What should be the attitude of the church toward homosexuals and
For the bible-believing Christian, there can be no doubt that homosexuality
is a grievous sin in the sight of God. The awful catalogue in the first
chapter of Romans of the sins practiced by the ancient pagan world began with
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women
did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise
also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one
toward another: men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in
themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. -Romans 1:26,27
The term "sodomy," named after the inhabitants of Sodom whose homosexual
perversions caused God to rain fire and brimstone on their city in the days
of Abraham (Genesis 19:4,5,12,24), has for thousands of years been synonymous
with this unique form of ungodliness. That it is basically a sin of rebellion
against God is evident from the above passage in Romans.
The "cause" for which God "gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of
their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves" was that
they had decided to "worship and serve creation more than the Creator"
(Romans 1:24-25 - KJV).
Because such behavior is essentially animalistic, rather than human,
sodomites are actually called "dogs" in the Bible. Note the strong
prohibition in the Old Testament theocracy established under Moses.
"There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the
sons of Israel. Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a
dog, into the house of the Lord thy God for any vow: for even both these are
an abomination unto the Lord thy God." -Deuteronomy 23:17,18 (KJV)
We can be sure that, if these practices were abominations to God then, He has
not changed His opinion about them today.
The same terminology appears in the description of the holy city in the last
chapter of the Bible.
Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the
tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without
are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and
whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. -Revelation 22:14-15 (KJV)
Thus, sodomites--like sorcerers, whoremongers (same word as "fornicators"),
murderers, idolaters and lovers of lies--should undoubtedly also be excluded
from church fellowship. If such a person, professing to be a Christian,
persists in his sin, he should be put out of the church, like the one who had
committed fornication with his stepmother (I Corinthians 5:1).
Now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a
brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a
drunkard, or an extortioner, with such an one no not to eat... Therefore, put
away from yourselves that wicked person. -I Corinthians 5:11, 13 (KJV)
Homosexuality, like all other types of fornication, has no place in the
family of God. Regardless of what modern promoters of "gay liberation" might
wish to believe, sexual perversions are not inherited genetically but rather
are learned behaviors and willful sins. Like alcoholism and other such sins
of the flesh, they may become very difficult to give up for those who have
been enslaved by them, but God is able to give deliverance to any who
sincerely desire true freedom and salvation. To "straight" Christians in the
church, however, the familiar old admonition to "hate the sin, but love the
sinner" surely applies in such cases. Homosexuals, long accustomed to being
looked upon with disgust by most people, are understandably anxious for
acceptance by society. Nevertheless, they must not be encouraged to continue
in their wickedness, for it may well cost them their eternal souls. Instead,
they need to be "loved into the kingdom," being delivered first of all from
their rebellion against God, then to Christ for salvation and cleansing.
Notice Paul's testimony concerning the very real possibility of such
Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor
effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, ...shall inherit the
kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are
sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the
Spirit of our God. -I Corinthians 6:9-11 (KJV)
When there is true repentance and the sin is forsaken, then such a person
should be lovingly received into the fellowship of believers (or back into
that fellowship, if previously excommunicated), like any other repentant and
believing sinner. This is the example given in the case of the incestuous
Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many. So
that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest
perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow. Wherefore I
beseech you that you would confirm your love toward him. -II Corinthians
In spite of great pressure today from humanists and other liberals to get
homosexuality recognized as an acceptable--if not even preferable--life
style, the Bible makes it plain that it is really unnatural and animalistic
wickedness that must be rejected by true Christians. At the same time, we
cannot forget that Christ died for their sins, as well as ours. They are
still objects of His sacrificial love, and we should seek earnestly to bring
them to Him for cleansing and deliverance.
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God created Adam and Eve.
Satan created Adam and Steve, the Bull-Dyke, and the Femme.
Under no circumstances can a true-believer in God and His Son, the Lord Jesus
sanction or even recognize the lifestyle of the Sodomites. For to do so
means the Denial of God's Will; such denial being the unforgiveable Sin.
Church-going Christians should endeavor to determine their Church's position
on this subject as they may, unwittingly, attending a Church that sanctions
this detestable behavior.