Does God hate homosexuals?
In our culture the topic of homosexuality is a very controversial issue, and so i’ve decided (in wake of our relationship/sex series) to write a blog entry that I hope will shed some truth on an issue, which is becoming more and more accepted in our world.
Firstly, we must understand that God loves ALL people. Why? Because each one of us is created in His image! Whether you regard yourself as homosexual, bisexual, transsexual, or heterosexual this doesn’t change God’s love for you. Yet God, who is Holy, hates everything unholy (sin) and this includes all sexual sin. Why? Because it tarnishes God’s image in you, and corrupts our bodies which are pure, holy, and set apart for the Lord. One such sin, that is common today, is sexual sin in the form of sexual relations between two or more members of the same sex (homosexuality). There are many deceptive beliefs in our culture that say this sin is worse than others, that people are born homosexuals, and that God hates homosexuals – all of which are untrue.
Here are some passages where homosexuality is mentioned:
“You must obey all my regulations and be careful to obey my decrees, for I am the Lord your God…Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin.”
Leviticus 18:4, 22
“So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.”
“Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.”
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
What the Bible does say:
- The Bible clearly says that sexual relations (be it in any form) between two members of the same sex is sin. There are no exceptions mentioned.
- The Bible does seem to put this particular sin in a category of it’s own and indicates that it is more serious than others because it violates God’s original design of male & female, and affects the person very deeply. In Leviticus there is a comment about this sin, calling it a “detestable” sin (an “abomination” in other translations), and in Romans it says that “as a result of THIS sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved”.
- There is forgiveness available for this sin, as for any other sin, through faith in Jesus Christ!
What the Bible doesn’t say:
- That God hates homosexuals. He LOVES the person but HATES the sin.
- People are born homosexual. No, people are born sinners (Romans 4:12-14) but the way that we sin often differs (Romans 3:23) from person to person.
- Homosexuals will be judged more harshly. Nope. All sin is equally detestable to God. (2 Corinthians 5:10)
As Christians how should we respond?
With love. Even though this sin may seem more culturally acceptable this doesn’t make it right, normal, or godly. We must understand that truth is not subject to emotions. How we feel about the issue of homosexuality doesn’t change the truth about it – and we believe all truth to be revealed through God’s Word. Before we approach a someone who practices homosexuality we must first remember our own sin and shortcomings, remind ourselves that we too are sinful, and ask ourselves this question, “What would Jesus do?”. Our goal is not to be ‘right’, but to win them for Jesus. Jesus is the only one that can change their heart, our job is to lead them to Jesus (and this is the job we are often not too good at). In my experience most people who battle with this sin have experienced some form of sexual/emotional abuse and/or neglect which has shaped their perception of different genders – so be careful in how you approach them, there is huge emotion involved. Their identity is also often tightly rooted in their sin and so it can be messy when you go about it trying to expose them. Earn the right to be heard, and then speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).
Also, be aware that we cannot judge believers by the same standards as unbelievers. Unbelievers have not been convicted of their sin by God, the Holy Spirit, and so are unaware of their need to repent. Your job is not to point out their sin but to introduce them to Jesus, because when they fall in love with Jesus their life will change.
I believe someone who is practicing the sin of homosexuality can change, just like any other person who is caught in sin! Check this out, “Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
1 Corinthians 6:11
If you are caught in the sin of homosexuality/bisexuality/transvestism there is hope. There is forgiveness and restoration in Jesus Christ. Please seek help. You will not be judged or condemned – we are all sinners saved by Jesus. I know you will find true happiness and freedom in a relationship with Jesus. Join us at AKE (or another church) to find out more about your Savior.
In closing: Do not be swayed by what culture says, or what the government says about this issue. We know in our hearts homosexuality (or any combination of it) is sin. Stand firm on God’s Word, if people disagree with you or even hate you for what you believe – remember it is not you who they hate but Jesus (John 15:18-19) in you.
If you want more information regarding this issue I will shortly be posting a PDF on our resources page that you can download and read.