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By no means do we intend to single out and “pick on” homosexuality to the neglect of so many other sins. Every sin is equally evil in the sight of God in that every sin is a rebellion against God which results in eternal separation from having a right relationship with God. The Bible refers to this as a second death in Revelation 20:12–15. In the first death, the body dies; in the second death, the spirit essentially dies as it is eternally separated from both a right relationship with its Creator and its purpose for existence. According to James 2:10, “[W]hoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.” In other words, any sin—whether it be homosexuality, murder, theft, lying, anger, pride, hypocrisy, or a host of additional sins—is enough to outweigh every good deed. A single sin is enough to transgress the holiness of God and condemn a person to an eternity of this second death in Hell.

Realizing this, homosexuality cannot be singled out as a more egregious transgression of God’s holiness than any other sin. Those sins which have unfortunately found refuge among many Christians—sins such as gossip, envy, greed, pride, hypocrisy, etc.—would justifiably condemn any one of us to Hell just as quickly as the sin of homosexual intercourse.

Instead, the reason why homosexuality is addressed on this website is because of the effects of this particular sin. Every sin is equally damnable in the sight of God, but not every sin produces the same effects. There is a reason why murder is judged more harshly than theft in our legal system. The effects of murder are more severe and permanent than are the effects of theft. Whereas the stolen item may be replaced, the extinguished life cannot. Likewise, when Israel was governed in the Old Testament by a theocracy, some sins were judged more severely by the legal system than others. Ceremonial infractions of the Law resulted in such penalties as burning one’s crops or quarantining one’s self from the public for a time; whereas, moral infractions of the Law could result in death. Even post Israel’s theocratic government, the Bible warns that certain sins still have a greater effect than others, revealing that this is not merely the judgment of society but is an immutable fact.

In 1 Corinthians 6:18, the Apostle Paul warns, “Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.” The prevalent nature of sexually transmitted diseases among our “sexually-liberated” culture today testifies to the validity of Paul’s warning to the Corinthians. The homosexual community is certainly experiencing the consequences of ignoring this warning. As an illustration, consider one example: Syphilis. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease which, if left untreated, can cause extensive damage to the brain and internal organs and can even result in death. Based on data from a National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System report in April, 2014, there were 9,000 cases of syphilis in America in 2012, and 84% of these were among men who had sex with men. To keep this in perspective, it is estimated that homosexuals—both male and female—comprise only about 3.5% of the American population.1 In 2013, the reported number of syphilis cases nearly doubled, rising to 16,000 cases. According to the Center for Disease Control, the vast majority of new reported syphilis cases come from men who have sex with men.2 This, in-and-of-itself, merits that direct attention be given to the sin of homosexuality—just as Jesus and the Apostles addressed specific sins which were particularly hazardous to individuals or to the society.

In a perfect world, the church would never need to address sinful behavior but could focus its full attention on how to better serve God and strengthen a personal relationship with Him. But we do not live in a perfect world. Instead, we live in a fallen world where sinful behavior continually threatens the ability of God’s people to serve Him and to strengthen their relationship with Him. Therefore, sin must be addressed, and Jesus provided an example of how this ought to look. He did not spend His teaching ministry avoiding particular sins and social debates. Rather, He specifically identified and spoke into such sins as self-righteousness, hypocrisy, hatred, lying, adultery, divorce, etc. Many of these were incredibly controversial topics which caused widespread offense. Likewise, we as the Church ought not to be afraid of addressing specific sins and possibly even causing offense by speaking the truth in love, as is taught in Ephesians 4:11-16. In fact, the Apostle Paul referred to the gospel as “the offense of the cross” in Galatians 5:11, and he warned the church in Corinth that this gospel message—which is the very foundation of the Church—is offensive when properly presented. Second Corinthians 2:14-16 says, “[T]hanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life.” The truth that every person is separated from God by his sinful behavior and is destined to an eternal second death in Hell must cause offense. This offense then leads some to embrace the truth that they can never have a right relationship with God on their own apart from the forgiveness that Jesus Christ offers through His death, burial, and resurrection. For these, the offense of this gospel becomes the fragrance of life. But for others, they are repulsed by this dependency upon Jesus for forgiveness, and this offense is the pungent smell of death. They reject the gospel and seek to either separate themselves from the speaker or to silence him.

Certainly we have witnessed this truth time and again. But the homosexual issue is perhaps one of the more extreme examples of this in today’s culture. There is a concerted effort to silence any who would express disapproval of homosexuality. This is being accomplished in two ways. The first is through intimidation, and the second is through judicial force. Today it seems that no person can safely express disapproval of homosexuality without being personally assaulted. At the very least, he will be accused of hate speech, regardless of the spirit in which it is said, regardless of any qualifications which may be included, and regardless of the context. In contrast to this, those who support homosexuality can verbally assault these individuals with seeming immunity regardless of how abusive and slanderous their language may be. As an illustration, consider the testimony of Dr. Michael Brown who was interviewed by Thom Hartmann on his nationally syndicated radio program. Dr. Brown is an individual full of compassion and love who regularly talks into the issue of homosexuality, but who never does so with a mean or proud spirit. During this interview, Thom Hartmann asked Dr. Brown for his views on homosexuality. The question having been asked, Dr. Brown grouped it together with other forbidden practices in Scripture, including adultery, drunkenness, and religious hypocrisy. He did not place homosexuality above these other sins, and he told Thom that only the day before he had encouraged a woman to treat with unconditional love her twenty-one year-old son who had just come out of the closet. Despite the context and the spirit with which this was said, a listener to the program wrote to Dr. Brown’s website:3

Having just heard you on Thom Hartmann, (5/12/09), all you’ve done is convey to the public at large that you are an ignoramous [sic], who no more warrants the moniker of “Doctor” than an earthworm. … What is it you don’t get, you stupid [expletive]!? Your “Holy Holy Holy” hypocricy [sic] doesn’t fool me. You’re either a very sick individual, or evil to the core. Which is it? … People like you are bigots, hate mongers, dare I say racist, and more lunatic than lunatic. You are clearly a dangerous, mean-spiritted [sic] madman—and a CHARLATAN, SNAKE-OIL SALESMAN, and a hypocrite of the first order. If there is a hell – which, of course there isn’t,—I hope there’s a special place for wicked, nasty people like you.

Unfortunately, this is not an exceptional response. Those who speak against homosexuality are rarely given the benefit of the doubt, are rarely quoted in context, and are rarely treated with civility. It is common for such to be accused of being hateful, racist, homophobic, Nazis. And because any disapproval of homosexual practice is considered to be hateful and mean-spirited, there is an effort to use judicial force to categorize such dissent as a hate-crime. Already this has been accomplished in Canada where the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that quoting the Bible regarding the sin of homosexual behavior is considered to be hate-speech.4 Similarly, in the United Kingdom, the Association of Chief Police Officers define a homophobic incident as “Any incident which is perceived to be homophobic by the victim or any other person.”5 In other words, apart from reality, if the victim or any onlooker imagines that something homophobic was said, then a hate-crime was committed.

But it should not surprise us that Christians are being persecuted, slandered, and falsely accused for holding to their religious convictions and speaking the truth in love because this is precisely how our Savior was treated. In fact, Jesus warned His disciples in John 15:18–21 that this would be the Christian’s reality:

“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.”

Fear of persecution is no excuse for avoiding the issue of homosexuality. Fear of offending someone with the truth when spoken in love is no excuse for avoiding the issue of homosexuality. Fear of being accused of inflating and unfairly “picking on” the sin of homosexuality is no excuse for avoiding the issue. Rather, this is a sin which is causing severe physical, mental, and emotional harm to many individuals in addition to being the catalyst for attacking fundamental social and moral issues. As such, we are compelled to speak into this issue. However, as we do, let us continually keep in mind that were it not for the grace of God, any one of us could find ourselves suffering from the same sin. Were it not for the grace of God, every one of us would experience the same second death in Hell as a punishment for our sins as the homosexual. By no means are we superior to people with same-sex attractions, nor are we more righteous apart from Jesus Christ. Rather, because we have been shown mercy and forgiven of so much sin, we ought to be filled with love and compassion for others who find themselves ensnared by sin. But this is a love which directs sinners to a Savior who can free them from their bondage to sin. This is why the Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian church in 1 Corinthians 6:9–11, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” Homosexuality is not the unpardonable sin. What the homosexual needs is not to become a heterosexual, but to become a Christian whose identity is found in the righteousness of Jesus Christ, and who has experienced a transformation within his spirit. As for those of us who have already experienced this transformation, we need to be talking about this issue and taking this gospel—this good news—to those who are enslaved by the sin of homosexuality.

 


1. Gates, “How Many People.”
2. Reinberg, “Syphilis Cases.”
3. Brown, A Queer Thing, 63–64.
4. Mephibosheth, “Supremes Rule.”
5. Brown, A Queer Thing, 534.

Works Cited

1. Brown, Michael. A Queer Thing Happened to America. Concord: EqualTime Books, 2011.
2. Gates, Gary. “How Many People Are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender?” The Williams Institute, April 2011. Accessed June 12, 2014. http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/research/census-lgbt-demographics-studies/how-many-people-are-lesbian-gay-bisexual-and-transgender/.
3. Mephibosheth, Gabriel. “Supremes Rule Bible as ‘Hate Speech’ in Canada.” Culture News, March 18, 2013. Accessed June 12, 2014. http://culturecampaign.blogspot.com/2013/03/supremes-rule-bible-as-hate-speech-in.html .
4. Reinberg, Steven. “Syphilis Cases Climbing Among Gay Men: CDC.” WebMD, May 9, 2014. Accessed June 12, 2014. http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/news/20140509/syphilis-cases-climbing-among-gay-men-cdc .
5. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Crossway Bibles, 2001.

 

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