Homosexuality

God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; Father of Jesus, please help me now to speak in accordance with your word regarding the issue of homosexuality.

Do I know if there is a scientifically recognized chromosomal predisposition to homosexual behavior? I have seen some studies that indicate yes but more studies that indicate no. I have seen statistical analyses linking childhood sexual abuse, religion, culture, even demographics. However, my blog is not about homosexual determinism, but rather about Christian outreach.

Let's get out of the way what I think personally about homosexuals:
1. Homosexuals can be as productive and as normal seeming as heterosexuals (seeming because there are heterosexuals and homosexuals both who deal with sexual sins).
2. Homosexuals are not the word I am using nor or they the Gay Community, they are real individuals with hopes, aspirations, and in many cases a yearning for a spiritual identity.
3. Christians are called upon by God to minister to all who would listen.

To continue; I can and do enjoy some art (music, film, writings) of homosexuals whether I know at the time I am first introduced to them or only afterwards (as long as the art does not openly promote homosexuality and the author is not virulently open about their lifestyle).

So what's my point? Christians can be friends with homosexuals, accepting them as they are and benefiting from their contributions to society (in art, science, business) and personal interaction.

Conversely, homosexuals must accept that Christians are called to minister to them, especially those whom they call friends. That it is Christian doctrine that homosexuality and the promotion of it is a sin. That marriage is sacrosanct in God's word.

There is certainly more to be said and I hope that a meaningful discussion will ensue.

I will not respond to any comments that I believe are intended to create strife.

boJ_Wayne

But with you there is forgiveness so that you can be feared. Psalm 130:4

 

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You are correct in saying to love the sinner but hate the sin; however, in you word choice "friend" I will let scripture speak for itself.  

 

In regard to friendship with the worldly:

James 4:4
You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.

In regard to associating with the worldly:

1 Corinthians 5:9-13

New International Version (NIV)

 9 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11 But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister[a] but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.

 12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13 God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.”[b]

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Corinthians 5:11 The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family; also in 8:11, 13.
  2. 1 Corinthians 5:13 Deut. 13:5; 17:7; 19:19; 21:21; 22:21,24; 24:7

 

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