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 Vol. 4, No. 6 

June, 2002

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What About Homosexuality?

By David Amos

The Bible is clear that homosexuality in all its forms is sinful and those involved in it will not inherit the kingdom of God (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:24:28; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 Timothy 1:9-10). Yet, many homosexuals contend, through rationalization and the wresting of plain passages of Scripture, that God has created them the way they are -- that they have been genetically programmed by him to righteously practice that which he condemns in all others! Such "illogic," when fully developed, demands the irrational conclusion that a "genetic" homosexual would be sinning against heaven (would be separated from God / would be fallen from grace) if he were to violate his "divine" genetic make-up by taking a wife in accordance with God's laws of marriage, i.e., "Have ye not read, that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female ... For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they [male and female] shall be one flesh" (Matthew 19:4-5). In other words, the faulty logic of the homosexual demands the conclusion that if a heterosexual violates his or her "divine" genetic program by engaging in a homosexual act (and sins by so doing), then it must also follow, and is true, that if a homosexual violates his or her "divine" genetic program by engaging in scriptural marital sex, he or she also sins! How foolish! And yet, how revealing!

Can the homosexual scripturally or logically suggest why a just Father would genetically program his children to engage in inappropriate sexual activity that is clearly not compatible with their God-created anatomical design? I think not! If God is to be charged with such a "genetic" program, he must also then be charged with developing a plan involving opposing and contradictory design; a plan of confusion and disorderliness; a plan wherein (his) "genetic" design is incompatible with the (his) "anatomical" design of man and woman! Who, but the ungodly, would so foolishly charge their Creator (1 Corinthians 14:33)?

This heretical rationalization (that genes dictate and change that which God has condemned into righteousness) has been advanced in print by many homosexual and lesbian groups, none of which can be reputably supported, scripturally, scientifically or medically. It is interesting to note that many similar genetic studies and claims have also been advanced by worldly heterosexuals in order to justify their own involvement in adultery, divorce, thievery, drunkenness, lying and spousal abuse! Where does it end? Is there no such thing as sin? Does our genetic make-up absolve us of all unrighteousness? What need of such passages as Galatians Five and 1 Corinthians 6? What need of the blood of Christ? What logic or Scripture justifies the claims and sin of the homosexual, while he or she condemns the claims of the heterosexual. The truth is that both are wrong! Both are seeking imaginary loopholes in God's Word and proposing rationalization designed to ease consciences in order to whitewash sinful activities that satisfy unlawful lusts!

Further foolishness promoted by homosexuals holds that the Bible does not condemn the physical act itself, but only the act in connection with pagan ceremonial worship involving religious prostitution! Nowhere in Scripture (nor in the original language) does God limit prohibition of homosexual conduct in anyway for any reason! The passages that explicitly condemn such, e.g., Leviticus 18; 20; Romans 1; 1 Corinthians 6; et al, also catalog other kinds of sin, nonsexual and sexual, i.e., fornication, adultery, incest, bestiality, etc. The rationalization of the homosexual points to the insane conclusion that these sexual sins, as well, are only prohibited by God when engaged in during pagan religious ceremonies! What nonsense!

Some homosexuals have now further taken the position that as long as they remain true to one partner of the same sex and avoid "debauchery" as justified in other's genetic studies, i.e., adultery (multiple partners), drunkenness, thievery, lying, etc., that they are accepted and approved of God in their practices. This is rationalization and loophole seeking to the nth degree! What perverted rationale does the homosexual use to justify his or her activity, while condemning ungodliness in others which has been allegedly justified on the same genetic basis? The truth is that all of these activities are sinful and, unless repented of, will cause the participants (whether homosexual or heterosexual) to be lost eternally! First Corinthians 6:11 presents clearly the "only" way of justification and redemption, "And such were some of you: but ye have been washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." Acts 18:8 tells us exactly when and how these Corinthians were washed, "and many of the Corinthians hearing believed and were baptized." It is highly significant that the Holy Spirit did not direct the apostle Paul to isolate the homosexual and justify his ungodliness on the basis of genetic design! The Corinthian homosexuals needed washing, sanctification and justification just as much as the Corinthian fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, thieves, the covetous, drunkards, revilers and extortioners.

Just as that washing was needed then, it is needed now! There is no difference! Certainly, we all sin and, at least, occasionally experience certain unlawful desires. Nonetheless, all (homosexuals and heterosexuals) are expected to overcome those desires, to truly repent upon falling, and to live righteously (in accordance with God's will) before him! Pardon the expression, but whatever "hand is dealt" us in this life, we are expected to play according to the rules. A baby may be born with alcoholic tendencies because his or her mother was a practicing alcoholic during pregnancy. This certainly does not justify drunkenness in the offspring later in life! The offspring is not justified in saying, "but I was born this way!" He or she must play the hand dealt (as unfair as it may seem to be) and overcome the desire for alcohol or be in violation of God's will. So it is with the homosexual! No matter what speculative, causative factors are presumed to exist in either homosexual or heterosexual (and no matter what the sin), none can or will be justified upon continual violation of God's Word. All must repent! All must be washed! God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). If homosexual practice is sin for one, it is sin for all! Whatever is required of one is required of all!

How sad it is that many practicing homosexuals have opted to forsake the truths of the Gospel of Christ to continue in their ungodliness, and then, sometimes, to turn to the denominations for approval and justification. And how easy it then becomes for such a one to further rationalize and, in turn, accept and practice the perverted wisdom and doctrines of apostate man, denying the very Lord who bought them (2 Peter 2:1)! In so doing, clearly, the wisdom and will of God is rejected (1 Corinthians 1:25-31).

It is true that many sins, including homosexuality, are difficult to overcome, but that it can be done and must be done is without doubt (1 Corinthians 6:11). For some to overcome, it may even be necessary to give serious consideration to the "principle" of celibacy in Matthew 19:12, "and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake." But whatever is required of any to overcome (no matter what or how great the sin), it is certain and sure that God forgives (though man may not) and that heaven will surely be worth it all!

Just as is the case with all sinners, a practicing homosexual must repent (be sorry for and stop practicing homosexuality) and be washed in baptism in order to enter the church (Acts 2:37-47). One who begins practicing homosexuality after having become a member of the church has fallen from grace and likewise needs to repent (Acts 8:22).

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