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Because I’m not against people. Let me explain. Every person on this earth is a sinner. The Bible says so. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
So to me, the question is do we define people by their sins?
Well, sometimes, yes, I guess we do. Consider the labels:
- Drug addict
Those are some of the sins that come to mind if you’re searching for labels. But, how about other sins? Let’s start with the Ten Commandments:
- Not loving God with all of one’s being
- Honoring things or images more than God
- Dishonoring the Lord’s Day
- Dishonoring parents
- Using God’s Name wrongly
- Lying and falsely accusing
- Committing adultery
- Wanting something/someone that doesn’t belong to you
There are several other lists of practices God deems sinful:
- Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful (Romans 6:29-31).
- Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
- Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine (1 Timothy 1:9-10).
Is homosexuality a sin? Of course it is. The Bible says so in several places, including the passages you just read. It even calls it an abomination. Leviticus 20:13a says, If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. (A similar verse is in Leviticus 18:22.) This is, of course, the Old Testament Law.
The Bible repeats the prohibition about homosexuality in the New Testament. Read this passage: And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient (Romans 6:28). Notice it’s very clear about both men’s and women’s same-sex behavior. It uses words like: vile, against nature, lustful, unseemly, and error. It’s clear that God calls homosexuality a sin.
The Good News is that Jesus came to save sinners. Whether the only sin you ever committed was to tell a lie or disobey your parents, or whether you robbed a bank, killed a person in cold blood, or slept with someone of the same sex, Jesus came for you.
He loves you.
Jesus said, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil (John 3:16-19).
Whether someone has committed a “big sin” or a “little” one, Jesus paid the price for his sin. If you’re guilty of any of the sins we listed, Jesus died for you.
No one can say he is better or worse than anyone else, because all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
That’s why I’m not anti-gay, anti-gambler, anti-drunk, anti-disobedient child, anti-liar, anti-proud, or anti-thief. I can't be against people.
Of course, I am against those sins. So is God, and He’s the Ultimate Judge.
I love the way the Apostle Paul kept the Corinthian Christians’ feet on the ground by reminding them—after the list of sins in 1 Corinthians 6, above—And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:11).
Born-again Christians, may we never forget we were bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s (1 Corinthians 6:20). For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).
If you're in a same-sex relationship, God loves you so much that He sent His Son Jesus to pay for your sin and forgive you. He requires repentance (turning your back on your sin) and putting your faith in Him.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
(2 Corinthians 5:17)
Go, and sin no more (from John 8:11).
Go, and sin no more (from John 8:11).