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Jesus and Gays

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What homosexuals do, male and female, is called an abomination by God. Romans 1 devotes its message to describing the evil nature of homosexuality. Other texts tell us that homosexuals (amongst other sinners, of course) will never enter heaven. Yet, homosexuals and sodomites use an inane excuse: “But Jesus did not mention homosexuality once!”

Invariably, 99.9% of all homosexuals will not be Christians (despite claims by some to be ‘gay Christians’. So, an appeal to give an explanation of this will be useless, because ‘gays’ cannot understand Biblical concepts or the theology that comes from it. They bluster, of course, and insist they are capable of understanding… but they are not. This is because their main task is to promote and maintain their sexual sins, which are gross.

When ‘gays’ say “Jesus did not mention homosexuality” my immediate response is “So what?” Scripture says that Jesus did and said many things, far too numerous to include in the Bible. But, we have the principles He spoke of. Mainly, these come through the men He chose to accompany Him, the Apostles and disciples, and it is these men who wrote the New Testament. Therefore, to find the mind of Jesus on homosexuality we only need to read what His Apostles said… and they tell us homosexuality is not just a sin, but a gross sin.

All sin is equal in God’s eyes, but only in terms of salvation. That is, sin can prevent a man or woman from entering heaven. The proviso is simple – they must be ‘born again’. That is, ‘saved’. This begins with the Holy Spirit regenerating the soul or spirit of a person (who has already been chosen for salvation in eternity). That person then starts to show awareness of his sinfulness before God and knows he or she must repent. When this is done the person is forgiven by God and is saved. Once saved, the Holy Spirit guides the person to think and act like a ‘child of God’.

Some people continue to act out sin, but gradually become convinced that it is wrong, and stops. This is a continual process in all Christians. But, the person who continues in a sin as gross as homosexuality (or any other obvious and gross sin, such as murder, serial theft, etc.) without any kind of qualm or conscience must be treated as suspect.

Any pastor or mature Christian worth his salt will counsel the person and tell him or her they must stop their sin. This is particularly so in public sin, known to others. If the Christian is ‘new’ and fresh to Biblical concepts and teaching, then patience is needed. But, no sin, especially public, can be left unchallenged.

In the case of homosexuality, which involves not just one, but multiple sins, the need to immediately stop at least the outward activities, is paramount and imperative. This is because with every day spent in this sexual sin, the person gets closer to needlessly contracting diseases, etc., and is also dishonouring God, which is the greater sin. (Of course, the same strictures also apply to heterosexual sexual sins).

The person who continues in his or her public sin, whatever that sin may be, cannot be allowed to remain in the local church if they refuse to stop their sin and repent. The good pastor has no option but to issue three warnings. If the person still continues, then they must be put out of fellowship. This disfellowship must be maintained until the person repents of their sin and stops the allied sinful activities.

In the case of homosexuality it means to stop all homosexual activities, meeting with homosexuals, reading homosexual material used to perpetuate the sin, and to stop thinking about the sin in any form. This latter process is very possible and is an action every genuine Christian is familiar with. It is also what any addict must undergo to stop their addiction. Homosexuality is merely a sexual addiction, not a genetic or fixed state. In effect, the person must reverse their thinking and think in terms of holiness and purity.

Obviously, this is a very truncated description, but it contains the essential elements. Some odd critics think Christians advocate a sexless life, or that sex is somehow wrong or dirty. This is not based on fact or on Biblical teaching. Christians believe sex is only for (normal, heterosexual) marriage. That is the main difference.

Facts within society show this to be a sane and logical condition. Sex outside marriage: living together, one night stands/promiscuity, or homosexual, does not lead to happiness. Many think it does and vainly hop into many beds (homosexuals, male and female, are prone to this) in pursuit of this illusion. Thus, we have rocketing abortions, STD’s, AIDS, social problems, marriage break-ups, violence, and so on. It is these results of sexual impropriety that are ‘dirty’ and worthless.

It is also true to say that homosexual ‘love’ cannot ever be equal to heterosexual love. This is because (and I will not spend time defending this, because truth does not require debate) homosexuality is about sex between people of the same gender. The normal, created partnership is man and woman. Between them, they possess what is needed in any marriage. But, homosexual partnerships are sterile and fruitless, lacking in A+B… being A+A or B+B. This is neither normal nor suitably desirous.

An article in You Magazine (Mail on Sunday, 15th October, 2006), by Matt Harmon is both sad and very illuminating. He told readers that he and his wife stopped having a sexual relationship just two months after getting married. He and his wife say there is no particular reason for this. To his credit the man says he will try his best not to go off with another woman.

But, what does he inwardly think is the problem? “Could our present state be an apt divine punishment?… are we (being) cursed by Eros to endure sexless love?” He adds, “I can’t help wondering if our respective pasts have caught up with us; if we haven’t simply become jaded. Before we wooed and wed in our mid-30’s… our past conquests were delightfully varied. We have both slept with quite an array of people, and pursued pleasure with such vigour… that maybe we have had the misfortune to overtake it.”

That writer inadvertently put his finger on the problem. Instead of being chaste before marriage and marrying another chaste person, for life, he and his wife lived promiscuously. The penalty is now leading their lives. It isn’t a judgment by a Greek mythical god, but the result of living hedonistically, for pleasures that God says are illicit outside of marriage. They have, as the writer muses, overtaken themselves and are now burnt-out individuals.

Homosexual sex is undertaken for lust. There is no genuine interaction or normality, only deep demands and pressures, based on relationships that break many taboos. Jesus may not have mentioned ‘homosexuality’, but He did speak about sin, the details of which were written about by His Apostles. However, Jesus did not need to condemn homosexuality or to mention it, because, according to Jewish laws, it was already condemned and anathema.

I don’t care a fig if unsaved critics claim the Bible was written thousands of years ago, etc. It is timeless. It is the word of God, Who is real, whether or not it is accepted by atheists, et al! Western societies are becoming cess-pits of immorality, hedonism and ruthless disregard for the value of human life. Why should I want to emulate what is harmful to me?

One can be in a church and still have homosexual thoughts, even if a Christian. But, he or she knows such thoughts are devil-prompted. Such a person, genuinely wishing to be holy, can be helped for as long as necessary. But, those who take pride in being homosexual ‘Christians’ must not be given credence and must be removed from fellowship. Their theology, hearts and minds are warped.

I have no hatred for gays, male or female, but I loathe their lifestyles. That is my prerogative. (I also knew criminals. I did not like what they did, but some of them were utterly charming rogues!). Many I knew in the past are already dead, through disease. In which way must I be forced to accept what they do, when what they do is deadly, anti-social and godless? Jesus came to tell people that if they repented and stopped their sin, they would be saved. That goes for homosexuals, too. Jesus DID speak against homosexuality, through those He elected to nurture the new churches. But, I don’t expect ignorant unsaved men and women to understand that.

© October 2006

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