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A Christian Response to Homosexuality

A Christian Response to Homosexuality

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By: Pastor R W Glenn
February 15, 2004
Selected Scriptures
By: Pastor R W Glenn
February 15, 2004
Selected Scriptures

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“A Christian Response to Homosexuality”
February 15, 2004By: R. W. GlennSelected Scriptures
Introduction
On August 6, 2003, Episcopalians in the Diocese of New Hampshire elected as their leader the first openly gay bishop anywhere in the worldwide Anglican Communion: the Rev.Canon V. Gene Robinson.Three months later, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court cleared the way for gayand lesbian couples to marry in the state, ruling that government attorneys “failed to identify anyconstitutionally adequate reason” to deny them the right.
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In addition to these newest developments in our culture, television shows like “Ellen,”“Will and Grace,” “In the Life,” and “Queer Eye for the Straight” have propelled the issue of homosexuality to the forefront of public life.With all that is happening and with all that
has
happened, it seemed appropriate that weshould address this very timely and serious issue from the perspective of the Bible, from the perspective of biblical Christianity.My concern has been not so much with what is happening “out there” in our judicialsystem or in contemporary culture, but with what is—or better—with what
ought to be
happening “in here,” in the church of Jesus Christ.I do not doubt that even
hearing 
about the Anglican Bishop and the Massachusetts HighCourt is enough to evoke from some of you a very visceral response, perhaps in the form of disgust. Sometimes the response I have noted is one of fear—fearing that the sanction of homosexuality through the appointment of homosexual spiritual leaders or the ruling of a State’sSupreme Judicial Court represents a threat to the fabric of America that will lead ineluctably toits demise. Some of you may even be enraged to hear at what is happening in the United Statesat this time in her history.
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“Massachusetts court rules ban on gay marriage unconstitutional” www.cnn.com/2003/LAW/11/18samesex.marriage.ruling/index.html.
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The question is, however, not how
do
we feel, but how
ought 
we to feel in light of suchdevelopments? What should be the Christian’s response to homosexuality? How should weunderstand what’s happening? And how can we respond in such a way as to manifest the gloryof Christ in the midst of a perverse and crooked generation?The answer of course is found in the pages of the Bible; for our beliefs are onlylegitimately Christian to the extent that they are truly biblical. Let us then, in a spirit of humility,look to what the Scriptures have to say about the issue of homosexuality.Perhaps the most well-known passage concerning homosexuality in the New Testament is
Romans 1:18-32
:
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness andunrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which isknown about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since thecreation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they arewithout excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or givethanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptibleGod for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animalsand crawling creatures.Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so thattheir bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for alie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessedforever. Amen.For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their womenexchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also themen abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward oneanother, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons thedue penalty of their error.And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave themover to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with allunrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; theyare gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil,disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; andalthough they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthyof death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practicethem.
Homosexuality Is a Sin
We begin, then, with this very simple truth, set forth in no uncertain terms in the ApostlePaul’s letter to the Romans: homosexuality is a sin. God’s wrath is being revealed, says Paul inverse 18, and what makes this clear is that God has given women and men
over to degradingpassions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, andin the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in
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their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving intheir own persons the due penalty of their error
(verses 26-17).This behavior falls into the category of 
ungodliness and unrighteousness
mentioned inverse 18. Furthermore, verse 32 says that those who
practice such things
as homosexuality
areworthy of death
.And this is not the only place in the New Testament where homosexual behavior isdenounced and declared to be rebellion against God: “Or do you not know that the unrighteouswill not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Paul is clear:homosexuals will
not 
inherit the kingdom of God. You cannot be a homosexual and go toheaven.In his pastoral letter to Timothy, the Apostle reminds Timothy that the Law is not madefor the righteous, but for the unrighteous, “for those who are lawless and rebellious, for theungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, andwhatever else is contrary to sound teaching” (1 Timothy 1:9-10). Homosexuals are unrighteousmen. And no unrighteous man belongs in the kingdom of God (see Matthew 13:49-50).And with an appeal to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Jude says that they“indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh,” and are therefore “exhibited as anexample in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire” (Jude 7). Now turn to
Genesis 19:1-7
so that we can find out what Jude means when he says thatthey “indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh.”:
 Now the two angels came to Sodom in the evening as Lot was sitting in the gateof Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed down with his face tothe ground.And he said, "Now behold, my lords, please turn aside into your servant's house,and spend the night, and wash your feet; then you may rise early and go on your way."They said however, "No, but we shall spend the night in the square."Yet he urged them strongly, so they turned aside to him and entered his house;and he prepared a feast for them, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate. Before theylay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, both young andold, all the people from every quarter; and they called to Lot and said to him, "Where arethe men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may have relations withthem."But Lot went out to them at the doorway, and shut the door behind him, and said,"Please, my brothers, do not act wickedly.
Clearly, the sin of Sodom, the sin to which Jude is referring in the sin of homosexuality.
For before
Lot’s guests
lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom surrounded thehouse, both young and old, all the people
 
from every quarter; and they called to Lot and
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