God is anti-sin. But He loves the sinner, demonstrating this by giving His son so all could be saved.
God is God. He is the Creator and sustainer of everything in existence. “For in him we live, and move, and have our being” Acts 17:28). He is sovereign. “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure” (Isaiah 46:9,10).
Because He is the Creator, the Sustainer, and the sovereign, He has the right and authority to define sin. It doesn’t matter what you or I think; He makes the rules.
The Ten Commandments give God’s basic and well-defined moral code. (Exodus 20:3,4,7,8,12-17).
- Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
- Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.
- Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
- Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.
The first four commandments tell us how we should relate to God.
- Honor thy father and thy mother.
- Thou shalt not kill.
- Thou shalt not commit adultery.
- Thou shalt not steal.
- Thou shalt not bear false witness
- Thou shalt not covet.
The last six commandments govern our behavior toward others.
The Ten Commandments are not the only commands. Jesus summarized the entire law by saying, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40).
But what about homosexualism or “being gay or LGBTQ”? Homosexualism is not something new. It has been present since the beginning of humanity.
Note these Scriptures: Genesis 19:4,5 “the men of the city” “called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? Bring them out unto us that we may know (be intimate with) them.”
Biblical commands against homosexualism: Leviticus 18:22 “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”
Leviticus 20:13: “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination:”
In Romans 1:18-32, Paul traces the downward path of people who reject the truth, God, and the creation by God. There is pride in their own wisdom; then they change the glory of God into images. (Today, most people don’t prostrate themselves to worship an image. Instead, they have the idols of money, success, possessions, pleasure, fame, etc.). At this point, God gives them up to uncleanness. Then, they worship the creature more than the Creator.
Then follows verses 26 – 28: ” 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.”
Because they did not want to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind. (a mind which God cannot approve – Amplified Bible calls it a base and condemned mind).
Paul describes the character of the reprobate mind in verses 29-32. “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: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”
Please note that in this listing of sins, homosexualism is just one of the many sins listed. God hates all sin. He gave His son, Jesus, to pay for those sins with his own blood so that you and I could be saved from hell and the bondage of sin. God hates homosexualism, and He hates adultery. But He loves the homosexual and the adulterer. He longs to forgive them and free them from the bondage of their sin.
All of this relates to the family. God created mankind in Genesis 1 and 2. He created them male and female. He brought Adam and Eve together and formed the very first family, the first institution created by God. “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave unto his wife and they shall be one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). Later, man distorted this perfect family relationship with polygamy, adultery, and other sexual sins.
In the New Testament, Paul describes the church as the betrothed bride of Christ. The husband and wife were to be a picture of the heavenly relationship of Jesus Christ and the church. (Ephesians 5:22-33).
Polygamy, divorce, adultery, fornication, covetousness, homosexualism, envy, murder, disobedience to parents, no natural affection, drunkenness – and so on, all work to destroy the home.
God gives us commands and restrictions to help us have a beautiful, happy, and productive life. He is our architect, our maker. He knows what works and what doesn’t. Deliberately disobeying His orders invites disarray, confusion, strife, and unhappiness into our lives.
Is there an answer to this? Yes. In 1 Corinthians, Paul writes to a church he established in an evil, immoral city. Yet Paul wrote these words in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11:
“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, (This refers to partners in a homosexual relationship.) nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 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.” The Corinthians had practiced these sins before, BUT NOW they were new creatures in Christ who had changed from their old ways.
Christ’s blood is sufficient to pay for their sins, cleanse them, and give them a new, changed life. If a person will come humbly to the Lord in repentance, He will forgive, cleanse, and transform his life. Just like the sinners in Corinth, Jesus can do the same for you. No matter your sins, Jesus can work a miracle in you – if you let Him. Will you do it today?
Christian, you know the experience of the new life in Christ. Guard your life against impurity so you can be a shining example of Christlikeness and what Christ can do for any sinner.