A recent comment by Reynvaan has caused me to do some thinking on homosexuality as sin. Here is the comment:
First, thanks for the comment, no offense was taken. I love to get in the Bible and search out why I believe what I say I do.
I guess I will start with the Old Testament. I agree in part with what you said about the law being obsolete. I believe that the original law, as laid out to the Jews in the Old Testament was fulfilled through Jesus Christ. He paid the price for sin so that we could live under grace (Hebrews 9:22, Eph 1:7). Obviously there is no longer animal sacrifice, etc. The things listed in the law are still detestable to God, and He still hates them today, but through Christ, there is forgiveness. But just because there is grace doesn’t mean we get to keep disobeying God (Romans 5-6). To continue in sin would mean that we don’t truly love God, because if we do, we will keep His commandments (John 14:15).
Even before the law however, God laid out the original plan. He created a man and a woman, and commissioned them to multiply (Genesis 1:27-28). He said that man needed a suitable helper, and created woman, not another man, and not two women. His plan is for one man to be with one woman in a monogamous relationship or for them to be in no sexual relationship at all. There is no indication in the Bible that it was ever intended differently.
I couldn’t find any red letters that said, “the homosexual lifestyle is sin.” I guess I thought I would.
Homosexuality isn’t the only sexual sin; fornication, adultery, bestiality, and every other type of sexual relationship outside of marriage are condemned. In the following passage, Jesus clearly states that God made man and woman, and that marriage is between a man and a woman.
Matthew 19:4-5 (quoting Genesis 1:27, 2:24), “And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?
Though homosexuality is not mentioned, it is not found in what Jesus stated was the correct sexual relationship. Therefore anything outside of what is stated as acceptable is unacceptable.
As for what the apostles said regarding it, I agree with them. Paul writes in I 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, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”
The best part is the next verse, “And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”
And that is the end of it all. None of us are of our own selves acceptable before God except through the blood of Christ. Sin is simply disobedience to God, and we are all guilty, no matter what name we give it.
Please leave your thoughts.