3 Reasons God doesn’t condone homosexuality

The controversy about same sex marriages is a lingering issue in the Church. Trinity and familySome churches have no objection if a person claims to love Jesus when he or she is in a same sex relationship. Other churches do not condone it. It is not for us to judge, but we want to look at why God seems to be against homosexuality? Why doesn’t He change His standards when gay people profess to be Christians?

 

It is interesting that God created the family: man, woman and children. This principle of the family impacts three areas of Bible theology.

  1. The Trinity is like a family. The Bible reveals God as, God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has functions like a mother. We are born again through the Spirit and He comforts, teaches, helps and guides the children of God. The Trinity is foundational, they are eternal and it makes absolute sense in God’s revelation.
  2. God is depicted as the Husband of His wife, Israel.1 God will never divorce her and He was very upset about her immorality (worshipping other gods).
  3. Jesus is the Bridegroom2 and the Church is the Bride.3  In Ephesians 5:22-32 the husband-wife relationship is compared to the Jesus-Church relationship. A man will leave his father and mother and become united to his wife, so that they become one flesh. The Jesus-Church relationship also works in the same way. It is what Paul calls a profound mystery.4  In 2 Corinthians 11:2 we read, ‘I promised you to one Husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to Him.’

 

This means, if we change the husband-wife picture, we change the Trinity, God-Israel and Jesus-Church pictures. That will cause major adjustments in the theology of the Bible. Is God going to do it? It doesn’t look like it, since Jesus said, ‘…Scripture cannot be broken.’ 5

 

Who are the people who will not inherit the Kingdom of God unless they are forgiven and changed by the Holy Spirit?  The sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexual offenders, greedy, drunkards, slanderers, swindlers, thieves, murderers, liars.6  Most of these people do not put continual pressure on the Church to condone their behaviour. They realise that their actions are wrong and that they will miss the Kingdom if they do not change. It is the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender), group who pressurise the Church to condone their behaviour.

 

Our conclusion

The pressure on the Church to accept homosexuality, is not so much to condone what God has decided is wrong. The reason the devil wants to make the LGBT group very prominent, is because it has to do with major theological principles. It is to change the fundamental structure of the Bible. He wants the Church to compromise the character of the Trinity and the Gospel by changing the man-woman marriage picture. If you denounce the Trinity, the structure of the Bible and God’s dealings with people have to change, but God is not going to change one iota of Scripture.

 

References

  1. Hosea 2:16, 5:4; Ezekiel 16:32, 23:5
  2. John 3:29
  3. Revelation 19:7
  4. Ephesians 5:32
  5. John 10:35
  6. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Revelation 20:8

 

 

The rebellious son and the homosexual

In a previous blog (Stone the rebellious childNew Covenant in Jesus), we referred to the covenant that God had with old Israel. That covenant was replaced by the new one that centres around Jesus Christ. He came to make God’s eternal Kingdom a reality by renewing minds and changing hearts so His children can obey Him out of love and not law.

We failed to make it clear that the God of the Old Testament is not different from the God of the New Testament. Jesus did not abolish the old covenant, so that people can do what they like. In a sense, the inner change of the new covenant is much more serious and intense than the old. For example,

In the Old Testament it was a crime to kill someone. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says, it is a crime to hate someone.1

In the Old Testament adultery was forbidden. Jesus says, when a man looks at a woman lustfully he has already committed adultery with her in his heart.2

The Holy Spirit came to help us with the inner transformation God requires in the New Covenant. He is our personal Trainer.

Homosexuality

We had a comment on that blog, asking whether the God who destroyed Sodom and Gomorra for their homosexuality in the Old Testament, condones it in the New Testament?

Lately the emphasis is very much that the Church has to accept homosexuals. Our contention is that we should be very careful. Do we really understand the cry of the human heart, do we know enough or are we interested enough to find out who they are, what happened to them, et cetera?

What does the Bible say?

Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, says, what business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside.3  So we need a different attitude towards people outside and inside the church.

God is the Judge of all the world. Paul writes, Do not be deceived, neither the sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the Kingdom of God.’4 In addition God excludes things that don’t seem that ‘dangerous,’ like ‘hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy, …orgies, and the like. I warn you … that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.5

Why does God exclude these people from His eternal kingdom? It has to do with the structure of the Kingdom—a family of  peace and happiness, with no rebellion. God regards jealousy, discord and hatred in the same light as murders, lying and practicing magic arts.Yet all these people can repent and yield their lives to Christ, as the church in Corinth did.7

Question: In the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, the rich man (in hell) begged Abraham to send Lazarus from the dead to his five brothers to tell them life after death is real. Abraham’s answer was, If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if somebody rises from the dead.8 Do you think it is valid to believe what the Holy Spirit and the Bible says about who will be in and who will be outside the Kingdom of God?

References

  1. Matthew 5:21-22
  2. Matthew 5:28
  3. 1 Corinthians 5:12-13
  4. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
  5. Galatians 5:20-21
  6. Revelation 21:8
  7. 1 Corinthians 6:11
  8. Luke 16:19-31
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