Must Christians “Celebrate” It? (Part 2)

Some are under the impression that with the coming of Jesus, God no longer views homosexuality in the same light as he did when he rained brimstone and fire on the cites of Sodom and Gomorrah. They are mistaken. Through his spokesman, the apostle Paul, Jesus teaches that homosexuality is a “degrading” passion, “unnatural,” and “indecent.”*

Romans 1:26-27 says, “For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.”

A closer look at Romans chapter one indicates that men and women indulge in homosexual behavior (and every other sort of wickedness, see Romans 1:28-31) because they have “suppress[ed] the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18), allowed their hearts to be darkened (Romans 1:21), became “fools” (Romans 1:22), and “exchanged the truth of God for a lie” (Romans 1:25). Like heterosexual fornication, homosexuality is immoral and will keep one from inheriting the kingdom of God.

In response, we are assured that: “Homosexuals cannot change!” This is one of Satan’s most successful lies. The Bible refutes his lies, and this one in particular.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 says, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.”

“The past tense ‘such were some of you’ cannot be ignored. Paul does not address ‘homosexual Christians.’ He addresses former homosexuals who were now Christians. A transition had taken placeā€¦.” (James R. White & Jeffrey D. Niell, Same Sex Controversy, p. 151) They had washed themselves in the waters of baptism (Acts 18:8). As a result, God sanctified them, making them holy, and justified them, forgiving them of their sins (cf., Acts 2:36-38; 22:16). They were raised from the dead to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:1-23). They could now look back upon a lifestyle that was no longer theirs.

“Such were some of you,” but no longer! There were no “gay Christians” in the church at Corinth any more than there were Christian adulterers, Christian thieves, Christian swindlers, or Christian fornicators.

This is good news for everyone who desires to have communion with the living God, including homosexuals. For like the thief and the drunkard, the adulterer and the fornicator, the liar, and the covetous, they too can be cleansed of their sins through the blood of Jesus, and have their lives transformed! Through Christ, change is possible for all!

God loves you, and He desires your salvation (John 3:16-17). Do you want to make your life right with Him? If so, then act today while there is still opportunity. I “beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20).

–Kieran Murphy

*Unless otherwise noted, all Bible quotations are taken from the NASB