LGBTQ+ AND THE CHRISTIAN – 2 (Truth #10)
In the previous blog I wrote about what happens morally and sexually when a culture turns from Bible morality to no moral absolutes. We saw God created sex only for a man and woman in marriage (Genesis 1:27-28). When man needed a mate, He created a woman, not another man (Genesis 2:24). He commanded them to have children and fill the earth (Genesis 1:28). This necessitates a male and female. There are other implications for us from Genesis 1 and 2.
Third, God created men and women to have unique biological and mental sexual orientation (Genesis 1:27). That does not change when someone chooses to change their sex. The old homosexual argument that they were “born that way” has no scientific support. It has been disproven by many studies. The homosexual agenda knows this and does not use this in their propaganda, but the media still promotes this lie.
This argument does not even stand up to reason. What if someone claimed that it was okay for them to murder or rape because they were “born that way”? Can we say it is okay to hate another race because I was “born” to hate them? What about twins that have the same genetic code? Wouldn’t both of them then be born gay? Yet many times one twin claims to be homosexual but the other does not.
In Sodom and Gomorrah, God judged the people for their homosexual sin (Genesis 19:1-13). If God had made them that way, he would not judge them for being the way He created them. It is their choice; it goes against God’s absolutes and so the sin is under God’s judgment. Billy Graham said if God doesn’t soon bring judgment upon America, he’ll have to go back and apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.” He said that in 1965, 56 years ago. We know how much worse this has gotten since then!
When man turns from God’s truth, sin grows. The influence of the world and the flesh take over. We know Satan is committed to opposing God and his image in man. This is one way that he does so. Just because someone feels an attraction toward the same sex does not mean it is right. We know that sex outside of marriage between a male and female is wrong. Feeling an attraction to someone of the opposite sex and having sex with them is also wrong if you aren’t married. Heterosexual temptation must be resisted, so also should homosexual temptation. The same is true of pornography. Why not just say that that is the way we are made and give in to the sin? Temptation to homosexuality does not mean one is a homosexual, it just means Satan and their flesh are tempting them to sin.
God’s truth in his Word clearly forbids homosexual practice. Leviticus 18:22 says, “‘Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.” Leviticus 20:13 says, “‘If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 says, “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” “Adulterers” refers to sex outside marriage of one man and one woman. “Men who have sex with men” is two Greek words which explicitly describe homosexuality. There can be no misunderstanding as to what is meant. Both these words are also used in 1 Timothy 1:9-10, “We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality.”
Romans 1:26-32 adds, “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. … Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.“ “God gave them over” means God is, in effect, saying, “You want to do without me? OK. I won’t interfere with your sin or its consequences.” They don’t see the error in their ways because they allow Satan and his demons to deceive them into thinking they are right. They reject healing, forgiveness or repentance but instead aggressively promote their sin and condemn any who don’t approve of their behavior.
We must always remember that it is the sin of homosexuality that God hates and rejects, not the people themselves. No sin is greater than any other sin. God forgives and restores any who come to Him, no matter their sin (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). We do not condemn homosexual people, just their sin.
We have plenty to work on in our own lives. Temptation to sexual sin or any kind of lust is common to all of us. Before we try to get the splinter out of someone else’s eye, we must get the log out of our own eye. (May 30, 2022 Doylestown, PA)
What moral or sexual sins do you most struggle with? What can you do to have victory over them?
cto Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
(India Outreach, Spiritual Warfare, Family Ministries, Counseling, World View)
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