Friday, July 27, 2012

Homosexuality: Sin That Demands Approval

Sin is the refusal of men to obey the word of God. When we think that we know better than God, then that is sin. The Bible says we are all sinners. All sin is the same in God's eyes. Stealing, lying, murder, physical or verbal abuse, adultery, premarital sex: all are sin.

In addition to these sins, the Bible is clear that homosexuality is also a sin.

"You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. " Leviticus 18:22

"If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them." Leviticus 20:13  

"For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due." Romans 1:26-27
In addition, it is clear that God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of blatant homosexuality (Genesis 19:1-13). 

Homosexuality is not a worse sin than any other. The problem with those who are in bondage to the sin of homosexuality is they refuse to acknowledge their sin and they go even further. They demand that society approve of their sin. They embrace their homosexuality and demand that we embrace it as well. No other group of people living in sin demand approval from the world. There is no child molester group demanding approval of their sin. There is no murderer group demanding approval of their sin. Their is no prostitution group demanding approval of their sin. Only homosexuals clamor for approval from all people of their lifestyle.

Homosexuals say that when we do not approve of same-sex marriage then we discriminate against them. Homosexual spokesperson have even compared their movement to the civil rights movement of African-Americans. Listen to what African-American civil rights leaders have to say about that:

Gays and lesbians “may want to cast their fight in civil-rights terms, and a lot of people are buying it. But not the faith community and especially not the black community,” says Bishop Harry Jackson, whose Hope Christian Church has a flock of 3,000 in the Washington, D.C., area. “Many African-Americans believe gays are discriminated against, but they don’t believe marriage is a civil-rights issue,” says Jackson, who says his father was threatened at gunpoint in the 1950s by a state trooper while working on a voter-registration drive. “There are issues of acceptance, but there is no back of the bus; there are no lynchings.” There is also the ongoing debate as to whether homosexuality is an immutable trait or a choice. “It’s not immutable,” says Jackson. “And it’s not an externally observable characteristic unless you want to flaunt it.”

Indeed, some 70 percent of African-Americans voted yes on California’s Prop 8, and exit polls found similar levels of opposition among blacks for a marriage initiative in Florida that same year.

Rev. William Owens, President of the Coalition of African-American Pastors said, "I marched with Dr. King and we did not march one step to promote same-sex ‘marriage’."
Homosexauls also make the argument that they are "born that way," that is, they are born homosexual and they cannot help it. This argument doesn't hold water either. The same could said for murderers, prostitutes, liars, cheaters, etc. They say that scientists are close to discovering a homosexual gene.

Even if scientists do find a so-called "homosexual gene," the Bible is clear that every human being is born with a sin nature. The human nature is a sinful nature. And to give oneself over to one's own human nature is to sin against God. We have all succumbed to our sin nature and we are all sinners, but that does not excuse us from our responsibility to love, obey, and glorify God.
Let me make this perfectly clear: the sin of homosexuality is no worse than any other sin. Some people will say that this blog post is "hate speech." That is untrue. I do not hate homosexuals or anyone else. I love them enough to tell them what God's Word says about their behavior. I love them enough to tell them there is good news. The sin of homosexuality can be forgiven by God if homosexuals confess their sin, repent (turn away from) of their sin and trust in Jesus Christ to save them from Hell. This good news is for all sinners, not just homosexuals.

I write this because I love you. I do not want you to go to Hell. I implore you to confess your sin, repent and turn to Christ before it's too late.



7 comments:

Les Puryear said...

Anonymous,

If you will not sign your comment, I will not post it. I have said this over and over again.

Regards,

Les

Les Puryear said...

Colonel Parker,

You were banned from this blog a long time ago. That's why.

Les

Rob P. said...

I agree wholeheartedly with this article.

Some people may be more inclined to become alcoholics based on their DNA however we should not condone their actions if they become drunkards.

I also wonder how many people who support gay marriage have gay friends. I would venture to say the percentage would be close to 100%. They don't want to hurt their friend's feelings or possibly lose their friend by standing up for the word of God.

It seems some people would rather have the approval of men then the approval of God.

Les Puryear said...

Rob,

Thanks for your comment.

For those who have homosexual friends, and they refuse to tell them the biblical truth is not love. It's like a doctor not telling a patient he has a disease because he doesn't want to hurt his feelings.

Regards,

Les

Amy said...

I do have a friend in MI that is in a same sex relationship. She knows where I stand and she knows where David's family stands. She has not let that keep her from being their friends. She has been a friend in David's family for many many years. I do not know the extent of her relationship, but I do not hide how I feel either. Hate the sin, love the sinner. I am no better than she.

I guess a huge difference with her is that she is not out demanding approval or seeking to get married nor is she trashing others for having their belief. It doesn't make it right and still is not excused in the eyes of the Lord, but I feel its good she knows where everyone stands.

It makes me so sad to see all the Civil Rights groups out for blood so to speak. They are so against us and our beliefs they just cant see. I pray for them all the time.

Ryan Abernathy said...

Les,

I agree with you that homosexual behavior is a sin. I think you are understating the case here. ALL sin demands acceptance. Anyone who has not been enlightened by Christ sees their sin as acceptable. So I have two questions for you:

1. Why do you choose to simply focus on homosexuality? What point are you trying to hammer home? Are you simply trying to hammer homosexuals?

2. Why do you expect people who do not know Jesus to conform to your biblical standards of behavior? 1 Corinthians 5:9-13 make it clear that we are to reserve our judgments for those inside the church and expect those who do not know Christ to act as people who do not know Jesus.

Why is this such an important distinction? It think it goes back to the way Jesus treated those who were consumed with sin in the Gospels. He met them where they were. Let them experience the weight of his love and mercy and they responded to Him. Unfortunately, many Christians today do not follow this example or model. Instead, they rant and whine about how others act. They claim "rights" and attempt to enforce their moral code on people who have not yet experienced the salvation of Christ. We need to spend less time coming down on the people who need Christ and more time proclaiming that Jesus is calling them to be saved.

Maybe that could be a better subject for your next blog.

Les Puryear said...

Ryan,

First let me say my prayers are with you on your church plant. You have a very nice website. May God richly bless you in your ministry as He works through you.
Now to your questions.

1. My post explained why I chose this topic. While you are somewhat correct in saying all sinners ( I would say some) believe their sins are acceptable, no group of sinners of which I am aware are nationally organized to demand that everyone else approve of their sin. I don't think I am "hammering" homosexuals. One has to point out the sin in order to follow with the good news of Christ

2. While you ask why do I expect sinners to conform to the tenets of biblical behavior, I don't. But that does not mean that I should ignore the sin and preach the gospel to them. The Holy Spirit can bring about amazing transformations through the preaching of the gospel, even in a homosexual.

Regards,

Les