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Homosexuality-What Does Love require?

It is popular now to use the word love as a defense for any activity.  The argument is God is love, or Jesus was all about loving people, with the conclusion being that therefore we should love.  This is fine.  However, normally love is redefined by cultural means.  The point is that if you love then you will accept me and my sin (even if I refuse to turn from it).

Now love does include acceptance.  But what happens is something that is true is radicalized and made into something that is false.  Love does not mean that we accept habitual sin without warning the individual of the outcome of his/her decisions.  In fact that isn’t love at all.

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Homosexualilty–What Does Romans 1:24-27 Teach?

Although Romans 1:24-27 is not the only passage in the Scriptures which clearly condemns homosexual practice, it is the most demonstrative.  Paul wastes few words in showing his position on the subject.  (And since he is an apostle of Christ, it also would be the position of God).

24Therefore (A)God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be (B)dishonored among them.

25For they exchanged the truth of God for a (C)lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, (D)who is blessed forever. Amen.

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Did Jesus ever address homosexuality?

If you are behind on our series on homosexuality you can read the back articles here, here, here, here, here, here,  and here.

In my last post, someone in the Comments asked, “If Jesus is the greatest prophet and Son of God, and if homosexuality was such a bar to eternal life, why didn’t Jesus address this?” I’ve heard this argument on numerous occasions and want to answer it.

First, Jesus addressed the homosexuality issue when he brought the standards of marriage and sexuality back to the Creation (Matthew 19:4, 5).  At creation, Jesus claimed that God made “male and female,”  and  because of this creation of human kind, “a man will leave his father and mother and cling to his wife.”   By limiting the marriage relationship to men and women, Jesus is speaking against homosexual practice (and much of our common divorce and remarriage practices as well).

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Homosexuality–What does the Bible say?

Our study of the issue of homosexuality has dealt with many Scriptures.  We have attempted to do exegesis before drawing conclusions (although we do draw some conclusions at the end of each study).  The goal of this article is to put it all together with some concluding thoughts.  So, before you read this article take a few minutes, click here, and read the preceding studies.

1. The Old and New Testament have a consistent witness to the sinfulness of homosexuality.  The Genesis account of Sodom, along with its later interpretation, clearly shows that the city was condemned, in part, for homosexuality.  Leviticus declares that the act is an abomination to God.  The New Testament agrees with the Old Testament in its condemnation of homosexuality.  Jesus, Paul, and other New Testament writers and figures show it is sin, and therefore deserves God’s wrath (Romans 1:18ff).

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They All Respond

Responses have been on my mind.  By responses I mean what typically happens at churches across America after a sermon is preached.  A lot of churches have what is called an invitation. In an invitation you invite people from the audience to come to the front and respond in some way to the message that was preached. The response might be confession of sin, prayer for strength, or desire for baptism.

For many responses are what make a sermon a hit or not.  When those in the church see a response the preacher normally hears an extra word of encouragement concerning that sermon.  If you are a preacher you might even get an extra amount of pride that your sermon was able to impact someone enough to get them to “come forward.”  I’ll admit it is cool when people publicly respond to a message.

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