Monday, December 16, 2013

Let's Talk About Homosexuality

Are there times you wonder about God’s measurements of sin? If like us He holds some sins at certain degrees? Well, we know the answer to that is NO. As Christians we know sin has no degree, one is either with or without sins and there are no in betweens.  Christianity as we have it today is a lot different from what it used to be. The society has changed and many things that used to be frowned at are seen as normal in the name of civilisation (or maybe not). I am not one to point fingers but I must confess some things befuddle me.

The other day I read there is a Christian cult in Hollywood where they talk to people about Jesus while having sex with the person. Now, we all don’t need to engage in long debates to know that it is unacceptable and outrageous to preach Christ in that way. The book of 1st Corinthians is very clear where it is stated that ‘our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit’ and even the secular world would raise her nose to such perverted acts. While I am tempted to dwell on how lightly some people have taken the things of the spirit, I am going to let it pass for now and just go on to the subject of the day.

These days the church is conflicted on issues like homosexuality . The very liberal Christians don’t think there is anything wrong with being gay while the more conservative ones are against the idea. In fact it is normal to see gay accommodating churches all around in some places in the US and other parts of the world. We hear of gay pastors and ministers and one naturally wonders what the bible says about this act.

Homosexuality is condemned in the book of Leviticus in chapters 18:22 and 20:13:

18:22 “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”
20:13 "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."
While some might argue that this is the Old Testament when the laws ruled and that we are in the New Testament now, one ought to bear in mind the words of Apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans in chapter 1 verses 26 and 27:
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: 27 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 recompence of their error which was meet.

It is very vivid what the position of the bible is in relation to homosexuality but just like other sins such as fornication and adultery , whoever engages in this act, needs to repent and find his/her way back to God. Those found wanting among us need not be alienated. In encouraging them in the Lord, I bet they can find their way back to the Truth in the Word.

As stated in the book of 1st Corinthians chapter 6 vs 9-11
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

We should always bear in mind that the bible is our guide as Christians and as God’s children; we need to always obey His word.

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