The recent tragic Orlando massacre of 50 people, who were partying in a gay nightclub, has brought to light and to our discussion what people’s attitudes are toward the LGBT community. Certainly, this tragedy has put a spotlight on them and we feel sympathy not only for those who were murdered, but for all homosexuals—because we know that many terrorists hate them and want to kill more of them.
And we can talk all day about what we think of homosexuals and homosexuality, but in the end only one think matters—what does God think? I have decides to write this blog to bring that to light. So, first of all…
WHAT DOES GOD THINK OF HOMOSEXUALS?
We know from God’s word and from God’s character that He hates sin. But we also know that He loves the sinner—and that includes me and you and all people, because all of us have sinned. And whatever anyone thinks of homosexuals, God loves them just as He loves me.
He has proved His love for all of us by dying on a cross. And on that cross He paid the penalty for all our sins so that we will not perish (and spend eternity in hell) but will have everlasting life (with God in heaven).
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Yes, God loves the homosexual, and He died for all homosexuals so that any of them might believe in Him and have everlasting life.
WHAT DOES GOD THINK OF HOMOSEXUALITY? — 6 POINTS
Here, in 6 points, is what God thinks of homosexuality—that is, the homosexual lifestyle, and the actions of a homosexual.
1. God has revealed in His word that homosexuality is sin. In 1 Timothy 1:8-11, Paul includes homosexuals with those who are lawless, rebellious, ungodly and sinners, unholy and profane, murderers, immoral men, kidnappers and liars and perjurers. Thus, since God hates all sin; certainly, He hates the sin of homosexuality.
2. God hates homosexuality because it keeps people He loves from His eternal kingdom. In 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, God tells us not to be deceived but that we should know without a doubt that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God. In His list of unrighteous persons are homosexuals and sodomites.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
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 homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. (NKJV, bold for emphasis)
We should understand of course that these individuals are those who willingly practice sin as their lifestyle and are not those who make occasional mistakes. For even a Christian can fall into sin.
3. God hates homosexuality because it is an abomination before God and it has corrupted entire communities and civilizations. Here are five examples:
(1) The entire world before the flood (Gen. 6). In this example the bible does not say that man’s sin was homosexuality; however, it was much like it, for evil angels were having sex with the women, which produced the “Nephilim.” Thus just like homosexuality, it was very unnatural.
(2) The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen. 18:16-19:29). These cities were so far gone that scripture indicates that all of them, “both young and old, all the people from every quarter” (Gen. 19:4) were corrupted with homosexuality. Thus God destroyed them all, except Lot and his two daughters (Gen. 19:16).
(3) Israel. Except for a few survivors, Israel had corrupted themselves. And we must believe that the sin of homosexuality was the most predominate, because God said that they became “like Sodom” and “like Gomorrah” (Isaiah 1:9-10).
(4) Greece. Both Socrates and Plato were practicing homosexuals; and I suppose they greatly influenced the entire Greece culture.
(5) Rome. Did you know that 14 out of 15 Roman emperors were homosexuals? And make no mistake, their homosexual lifestyle pervaded and corrupted the entire Roman Empire.
4. God hates homosexuality because it has compelled Him to destroy them. Yes, because of His holy nature, and so that the corruption doesn’t spread, He has no choice but to destroy this evil and the people that He loves. God had no choice but to destroy the entire world with a flood, except for Noah and his family. Likewise, He had to destroy the evil cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, except for Lot and his two daughters. And we have read in scripture how He over and over again sent plagues on Israel because of their sin, and how He imposed the death penalty for homosexuals (and for other sexual sins). And we know also that the Greek and Roman empires fell due to their corruption and homosexuality.
5. God reveals His attitude toward homosexuality by the terms He uses for them. God has never called anyone gay. That is a term that we have invented to take away the stigma, to try to cover up the shame of the sin by a manufactured joy. God’s terms are sodomy, sodomite and homosexual. I think sodomy, sodomite is the best term because it clearly tells us that the homosexual is someone who commits the sin of Sodom.
6. God is deeply grieved by the sinful behavior of a homosexual because it keeps them (as long as they are committed to that behavior) from eternal life. He is grieved because a people that He loves and died for will spend eternity apart from Him in hell.
Do you love the homosexual? Do you love them enough to try to lead them to Christ and to point out their sin?
Many believe that homosexuality is inherited and they are born with it. But there is no evidence for that. Homosexuality is a learned behavior and something that one chooses. That is why the homosexual can be saved and changed—and many have been. The bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17,
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
My Source: What God Thinks of Homosexuals, by John MacArthur