Normally I don’t like to speak on controversial topics. But when the President of the United States of America proclaims to be a practicing Christian yet legalizes gay marriage in all 50 states .… there is a problem.
First and foremost anyone who reads and studies the bible will not question for one moment whether or not homosexuality is a sin. The New Testament clearly states that the practice of homosexuality is indeed a sin, as follows:
“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,nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God“
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
“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, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me”
1 Timothy 1:9-11
- Additional references: Romans 1:26-28; Galatians 5:16-21
Provided this evidence, there is no need of debate as to whether or not homosexuality is a sin. Anyone who proclaims to be Christian yet denies this fact is preaching a false gospel.
Now here’s the dilemma.
Many believers who condemn homosexuals on the basis of 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 somehow forget the other sins highlighted in this text. Stealing, greed, getting drunk, idolatry and other sexual immoral sins.
As a matter fact, Apostle John proclaims that anyone who even hates a brother or a sister is considered to be a murderer at heart (1 John 3:15).
Let’s put this into perspective.
Murderers are labeled as one of the most (if not the most) malicious and cruelest people on earth, yet many Christians pride themselves in holding grudges with one another for petty little things. This attitude of hatred is equivalent to those who commit mass homicides to innocent lives…
The point I’m trying to make here is that we emphasize so much on homosexuality that we seem to justify all other forms of sins as mentioned above. If we put so much emphasis on homosexuality, why not put the same emphasis on people who are unforgiving and hate each other, for they too will not inherit the kingdom of heaven. If we continue in this attitude we will begin to behave as Pharisees rather than true believers.
There are a number of Christians who genuinely struggle in overcoming their sins. And if you haven’t met such Christians, well you have now. I myself struggled with pornography, knowing very well what I was doing was sinful and disgraceful to the sight of God. But God in his sovereignty has given me the grace to overcome this addiction.
Now why on earth am I telling you something you probably didn’t want to know in the first place?
Have you ever considered the thought that there may be Christians who struggle with homosexuality?
If you are questioning the legitimacy of this statement, you’re part of the problem.
The church has developed a false notion claiming that Christians only struggle with “certain” sins such as un-forgiveness, lying, cheating etc. For reasons of such, we end up amplifying and gossiping amongst each other about Christians who commit “bad sins” such as pre-marital sex , adultery and practising homosexuality. As a result, the unity of the church is jeopardized as a whole for lack of grace amongst the congregation.
We must develop an atmosphere where believers feel secure enough to confess their sins amongst each other to build each other up (James 5:16) rather than shaming each other for the sins we struggle with.
However, this is not to say that there is no room for correction. In 1 Corinthians 5:12, Paul clearly instructs the church in Corinth to judge those who claim to be believers yet continuously indulge themselves into all sorts of sin knowingly. True conversion is followed by repentance of sin, and those who belong to God will bear this fruit (Matthew 3:8-9).
“Conduct yourself with wisdom in your interactions with outsiders (non-believers), make the most of each opportunity [treating it as something precious]. Let your speech at all times be gracious and pleasant, seasoned with salt, so that you will know how to answer each one [who questions you]” – Amplified Version
Everything begins with a conversation. This passage literally instructs us word for word how we ought to conduct ourselves around unbelievers. This does not imply watering down the truth of the Gospel to draw the attention of many, nor does it mean intensifying any portion of scripture for the sake of conviction. We must rather speak the full truth of the gospel, carefully and wisely through the inspiration of God.
Let’s build relationships rather than destroying connections through hypocritical accusations.
Soli Deo Gloria