Is Homosexuality a Sin?
The Bible clearly teaches that homosexuality is a sin. There are several verses (Genesis 19:1-13; Leviticus 18:22; Leviticus 20:13; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9) in the Bible that deal with this subject, and Romans 1:26-27 shows that it is one outcome of disobeying God. This passage states that when people continue in rebellion against God, disbelieving God and refusing the gift of salvation, God allows them to experience more fully the weight of sin and wickedness in order to show them the despair and hopelessness that life apart from God truly is. According to 1 Corinthians 6:9, those who indulge in homosexual desires will not “ inherit the kingdom of God.”
Some people believe that those with homosexual desires are born homosexual, they can't help it and are therefore not responsible or are somehow excused. But the Bible teaches that sin is the cause of homosexuality. In Romans 1:24-27, it is clear that people make their own choices about how they will live, and when they consistently choose sinful lifestyles, they become more and more ingrained in sin. Although it is possible that some people are born with a tendency toward homosexuality, just as some people are born with a predisposition to alcoholism, violence or other traits, this does not excuse the individuals from obeying God's commands.
Christians sometimes sound as if they believe that homosexuality is somehow a greater sin than other sins. At least this is often what the homosexual community thinks is being said. In truth, homosexuality is no greater than any other sin. The Bible makes it clear that God hates all sin. James 2:10 states “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. When a person repents of (asks forgiveness and turns away from sin) homosexuality it will be forgiven by God, just as other sin is forgiven. For those who trust in Jesus Christ for their salvation and are struggling with homosexual feelings or any other sin, God also promises to make a way out of all temptations, to give strength to resist temptation or a way to escape it. (1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Philippians 4:13)
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