Morality

 

 

Homosexuality is not a sin

 

 

 

Many pastors, bishops, theologians and Churches all over the world support homosexuality, for they believe that homosexuality is not a sin but a lawful choice that man is free to make. Therefore, in their opinion, homosexuals who profess Jesus Christ and obedience to Him, are welcome to be or become full members of the Church. They must not be rebuked for their behaviour nor should they be urged to repent, rather they should be encouraged to remain homosexuals, for there is no harm in homosexuality. A Christian man can be a gay, while a Christian woman can be a lesbian, for God does not detest homosexuality.

In 1988, the United Church of Canada, the largest Protestant denomination in Canada, passed a resolution which affirms ‘A) That all persons, regardless of their sexual orientation, who profess Jesus Christ and obedience to Him, are welcome to be or become full member of the Church. B) All members of the Church are eligible to be considered for the Ordered Ministry.’ Therefore, according to this resolution homosexuals are welcome in the church and the ministry.

In 1994 more than 60 Italian protestant pastors and theologians signed a statement supporting the civil ‘marriage’ between homosexuals. Here is the statement: ‘We appreciate and welcome with interest the recommendation of the [European] Parliament in Strasbourg to recognize in the national legislations the rights of the permanent cohabitations between citizens who are homosexuals, by comparing them with the permanent cohabitations among heterosexuals, in order to assure both of them of equal rights and duties; we invite our society to have a confrontation of such proposal with serenity and a spirit of equity, developing an ethical reflection which takes note of the development of the custom which is going on in the western societies, safeguarding the respect of the people involved in their human specificity and their choices of life, and safeguarding together the times which are indispensable for a development and maturity of the consciences in the face of the changes which are going on; we hope that in this matter neither rigid positions nor preconceived condemnations will arise, even in the name of a Christian ethics which has been lived historically in different ways, and that the respect of the human being, created in the image of God and loved and redeemed by God, may remain in its centre; finally, in this context we suggest that the word ‘marriage’ (which has produced the sense of an unnecessary provocation) should be forsaken in favour of the words ‘permanent cohabitation’ or ‘civil union’, which are more suitable’ (NEV, 2 March, 1994, year XV, number 9, page 1). This declaration was signed by 33 Waldensian pastors, 17 Baptists, 7 Lutherans, 7 Methodists and a Reformed woman pastor. Among the signers we find Giorgio Bouchard (Waldensian, former President of the Italian Federation of Evangelical Churches); Sergio Aquilante (Methodist), Franco Scaramuccia and Massimo Aprile (Baptists); Hans Gerch Philippi (the Lutheran Doyen); Paolo Ricca, who is the Dean of the Waldensian Theological Faculty, and Bruno Corsani, Daniele Garrone and Ermanno Genre, who are teachers at the same faculty, as well as Giorgio Girardet, who is emeritus professor.

In 1997 in the United States of America more than 60 pastors from the Madison, Wisconsin, area signed a statement supporting homosexuals. Following are some excerpts from this statement: - Madison Affirmation On Homosexuality and Christian Faith - "Jesus Christ calls us to love God and our neighbor as ourselves. As Christian clergy we embrace gay and lesbian persons as our neighbors. From our reading of scripture and from our pastoral experiences, we believe there is sufficient evidence to conclude that homosexuality is neither sickness nor sin. For too long, homosexual persons have been condemned and mistreated by the followers of Jesus Christ. Sadly, the Bible has been misused in support of this condemnation. This abuse of scripture must end. Heterosexual and homosexual persons are children of God, created in God's image. ... "We believe it is time to eliminate all policies and practices which create barriers and restrictions to the full participation of gay and lesbian Christians in all of the privileges and responsibilities of church membership. Recognizing that our churches still speak and act out of our longstanding prejudices: "We hope and pray that we will acknowledge our sin and be forgiven for our ignorance, fear, arrogance and self-righteousness; ... "We rejoice in the refusal of many gay and lesbian Christians to abandon or be forced out of their church homes; ... "We consider these sisters and brothers to be a unique, holy and precious gift to all of us who struggle to become the family of God" (Wisconsin State Journal, May 13, 1997). The statement was signed by "clergy" representing American Baptist, Episcopal, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Quaker, Moravian, United Methodist, Presbyterian Church (USA), and United Church of Christ. Signers included the following -- Paul Kittlaus, senior minister, First Congregational United Church of Christ; John Fetterman, rector of Grace Episcopal Church; Harvey Peters, pastor, Luther Memorial Church; David Lyons, pastor, First United Methodist Church; David Michael, pastor, Lake Edge United Church of Christ; Frederick Trost, minister of the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ; Michael Schuler, pastor, First Unitarian Society.

The United Reformed Church in Britain has agreed to accept "practising homosexuals" as ministers in churches which choose to elect them. The decision, labelled Motion 19, was made at the general assembly on July 9, 1997, by a vote of nearly two to one. It was part of a package of motions presented by a task force which had studied the question of "human sexuality" for more than two years. Motion 19 also allows churches to refuse to call homosexual pastors. The resolution also "provided that candidates for the URC ministry cannot be rejected for training purely on the grounds of being in a homosexual relationship" (ENI, July 9, 1997). Of the 513 Reformed churches which responded to an official survey, 48 stated they would accept a homosexual pastor.

The Episcopal bishop of Chicago, William Persell, believes churches should formally bless homosexual unions. Persell, who was consecrated at a ceremony in Chicago in March, 1999, was dean of Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1991 to the end of 1998. Persell says churches should honor homosexuals who have long-term relationships. "I think we’re in a time when we have to learn and accept each other. … Every church I have been in has had a large gay and lesbian membership. How do you say to people they’re second-class, even though God created them as gay and lesbian?" (Ecumenical News International, Jan. 15, 1999).

In 2001, the Archbishop of York, David Hope, the second highest official in the Church of England, commissioned a new catechism that treats homosexuality as a blessing from God. This Anglican catechism says: "Homosexuality may well not be a condition to be regretted but to have divinely ordered and positive qualities. Homosexual believers should be encouraged to find in their sexual preferences such elements of moral beauty as may enhance their general understanding of Christ's calling."

The Metropolitan Community Church is a Protestant denomination with churches throughout the United States with a mostly, but not exclusively, gay membership. Acceptance of homosexuality is an important part of its theology.

The Uniting Church in Australia allows for the membership and ordination of homosexual people.

 

Confutation

 

The Holy Scripture clearly teaches that homosexuality is a sin, as it is written: “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination” (Leviticus 18:22 – NKJV), and again: “If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them” (Leviticus 20:13 – NKJV). Therefore homosexuals are sinners, for they break the Word of God.

Homosexuality is a sin against nature, for Paul wrote to the Romans: “For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due” (Romans 1:26-27 – NKJV). As you can see, according to the Scripture, both gays and lesbians are people who give themselves over to vile passions for they have exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. They commit what is shameful in the sight of God.

In the light of what the Scripture teaches, therefore, ‘homosexual marriages’ are to be abhorred. Know this, that a man has no right to marry another man, and a woman has no right to marry another woman, for Jesus said that God “at the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh” (Matthew 19:4-5 – NKJV).

Unbelieving homosexuals must be urged to repent of their sins and to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, bearing fruits worthy of repentance. Therefore they must be exhorted to forsake immediately their homosexual practices. While the so called believing homosexuals (that is, those Christians who have become homosexuals) must be expelled from among the congregations of the saints, as it is written: “Put away from yourselves the evil person” (1 Corinthians 5:13 – NKJV).

Homosexuals will not inherit the Kingdom of God (cf. 1 Corinthians 6:9). After death they go to hell, and on that day they will rise again to be judged according to their works and cast into the lake which burns with fire and brimstone. Remember that the men of Sodom were homosexuals, and that God punished Sodom by raining brimstone and fire on it (cf. Genesis 19:4-5, 24-25).

Let no one deceive you, brethren, with empty words. Cling to what the Holy Scripture teaches, and refute all those who support homosexuality.

 

 

 

 

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