Pastor Bob Hammond
At Long Hill Baptist Church, everyone is welcome to come and hear the word of God preached. My purpose for sharing this short outline is to communicate what God has said in the Bible concerning the topic of homosexuality. Importantly, my goal in addressing this topic is not to express hatred toward people who are living a homosexual lifestyle. Rather, it is to express both Biblical truth and God's love toward those very same people! We specifically disavow the hatred espoused by some churches. And yet, we must understand what God has said on this topic. Below, is a short outline of what the Bible teaches:
1. God has commanded that we abstain from homosexual behavior.
- Leviticus 18:22 "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination."
2. God has great wrath against sin – including the sin of engaging in homosexual behavior.
- God’s wrath at the sin of homosexuality is seen in the penalty for homosexuality that he prescribed under the Old Testament law:
- Leviticus 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."
- NOTE: Today, we are NOT living under the Old testament law. As such, we do not advocate a legal death penalty for this sin. However, God’s hatred of the sin does not change.
3. Understand that, according to the Bible, no one is “born a homosexual.” Rather, homosexual inclinations are the result of rejecting the Lord.
In Romans chapter 1, we may observe a progression from failing to acknowledge our Creator to (in v 24) to “God also (giving them) “up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves.” Below, I offer a brief summary of this passage, beginning in verse 20:
A. That Bible asserts that creation testifies to the existence of a creator:
(Romans 1:20) "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead"
B. Because of the testimony of creation, man is responsible to acknowledge the creator:
Romans 1:20b… "so that they are without excuse:"
C. The failure of an individual to acknowledge the creator breeds a progression of spiritual error (and consequences):
(Romans 1:21-22) " Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,"
- “glorified him not” = failure to worship God;
- “neither were thankful”= Unthankful to God;
- “became vain in their imaginations” = Vain thinking;
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
D. The Bible specifically states that homosexual inclinations result from this progressive of sin (that begins when a person rejects God):
Romans 1:26-27 "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."
4. Homosexual behavior isn’t becoming more “right” (less sinful) simply because more people view it as acceptable.
God's word has not changed. And the Bible specifically says that God does not change. In James 1:17, the Bible says, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."
So, why does the world's understanding of right and wrong seem to change over time? In Proverbs 14:12, the Bible states, "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death" The Bible teaches that “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked..." Our hearts often suggest that something is "good" when, in fact, God has said it is sinful.
So, how may a homosexual person know forgiveness of sin?
A person who has practised homosexuality may know forgiveness of sin the same way that any other person may know forgiveness of sin! First, understand that, according to the Bible, all people are sinners, i.e. they have disobeyed God. In Romans 3:23, the Bible says that "all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."
God’s perfect holiness and justice requires that a penalty be paid for our sin. In fact, in Romans 6:23, the Bibles teaches that "the wages of sin is death." The good news is that the son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, paid that penalty for us by shedding His blood and dying upon the cross in our place.
According to the Bible, it is only through repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ that our sins are forgiven (Acts 20:21). Jesus said, “… I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). In Romans 6:23, the Bible says, "the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." If you will repent and receive Christ as your savior, the Bible says that you can know for certain that you have eternal life. 1 John 5:13 states, “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God”
Of course, many people will continue trusting in their good works to earn forgiveness instead of choosing to trust in Christ alone. You may be surprised to learn that the Bible clearly states that we cannot earn Heaven through our good works. In Ephesians chapter 2, the apostle Paul writes, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, least any man should boast (Eph. 2:8-9).
How exactly may I know that my sins are forgiven?
1. Understand that Christ died on the cross and paid for all our sins. Jesus Christ was the perfect sacrifice that satisfied God’s demand for justice against our sins. Because Jesus did that for us, eternal life is offered to us as a free gift. God paid the price for our sin Himself!
2. Turn from sin and receive Christ as your savior. The Bible teaches that, in order to receive forgiveness of sins, we must repent and place our faith in Christ. To repent is simply to make a conscious decision to turn away from sin and to turn toward Christ. Repentence involves a change of mind that produces a change in action. Repentence normally involves sorrow over our past sins - especially when we realize that Christ died on the cross in our place. The Bible say, "...there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth." (Luke 15:10)
The Bible says that "...Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:13) "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16). The word believe in John 3:16 means to place your trust in Christ. If you will place your trust in Jesus Christ as the one who paid for your sins on the cross of Calvary, and in nothing else, God promises you both forgiveness of sin and eternal life.