What is the true Christian position on homosexuality? We say “true position” because there are different ways which those with a supposed Christian world view have responded to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Some “Christians” rant with offensive labels against homosexuals, many of whom lead wicked lifestyles themselves. Others have chosen to embrace the LGBT movement.
What does the Bible teach us to do and feel about this growing social phenomenon? How is a Christian supposed to behave, and how are people of the homosexual and bisexual lifestyle to be treated?
Since God is real and the Bible is true, we need only look to that eternal standard of truth for our guidance. There are two biblical principles that must be heeded. First, that God loves all souls and desires the eternal welfare and salvation of all people. The scriptures are plain: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men … for this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” Because God loves all souls equally, we are instructed to “honor all men,” and this of course includes women.
The second principle is that, although God loves with eternal and equal love, He hates sin. “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness.” Many are the cries today to overlook wickedness and pretend that there is no definite right or wrong. Every form of evil is supposed to be tolerated and “accepted” in the name of love.
Let us be very clear along these lines. Because God is the Creator, and therefore the owner of all mankind, what He describes as evil is most assuredly sin. No matter how hard people try to justify their sin, sin is still sin.
Let us hear from the Bible how God and His people are to view all forms of sexual deviance. “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination.”
Again, “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”
If you love the Creator, you will love the natural order that He has set in place. There is something natural about a man and a woman joined together in life-long marriage. Nature itself teaches us that this is how procreation happens and families are built. If it weren’t for this God-ordained family unit, the human race would not continue. Never has a homosexual couple reproduced.
It is because people reject God and His Word that they are given over to sexually deviant behavior. Homosexuality is not simply an “alternate lifestyle.” It is a rejection of the lifestyle that God created man to live. Because they love themselves more than the Creator, they worship the creature and defy the laws God has set to govern them. We cannot afford to be unclear on this point: homosexuality is a sin. All forms of sexual deviance are an abomination to God and man. No one will go to heaven who is willingly practicing homosexuality, bisexuality, or any form of gender distortion. For a homosexual to find favor with God, he must repent of his sin and forsake it once and for all.
We realize this position draws the bludgeoning force of backlash from the angry advocates of sexual sin. “Hate crimes, intolerant bigots, and discrimination!” they cry. Yet it is because we love souls that we must tell them the truth. It is a hate crime to pretend everything is fine and allow these poor souls to go to hell.
While our position on homosexuality is firm and immutable, our love for mankind remains unabated, by the grace of God. We do not believe members of the LGBT community are to be mistreated or called names. While we will neither compromise our values nor support the LGBT lifestyle, we will not treat them in any way that is inconsistent with the love of Jesus Christ. This means a firm stand against the sin, but a warm love for the soul that is bound in the sin.
So this is the true Christian position on homosexuality. We invite all to come and test us, whether we really possess this loving spirit of Christ. We will not call you names, and you will not be embarrassed or mistreated in any way. With mercy and love, we offer the everlasting gospel which can break the chains of every sinful lifestyle. And to the insincere and contentious we warn: in our love and zeal for all souls of men to be saved; we will not compromise purity of truth for peace with you; and from this we will not be moved. Amen.