Homosexuality

Did Jesus Say Anything About Homosexuality?”
By Shane Idleman

My hope is that readers will read the entire article before drawing conclusions. I have nothing but “compassion” for those trapped in “sexual” sin. Those who strongly believe in the Bible and God’s will regarding sexual “behavior” also strongly believe in unconditional “love and forgiveness.”

To say that authentic Christians “hate or fear” those trapped in the homosexual lifestyle demonstrates a gross “misunderstanding” of the Christian faith. To “confront in love” simply comes from a “desire” to honor God and to truly “love and care” for others. “The ability to relate to people on their level, show genuine concern, and love them regardless of their lifestyle is the mark of true Christianity.”

In case you don’t continue reading, let me offer some encouragement: “if you’re hopeless, depressed, and confused, look to the One who created you. He has the answers.”

No matter what you have done, you have the “ability” to turn to Christ and start anew: “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

It’s no surprise that the church, and our nation, desperately need to hear “the voice of one crying in the wilderness” to awaken, convict, and restore. It was not so long ago that we were concerned about “the fall of America.”

America cannot fall because she has already fallen. We are now picking up the pieces of a “broken” nation reflected in our laws, lives, families, and children. America’s moral heartbeat has ceased because we cut off the source of life. We need “resuscitation, renewal, and revival of the truth.”

When people, groups, denominations, or movements “depart” from absolute truth, and thus, quench and grieve the Spirit of God, they become mechanical in their approach to Christianity and lose the ability to guide. The Word of God is not in their hearts “like a burning fire” (Jeremiah 20:9), but relative, powerless, and debatable. This is what we see today.

Unfortunately, those who are sounding the alarm are often categorized as “irrational, judgmental, bigoted, and intolerant.” But how can we warn if we won’t confront, correct if we won’t challenge, and contend if we won’t question? We must speak the truth in love…the Bible is crystal clear on “sexual sin, including homosexuality.”

Why is there a “lack of conviction” today? The reason may not be in the pew, but in the pulpit. Much depends on the “prayer life” of the preacher. Pastors, preachers, and teachers must spend extended time in “prayer” to be truly effective—God prepares the “messenger” before we prepare the message. Luther’s motto, “He that has prayed well has studied well,” rings true.

I’m convinced that the majority of the churches in America are seeking to please the “masses rather than convict.” Judgment is never mentioned; repentance is rarely sought; and sin is often excused. We want to “build” a church rather than “break” a heart; be “politically” correct rather than “biblically” correct; “coddle and comfort” rather than “stir and convict.”

This leaves people “confused and deceived” because we teach and live a form of Christianity “void of repentance and void of truth.” Consider the following in light of Jesus’ teachings…in light of the truth:

The “moral” laws in the Old Testament such as “killing, stealing, lying, adultery, sexual immorality,” and so on are all valid today. Jesus referred often to the Old Testament, and said that He didn’t come to abolish it, but to fulfill it.

Although many of the ceremonial and dietary laws of the Old Testament do not apply today, the moral laws do. They are as significant today as they have been throughout history.

For example, Leviticus 20:13 states, “If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination….” To suggest that this verse is “invalid” today is to advocate the dangerous practice of “redefining or deleting” what God has said. Jesus referred to the Old Testament often in regard to “moral behavior.”

The consequences of wrong actions may have changed, but the moral implications remain the same. For instance, even though we no longer “stone to death” those who commit adultery, this does not mean that adultery is “acceptable” or any less dangerous. Adultery is wrong even though there aren’t legal consequences.

Jesus condemned “all” sexual activity outside of marriage between a man and woman when He said, “Out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornication’s…these defile a man” (Matthew 15:19).

Jesus was implying that all sexual activity outside of marriage between a man and a woman is harmful and immoral. The word “fornication” in the Greek is porneia; where the word “pornography” comes from. We cannot say, “But I was born this way,” because we were all born to “lie, cheat, lust, and deceive,” but this doesn’t make it right…it makes us “sinful and in need of a Savior.”

An argument cannot be based solely on silence. To suggest that Jesus approved of homosexuality simply because He did not use the term “homosexual,” is to imply that He approved of “necrophilia, pedophilia, incest, and bestiality.” But, of course, we know better.

Other passage in the New Testament are clear on this issue as well. Romans 1:18-32 and 1 Corinthians 6:1-20 are good places to start. In short, mankind did not see fit to “acknowledge” God and thereby “suppressed” the truth; therefore, God gave them over to a “depraved mind” to do those things which are not proper.

Homosexual behavior, and sexual sin in general, is comparable with “dishonoring” the body and “turning” from God. “The sexual disordering of the human race is a judgment of God for exchanging Him for the creature” John Piper wrote.

Jesus said that since the beginning of creation, God created them male and female in order that they would be joined together and become one flesh. He adds, “Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate” (Mark 10:9).

Marriage between a man and a woman is God’s plan since “creation.” No matter how many laws are passed in favor of “gay marriage”, it will not change God’s mind or His Word. Mankind often “rebels” against God; this is nothing new.

In closing, Jesus would often speak out against “sin”, but His love and mercy also reached out to those who “regretted and hated” their condition. Forgiveness is a mark of “genuine” faith.

We should have “compassion” for those who struggle with “same sex attraction” because we all struggle with sin, but at the same time, we should not “condone or excuse” this type of sin any more than we condone or excuse any other sin.

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