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. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10 ESV)
I want to deal for a moment today with the issue of homosexuality, the Bible, and American “Conservative” Christianity. These words will not be easy to swallow for anyone in any spot along the theological spectrum. I am not apologizing for that, but it is a word of warning. If you are offended, feel free to comment. If you think I’m a damned heretic, comment. All is in the hands of God, and He will corrct me where I am wrong and He will do so to you as well.
American Christians spend a lot of time condemned homosexuality these days. We quote the verses and we point fingers and we call names. But why is this one sin such a big deal? Why is it that we treat this as if it is the unforgivable sin? THere are MANY other sins included under those who will not inherit the kingdom of God. It is not just homosexuals who will go to hell, but all of us will go to hell. In fact, if you read this passage, you will find yourself in one or more of those sins. And, if the Bible is true, you will not inherit the kingdom of God either.
But, guess what, there is forgiveness. Provision has been made. ALL types of sin are forgiven in Christ.
Think about this for a moment. You struggle daily with lust. What is the sin? Is it a sin that you struggle with lust or does the sin occur when you give in to that struggle?
Or how about this. Let’s say you struggle with greed. You want and want and want all those things that you can’t have. You struggle daily with being a better steward and not being covetous. Is it a sin that you struggle with greed or does the sin happen when you give in to your greed and start doing what you can to get what you want rather than being content with what God has given you?
Or how about this. You struggle with homosexuality. You daily battle against desires for people of the same sex as yourself. Where is the sin? DOes the sin occur when you fight the desires or when you give in?
The point is, we all have our personal sin struggles. Homosexuality is no different than Greed, drunkenness, or idolatry. Sin is sin. Yes, God hates men having sex with men (Leviticus 18:22). Yes, the Bible says that those who practice this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But, if that logic is to hold and be consistent, none of us will inherit the kingdom of God.
To be continued…