Well, I hope all of you had an opportunity to review the scriptures that I included in last week’s post and gather your thoughts as to what the they not only say but what they really mean. With this week’s post I hope to take a closer look at these and give some insights as to how different people view them. In addition I want to add some examples along with personal comments that may help shed some light on the subject. So hang on to your seat and let’s go for a ride.
I think all of us are familiar with the passages in Genesis in which Moses relates the story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and God’s reasoning for bringing such harsh judgement against those wicked and perverse people. Included in the list of sins they were involved in on a continuing basis was that of homosexuality. In Genesis 19 this perverse sin is made very obvious in the story of the two angels in the likeness of men that came to visit at Lot’s house. The Bible states that the men of Sodom surrounded Lot’s house and demanded that Lot send the men out so they could have relations with them. Some scholars say there was no single word at that time to describe the term relations with men but it is obvious our word today sums it up, homosexuality. It was sin then and it is sin now.
The passage in Leviticus 18 states plainly that a male is not to lie with another male as he would lie with a female, i.e. have sexual intercourse. I find this passage very interesting because it says that this is abomination but just calls having sex with an animal a perversion. The Bible here emphasizes how horrible the sin of homosexuality really is in His eyes. In Leviticus 20 the punishment for the sin of homosexuality between two is death for both men. Some scholars want to make you believe that because the Levitical law is no longer the standard then the sin of homosexuality is not really condemned in the Bible for those of the present generation. It was sin then and it is sin now.
In Paul’s letter to the Romans as seen in chapter 1, Paul writes that although men knew God in that day they did not honor Him as God. In that passage he describes one of the sins as men burning in their hearts for other men and performing indecent acts with them. He also points out that women were leaving their natural affections for the unnatural obvious describing lesbianism as we call it today. In both cases it is the sin of homosexuality and the Bible says here that God turned them over to a depraved mind. He also calls off a long list of many other types of sin that apparently went hand-in-hand with these perverse act in order to drive his point home of their total disregard for God’s commandments. He goes on to point out that they not only were doing all of these thing they gave hearty approval for others to do the same. It was sin then and it is sin now.
In his first letter to the church at Corinth in chapter 6 Paul calls off another list of sins and perversions of which homosexuality is one and how those who practice these on a regular basis will not inherit the kingdom of God. We know that he was writing a group of people who where a part of the church there but were doing these thing. However, he also pointed out that some of them no longer should be in bondage to these things because they had been washed, sanctified and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit. There is hope for anyone in this situation but just like it was sin then it is sin now.
When Paul wrote his first letter to Timothy he again associated the sin of homosexuality with the lawless and the unrighteous which by inference means that is not a practice of a true believer. Paul was encouraging him to be strong, stand on God’s Word and not let the false teachers mislead the church he was responsible for. It was sin then and it is sin now.
I realize that this has been a rather short look at these scriptures but I also believe we can come to the conclusion that homosexuality is sin no matter how you slice it. God hates sin and this particular sin carries with it a condemnation like no other sin in the Bible. It is an abomination in the eyes of God. But writers to-day want to dilute and even deny what God’s Word really means on the subject. I copied the paragraph below from an article I found online recently and if you read it you will have a better understanding of what I’m talking about.
In his book “God and the Gay Christian”, Christian LGBTQ activist Matthew Vines challenges LGBTQ-condemning interpretations of these Scriptures — sometimes referred to as “clobber passages.” But these clobber-texts aren’t the only Scriptures that can guide faithful Christians as we seek a godly understanding of sexual and gender identity.
In another article I found a quote by a former United Methodist pastor of nearly 30 years that is a strong supporter of the blessing of gay and lesbian unions in the church. This quote is taken from his response letter to a question from a young woman concerning the Bible’s view “that homosexuality is forbidden by God?” and it can be found on the Human Rights Campaign website at http://www.hrc.org/resources. The quote is as follows:
Sexuality is a wonderful gift from God. It is more than genital behavior. It’s the way we embody and express ourselves in the world. But we cannot love another person intimately without embodying that love, without using our bodies to love. And that does involve genital behavior. Sexual love is for the purpose of giving and receiving pleasure with our most intimate partner. It is a means of deepening and strengthening the intimate union that exists. This can only be healthy and good if our behavior is consistent with who we are and with whom we love, and when we are true to our own sexuality and orientation.
Are we getting the picture? How about this one? Former president, Jimmy Carter, Southern Baptist, and long time Sunday School Teacher said during an interview on HuffPost Live that he believes that Jesus would approve of gay marriage. I recently read an article about when Jim Nabors, a great actor (Gomer Pyle), and a great singer, passed away in recent times, his husband was by his side. The retail store, Target, now has a children’s line of clothes called Rainbow Pride but yet we still keep on buying there. The former president of the United States, Barack Obama, was thrilled to light up the White House with rainbow colors to honor the LBGT movement. We have parents on Facebook condoning and supporting the gay lifestyle of their children and at the same time profess to be Christians. Everywhere we turn we are being pushed to accept this abomination as an acceptable lifestyle. And it seems to be working. But just in case you haven’t got the message. It was a sin the first time it happened and it is still sin now.
Next week we will continue our discussion and will talk about warnings concerning the sin of homosexuality and how we as Christians should deal with the issue based on God’s Word. Until then may God richly bless you.