With the recent American controversy on the issue of gay “marriage” and homosexuality, I have been looking for a way to express my opinion on this subject. I believe this article by Ken Ham of “Answers in Genesis” portrays very well my feelings on gay “marriage” and the recent facebook “rain bow invasion”.
‘Can Christians Judge Gay “Marriage”?
I must admit I have been amazed (and saddened) by the number of Christians who claim that because we call gay “marriage” a sin, we are being judgmental, for they claim the Bible tells us not to judge! And, of course, many non-Christians inconsistently quote the Bible to claim that Christians shouldn’t judge those who believe in gay “marriage.”
Actually, and ironically, many of these people are very judgmental themselves as they make their (false) accusation. And it’s not just gay “marriage” we call sin, but all sexual immorality (like adultery and fornication), lying, murder, thieving, and so on. How can we judge that these actions are sin? Because we have an absolute authority by which all our actions must be judged—the authority of the Word of God. God obviously is the ultimate Judge, and He has given us His Word with which to judge actions.
Now, people often take Matthew 7:1 out of context and claim we are not to judge—but when you read the whole passage carefully, Christ is actually warning believers against making judgments in a hypocritical or condemning manner. Jesus also stated in John 7:24, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” Notice the Lord’s command to judge. But before we make a judgment, we must make sure we are judging righteously from God’s Word and not relying on our own opinion.
I have been observing a pattern with a number of comments posted to my Facebook page from people who disagree with the stand against gay “marriage” (based on God’s Word) taken by Bible-believing Christians like those of us at Answers in Genesis (just as we take a stand against adultery, lying, thieving, murder, and other sins). I read comments from people claiming the gay “marriage” issue is all about “love”—and yet the irony escapes those who post very hateful comments against Christians (and against me personally). It seems to me that many who accept gay “marriage” interpret our view of not accepting their behavior (on the basis of Scripture) as unloving and hateful, but they really don’t want love—they want to see us accept their sinful position! However, we can, and do, love people we don’t agree with—so not agreeing with them and judging their position as sin based on Scripture is not being hateful or unloving!
Of course a great concern right now is that we will see people in authority begin to claim that speaking against homosexual behavior or gay “marriage” is “hate speech”! The president has already claimed it’s a civil rights issue—but it is not! While we cannot change the shape of a person’s eyes or skin shade (which are genetically determined), people can change their moral behavior! Homosexual behavior and gay “marriage” are moral issues, not civil rights issues. The door has been opened! Secularists already claim the Bible is full of hate speech. How long before we are told we can’t use certain passages in the Bible or we will be judged for using hate speech? How long will we be able to have the free exercise of Christianity in this nation, as guaranteed by the US Constitution?’
Source: Ken Ham, ‘Can Christians Judge Gay “Marriage”?’ (answersingenesis)
‘Question: “What does the Bible say about homosexuality? Is homosexuality a sin?”
Answer: The Bible consistently tells us that homosexual activity is a sin (Genesis 19:1-13; Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9). Romans 1:26-27 teaches specifically that homosexuality is a result of denying and disobeying God. When people continue in sin and unbelief, God “gives them over” to even more wicked and depraved sin in order to show them the futility and hopelessness of life apart from God. 1 Corinthians 6:9 proclaims that homosexual “offenders” will not inherit the kingdom of God.
God does not create a person with homosexual desires. The Bible tells us that people become homosexuals because of sin (Romans 1:24-27) and ultimately because of their own choice. (…) According to the Bible, God’s forgiveness is just as available to a homosexual as it is to an adulterer, idol worshipper, murderer, thief, etc. God also promises the strength for victory over sin, including homosexuality, to all those who will believe in Jesus Christ for their salvation (1 Corinthians 6:11;2 Corinthians 5:17; Philippians 4:13).’
Source: “What does the Bible say about homosexuality? Is homosexuality a sin?” (gotquestions)
Extra: pdf by Joseph Nicolosi, a Roman-Catholic psychiatrist who has earnest concerns concerning the fact that from many homosexuals, who want to get rid of their homosexual feelings, good psychiatric threatment is withheld:
Having said all this, can the homosexual/lesbian go to heaven? Most definitely! (And I praise God for this because I love homosexuals in a christlike manner!) BUT ONLY IF he/she repents of (feels regrets for and turns away from) all sins, including homosexuality in deed or in playing with homosexual thoughts…
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Are you ready to let go of your sins? Check out The “Sinner’s Prayer“! 🙂
Is “I was born this way” an excuse for homosexuality? Click here to find out the answer.
Do you want more information on subjects included on this page? Check out “God is Love“, “Any One Form of Sin Resisted In is Fatal to The Soul” by Charles G. Finney, “Love is (Demonstrated by Our) Obedience” by William Birch and “Governmental Theory of The Atonement“.
Ps. I don’t hate homosexuals. Such statements, which were sometimes used against my position, are childish.