Across the nation, pressure is increasing to grant and recognize homosexual privileges and rights. They desire access to jobs of every domain (including the ministry), the right to be accepted as foster parents, and the right to marry in church ceremonies. Should they have the right to do something that the Bible declares is morally and spiritually wrong? All this is the crux of what is called the “gay-rights” issue. Their theme is, legality not morality.
I. The Conflict of Homosexuality - Leviticus 18:22
What should be our attitude toward persons who practice homosexuality? Thirty years ago a discussion on the topic of homosexual rights in our society was unthinkable. Today, many Christians accept homosexuality and lesbianism as a legitimate alternate life-style. Sometime ago, Time Magazine in an essay “The Homosexual in America” made this discerning comment:
“Beset by inner conflicts, the homosexual is unsure of his own position in society...A vast majority of people retain a deep loathing toward them, but there is a growing mixture of tolerance, empathy or apathy.”
No doubt, our society is torn between condemnation and compassion for the homosexual. The deviates’ plea is that they be treated like everyone else, yet it is known that they are different and practice a different lifestyle. In simple terms, a homosexual is in the grips of Satan’s power.
Trace God’s Word for clarification and directions. Please take time to read the following:
I Corinthians 6:9-11
The very fact that Leviticus 18:22 is followed by a commandment in Leviticus 18:23 against sexual acts with animals suggest the unthinkable nature of the homosexual-lesbian relations.
II. The Confusion of Homosexuality
In all of this, the Bible inevitably has come under sharp attack. Some seek to show by the Scripture that the Bible itself justifies the homosexual life-style. Christians should not be deceived, for the Bible clearly enunciates that this perverted lifestyle is without defense. Genesis 19 describes how the lust of men for men led to the destruction of the city os Sodom. Ultimate confusion and destruction prevailed.
From his writings, “Homosexuality: How Should Christians Respond,” Dr. Richard F. Lovelace states that the confusion of sex can be cleared up from Genesis 1 and 2.
Genesis 1:27 deliberately notes that the man made in God’s image was created male and female, connecting this with the command to reproduce in Genesis 1:28.
In Genesis 2, sexuality is also related to companionship; the loneliness of man is remedied not by the creation of another man, but the addition of woman. The woman became a helpmate suitable for the man. The bond of companionship between man and woman is cemented by sexual union and their togetherness as a family unit. The sexual relationship between male and female married partners continues to be celebrated with unembarrassed candor as a gift of God...such as written in Song of Solomon and Proverbs 5:15-19.
III. The Crudeness of Homosexuality
A “Gay Pride” rally in Boston had one of its speakers standing under a banner that read, “Christianity Is Our Enemy.” One gay leader read from Leviticus and then burned the Word of God in open demonstration. True Christianity and gay rights cannot mix, they are like oil and water.
The Marquis de Sade, a sex pervert of yesteryear, set the stage for today’s sex perverts in declaring “my greatest pleasure is to swear in God’s name.”
Dr. David Noebel, of Colorado and Summit Ministries, wrote in his book, “The Homosexual Revolution: A Look at the Preachers and Politicians Behind It” (Summit Press) regarding homosexual activity: “Homosexual and lesbian activity and seduction techniques vary among homosexuals and lesbians. Some visit gay bars and ponder with others of their same age. Others prey on younger boys and girls - finding them on the streets, in youth organizations, or in colleges, schools, or churches.”
The society of Homosexuals and Lesbians detest the word “queer” which berates them. The word “queer” is defined as “very unusual, odd or unconventional.” The title speaks for itself. It is without doubt, odd to see a man with a man or woman with a woman in a lover’s repose. This act defies social, moral and religious norms.
IV. The Cure for Homosexuality
God’s Word has proclaimed salvation and healing for every man and woman. The Word of God declares in I Corinthians 6:11-20 that although no one can continually practice this type of sin and be right with God, some former homosexuals and sexual deviants at the church at Corinth had found deliverance. They began a new life by faith in Jesus.
William Barclay writes, “The proof of Christianity lay in its power. It could take the dregs of humanity and make real men out of them. No man can change himself, but Christ Jesus can change him.”