesis 13:13Now the men of Sodom were wicked exceedingly and sinners against the Lord.:
Genesis 18:20And the Lord said “the outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah is indeed great and their sin is exceedingly grave.”

2 Peter 2: 6& 7 “…and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter; and if he rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men…”
Jude 7 “…Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and their cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh and reject authority and revile angelic majesties.”

1 Corinthians 6:9Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornications, nor idolaters nor adulterers nor effeminate or homosexuals…”

So the Bible shows us clearly how God feels towards homosexuality - it is sin, an abomination and the consequences are spiritual death and God giving them over to their depraved ways.

Homosexuality goes completely against the natural order of what God created - in Genesis 1:27-28 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them “Be fruitful and multiply , and fill the earth and subdue it…”

Within a gay relationship, the one thing God commanded right from the beginning of time, cannot be fulfilled. Two men cannot conceive and create a baby; two women cannot conceive and create either.

2. Can some who is gay also be a Christian?

Based on the above verses I think it is pretty clear that one cannot claim to practice homosexuality and also claim to be a christian. I do believe however, after reading numerous testimonies of gay men and women who came out of that lifestyle and became born-again Christians, that it is possible to be saved if you repent and turn away from that lifestyle and sin.

These people need a lot of support and counselling. As with any sin, they need God’s help and strength to overcome and not give in to temptation. They need to pray pray pray!!! And draw strength from God’s word.

God wants us to glorify Him through our bodies and how we live

1 Corinthians 6:9-11/15-20
Philippians 4:8
Colossians 2:13-14
Romans 12:1-2
1 Corinthians 10:13

3. What should our attitude be toward gay people?

Love your neighbour as yourself even if they are gay and proclaiming God. They need the truth of God revealed in their lives and this comes through praying for them and sharing the Word of God with them.

Proverbs 10:12Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all transgressions.”
Ephesians 4:15 a “…but speaking the truth in love…”
Romans 3:23 “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

When we stand up for God’s ways and commandments, I can assure you people will be offended and hate you but the only thing that will set them free from this lifestyle is God’s truth.


So the Bible speaks clearly about homosexuality being a sin and not what God intended - satan has perverted something really good that God created between a man and his wife - a gay person cannot claim to be a born-again, spirit-filled Christian while living a homosexual lifestyle just as a practising murderer or rapist cannot claim to be a Christian - our attitude as Christians toward gay people should be one of concern for their soul and to reach out in Godly love and kindness towards them and when the opportunity presents itself, to speak the truth - people might hate us for this but maybe one soul might be plucked from hell?

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