Saturday, January 21, 2006

Thoughts On Homosexuality

1. Is homosexuality wrong?
Yes, according to God, who defines what’s right and wrong, He states that it’s wrong.

a. 26For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.-Romans 1:26-27

1. The reason homosexuality exist is because God in His judgment gave people over to their evil desires and away from loving God. (v26)
2. The Bible calls homosexual activity as unnatural, shameless, and deserving of due penalty (v 27)

B. The Bible describes God’s design for marriage to be between a man and a woman

24Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. – Genesis 3:24

C. God designed sexual acts to be in a marriage (man and woman, not in a same sex) relationship.

1Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: "It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman." 2But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. – 1 Corinthians 7:1-2

D. Homosexual unions distorts the symbol of marriage which is suppose to point to Christ (the husband) and the church (the wife)

31"Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." 32This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church – Ephesians 5:24

E. Verses

9Do you not know that the unrighteous[b] will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,[c] 10nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God – 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

F. Other verses (Lev. 18:22, 1 Timothy 1:9-10, Jude 7)

2. Isn’t Christianity all about love, why should we rebuke homosexual practices?

a. We should never rebuke someone unless we first love them (1 Corinthians 13).

b. But we should rebuke homosexual practices because God has declared it to be sin, and like any other sin; we must repent and turn to Christ and His commandments. Love always seek the greatest good for a person, therefore it is "loving" to correct someone behavoral in order for them to enjoy Christ, which is there greatest good.

3. If homosexuality is natural, how can God still condemn us?

For one, homosexuality being genetic in nature is debatable, but even if we say it is, God is just in condemning homosexuality because all sins inherently come from our fallen nature since birth, therefore if God is just to condemn those sins, He is just in condemning homosexuality.

4. How Should We Deal with Homosexuals?

a. Love them and be patient with them.
b. Tell them the truth about their life-style.
c. Point them to Christ, who forgives all sins.
d. Point them to Christ, who provides the power to break sin, even though it may be slow.
e. Pray for them

5. To Those That Are Homosexual

a. FPC will love you.
b. FPC will fight with you if you decide to battle your sin.
c. FPC will always point you to Christ

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