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STATEMENT 3

ON HOMOSEXUALITY

The issue of homosexuality has come into sharp focus recently with Singapore Government's softening stand as well as the ordination of a self-professed gay clergy to the office of Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States. The said clergy had abandoned his marital vows and responsibilities to his wife and children to pursue an illicit sexual relationship.

Proponents of homosexuality assert that gay rights include freedom of speech, academic freedom and freedom of theological beliefs. Today, there are so called Christian churches, which are powerfully working to alter the apostolic faith and replace it with modern libertarianism - the philosophy that one is free to do what one thinks is right. The world has come to accept homosexuality as a behavioral norm.

The issue is, What does the Bible say about homosexuality. Let us examine God's revealed truth about homosexuality in both the Old and New Testaments.

The Old Testament view against homosexuality takes seed in Genesis. God created the world and all that are in the world in six days and said that what He created were good. He created Adam, a man, and Eve, a woman, and brought them together. And God said, "Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall be one flesh". He further added in Mk 10:9 "What God hath joined together let no man put asunder". God's intention from the beginning was a lifelong union between a man and his wife. It is a heterosexual monogamy. It is the union of one man and one woman. The cleaving to his wife was a permanent seal of the union. That there would be one flesh was the physical consummation of that union.

God prescribed no other kind of sexual partnership. Neither did He allow for an alternative. In Matthew 19:4-6 Jesus emphasizes that the relationship is to be between one male and one female, for an entire lifetime. Men and women are perfectly fitted to meet one another's needs. Therefore a gay union is an abomination in the eyes of God. It is a violation of God's revealed purpose for marriage.

Ponder this: If indeed God created homosexuals, why does He condemn homosexual partnerships and destroy Sodom and Gomorrah for their homosexuality and gross immorality? Jude v.7 states categorically: "Even as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example suffering the vengeance of eternal fire."

Leviticus 18:22 is manifestly clear: "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination." Also Leviticus 20:13, which states: "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them."

Some advocates continue to twist and distort Scripture, claiming that all reference to homosexuality refer to the practice of male or female prostitution or rape. They theorize that if two homosexuals have a loving relationship with one another, then God does not condemn their union. This is a blatant lie. Leviticus 18:22 refers to all acts involving homosexual behavior. It doesn't matter if they love each other or not. God denounces homosexuality as sin.

Writing in Romans 1, the Apostle Paul further argues that homosexuality is depraved behavior. "For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature; And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet." V 26-27.

The fact is that homosexuals and lesbians are in direct rebellion to the established rules of creation that God outlined in Genesis 1. Men are not physically made to have sexual union with other men. Neither women with women. They have to misuse and abuse their bodies to have sexual union with one another. How then can homosexual union be considered natural? If we can say that homosexuality is natural, we might well be able to claim that sin is also excusable as natural and that lying, cheating, envy and strife, adultery and murder are natural acts of man. God forbid. He made man good according to His standard of goodness. He does not regard sin as good. Transgression of God's law is sin. God holds man accountable for his sins. Homosexual acts are perversions of the created order of God.

It should not be shocking that the world considers homosexuality as acceptable behavior. Those who have rejected the one, true, loving God dwell in the realm of spiritual darkness. When certain churches embrace homosexuality as normal, it raises serious questions as to the spiritual condition of those who voice acceptance. II Peter 3:16 clearly amplifies that those who twist the Scripture do so "unto their own destruction".

Can a true believer fall into these types of sins? Yes, a true believer can fall into any kind of sin. David fell into adultery and murder. Those two incidents stand out in his life. But instead of trying to defend it by twisting Scripture to justify his actions, he admitted: "I have sinned against the Lord (II Samuel 12:13) and repented his sinful activity. So it is with homosexuals.
Eternal salvation of every human being is dependent on his repentance of his sin (Luke 13: 3,5; 24:7) and the acceptance of Jesus Christ as his Saviour and Lord. To tell homosexuals it is not sin is to deny him the opportunity to repent, to be cleaned and to be saved. (I Corinthians 6: 9-11).

We should help homosexuals who seek to be restored. Many have changed. The road to complete restoration might be long and painful and is incumbent upon the Church to show love, compassion, and empathy and to pray for the Lord's grace and mercy to be upon the recalcitrant brethren.

Therefore, the truth of the Word of God is not proclaimed because we hate homosexuals. His Word is proclaimed because it contains a message of life and freedom for all who sin, including those who commit the sin of homosexuality. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of salvation and His name is the only name under heaven that has the power to save us. The glorious promise from Him is that there is no sin too strong; there is no sin too tough, there is no bad that He is not able to forgive. Come to the Lord in repentance.

Paul asks the Corinthian Church: Do you not know (and he expects them to know) that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? "Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind. Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortionists, shall inherit the kingdom of God" (I Corinthians 6:9-10).

In conclusion, we would do well to heed Paul's exhortation in Romans 12:1-2, "I beseech you therefore, brethren by the mercies of God that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world; be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
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