Pastor Fred Phelps from Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, KS did a VERY poor service to true Christians out there when he and his group held up signs such as “God hates fags” and the like. It unfairly painted a picture that “ALL Christians must be like that”, when that’s simply not true! The truth is, the Christian Church today is VERY divided on the “gay issue”, with MANY Christian churches today even going RIGHT ALONG with “gay rights” and the like. And ALL the Christian churches out there that DO NOT support “gay rights” are being written off as “hate groups” by all the LGBT activists!
But anyways, going back to the Fred Phelps thing. The MAIN tenant of his teachings, (“God hates fags”), flies DIRECTLY in the face of John 3:16 (book of John, chapter 3, verse 16) which states: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.
The very next line (verse 17) goes on to say: “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved“. 2 Peter 3:9 further goes on to say: “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that ALL should come to repentance“.
So while it’s very much true that Jesus Christ Almighty DOES consider homosexual lust/acts to be “an abomination” (this holds true in both the Old AND New Testaments, as I’ll later expand on and point out later on in this post), it’s also true that Jesus Christ wants to save/redeem as many people as possible! For when Jesus Christ was crucified and died for our sins, he died for them ALL, be it lust, greed, sexuality immorality, pride, envy, murder, addiction or whatever have ya.
He sees ALL sin as equal. In other words, no one sin is greater than the other. However, it is STILL a “sin” and Christians out there sure don’t do openly homosexual people ANY favors by trying to claim that it’s “OK” if they’re openly/actively gay and that “actively gay people can still be 100% accepted into eternal paradise”, because that’s just not true.
If being actively “gay” is OK (as some “claim”), then, according to that false line of reasoning, it must ALSO be OK to be a lying, thieving, murdering, drunken, envying, idolizing, graven-image worshiping adulterer or to majorly dishonor one’s parents, habitually break the Sabbath, hate all others, have other “gods” in one’s lives like music, money or celebrities, etc. Do you see where I’m going with this? If you throw out even just ONE commandment of the Lord, then it gives leeway to throw out ALL commandments of the Lord and God’s not like that; he is a holy, pure, just, righteous God and his judgements and commandments are CLEAR! There is no need to ALTER them for one’s own tastes!
Many people say “well, I think it should say this, instead of that“. Well, who died and made THAT person God? That person didn’t create the heavens and the Earth. That person is not themselves God. Therefore, they have no right to act as if they ARE God. For if the bible (along that faulty line of reasoning) is just a “pick and choose morality”, then what did Jesus Christ die on the cross for? Think about it, folks!
However, IF a person is living a gay lifestyle or has struggled with “gay thoughts” all their lives, Jesus Christ still loves them very, very much and wants them to REPENT of their sins and accept the free gifts of Salvation/Forgiveness of Sins and Everlasting Life. For Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the light. And he faithfully rewards ALL those who diligently seek him. It is not possible for a person to be a Christian AND an openly practicing homosexual for one can NOT have both God AND sin in their lives. Matthew 6:42 states: “ No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon“.
But the good news is, if an openly homosexual person cries out to the Lord Jesus Christ and asks the Lord Jesus Christ to change them from within and truly believes in their minds, hearts, bodies and spirits that the Lord Jesus Christ has the ability to change them, he CAN and WILL change them! Mark my words! 😉 John 14:13-14 states “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it”. The Lord Jesus Christ has spiritually cleansed and permanently healed many a former homosexual, drug addict, prostitute, etc. He CAN change you for the better! You just have to believe! Hebrews 11:6 says: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”.
There seems to be SO many different people out there these days that are somehow trying to JUSTIFY homosexuality through bible passages and it makes my soul VERY sad & grieved! Because the truth is, homosexual behavior is a sin in God’s eyes (no different than murder, stealing, lying, adultery, etc.) and I’m not gonna sit here and lie to you (the reader of this blog) and claim that it’s OK to be “openly gay” when it’s clearly NOT “ok” to be openly gay, according to the Old AND New Testaments! And because I love ya’ll, I tell ya’ll the truth! I don’t sugar-coat ANYTHING on this blog, never have and never will! For what kind of Christian would I be if I didn’t tell ya’ll the 100% TRUTH about things and what the bible TRULY says on such matters? But when it comes to homosexual activity, the question becomes, what do you care about more? Pleasing God or pleasing yourself? That’s what the ultimate question boils down to.
In fact, there are passages in the both the Old AND New Testaments, which would suggest that homosexual behavior was just as much of a sin in the times of Jesus Christ/New Testament point in history as it was during the times of the Old Testament.
OLD TESTAMENT PASSAGES:
1). Leviticus 18: 22-24 : “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you“
2). Leviticus 18: 25-27 : “And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you:(For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled;)”
3). Leviticus 18: 28-30 : “That the land spue not you out also, when ye defile it, as it spued out the nations that were before you.For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people.Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am the Lord your God”
4). Leviticus 20: 13: “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”.
5). Deuteronomy 22:5 : “The woman shalt not wear that which pertaineth to a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment; for all who do so are abomination unto the Lord they God”
6). Isaiah 3:9 : “ The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves“
7). Deuteronomy 23:17: “There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel“
8) 1 Kings 14:24 : “And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the Lord cast out before the children of Israel“
9). 1 Kings 22:46: “And the remnant of the sodomites, which remained in the days of his father Asa, he took out of the land“
10). 2 Kings 23:7 “And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the Lord, where the women wove hangings for the grove“
11). Jeremiah 23:24 : “Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord“
[[*NOTE: Genesis, chapter 19 in the Old Testament talks about the men of the city of Sodom who wanted to “have physical relations” with the two men that were inside Lot’s house (Lot being Abraham’s nephew, see?) while Lot tried to offer up his two young, virgin daughters to the outside men instead but the two men INSIDE THE HOUSE were actually angels of the Lord and they blinded the Sodomites OUTSIDE the house so that none of them could find the door TO Lot’s house. The next morning, Lot begged the two angels to be allowed to go into a little city called Zoar while the Lord God rained down fire from heaven upon Sodom & Gomorrah and totally destroyed the two cities to burnt/ruinous heaps. That’s where the terms “Sodomite” and “Sodomy” come from]].
———- NEW TESTAMENT PASSAGES: —————
1). Romans 1: 24-26 : “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 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:“
2). Romans 1: 27-28: “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.And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient”
3). Romans 1: 32: “Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them“
4). 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10: “Know ye not 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 extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God”
5). 1 Timothy 1:10 : “For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine“
6). Jude 7: “ Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, 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“
7). Matthew 11: 23-24 :”And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee”
8). Matthew 19: 4-6 :”And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder“
9). 2 Peter 2:6 “And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly“
Matthew 5: 17-18 says: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled” [And notice that everything won’t be COMPLETELY fulfilled until the VERY END of Revelation 22!]
Please, I beg of you from the bottom of my heart and the DEPTHS of my soul. If you are an openly practicing homosexual out there and/or are struggling with “gay thoughts” or “gay attractions”, then please, please, please take it to Jesus. Ask Jesus Christ in earnest prayer to cleanse you from your sinful/impure thoughts. The bible calls homosexual behavior “perversion”. And again, I don’t say that to sound hateful or judgeful, I say that to open up your eyes to the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is the ONLY way to receive forgiveness of sins, he is the ONLY way to eternal paradise and he is the ONLY way to cleanse us from within. Ask Jesus Christ to forgive you of your sins and he WILL cleanse you from within, I guarantee it!
Remember that Revelation 12:12 states: “Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time“. In other words, Satan doesn’t have alot of time left before he’s ultimately defeated by Jesus Christ. So he’s gonna spiritually blind and deceive AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE and one of the ways he does that is through the sin of LUST.
And remember: Satan WANTS homosexuals lusting after one another and having lustful relations with one another, Satan WANTS homosexuals to hate Jesus Christ and the bible and everything it stands for, Satan WANTS homosexuals dying in the sin of open/active homosexuality so that they go to eternal condemnation when they die! However, JESUS CHRIST wants JUST THE opposite! Jesus Christ does NOT want homosexuals having lustful relations with one another, does NOT want homosexuals to hate him or the bible and everything the bible stands for and does NOT want open homosexuals to go to eternal condemnation when they die! He WANTS to give open homosexuals (as well as ALL sinners) a chance to REPENT of their sins and receive SALVATION/forgiveness of sins and Everlasting Life/Eternal Paradise.
Here is such a man who’s successfully recovered from the gay lifestyle and reclaimed his life in the name of Jesus Christ!