Rev. Ron Hanko
It is not difficult to believe that there has been
for many years an organized campaign in government and the media to
promote an "understanding" of homosexuality. In this way homosexuality
has become more and more accepted as something "normal" in our society.
Even the church has, by and large, surrendered on this issue.
That homosexuality is accepted in society and in the
church, however, does not mean it is acceptable to God. The Bible speaks
clearly about homosexuality. And since the Bible is the Word of God, all
discussion ought to begin and end with what the Bible says. Do you know
what the Bible says?
The Bible says clearly that homosexuality is sin.
Some may not agree with what the Bible says, but there can be no doubt
that this is what it teaches. The book of Romans, chapter 1, verses
26-32, for example, calls homosexuality a "vile" affection and speaks of
it as something that is "against nature"—something that God will judge.
All the arguments that homosexuality is genetic so
that a person can do nothing about it do not change what God says in His
Word. Nor may Christians who believe the Bible be silent about what
God’s Word says, even though the whole matter is so highly charged
emotionally and politically.
Because homosexuality is sin it brings men and women
under the anger of God and in danger of His judgments. The same chapter
and verses from the book of Romans already referred to tell us that the
judgment of God both against homosexuality and other sins is that those
who commit such sins are worthy of death.
To condemn homosexuality as sin, however, is not to
exclude practicing homosexuals or those who struggle with homosexual
lusts from any hope of salvation. Homosexuality is not the unforgivable
sin. The sacrifice and death of Jesus Christ are the help and hope of
all sinners who repent.
In the book of I Corinthians, chapter 6, verses 9-11,
the Bible not only says to some of the members of the church, "But such
were some of you!" It also says, "But ye are washed, but ye are
sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by
the Spirit of our God."
We are most interested, therefore, that those who are
involved in these sins be called to repentance and confession of sin
before God. May those who are involved in such sins say by the
grace of God: "Such were we, but we are washed and sanctified."