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QUESTION: Does an individual’s sexual preference really matter to God?
 
ANSWER: The Word of God speaks very clearly on the subject of sexual orientation. I would like to kindly but clearly point out that all who reject God’s statements regarding any subject reject God. In 1 Thessalonians 4:2-8, Paul gives instruction on holy living with particular emphasis on sexual purity. The section ends with the declaration, “He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God.”
 
Read God’s preserved Word on the subject for yourself. Don’t try to interpret it. Just read it. Let’s start in Leviticus 18:22-26; 20:13. In these passages God is condemning a number of sexual practices, including incest, adultery and bestiality. These verses also indicate that sexual activity between one man and one woman is the norm (“as with womankind,” “adultery,” etc.). It is important to remember that God is instructing His people contrary to the practices of the people who lived in the land where they were going. In other words, God’s rules for intimacy were counter-cultural or “against the flow.” Homosexual activity is described as an abomination (“that which repulses,” “a thing of horror”). The only way to soften these blows is to change the words – which is the only reason for the majority of new Bible translations. But making the Bible more politically correct will not change God’s original mind on the matter. Sodomy and adultery are equally abominable (Lev 30:13; Matt 5:27-28; 19:18).
 
Jesus personally condemns adultery and fornication (Matt 5:28, 32-33). Paul, writing under inspiration of the Holy Ghost said the sexually immoral, including fornicators, adulterers and sodomites will not inherit the kingdom of God (Gal 5:19-21; 1 Cor 6:9-10; Eph 5:3-5).
 
The witness of Romans 1:24-27 is also pretty clear. In this passage Paul declares that two activities in particular are the result of a deliberate attempt to suppress the knowledge of God: idolatry and same-sex intercourse. The point is that as only someone who has ignored or deliberately rejected the witness of creation would try to portray God as a pathetic statue carved by man, only someone who has rejected God’s created order as represented in the creation of man, “male and female,” could exchange unnatural, sodomite intimacy for the natural.
 
It is also interesting to note that Paul, speaking of un-churched Gentiles, does not claim they don’t know the Scripture (cf. Rom 2:14-15), but rather charges them with rejecting nature (the knowledge of God as revealed in creation). 
 
Homosexual behavior is sin, but the sinner is still loved by God. Forgiveness and Heaven remain available on the basis of repentance and faith: repentance from our sin and faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross of Calvary.
 
 
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