In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.
In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
1 Corinthians 6:9
Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men
1 Corinthians 6:10
nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
An American man elected by President Joe Biden introduced another man as his husband. This moment was seen as a moment of great victory for those championing the rights of Homosexuals and other varieties of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer or Questioning) sexual orientation. This same moment was a moment of disgust for those who abhor the seeming legalization of Homosexuality. Many social media groups lit up with discussions favoring either side as debaters exhibited their knowledge, spiritual maturity, and level of commitment to progress and or pure faith in biblical teaching. Is homosexuality a sin?
We will use homosexuality to refer to any sexual orientation that is not the normal male-female kind of sex. Is it sin? A legal right does not make something righteous or holy. Therefore legalizing is not approving sin, but protecting citizens who are endangered for being different. Legalizing smoking does not allow or force Christians to smoke, it only protects smokers. The legalization of prostitution in some countries does not mean Christians should now be prostitutes. There are many legal things that may not be acceptable to a Christian. Therefore legalization of homosexuality does not and will not change the Christian biblical perception of homosexuality.
Christians believe in the right of life and other rights to everyone including sinners. Smokers and drunkards have rights too. We as Christians would be concerned if the rights of prisoners who are convicted are not observed. In the same strength, homosexuals have rights and we recognize that as Christians.
A prostitute can come to our churches and worship. A drunkard can come to our church and worship if they are not troublesome. We allow corrupt people into our church. Some even among Christian ranks are hypocrites, they are also witches, tyrants in their families, and thieves who even dare rob God, imagine, they rob God, they rob God of tithe and offerings. But we allow them in church. Would we allow homosexuals in church? Is homosexuality a worse sin?
The Bible tells us in our Jude text today that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because of sexual immorality and perversion. Sexual immorality has to do with normal sex between men and women. Sexual immorality is adultery and fornication. Perversion is a reference to sex that is contrary to nature as the Romans text quoted above presents it. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because of so many sins including homosexuality. It was not homosexuality alone, but including homosexuality.
Romans and Corinthians cited above clearly show that homosexuality is contrary to God’s will and those who do such things will not inherit eternal life. Homosexuality is a sin. It is a sin like sabbath breaking. It is a sin like hatred. It is a sin like the regular lies we make. All sins can be overcome by the power of Jesus. The Holy Spirit can help us overcome any sin including homosexuality.
The Bible recognizes people who were physically challenged for one reason or another. Homosexuality is not considered a physical challenge but a sin like all other sins. Certain sinful tendencies like anger may be hereditary but they remain acts of sin. If homosexuality is hereditary, it is still a sin. Homosexuals are legally free to practice homosexuality but it is still sinning, like any other sin.
Therefore as believers, we will teach and preach against drug abuse that destroys life. We will teach and preach against corruption. We will also preach and teach against all forms of sexual immorality including homosexuality. No sin is too sacred to be condemned from our various pulpits. To deny us a right to condemn it is to deny us a right to express ourselves.
As Christians, we will not discriminate against anyone including homosexuals. If we discover them, we will discipline them according to church discipline procedures that discipline people for various other issues. We will refuse the shallow-minded temptation to think homosexuality is worse than other sins. Homosexuals are sinners like all other sinners. State protection and having activist groups do not sanitize the sin. If the very educated and good debaters defend homosexuality, our silence or few remarks will still perceive it as any other sin that needs divine intervention.
In preaching and teaching against any sin homosexuality included, nobody ever won a soul by winning a debate. Nobody ever won a soul by demeaning and abusing them. Nobody ever won a soul by making fun of them. Nobody ever won a soul by threats and condemnation. Souls are won over by true and caring love. We must lovingly and genuinely seek to win people to Jesus. We must love sinners and not sin. We must love sinners as Jesus loved them. any sinner deserves loving concern including homosexuals. The message we have is important, but the method of delivery is equally critical. Condemning and showing anger from the pulpit does not transform you into holy. The method is as important as the message.
The most dangerous temptation is to think that homosexuality is worse than your sins which you haven’t repented. If the homosexuals do not repent and you do not repent, both of you will be in hellfires. Do not let the glaring sins of others make you think you are better than others. Do not let the exposed sin of others blind you from your own rot. May we examine ourselves and repent in Jesus’ name, Amen!