John 7:7(Jesus says) "The world cannot hate you, but it hates me, because I keep telling it that its ways are bad."
My argument is powerful, but to accept it, you must believe in God and that the Bible is true. I will show scripturally that it is a sin to be homosexual. I'm not saying to what degree the sin is bad for you. I'm only arguing that it is a sin because there are people who are wanting to distort scripture to say it isn't a sin. This paper is not out to put people down. We're all sinners and need Jesus. I'm not even out to try and stop people from sinning. That can only be done by someone who's mature in their walk with Jesus. This entire article only addresses that scripture says that homosexuality is a sin.
Galatians 3:19 "What, then, was the purpose of the Law? It was added in order to show what wrongdoing is..."
The Law is perfect. The Law explains what some sins are. If the Law says something is a sin then it is still a sin. The Law obviously doesn't contain every sin. If something convicts your heart that it is a sin, yet you do it anyway then you are sinning. A man may argue that his heart does not convict him of a sin that is specifically said to be a sin in the Law. This man is wrong because every time the Law details something as a sin it is still a sin. This man can either chose to sin and reject God, or he can accept God and reject his sin.
Galatians 3:23-25 "But before the time for faith came, the Law kept us all locked up as prisoners until this coming faith should be revealed. And so the Law was in charge of us until Christ came, in order that we might then be put right with God through faith. Now that the time for faith is here, the Law is no longer in charge of us."
Through faith in Jesus we attempt to cease sinning. Through faith in Jesus we try to do good even though we are sinners. The cause of good is not easy, and that is why it requires faith. It is faith in Jesus that we try and serve God and not money. Good works require work. Charity requires sacrifice of time and/or money. Some people can't help others for various reasons, but they can still have faith in Jesus Christ. One of the Gospel's biggest messages is that we're supposed to travel forth in faith in Jesus Christ, and not seek redemption in the Law. The Law was perfect for its time, but now that Jesus died for us and rose back to Heaven, we're supposed to go onward with faith in him.
Now, just for completeness sake, I'll try and play some Devil's advocate that the enemy may do by twisting scriptural words to make the gay agenda fit with Christianity. I will then shoot down all the arguments I find.
Devil's Advocate point #1) Galatians 5:18 'If the Spirit leads you, then you are not subject to the Law.'
Well that certainly sounds like it shoots down my whole argument in one line! Yet it doesn't. In fact you could take it to mean that you can do anything you feel like doing: including breaking The Ten Commandments. It sounds like you could commit atrocities if you felt like it. Of course this short verse doesn't reverse the entirety of the Law.
Let us look in context of the passage.
Galatians 5:16-18 "What I say is this: let the Spirit direct your lives, and you will not satisfy the desires of the human nature. For what our human nature wants is opposed to what the Spirit wants, and what the Spirit wants is opposed to what our human nature wants. These two are enemies, and this means that you cannot do what you want to do. If the Spirit leads you, then you are not subject to the Law."
Throughout the Bible, marriage is referred to as being between a man and a woman. Even Jesus' relation with the Church is that between a man and a woman. While mainstream media would argue, sex outside of marriage is obeying our sinful human nature. There is no such thing as homosexual marriage in God's eyes. In fact in the Old Testament homosexuality is referred to as being an abomination!
How could God approve of something he referred to as abomination? One could do work on Sunday to heal. One could disobey their parents if they're pushing a fake religion. One could justify stealing if they need food or medicine for their family. One could even justify killing to save lives. There is not a justification for homosexuality. Just as the Bible says there is no justification for adultery.
If someone is gay, they are just obeying their human nature and are not following the Spirit. In fact they are opposed to the Spirit like the scripture quoted says, "For what our human nature wants is opposed to what the Spirit wants, and what the Spirit wants is opposed to what our human nature wants." The Spirit is awesome. Who would want to be against the Spirit? Especially considering obeying our human desires is temporary where obeying God leads to great things.
Galatians 6:7-8 "Do not deceive yourselves; no one makes a fool of God. A person will reap exactly what he plants. If he plants in the field of his natural desires, from it he will gather the harvest of death; if he plants in the field of the Spirit, from the Spirit he will gather the harvest of eternal life."
All the so called homosexual "Christians" need to make a choice: Death as they try and pervert not only marriage but worship of Jesus as well or eternal life where they give up your homosexuality for the faith. The homosexuals that are pushing for gay marriage and perverted interpretation of the scriptures do not make a fool of God. But they may fool other believers who wouldn't otherwise be homosexual. Do you know how much worse this is than if they were just homosexual and not spreading false teachings?
Luke 17:2"It would be better for him if a large millstone were tied around his neck and he were thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin."
Jesus is basically saying it's better to die than to teach others that it is ok to sin!
Matthew 23:15"How terrible for you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You sail the seas and cross whole countries to win one convert; and when you succeed, you make him twice as deserving of going to hell as you yourselves are!"
If the Pharisees are going to hell because they teach scripture incorrectly, how much worse will it be for people who teach the opposite of scripture? This does not apply to people who are gay, but are not teachers of scripture. This applies to the people who teach false scripture. What some people think is the Spirit leading them is actually their lack of a conscious to know right from wrong. Do they really have the Spirit leading them, or have they just lost all feeling of shame?
Ephesians 4:17 "In the Lord's name, then, I warn you: do not continue to live like the heathen, whose thoughts are worthless and whose minds are in the dark. They have no part in the life that God gives, for they are completely ignorant and stubborn. They have lost all feeling of shame; they give themselves over to vice and do all sorts of indecent things without restraint."
Devil's Advocate point #2) Romans 10:4"For Christ has brought the Law to an end, so that everyone who believes is put right with God."
This also sounds like the Law is no longer in effect. We need to be careful as using one line of scripture to reverse everything we know about God. Lets read more Romans.
Romans 1:18-32 "God's anger is revealed from heaven against all the sin and evil of the people whose evil ways prevent the truth from being known. God punishes them, because what can be known about God is plain to them, for God himself made it plain. Ever since God created the world, his invisible qualities, both his eternal power and his divine nature, have been clearly seen; they are perceived in the things that God has made. So those people have no excuse at all! They know God, but they do not give him the honor that belongs to him, nor do they thank him. Instead, their thoughts have become complete nonsense, and their empty minds are filled with darkness. They say they are wise, but they are fools; instead of worshiping the immortal God, they worship images made to look like mortals or birds or animals or reptiles. And so God has given those people over to do the filthy things their hearts desire, and they do shameful things with each other. They exchange the truth about God for a lie; they worship and serve what God has created instead of the Creator himself, who is to be praised forever! Amen. Because they do this, God has given them over to shameful passions. Even the women pervert the natural use of their sex by unnatural acts. In the same way the men give up natural sexual relations with women and burn with passion for each other. Men do shameful things with each other, and as a result they bring upon themselves the punishment they deserve for their wrongdoing. Because those people refuse to keep in mind the true knowledge about God, he has given them over to corrupted minds, so that they do the things that they should not do. They are filled with all kinds of wickedness, evil, greed, and vice; they are full of jealousy, murder, fighting, deceit, and malice. They gossip and speak evil of one another; they are hateful to God, insolent, proud, and boastful; they think of more ways to do evil; they disobey their parents; they have no conscience; they do not keep their promises, and they show no kindness or pity for others. They know that God's law says that people who live in this way deserve death. Yet, not only do they continue to do these very things, but they even approve of others who do them. "
I don't think I need to even explain the above passage. It is so clear that there is no denying it.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10"Surely you know that the wicked will not possess God's Kingdom. Do not fool yourselves; people who are immoral or who worship idols or are adulterers or homosexual perverts or who steal or are greedy or are drunkards or who slander others or ware thieves-none of these will possess God's Kingdom."
If you're going to quote Paul on saying that he said that Christ took away the Law, you must also accept his other teachings. This teaching clearly says that homosexual perverts will not possess God's Kingdom.
Jude 1:17-21"But remember, my friends, what you were told in the past by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. They said to you, "When the last days come, people will appear who will make fun of you, people who follow their own godless desires." These are the people who cause divisions, who are controlled by their natural desires, who do not have the Spirit. But you, my friends, keep on building yourselves up on your most sacred faith. Pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and keep yourselves in the love of God, as you wait for our Lord Jesus Christ in his mercy to give you eternal life."
Romans 16:17"I urge you, my brothers: watch out for those who cause divisions and upset people's faith and go against the teaching which you have received. Keep away from them! For those who do such things are not serving Christ our Lord, but their own appetites. By their fine words and flattering speech they deceive innocent people."
1 Corinthians 5:12-13 "After all, it is none of my business to judge outsiders. God will judge them. But should you not judge the members of your own fellowship? As the scripture says, 'Remove the evil man from your group.'"
The Bible convicts gays in no uncertain terms. As you can see I drew out just a handful of verses that condemn being gay as a sin. I didn't even have to try hard to find them. Jesus is there so you don't become lost in your sins. If you sin, you can ask for forgiveness. Jesus can forgive gays, but they must admit what they're doing is a sin and want forgiveness for it.
-Jim Sager III
(ALL Bible quotes from Good News Bible.)