God loves sinners but does not love sin. The same is true with homosexuals. God loves you, no matter what others say. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16, NIV2) And so should we. However He doesn't recommend this kind of lifestyle.
Let us answer these questions
through a series of questions whose answer will be found in the Holy Scriptures.
1. What was God's intention for human sexual relationships at Creation?
Genesis 1:27-28; 2:18, 23-24
So 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 said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."
The LORD God said, "It is not
good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him." The man
said, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called
'woman,' for she was taken out of man." For this reason a man will leave his
father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
2. What played a big factor in the destruction of Sodom?
Before they [the angels visiting Lot to judge the wickedness of Sodom and determine whether or not to spare it] had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom-both young and old-surrounded the house.
They called to Lot, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them [lit., 'so we may know them']."
Lot went outside to meet them... and said, "No, my
friends. Don't do this wicked thing. Look, I have two daughters who have never
slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like
with them. But don't do anything to these men... ." ...And they said, "We'll
treat you worse than them."
3. Under Levitical Law, what was one of many abominable practices punishable by death?
Leviticus 18:22; 20:13
Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable [or, 'an abomination']. If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable [or, 'an abomination']. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.
4. How does the apostle Paul view homosexuality?
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.
5. According to the Bible will homosexual offenders inherit the kingdom of God?
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (see also 1 Timothy 1:9-10)
1 Cor 6:9-10
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.
6. Does this mean God does not love homosexuals?
Not at all. God loves homosexuals.
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." NIV
The text does not say Christians. It says the world, which includes homosexuals! God loved homosexuals so much that "He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." That includes you.
Does this mean God does not mind the practice of homosexuality?
Not at all! He abhors it! Does this make
Him love this people any less? Not at all. When my son ignores my
guidance and deliberately disobey me, I feel very sad, even sometimes mad.
But it does not make me love him any less! So is it with God. He loves you
my friend, but you can grieve Him by your actions.
7. Is there any hope for homosexuals?
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost."
"It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
1 Cor 6:9-11
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. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
Jesus can give you victory over your sins. He has not abandoned to your own lot. Power is available to any one of us through His Holy Spirit.
8. What do you need to do to claim Jesus’ promise of victory over our sins?
First acknowledge your sin. Psalm 51:2-4
"Oh, wash me, cleanse me from this guilt. Let me be
pure again. For I admit my shameful deed--it haunts me day and night."
Second, Ask forgiveness for your sin--God says you can start over again.
"Sprinkle me with the cleansing blood and I shall be
again. Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. And
after You have punished me, give me back my joy again. Don’t keep looking at my
sins--erase them from Your sight. Create in me a new, clean heart, O God, filled
with clean thoughts and right desires. Don’t toss me aside, banished forever
from Your presence. Don’t take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me again the
joy of Your salvation, and make me willing to obey You."
Third, Believe that God has indeed forgiven you and quit feeling guilty. Psalm 32:1-6, TLB
What happiness for those whose guilt has been forgiven!
What joys when sins are covered over! What relief for
those who have
confessed their sins and God has cleared their record.
There was a time when I wouldn’t admit what a sinner I was. But my dishonesty
made me miserable and filled my days with frustration. All day and all night
Your hand was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water on a sunny day
until I finally admitted all my sins to You and stopped trying to hide them. I
said to myself, ‘I will confess them to the Lord.’ And You forgave me! All my
guilt is gone. Now I say that each believer should confess his sins to God when
he is aware of them, while there is time to be forgiven. Judgment will not touch
him if he does. You are my hiding place from every storm of life; You even keep
me from getting into trouble! You surround me with songs of victory.
Fourth, Stop your life of sin:
"Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?' 'No one, sir,' she said. 'Then neither do I condemn you,' Jesus declared. 'Go now and leave your life of sin.'"
"Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your
nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil
desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is
coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.
9. What will be His reward?"
"Since, then, you have been
raised with Christ, set your hearts on things
above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things
above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with
Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear
with him in glory."
There is hope, my friends. Homosexuality can be conquered! God is at your disposal. It might not be easy, but then, it isn't easy to conquer any sin. Alone you would not be able to make it, but God puts Himself at your disposal to help you conquer. Will you let Him into your life today? Now is your chance to be partners with God. Now is your chance to be victorious! Will you accept Him in your life today?
Here is an example of someone who was a homosexual, but thanks to the grace of God obtained victory!
I got out of there as soon as I
could. After what I had gone through as a child I couldn't look at men without
being reminded of the past. I abandoned God and became a lesbian. When I was
young I had always been told that if you prayed for something God would help,
and I had prayed during those years things only seemed to get worse. I finally
decided that it was time to put the past behind me. I went back to church and
abandoned my past ways. I still have trouble being around men, but I'm gradually
getting over that.
There is always hope… don't ever give up!
My Email is: email@example.com
Lesbianism is defined as a
woman who is sexually attracted to other women, a sin, referred to in Scripture
as a shameful lust. Conversely, it also referred to as men who are sexually
attracted to other men to have shameful lust.
God is holy, and He detest all sins, including adultery or sex before marriage even with opposite partners. But because of his great love and mercy, he forgives those who will repent of their sins and put their trust in Jesus Christ for eternal life. The love of God is so much that any one found in this type of sin can be forgiven if the person truly repents. The scripture says come unto me all of you who are tired and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. The mercy of God is so abundant.
However, God has provision for every sinful man. See Revelation 21:8. In this passage the above is mentioned as abomination. Sexual sin is a sin again God and against the body. The scripture enjoins all who want to make heaven to flee from it.
For those who would not repent. It is dangerous. See Romans 1:26 "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.
Except the above who practice such repent they cannot go to heaven. No sinner will get to heaven. Lesbianism is a sin and is looked at by God as sin. If they will repent even today, there is abundant of mercy from the Lord!
Rev Debo Adeyemo
Homosexualism can be defined as the sexual love of one person for another person of the same gender. It is increasingly being held in our society as acceptable alternative sexual orientation and laws have been passed making it an offence to discriminate against such behaviour. This study will show that God regards such behaviour as an abomination and has fought against it wherever it arises with laws requiring the death penalty, He has destroyed cities where the practice was rampant, and His prophets have foretold that people who participate will not enter into the kingdom of God.
Let us have a look at some of the comments found in the Bible.
Leviticus 18:22-AV Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination.
Leviticus 20:13-AV If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood [shall be] upon them.
The practice of homosexuality was an abomination in God’s sight and was punishable by death. This punishment was carried out under the civil law that God gave to Moses - our current civil laws have been somewhat watered down. This attitude of God has not changed because God does not change. His attitude is the same as it always was. Consider the following passage from the book of Romans. Also, it is an established Bible principle that whenever God speaks of ‘mankind’, He is also referring to ‘womankind’, if a woman is committing the same sinful act as a man then she is equally as guilty. The sin we are talking about is getting sexual gratification from a member of one’s own sex. Women get a specific mention in other texts in case anyone wants to split hairs over this point.
Romans 1:22-AV Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Romans 1:23-AV And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Romans 1:24-AV Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Romans 1:25-AV Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Romans 1:26-AV 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:
Romans 1:27-AV 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 1:28-AV And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Romans 1:29-AV Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Romans 1:30-AV Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Romans 1:31-AV Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Romans 1:32-AV Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Now that is a rather detailed description of what God thinks of homosexual behaviour. A bit hard to charge Him with sexual discrimination, isn’t it? Consider verse 27. Receiving something into their bodies which was ‘meet’ or which they deserved. Could this be a reference to AIDS? I know some innocent people have the disease but for the most part it is a male homosexual disease. Those who catch the disease through heterosexual activity may also be guilty of a sin against God if they do so outside of marriage.
I mentioned that God has destroyed cities for homosexual wickedness. The cities were Sodom and Gomorrah and they were destroyed with fire. The story is too long to include in this brief study but may be read in Genesis 18 and onwards. Sodom was a beautiful place and well watered but the men of Sodom were wicked exceedingly. The word ‘Sodom’ has been used ever since to describe male homosexuality - Sodomy Sodomite etc. According to the story God spoke to Abraham and told him He was going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham pleaded with God to spare the cities for the sake of good men living there. God said he would spare the cities even for the sake of 10 good men but such could not be found. Eventually only one good man, Lot, a nephew of Abraham could be found. God sent three Angels to warn Lot and tell him to get out of the city. The Angels stayed with Lot the night and the men of Sodom besieged Lot’s house wanting to have sex with the strangers. The Angels struck them blind and after that they wandered blindly still seeking the door of Lot’s house. The next day Lot and his family left the city and God destroyed it. Lot’s wife looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt. Today there is still much salt to be found in the area which includes the Dead Sea.
One of the most unpleasant aspects of homosexuality today is not that it is restricted to those who have nothing to do with the church, but that many within the church are afflicted with it. We have all heard of the conflict over the ordination of homosexual ministers in some churches. The Catholic church has had scandal after scandal involving priests interfering with boys. I heard the Seventh Day Adventist church has 600 homosexual members in Los Angles alone. Anyone who reads their bibles cannot be in any doubt of God’s attitude to the condition. If the churches who represent God to their followers do not take a strong position of opposition then what comes next? Perhaps we will see churches running brothels as a fundraiser - or selling drugs?
Worst of all, churches will lose their relevance and ability to bring salvation to sinners with any degree of credibility. Unlike many who may be able to claim ignorance of God’s attitude to homosexuality, the churches and their members are not among them. Romans 1:32, above has particular relevance to them. Consider also this description of who will NOT be among the saved. In this passage the word ‘dog’ is a term used in the bible to describe a homosexual - the word ‘gay’ had connotations of happiness until only recently.
Re 22:15 For without [are] dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
So what hope is there for homosexuals? Can they be saved? Fortunately the answer is ‘Yes!’ Jesus came to save sinners and all who call on his name can be saved. When Jesus forgave the sins of the woman taken in adultery (another death penalty sin) He said ‘Go and sin no more’.
John 8:10-AV When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
John 8:11-AV She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
Homosexuality is a sin of the flesh just as is adultery and drunkenness. No one while they persist in remaining active in their sin can enter Heaven. However if such as sin seek forgiveness of Jesus He will grant it. He will also provide the strength needed to break away from the sin. Just as the drunkard can abstain from alcohol so can the homosexual abstain from further sexual contact of that nature. We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and require the salvation of Jesus to enter his kingdom.
Probably one of the greatest obstacles for homosexuals in realizing their ‘state of sin’ is the vast volume of literature, medical opinion, social acceptance and even government legislation supporting the ‘normalcy’ of homosexualism. Acceptance of the condition by some churches also does nothing to help. I can but wonder how they (church leaders) can rationalize away the plain statements in the bible on this topic.
Fortunately there is also a strong Christian movement titled ‘Ex-Gay Ministries’ who offer help of a specialist nature to homosexuals who realize their sinful position and are seeking a cure.
Should any reader have missed the point I repeat it here again. God loves you and there is nothing you can do that will stop Him from loving you. There is also nothing you can do to earn God's love. It is a free and unconditional gift. He does however, hate sin, and if a sinner fails to repent and seek forgiveness God will have no choice but to add that person to the 'lake of fire'. When we do repent, we will be forgiven, no matter what our sin. But don't forget the words of Jesus "Go, and sin no more".
God bless you all Lance Wearmouth
The Bible tells how God feels about the gay lifestyle. Anyone who knows the Word, know what happen to Sodom and Gomorrah. Lev. 18:22 clearly states the law, and even though we are under grace the law does not change. God loves sinner but not the sin. There is only one way to get into heaven and that is to except Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. So, if that person has confessed their sin and asked the Lord to come into their heart, then they have done what is required. If they desire to be delivered from that lifestyle then the Lord will do it. Being gay is no different from anyother sin. SIN IS SIN. The Lord knows their hearts.
Scriptural references: Lev. 18:22, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Tim.1:10 and Gen. 18-19:29.
Although society says this sin
is ok, it is not acceptable to God
according to His word.
The bible is very clear and in Deuteronomy one of the commandments that He gave to the children of Israel is not to have unnatural sex "for the Lord Detests such". I therefore do not think the gay and lesbians have a place in heaven although its for the Lord to judge.
Well I as I set here thinking about this question about gays and lesbians ,my honest opinion is I think Jesus would be the judge on this because he made man to have a wife and women to have a husband, and I think that all this gay and lesbian stuff is a sickness and not what Jesus wants humans to be doing. All of us do at some point in life wonder about this ,but if we will set and pray for these sick people then we are doing just what we need to be ,but in my opinion I think Jesus wouldn't let these people in the doors of heaven, but as we all know God does forgive ..
No gays and lesbians do not go to heaven. It is very immoral what they do.
To be quite honest, No! I don't think so. Our God who is a God of Justice wouldn't be such a God if he burnt Sodom & Gomorra to ashes for this very practice and still allow Gays & Lesbians today go to Heaven. God is the same yesterday, today and forever and changes not. If God condemned people who practiced Sodomy then, he still does today and will burn people with such practices. They will not go to heaven unless they turn away completely from such practices, repent and accept Jesus as their Saviour and do his will. Only then will they go to heaven as they will no longer be Gays and Lesbian.
Many Gays and lesbians are heartbroken that this separates them from God. While working with them I was led to speak to them about celibacy. This gave many of them hope that they finally had a way that they could become right with God.
Gays or lesbians do not go to heaven unless they repent, change their ways and receive Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour. I used to have a "to each his own" attitude and thought that it was okay to be gay or a lesbian. However, since reading The Word I know that it is not God's intention but it is anti-God to be gay. He created two sexes for a reason and it is a sin to be with your own gender. The enemy is prevailing in the world because it's now "okay" or even "cool" to be gay nowadays. I pray for the salvation of these people that are in the clutches of the enemy.
"Whosoever will let him come" - "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to CLEANSE us from ALL unrighteousness."
All of us are sinners, born that way, and all of us have strong inclinations to sin. ANY of us can be saved because Jesus loves each of us enough to die in our place even if we are the only one in the whole world to accept His sacrifice.
Of course, gays and lesbians will be in heaven, just like the rest of us sinners, if we believe in the Lord as Saviour and allow Him to cleanse us and live out His life in us. Our salvation depends on our believing Him, accepting that He is Someone Who loves us so much He will never let go of our hand, of letting NOTHING between us and our Saviour.
It is not what we DO, but WHO we know, in a saving relationship of love, that assures us a place with Christ for eternity. Christ has ALREADY paid the penalty for all our sins, no matter what they are, the most heinous ones you can think of - they are already paid for. His offer, His gift is eternal life - what a wonderful Saviour!!
Oh, yes! There will be gays and lesbians in heaven because they have believe in Christ and He cleanses them from their sins, just like He promises to do.
Let's rejoice and praise Him!
What does the bible say about gay relationships, male and female? I believe if a person gave their lives to the Lord before they chose to become gay that they will enter Heaven, but lose some rewards there. Otherwise why did Jesus come to pay our sin debt in full? He came because He knew we couldn't do it ourselves. We now live under Grace not the law. Satan comes and lies to people and sometimes we buy his lies and we all sin every day and one sin is not any worse than another. I believe we need to repent of our sins mean it. (1 John 3:8) is just one scripture about sin. The Lord made male and female to reproduce. He did not mean for it to be any other way. It is wrong to like the same sex person.
Kathy Clepper, C.P.B.C.C.
I believe that if they like all of us admit we are sinners, we sin and need to repent yes gays and lesbians will go to heaven because they have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior. The Bible does say however, If anyone is in Christ, He is a NEW CREATION; OLD THINGS have passed away, Behold all things have become NEW> II Coritnthians 5:17 We all sin and fall short. God desires a relationship with all of us but He cannot fellowship with HIS creation when there is sin in our Life.
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