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
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
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
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.
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
A Christian Response to Homosexuality© 2004 by R W Glenn