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QUESTION:  Does the Word of God say anything regarding homosexual conduct?


ANSWER:  Until the 1960s every state had a law criminalizing what many call homosexual behavior.  Then, in 1961, Illinois became the first state in the nation to decriminalize it.  Today gay ‘marriage’ is legal.  Regardless of what man legislates, however, sodomy remains sin against a holy God.


Before answering the question further I wish to caveat my reply with a reminder that God is love.  Just as the Crusades in centuries past were wicked and never of God, so too, we are never to mount our own personal crusade or vendetta against those who practice drunkenness, adultery or even sodomy.  Christ died to forgive every sin.  The danger of continuing down a path of sin against God brings difficulty – not of God to forgive, but of you and me to repent.  God uses a foreboding word in relation to sodomy.  He calls it an abomination (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13).


Sodomite perversion is a sensitive subject in this day and age, but the Bible does address it and many of you have asked about it.  I have worked with drunkards, adulterers, fornicators, thieves, blasphemers, haters of God, and yes, even sodomites.  Now listen, when these people were not drinking, sleeping around, laughing at dirty jokes, stealing and cursing, they were not bad to work with.  In fact, many of them were better, more capable and harder workers than some so-called ‘Christians’ I worked with.  The truth is, we are all sinners and sin is destructive – in fact so destructive it put Christ on the cross.


My personal thoughts on the matter do not matter.  We can argue about what Scripture means but we cannot argue about what it says.  So let’s read what God says: Leviticus 18:20, “Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's wife, to defile thyself with her.” Leviticus 18:22-24, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion. Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:” Adultery, sodomy and bestiality are all lumped together not only as sin but as an act of abomination directed against God.


Look at God’s judgment against these sins. Leviticus 20:10, “And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.” Leviticus 20:13, “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” Leviticus 20:15-16, “And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast. And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”


No one is born a sodomite but everyone is born a sinner.  How sin manifests itself in our lives is as different as our personalities.  Any natural desire taken to an extreme is sin. Hunger can turn into gluttony, thirst can develop into drunkenness, sleep can become laziness and intimacy immorality.  Notice and take heed: these sins are not “sicknesses.” God never promises to cure us from all disease (barring accidents, disease takes us all).  But He does promise to forgive us from and give us victory over every sin.  So call it what God calls it…you’re not an alcoholic (disease) you’re a drunkard (sin)…confess it and forsake it!


God calls those that commit sodomy “abusers of themselves with mankind” (1 Cor 6:9-10).  But He also offers them forgiveness.  In fact, look at the very next verse: 1 Cor 6:11, “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.”  Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.


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