Post date: Sep 29, 2011 4:12:00 PM

Reposted from 2009

God loves all people. God does not condemn those who are His, but He also does not condone the actions of those who choose to live in sin. I have heard of a church that considers itself true to the word, yet they condone homosexuality. I find this an abomination, as does God. It is in my search for wisdom, that I've come to the conclusion that God hates homosexuality in form of gay or lesbian acts. I do not say this because it's a belief of mine, but because God says it.

We start with the Old Testament. In the book of Leviticus, God forbids a man to lay with another man as he would a woman (Lev 15:33 & Lev 20:13). It's stated that in doing so, both should be put to death. There are those who say that the laws of Leviticus are obsolete due to advancements in science. Yet, if you read the book of Leviticus, there are several things God tells men to do which are for their health. We show that even today, man can't argue with the cleanliness of Leviticus. Such things are the fat of an animal. The fat was a sweet savor unto the Lord for all sacrifices (Lev 3:17). Also, mankind was not to eat the blood of anything (Lev 17:12). We now know that uncooked meat (which is rich in blood) can cause food poisoning. So, if we, in today's world, see that the things that God commanded Israel to abstain from in Leviticus still have value today, then why is it that we choose to disregard all things stated in Leviticus? Those things that were labeled as unclean were so for a reason. Yet, certain men of today seek to disregard God's law that a man should not lay with another man as he would a woman.We still see that homosexuality is what originally caused the spread of certain diseases. Even so, bisexuals have helped bridged the gap and caused heterosexuals to spread such diseases.

Oddly, some will point to Ruth and say that she had a sexual love for Naomi (Ruth 4:15). The truth is that Ruth was in the lineage of Christ. The Hebrew word is ahab which does mean to have affection for someone, but is translated both sexually or otherwise. Those looking to exploit this verse must consider that without proper translation, the verse can not be given in argument.The same term is used for David and Jonathan's relationship (1 Samuel 18:3) as well as David's feelings toward Saul (1 Samuel 16:21). If you're to say that the term takes on a sexual meaning, then you're saying that David was not only a lover of men, but in direct violation of the Mosaic Law (Leviticus 20:13) which would've caused him to be killed. Because these things are written, someone was aware of this love David had for both Jonathan and Saul. Since David died of old age, you cannot make argument that David had sexual relations with Jonathan.Never the less, God still does not condone homosexuality. His original design was that a man (Greek: anthropos - mankind/human) should leave his father (Greek: pater – patriarch or male) and mother (Greek: meter – matriarch or female) and be joined to his wife (Greek: gune – female/woman). Though the original Greek claims any human, it is reiterated in the text that a wife (gune) shall reverence her husband (Greek: aner – male/man). This is found in Ephesians 5:31-33. It is clearly stated that it shall be male and female. This is how it started in the garden east of Eden (Genesis 1:27). God created both male (Hebrew: zakar - male {as being the most noteworthy sex}) and female (Hebrew: n~qebah - female from the sexual form).

Many will say that it's only men with men that's spoken against. As Ephesians shows that it's God's design for man and woman, Romans 1:26-28 tells of how women defiled themselves as well as men. It tells: “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections (Greek: pathos - passion, affection, lust): for even their women did change the natural (Greek: phusikos - physical, natural) use (Greek: chresis - sexual intercourse) into that which is against nature: and likewise also the man, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in the lust one toward another, men with men working that which is unseemly,”. Here, God indicated that he sees a woman acting sexually toward another woman as a vile thing and unnatural. Yet, there are those who say that it is natural for a woman to love another woman as she would a man. He also states (Romans 1:28) that He (God) gave them over to a reprobate mindset. Reprobate (Greek: adokimos) means unapproved or rejected. I'm inclined to side with God in this and say that in no way should a woman take another woman as her bride.

Marriage is a sacred thing. Scriptures tell of the requirements for elders (Titus 1:5-6) and bishops (1 Timothy 3:2) to be the husband (Greek indicates male, aner) of 1 wife (female, gune). Even the deacons are required (1 Timothy 3:12) must be the husband of one wife. It would make little sense for God to put requirements on bishops, elders, and deacons, but not priests/pastors. For God to allow same-sex unions among his clergy, is like saying God is not the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). As such, you'd have to deny God's infallible nature. You'll have to say that God lied when He claimed to be no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34, Romans 2:11, Ephesians 6:9, 1 Peter 1:17).

Moreover, God states the fruits of the spirit and the fruits of the flesh (Galatians 5:18-24). Among the fruits of the flesh that will not inherit the Kingdom is listed fornication (Galatians 5:19 & Ephesians 5:5). If a man shall leave his parents and be joined to his wife in what Jesus recognizes as marriage, then how can sexuality between same sex be allowed in the Kingdom? For without marriage, it is fornication. And through fornication, has homosexuality been propogated. Every tree is known by its fruit, and a tree which produces corruption will always produce corruption. Starting in fornication and against the Mosaic laws as well as the letter to the Romans, homosexuals have twisted the truth to cause the ignorant to believe their works are good in the sight of God.

I do not hate homosexuals, because to hate them means that I'd have to hate the image of God. All are made in God's image, which is why Christ said we should love one another as we love ourselves. To judge a homosexual is the same as bringing judgment on myself for my past transgressions. I consider all sin an act of separation from God. Man chooses to separate himself from God. It doesn't matter if your straight and you sleep with your girlfriend/boyfriend or if your homosexual and sleep with the same. It's still sin in God's eyes, and I'm not mature enough to judge the individual. But the works I do condemn because God condemn's them.