“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…shall inherit the kingdom of God.” I Corinthians 6:9-10.
We who are living today are witnesses of the greatest collapse of morals since the dawn of the modern era. Homosexuality, the closet-sin, has emerged in recent years as both an acceptable lifestyle and a powerful force in the political arena. Among all moral sins, it was once considered the most vile, being both contrary to physical biology and unnatural. Now it is publicly flaunted and paraded through the very streets by hundreds and thousands at a time. Laws are being enacted in civilized nations to punish those who speak out against the practice.
In the light of these developments, what are God-fearing people to do? Is it time to “get with the times” and re-examine our theology? Should we try to interpret the Bible’s opinion on the subject in the light of modern social constructs and psychology? Should the law of the land be our guide in this matter?
Though it is fast becoming unpopular (and in some places even downright dangerous) to say it, homosexuality is still a sin. As sure as the Word of God is true, its verdict on the matter is unmistakably clear and has not changed with the times:
“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” Lev. 18:22. “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination…” Lev. 20:13. See also Gen. 19:4-8, Judges 19:22-25, Rom. 1:24-27, and 1 Tim. 1:10 in context.
Wickedness in High Places
Saint Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:12 that our battle is against spiritual wickedness in high places. His words could not apply more aptly than to our day. We are fighting not just wickedness in the spiritual realm, but also in the very institutions that are supposed to safeguard morality–the so-called church and the state. Regarding this question of homosexuality, both are fast becoming casualties to ungodliness and attitudes of intolerance toward anyone who dares to hold the Biblical view of its sinfulness. A number of mainstream Protestant denominations have caved in on the issue, accepting it as a normal sexual preference and ordaining openly homosexual clergy. The Episcopal Church, Methodist, and Presbyterian are a few of the so-called Christian bodies that now condone the practice.
In matters of state, homosexual marriage has recently been championed by U.S. President Barack Obama, and is making tremendous strides in the legal system of both the U.S. and other Western nations. In some it has already been legalized. Christians, accused of intolerance for not accepting the abominable practice with open arms, are losing their rights to free speech in the matter. Homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered people can march through the city, and it is considered a triumph for human rights. But if Christians assemble to voice their opinion, they are portrayed as hopeless inflexibles espousing antiquated ideas and Victorian prudishness. But silencing the voice of reason and godliness on this subject still does not change God’s eternal truth. Homosexuality is still a sin.
In response to the rightfully negative feelings people have toward homosexuality, those who choose to participate in that lifestyle have coined a term–homophobia. With this label, they try to reduce the reasoned truth about their unnatural conduct and attractions to a mere fear. They apply this term to any who oppose them, as if such ones suffered from a paranoia of something they don’t rationally understand. This is a shameful misnomer. Those who oppose homosexuality are not afraid of men or women, regardless of their sin. We would have them set free from sin and live to the higher purpose for which they were created. We would, as Paul says, “present every man perfect in Christ Jesus” (Col. 1:28). No, we are not homophobic. We will risk committing what they call a hate crime to pluck souls from the prospect of hell. That is courage, not fear. It is true love for men and women, not hate.
This appellation is just one more example of abusers of themselves with mankind taking a term out of context to suit their purposes. The term gay used to be a common word for light-heartedness or happiness. Now, it is used to denote someone who practices a homosexual lifestyle. The very term homosexual became distasteful to them, having had so many years of negative connotation. Even the American media has taken up this war of words on the side of homosexuality. They will invariably refer to heterosexuals as “heterosexuals.” But let them talk about homosexuals, and they will almost always refer to them as “gay.” Why? To try to take away the reproach of the sin. In this they fail. Those who practice homosexuality are not gay in the original sense. “There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked” (Isa. 57:21). And the peaceless soul is an unhappy and miserable soul. This lifestyle is still a sin, liberal media and public opinion notwithstanding.
If the truth be known, there are few people as fearful and as intolerant as the advocates for homosexuality. They want freedom of speech, but actively seek to restrain it in others. Christians in the U.S. are facing the very real prospect of hate crimes legislation being used against them regarding this matter. Christians in other countries have already paid this price. Who is really being intolerant?
Their Own Version
We could re-examine our theology or interpretation of Biblical texts, but, if we are honest with God and ourselves, we will still arrive at the same conclusion. Homosexuality is still a sin, and no such relationship is ordained, blessed, or accepted by God our Creator.
Yet, in their desperation to justify their sinful practices, advocates of homosexuality have actually released their own version of the Scriptures, called the Queen James Version. In the words of the editors, they “edited those eight verses [the ones dealing with homosexuality] in a way that makes homophobic interpretations impossible.” Why, their very words prove the dishonesty of their enterprise. Has any translation of the Bible exposed itself as so obviously biased to a particular worldview? Not even the Jehovah’s Witnesses are so bluntly honest about the intentions of their translation. It is the same as saying, “We purposely twisted the words of these verses to say what we want them to mean, so now you can’t use them against us!” But the Word of God is forever settled in heaven. One can cut and paste, rearrange, or outright add to and take away all he or she wants, but it does not change what God originally said. Homosexuality is still a sin.
The Conclusion of the Matter
The church of God is the only hope for a hell-bent world steeped in immorality and willful ignorance. That truth, of which she is the pillar and ground, shall stand forever. When the haughty activists, voters, and judges of the earth perish in the final overthrow of all things human, and when their lofty legislative halls crumble to chaos and dust, the truth, and those who obey it, will stand. If homosexuality is still a sin (and we are assured by the unchanging Word of God that it is), then multitudes are destined to be lost because of it. We dare not soften our stance on the issue. We dare not make the law of the land or the misguided notions of sinful psychologists or apologists our point of reference for interpreting Biblical truth. We must risk the epithets and the militant onslaught of its proponents to preach the truth. God helping us, we will.