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Guest blog post from Angelique McGinnis: The Godly Guide For Facing Homosexuality
November 3, 2019, 4:04 PM

In the summer of 2015, the United States had become the twentieth nation to legalize same-sex marriage. Churches all across the nation had split on this conflict of whether to celebrate, accept, or bash on the individuals who declare their homosexuality. What is it that Christians should know about homosexuality, and what is it that God has called us to do? Should we embrace them or go entirely against homosexuals?

In the Bible, it condemns any form of sexual immorality. According to Rob Phillips in his novel, The Apologist’s Toolkit, he questions that if christians perform any premarital sexual act or watch pornography just like non-christians, then how do we have the right to judge them? Pastor David Van Bebber Jr. expresses that in the Bible God has spoken clearly, necessarily (authoritatively), and inerrantly (incapable of being wrong). How does this apply to the same-sex attraction? (Phillips 414). “His standards of sexual purity and marital fidelity apply to all people. They reflect both His holiness and His creative intent for pleasure, security, and procreation through lifelong monogamous relationships between men and women created in His image” (Phillips 415). How are we supposed to confront someone who is struggling with this sin?

Pastor Van Bebber states that in Genesis 1 it declares that we are created in the image of God. In Romans 3, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” He proclaims that christians should confront anyone struggling with sin through the love of Christ. “You don’t go to hell because you are a homosexual. You don’t go to hell ‘cause you’re a liar. You go to hell because you haven’t accepted Jesus’ atoning sacrifice to pay for the sins you gave.” Pastor Van Bebber commented, “So you have a sacrifice due of punishment.

Rob Phillips explains in his blog “Is Homoesexuality the Worst Sin?” that when encountered with a homosexual that believes that Christ has never spoke out against homosexuality and that it is the most unpardonable sin, they need to know that they are incorrect. You must remember that God has spoken clearly, necessarily, and inerrantly in Matthew 19:4-6, which explains that He affirmed the creation of male and female and intended them two to be married for a lifetime (Parnell 1). In Genesis, the men wanted to know the men in Lot’s home in a sexual way. Lot told the men to stop their evil ways, so the angels had blinded them. They had groped for the door to where the men in Lot’s house were staying all night. The Lord rained on Lot’s home and the entire city of Sodom and Gomorrah with sulfur and fire (Van Bebber 1).

Christ was in Genesis. Christ had also presupposed the truthfulness of the Old Testament (Van Bebber 1). Those who argue that we do not follow the law of the Old Testament, we do indeed follow the Moral Law. We know the difference from right and wrong. For more biblical references, look to: Romans 1:18-32, Ephesians 5, 1 Corinthians 5:1, Leviticus 18:18, and 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (Van Bebber 1). “Some of you were like this; but you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Cor. 6:11). David Van Bebber Jr. quotes 2 Cor. 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” The hopefulness can be converted from a rebel sinner. That hope is for all those who repent and believe (Van Bebber 1).

We must close with knowing that there is a hope for any sinner that believes in Christ and repent for their sins. For those who are struggling, they should seek knowledge in the Bible and prayer. (Van Bebber 1). As Christians we are not called to bash, but to speak out, and still console with those who are fighting against the greatest foe of all: sin.

Works Cited

Phillips, Rob, et al. “'Is Homosexuality the Worst Sin?'” Pathway, 6 Feb. 2014, mbcpathway.com/2013/04/15/is-homosexuality-the-worst-sin/.

Phillips, Rob. “What Every Christian Should Know About Same-Sex Attraction.” The Apologist’s Toolkit Resources To Help You Defend The Christian Faith, Missouri Baptist Convention, 2016, pp. 414-418.

“Why Homosexuality Is Not Like Other Sins.” Desiring God, 15 Apr. 2019, www.desiringgod.org/articles/why-homosexuality-is-not-like-other-sins.

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