Is Homosexuality a Sin?

In a previous post, Jeremy and I were discussing whether homosexuality is a sin. He challenged me to discuss this with him on his blog. Unfortunately, because my comment didn’t meet his specifications, he deleted it.

He’s free to do as he pleases on his blog. However, I’d like to point out that repeatedly stating one’s qualifications and gloating about one’s inability to lose an argument isn’t the same as actually winning an argument. I’ve read his comments and some of his posts, and I’m still not clear what his argument is. So I thought I would cite the verses that most clearly call homosexuality a sin, and let everyone decide for themselves.

On Jeremy’s blog, he says that even Romans 1 doesn’t refer to homosexuality. Romans 1:26–27 (NIV) says, “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural 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 indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.”

You may or may not agree with the Bible’s stance, but I think anyone who is honest with themselves has to admit that Paul (the writer) is quite obviously referencing homosexuality. He refers to it as shameful lust, indecent acts with other men, and perversion.

Another verse clearly calls homosexuality a sin. The Bible says, “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9–10). That passage includes a long list of sinners, and I’m on it, and so is everyone else. I’m curious if those who believe that homosexuality isn’t a sin believe that there are other items on the list in 1 Corinthians 6:9–10 (stealing, greed, etc.) that are also not sinful.

A lot of “Christians” will say that homosexuality isn’t a sin, and they go through some pretty fancy footwork to reach that conclusion, but it usually involves starting out with the premise that the Bible isn’t necessarily true, and it’s not the final authority for our advanced civilization of 2007 (i.e. we’ve moved beyond those backward hillbillies). (I’m not going to go into too much defense of the Bible as I’ve done that in previous posts; you can check out Answers in Genesis  for evidence that the Bible is a supernatural book written by God Himself.)

Another argument is that the Bible is outdated, and that homosexuality was simply not accepted way back when, but that it should be now. However, if homosexuals in Paul’s (the person who wrote 1 Corinthians) day were going to hell, why are homosexuals in our day no longer going to hell? Has God changed His mind? Is He going to take the people He mistakenly sent to hell back out of hell, because our society no longer considers it a sin, or are they out of luck?

I have good news for anyone who finds themselves on that list, including homosexuals. Jesus who is God in the flesh lived a sinless life, and was crucified for guilty sinners, and then rose from the dead. I deserve to go to hell, because I’ve broken God’s holy law, but Jesus took my place. In my case, justice has been served and I’m free to go to heaven. While I’m morally imperfect (to be more precise I’m desperately wicked, see Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 3:10-12, 23), I’m legally perfect, because Jesus took my punishment. Jesus’ sacrifice is a gift that can only be accepted by repenting (turning away from all of ours sins, including lying, lust, drunkenness and homosexuality), and trusting Jesus to save us. Almighty God has commanded everyone, no matter what their sin, to repent and trust Jesus. The consequences of disobedience are eternal.

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28 Responses to Is Homosexuality a Sin?

  1. Adam Smith says:

    Good post; Thanks for writing!

    Adam

  2. jeremiahandrews says:

    I’m not going to argue any more with you about homosexuality and I would appreciate you taking down any link to my blog and [inappropriate language] off…

    And God Wept…

    Jeremy

  3. Tom says:

    Good post Bill,

    It seems that Jeremy is not willing to deal with what the text actually says. That is sad but it is the “worldly” response when challenged by what is taught in the Bible. It indicates that they are making themselves sovereign over God. That is a path that leads straight to eternal damnation….wide is the path leading to destruction!

    Tom

  4. billphillips says:

    The intellectual challenge of proving that homosexuality is a sin may have gotten the better of me, and I may have lost sight that we’re talking about real people’s eternity. So I ask for everyone to pray that God would grant Jeremy repentance.

    I want to make sure everyone knows that it is a miracle and a gift from God that anyone gets saved–especially me. Those of us who are saved were no more lost than anyone else.

    If someone has their identity wrapped up in their sin, I would think it would be even harder to have an open mind on the subject. I truly hope to see Jeremy in heaven someday. Please pray for him.

    Thanks,
    Bill

  5. Tim A. Blankenship says:

    Bill,
    The article you wrote above is a good one. The truth was written. God does hate the sin of homosexuality, and it is called an abomination. He has however, as you have noted, provide salvation for all who will call on His name. That due to the cross of Jesus – His death, burial, and resurrection – Jesus Himself fully paying the price for our redemption.
    Sad to say it, but Jeremy and many like him have been blinded by the world’s lies, and cannot see God’s Word as the truth.
    God bless you.
    T.A.

  6. Farthel says:

    Please, someone answer, why on Earth do you think the bible is 100% right. I know I’m an ignorant, but I just can’t see why. But if you want my opinion (I think you don’t) I’ll tell you that homosexuality is not a sin, I don’t see why loving another human been would upset a creator. Maybe I’m just blind, maybe I´m an idealist, but I think that hatred and segregation should be the real sins, not love; even if people like you don’t see it that way.

  7. billphillips says:

    Farthel,

    It doesn’t matter what I believe, and it doesn’t matter what you believe. It only matters what the truth is, and what standard God is going to judge us by. Jesus said that if you look at someone with lust, you’ve committed adultery with them in your heart (Matthew 5:27-28). Whether someone lusts after someone of the same gender of the opposite, it’s adultery. God is going to judge not just our actions, but even our thoughts. Everyone on Earth deserves to go to hell, because we’ve broken God’s law. Every lawbreaker deserves to be punished.

    I believe the Bible for many reasons, and you can take a look at: https://billphillips.wordpress.com/2007/05/08/is-the-bible-trustworthy/

    If you want really quick evidence, take a look at Isaiah 7:14, 9:6, which were written 700 years before Jesus was born.

    And remember, if you’ve ever told a lie, you’re a liar. All liars will have their part in the lake of fire (Revelation 21:8). God has made you a kind offer. He’s offered you the gift of eternity in heaven. You can accept that gift (through repentance and faith in Jesus), or you can reject it and take the wrath of God on yourself. Either way, justice must be served. I really hope you’ll think about it.

    Thanks,
    Bill

  8. alex_t says:

    This post is hilarious! Thank you very much for writing it!
    From time to time I need a reminder of how stupid blind belief in god is – and this is a nice one.

  9. billphillips says:

    Alex,

    We know there is a Creator, because there is a creation, and any fool can tell that’s the case. Matter, time and space can’t just pop into existence from nowhere, so we know there was a cause for it all.

    Thanks,
    Bill

  10. Tom says:

    Who said anything about blind faith? God does not require or want blind faith.

  11. Christianity and the “Homosexual Agenda”

    Early Christians: “The earth is the center of the universe, because the Bible says so.”
    Copernicus and Galileo: “No it isn’t.” 
    Early Christians: “The Earth is flat because the Bible says so.”
    Copernicus and…

  12. billphillips says:

    Violet Sun,

    Thanks for your comment,

    The Bible doesn’t say the earth is the center of the universe or of the solar system. While some Christians may have believed it, they didn’t get it from the Bible. Furthermore, Galileo’s and Copernicus’ problems were with Catholics, not true Christians.

    The Bible says the earth is a sphere in Isaiah 40:22. The Bible is full of scientific truths that people and science have ignored for centuries. Scientists thought that there was only 1100 stars, that all stars were the same, air was weightless, the ocean floor was flat and sick people must be bled. The Bible says there is an incalculable number of stars (Jeremiah 33:22), each star is different (1 Corinthians 15:41), air has weight (Job 28:25), the ocean floor has valleys and mountains (2 Sam 22:16, Jonah 2:6), and blood is the source of life and health (Leviticus 17:22).

    So, we all have a choice as to whether we’re going to trust men or the Bible. I don’t trust Christian men for my eternity or the interpretation of the Bible, and I certainly don’t trust science. I trust God and His Word.

    Thanks,
    Bill

  13. Chris Taylor says:

    Woah, careful about that “not trusting science” stuff. Plenty of Christians out there who are scientists. And plenty of good science that helps prove scripture, especially related to archaeology. So perhaps it would be better to say you don’t “bad science” :D

    Because you’re going to end up needing some scientific results to rebuttal someone and they’re going to use that against you ;)

  14. billphillips says:

    Chris,

    Thanks for your comment, and for checking out my blog. Maybe I didn’t word my sentiments properly, but I meant that I don’t trust science to help intepret the Bible or for my eternity. Of course I trust science every day. I trust the scientists and engineers at the car companies enought to drive down the interstate at 75 mph. I think atheists are trusting their eternity to science and evolution, and that thought was in the back of my mind as I wrote that comment.

    Thanks,
    Bill

  15. Jerome M says:

    Bill,

    Thanks for your reply.

    The “comment” from Violet Sun was actually a trackback to an article on my site. My point was not that the Bible actually said those things, but instead that fundamentalist Christians have had difficulty interpreting Scripture accurately past and present (something the earth-centric and flat earth theories of yesterday, as well as the “homosexuality is a sin” theory of today illustrates).

    In that same post, you made some interesting points that raised further questions for me. I’d appreciate it if you could revisit and clarify – even if that’s just to say “I don’t know.”

    As an aside, I also think it’s interesting how many fundamentalists don’t consider Catholicism “true Christianity.” Without the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches, there’d be no Christianity, period…

  16. billphillips says:

    Jerome,

    Christianity comes from Christ, not from the Catholic church. We have manuscripts of the Bible that predate Catholocism. You can take a look at http://www.carm.org/questions/textualevidence.htm to find dates of some specific manuscripts. So, to say that without Catholicism “there’d be no Christianity” doesn’t make much sense to me.

    Thanks,
    Bill

  17. Jerome M says:

    Bill,

    Then we’re on equal footing. :)

    Jerome

  18. Bill says:

    Someone named Miles stopped by to give an argument that was less than compelling as to why homosexuality isn’t a sin. You might call it an ad hominem type argument.

    There is no cussing allowed on this blog.

    Thanks,
    Bill

  19. Samuel L. says:

    My fellow on Facebook shared this link and I’m not dissapointed that I came here.

  20. I had to try two times over the last few days to access your site. Are there problems with hosting? Or is it on my end?

  21. Bill says:

    Hi Lovella,

    I haven’t noticed any problems. If there is a problem it would probably affect other WordPress blogs. You can try checking them.

    Thanks,
    Bill

  22. jeremiahandrews says:

    I’d like to speak to this issue in 4 parts.

    Part One – Hypocrisy:

    If we Christians were honest, we would admit that we do not abide by all the commandments of scripture ourselves. I don’t mean that we try and fail. I mean we deliberately choose to ignore scriptures that are not convenient for our lifestyles. As I pointed out in my post yesterday, the amount of scripture that is ignored, scorned, and abused by modern Christians is incredible. This blatant disregard for scripture never seems to bother church people when the issues at hand have to do with their own sins. But suddenly, when the subject of homosexuality comes up, everyone becomes a biblical literalist. The hypocrisy of this is appalling.

    I think we should afford our homosexual brothers and sisters the same luxury we claim for ourselves. If we plan to ignore whatever scriptures threaten our lifestyles, perhaps we should offer them space at our bonfire to burn their little handful of scriptures as we burn the Bible chapter and verse.

    We should all agree that none of us are able or willing to follow all the teachings of scripture. Let the one who is obeying God’s word ask for detailed scriptural explanations from others.

    In my book, that settles the argument, and there is no reason to go further. However, if you are determined to hold homosexuals to a higher standard, demanding detailed explanations for why they do not obey minor parts of the Bible while all of Christendom tramples on the very heart of scripture, move on to part two:

    Part Two – The Bible and homosexuality:

    The Bible never addresses the subject of homosexuality as an orientation. The idea of sexual identity was not a part of human thought until very recently. The Bible addresses some specific homosexual acts in very specific contexts. The idea of two people in a loving, committed homosexual relationship was not understood in the ancient Hebrew world and is not a subject in the Bible. Very credible biblical scholars treat the passages in question as specific commands against specific acts, and not as a wholesale prohibition on a homosexual orientation.

    For many people, understanding this obvious limitation of the Bible is all that is needed. The Bible does not address the broad subject of sexual orientation because it was written before that was an issue. Any specific condemnation of homosexual acts must be seen as just that – a specific condemnation of an act in a specific context.

    However, if that sounds too wishy-washy to you, if it sounds too slippery and subjective, let me now speak to all 6 of the passages in the Bible that are thought by some people to address the issue of homosexuality.

    Part Three – Exegesis

    There are exactly 6 scriptures that are thought to address homosexuality. I’ll either quote the passage or provide a link so that you can read it.

    The story of the destruction of Sodom – Genesis 19:1-29. If you read this story, you’ll quickly see that the men of the city of Sodom wanted to commit a brutal, homosexual rape. We simply cannot condemn a sexual orientation because of a rape. There is a heterosexual rape described in the next passage we will examine together. Shall we condemn heterosexuality because of this rape?

    Any reasonable person will understand that this passage has nothing to say about loving, consensual homosexual relationships.

    Judges 19:1-30 is a sad story of human evil of the type that is often recounted in scripture. It is basically a retelling of the Sodom story in a different context. This time, however, the men actually did rape a woman. This passage speaks to the need for God’s love in a brutal world. It has no bearing on the question of homosexual orientation for the same reason that the Sodom story is not applicable. Both of these stories condemn ignorance and sexual brutality, but not homosexuality.

    Texts 3 and 4 are both in Leviticus and make up a part of the Old Testament Levitical code.

    Leviticus 18:22 – “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.”

    Leviticus 20:13 – “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”

    The code of rules and behaviors in Leviticus does not apply to Christians. The book of Acts, specifically chapter 15, makes it clear that Gentile Christians are not required to keep all of the Mosaic laws. No Christian group I know demands full compliance with this ancient code of behavior. If we did we would have to keep kosher laws. We don’t even demand compliance with the sexual laws in Leviticus. If we did, we would allow polygamy, which is lawful in Leviticus. Unless you are prepared to obey all the laws in Leviticus, you cannot blame the homosexual for not feeling bound to obey all of them. To point to these two verses and demand selective compliance is ludicrous.

    The Old Testament really has nothing specific to say to Christians about homosexuality. We turn now to the New Testament.

    Jesus had nothing to say on the subject of homosexuality. His absence of comment does not support or condemn homosexuality. Jesus was Jewish, kept the Law of Moses, and mainly dealt with Jewish people. The issue of homosexuality was not relevant or important to his ministry. It’s not surprising that Jesus never addressed what was not an issue for his culture.

    Paul, who lived in the gentile world and dealt with gentiles, discusses specific homosexual acts twice. These passages are the only two times homosexual behavior is mentioned in the New Testament. Let me repeat that because it is important. The two passages I am about to discuss comprise the total New Testament witness on the subject of homosexuality.

    I Corinthians 6:9 – “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders” (NIV)

    “Male prostitutes” and “homosexual offenders.” Can someone explain to me why we would condemn an entire orientation because of the prohibition of these very specific behaviors?

    The Greek words Paul used in this passage include the word for a young, effeminate male prostitute and the word for the older man who paid to have sex with him. Admittedly, there is some disagreement over how these words should be translated, but let me point out that I’m quoting from the New International Version, arguably the most conservative modern translation available. You may disagree with this translation, but you cannot dismiss it as ridiculous. The scholars who worked on the NIV are not lightweights. And uncertainty and ambiguity in translation is only a further argument for tolerance.

    We can acknowledge that the New Testament condemns prostitution and a system where a younger man makes his living committing sex acts for money with older men. But we cannot condemn homosexuality in general because homosexual prostitution was condemned. Paul condemns many heterosexual acts in his writings, even in this very verse, yet we do not condemn heterosexuality.

    Romans 1:18-29 is the last passage we shall look at. It is the one most often quoted, and it is clearly the closest thing we find to condemnation in the New Testament. Verse 27 is the most specific verse.

    I simply ask you to read this entire passage with an open mind. In it, Paul says that those who reject God will be given over to “shameful lusts”. They will engage in many acts that are not pleasing to God. Men will “burn with lust for one another.”

    In Paul’s experience, the only homosexuality he knew was that practiced in the non-Jewish world and probably tied to pagan temple worship. He claims that homosexuality is one of the punishments for those who reject God. But what are we to do with gentle and committed Christians who love God and worship God, but who tell us that they have a homosexual orientation?

    My homosexual friends who are Christians are not haters of God. They have not rejected the Creator. Nor do not burn in lust for each other and run around committing scandalous acts. They are quietly committed to their partners in love. The dilemma here is that the homosexual Christians I know just do not fit the picture Paul gives us in Romans.

    I’ll be honest- I don’t know exactly what Paul meant by this passage. I know he was describing people who chose not to worship God and then “burned with lust for other men.” I don’t know exactly what he meant, but I know this DOES NOT describe the homosexual Christians I know, who love God with great passion.

    Because of my inability to make clear sense of these passages, I am willing to allow a person’s sexual orientation to be between him or her and God. I am willing to take a chance and err on the side of compassion and inclusion.

    And consider this: Jesus condemned divorce several times in the gospels. You can read one instance here. Jesus is clearly saying that just because a judge on earth grants a divorce does not mean that God sets aside the commitment. So, according to Jesus, when divorced people remarry they are living in a constant and willful state of adultery. And yet, why is it we have no problem with divorced and remarried people in the church? I believe this is because the divorced people are our friends and church members. So we are willing to look at their lives with grace and include them in our communities. We don’t understand what Jesus meant exactly, but we assume they are doing the best they can in a difficult situation. “And surely Jesus couldn’t have meant that they spend the rest of their lives alone,” we say to ourselves. We don’t offer the same grace to homosexuals because it is convenient to sacrifice them on our altar of Biblical fidelity. We can reject them and claim our actions as examples of how much we respect the scriptures.

    This even though the New Testament witness on divorce is MUCH clearer and comes right from the mouth of Jesus.

    It’s hypocrisy, plain and simple.

    Part Four – Conclusion

    Those are the 6 passages in the Bible that are thought to address the subject of homosexuality. The Old Testament passages amount to nothing and the two New Testament passages are ambiguous at best and highly open to interpretation.

    I do not think the Bible teaches that every expression of homosexual love is sinful. The scriptural witness on this subject is shaky at best.

    Even if you do not buy my claim that we have no right to demand specific explanation of scriptures from homosexuals since we don’t provide similar explanations for the hundreds of passages we blatantly ignore…

    Even if you do not agree that the Bible never really addresses the subject of homosexuality as a sexual orientation…

    Even if you reject my biblical analysis and decide that the Bible is condemning of homosexuals…

    Would you at least agree that the passages are ambiguous and open to many interpretations? Would you at least agree that others may responsibly interpret them and not agree with you?

    If you could at least acknowledge that those of us who disagree with your interpretation are nonetheless serious-minded people who read the scriptures carefully and want to follow them, then perhaps you would be willing to err on the side of compassion. Perhaps you would be willing to open your churches to our homosexual brothers and sisters, trusting them to read the Bible just as you do, with love and hoping for Grace from God.

  23. Bill says:

    Hi Jeremiah,

    I’m glad to have you back.

    First of all, you didn’t mention 1 Timothy 1:8-10, which says, “But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, 9realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers 10and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching” (NASB).

    The word for “homosexuals” there is arsenokoites, which is the same word as in 1 Cor. 6:9-10. Paul’s writings are the first place where that word appears in writing. Whether Paul coined the term or borrowed it from a rabbi is unimportant. It is a contraction of the terms used in Leviticus 18 and 20.

    In the LXX, Leviticus 20:13 says,

    hos an koimethe meta arsenos koiten gunaikos.

    Arsenos means male, koiten means to lie with sexually. Arsenokoites simply means what it meant in Leviticus, which is male intercourse, which is clearly condemned as a sin.

    Also, 1 Tim. 1:8-10 refers to the law, which is meant for homosexuals, immoral men, murderers, kidnappers, etc. What law was he referring to? Clearly, the Old Testament. You’re right that we don’t obey certain parts of the law as we’ve been released from it. But there are certain parts that are reinstated in the New Testament, such as lying, kidnapping, and homosexuality.

    This just isn’t as hazy and subjective as you would make it out to be. It is abundantly clear.

    In addition to that, Jesus said, “But from the beginning of creation, God MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE. 7FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER, 8AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH; so they are no longer two, but one flesh” (Mark 10:6-8, NASB).

    In this passage, God Almighty defines marriage. Our governments can take votes on what they think the definition of marriage is, but that is inconsequential to the true meaning. Marriage is one man and one woman, and a special thing happens when they are married. They become one flesh.

    To have sex outside of marriage is a sin, regardless of who one may be having sex with. To even look at someone with lust is a sin (Matt 5:28-29). If a practicing homosexual repents of his sin, and places his faith in Jesus, he may very well continue to struggle with sexual temptation. I struggle as a heterosexual. However, the key is that he is struggling. He hasn’t given in. The thought of committing the sin of lust even becomes heartbreaking to him.

    As far as your Part One, I think you make some good points. There are many who say they are Christians, but give in to their sin. The Bible calls them false converts. They’re hypocrites and headed for hell unless they repent.

    When Nathan confronted King David with his sin, David didn’t make excuses, or blame others. He repented of his sin. That is what Christians should do. I still sin, but I don’t practice sin. I hate it when I sin. I don’t make excuses for my sin. I repent. Repentance is required for salvation (Luke 13:5), and someone who goes on living in sin has not repented, and is not saved.

    You have not repented of your sin. You’re making excuses. I wouldn’t be surprised if some “Christian” has been a jerk to you, or acted hypocritically. But that doesn’t excuse you. Your sin is between you and God. You can’t blame anyone else as an excuse for living in sin.

    You are practicing the hypocrisy you despise. You say that there are people who claim to be Christians but don’t live by the precepts of the Bible. That is exactly what you’re doing. You’re jumping through hoops to make the Bible say what you want, so you can live your lifestle, all while claiming to be a Christian. True Christians do not do that. True Christians do not live in sin. You are not a true Christian.

    I hope I’ve been brutally honest. Some of the things I’ve said may be hard to swallow. However, I want you to know that I’ve said it because I want you to come to true repentance and faith in Christ. I want to spend eternity with you in heaven. If I didn’t care about you I would say nothing.

    I know it wouldn’t be easy to leave your lifestyle, but if our eye causes us to sin, we should pluck it out. If our hand causes us to sin, it should be cut off. It’s better to go to heaven lame than to hell intact. Whatever you have to do to leave your lifestyle is what you should do. If you have to change jobs and move, that’s what you have to do. If you have to pay your last dime, that’s what you have to do. Do whatever it takes to stop sinning. There is hope for repentance and forgiveness for all sinners in Christ Jesus.

    Thanks,
    Bill

  24. […] can check out Jeremiah’s comment on my blog.  (He copied and pasted it from his blog, which I wouldn’t recommend as there are some […]

  25. unworthy1 says:

    Let me start by saying, you cannot be homosexual and christian at the same time. As a former homosexual{I invite Jeremy and all to read my testimony for Christ at http://iamhis-lyn.blogspot.com/2008/11/my-testimony-up-until-fall-of-2003-i.html}, I know what God’s word clearly states about this abomination, and I know the origin of this sin…within our own lustful hearts. There is no such thing as homosexual ‘love’, true love is found within the confines of a marriage between a man and a woman. Even with that, this covenant of marriage must be continually guided by the Lord.
    This passage comes from our Lord, found in Matthew 15:19,”For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies”{verse 20}”these are the things which defile a man”. When you break this passage down, it becomes clear just what our Lord was saying. “Out of the heart”- meaning ‘the soul or mind, as it is the fountain and seat of the thoughts, passions, desires, appetites, affections, purposes, endeavours;of the understanding, the faculty and seat of the intelligence’. So, sin originates in our thought life. I want to emphasize “fornications” our Lord Himself spoke as a defilement in this passage, it comes from the Greek word ‘porneia’ and is defined as this ‘adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals etc’. When taken all the way back to the root word ‘piprasko’, the meaning becomes even clearer, ‘sold under sin, entirely under the control of the love of sinning’. This perverse act defiles {meaning ‘to make (Levitically) unclean, render unhallowed, defile, profane’} all who practice it, or even THINK about it.
    To say the Lord never spoke out against homosexuality personally is not true, as Matt. 15:19 clearly states {as well as Lev.18:22}. The problem lies in that those who refuse to repent from this sin try and justify it by twisting God’s word to ‘fit’ their sin.
    There is mercy and forgiveness for those caught in the bondage of this sin,and all sin. Christ came to reconcile lost sinners back to a Holy God. He died for the ungodly, those who see themselves as they really are, not those who try and cover over their sins.
    Another verse to ponder is found in Revelation 21:8, ‘But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.’ Notice who’s cast {literally ‘hurled’}into the lake of fire, ‘whoremongers’ and the ‘abominable’. In Leviticus 18:22 we read those who lie with a man as one lies with a woman are an ‘abomination’. This is what Rev. 21:8 is referencing to. ‘Whoremongers’ means ‘a man who indulges in unlawful sexual intercourse, a fornicator’…we’ve already discussed ‘fornication’ from Matthew 15:19. The ONLY reason God’s word is not crystal clear to those who refuse to repent of homosexuality is because they love their sins. What is really scary is that if you refuse to repent of this, God turns you over to it!! Read Romans 1:26,27, ‘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 recompence of their error which was meet.’ God turns them over to their sins because they suppress the truth, and they try and justify their perverse lust by twisting His holy word.
    You cannot practice an act of abomination and enter into God’s holy kingdom, our God is HOLY and detests all sin. To argue otherwise is to deceive one’s own self.

    Lyn

    • gw2304 says:

      unworthy1,, thank you for your testimony. I so appreciate your serious study of God’s Word, and the humble heart of learning that you have–will be praying for you as you continue to grow, and deal w/ people and issues that pertain to this subject.

  26. unworthy1 says:

    gw2304,
    thank you for your words of encouragement, may God continue to bless His own and give strength, love, humility, boldness, and all we need to stand firm; may we always be useful to the Master so He will receive the glory due Him.

    Lyn

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