The homosexual lifestyle is being widely accepted and encouraged today not only by those who practice it but by those who put their full support into the decision. We have been told that homosexual individuals do not decide to be gay; rather they are born this way and therefore have no control over which sex they find attractive and are drawn towards.
We see Christians who are living as homosexuals and churches accepting and embracing the fact that homosexuality is perfectly fine in God’s eyes as long as you have a personal relationship with Him. On the other end of the spectrum we have Christian churches and organization speaking out against this lifestyle, which leaves us with a debate of whether or not God accepts the homosexual lifestyle. Is it possible to be a true Christian and practice homosexuality? Today I want to take a look at what God says in His word about homosexuality and the Christian Faith.
I would like to first start out by defining the word “Perfect“, according to Dictionary.com the word perfect can be defined as:
“excellent or complete beyond practical or theoretical improvement, entirely without any flaws, defects, or shortcomings”
In the Bible we are told that God is perfect and everything He does is perfect, which means that He cannot improve or degrade He is constant. This of course means that God cannot and does not change, He is the same today, yesterday and forever.
In the old testament when God was giving the Israelite people the law in which to live under, He gave them specific things that they were not allowed to do, things that the Lord God found detestable in his sight. One of the practices that God told them not to do was to practice homosexuality as seen in Leviticus 18:22.
“Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin.”
Now most people would argue that these scriptures no longer count because they are part of the law from the old covenant, and when the new covenant was made when Jesus Christ came and died for our sins this law was wiped away. Well let’s take a look at this point.
In the days before Jesus Christ the Israelites would have to offer up many different kinds of sacrifices in order to atone for their sins for breaking the law that God had given to them. God knowing that we as non perfect beings, living in a fallen sinful world would never be able to keep the law and so He sent His perfect Son Jesus Christ as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. In doing this there was a new covenant made with the Israelites that was also available for the Gentiles(non Jews) that now we would no longer be under the law but we would be made right with God through Jesus Christ.
That being said, In the Bible we see that Jesus Christ came to fulfill the law and not to abolish or get rid of it as proven in Matthew 5:17:
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”
The reason that this is significant is because, since God does not change as we went through earlier, the things that He finds detestable therefore have not changed. This is why Jesus said that He didn’t come to abolish the law. Simply put what God found detestable and forbid back in the old covenant He still finds detestable and forbids them in the new covenant.
I would also like to point out that in the new testament, one of the letters that Paul wrote to the Corinthians which was after the new covenant had come into place, states that people who practice homosexuality would not inherit the Kingdom of God. We can see this in 1 Corinthians 6:9:
“Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.”
Now I realize that one could argue that since our sins have all been paid for that we no longer have to worry about what we do, as long as we believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins and we have a personal relationship with him we will be saved, because we are now under God’s grace instead of the Law. Well if we look to what God says in His Word we can see that in Romans 6:15 and 1 John 7-10 this kind of thinking is contradicted:
“Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.”
“Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God. So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to God.”
We can clearly see from the scriptures above that God’s laws have not changed, in fact they remain the same and we are told that even though by God’s grace we have been saved through faith in Jesus Christ, that if we continue to sin and go against the Word of God, that we are no more saved than those who refuse to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. The truth of the matter is that we can be good people, go to church, read the Word of God, and do many great things in the name of Jesus but if we choose to continue in our past sins then we cannot receive eternal life. We can see this in Matthew 7:21:
“Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.”
Keep in mind that as Christians our goal is to strive to be “like” Christ in every way. Christianity is not some feel good religion where you can pick and choose what you want to listen to and follow that, it is a real relationship with your Creator, the one who gave you breath and if you truly love Him, there should be no ends to how hard you will strive and how many sacrifices to your old sinful nature you will make in order to follow Him completely.
When you asked Jesus into your heart, your old sinful way of life was stripped away and you became a new person in Christ. A person that is no longer a slave to sin, but a person who has authority over it, and who can overcome every temptation and wrongful deed. We see this in Colossians 3:5-10:
“So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming.You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.”
We can then conclude that based on the evidence found in the Word of God, and through the revelation of the nature of God that God originally considered and still considers homosexuality a sin. We can also conclude that we are born into this world ruled by satan with a sinful nature inside of us that causes us to produce sinful deeds, but we are able to overcome this sinful nature through Christ, and therefore nobody can be born Gay, they can only be deceived into thinking so by listening to and following their sinful nature.