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Can a person be a Christian and be gay? 1st Corinthians 6:9-11Homosexuality is sadly a very common topic these days. Ten or eleven states have legalized gay marriage, the Boy Scouts of America is sitting on a fence waiting on opinion polls to decide if they should allow gay leaders, the CEO of Starbucks, and former CEO of JC Penney have come out supporting gay marriage, the United Methodist General conference is divided over the subject, and recently many Christians ate “mor chikin” at Chick-Fil-A due to the CEOs stance opposing it.

Today John Daniel at one of the Christian Post blogs ran a post asking ten questions about the Christian response to homosexuality. (Entire post consists of the ten questions, nothing more, I have all ten listed below.)

So, with one of Johnny Cash’s last albums playing in the background, I will attempt to give my thoughts on his questions.

1. How should Christians deal with societal acceptance of homosexuality?

The Christian’s response must be one of repentance and faith. We must repent of our own sexual immorality, of our pride, of our resentment, and any malice toward the homosexual and those who are pushing the homosexual agenda. We must remember that homosexuality is a sin, and like all sins that it comes from a wicked heart, and like all sins it leads to death. And, we must remember that like all sin, Christ paid for it.

With that said, we need to pray for our pastors, as they will face these questions often, and we must pray that they will remain faithful in opposition to what God calls sin, and boldly proclaim the Gospel.

As for society, the only way to deal with this sin, as with others, is to proclaim the Gospel to those who suffer with it, or suffer because of it. We must tell the world that Jesus died to pay for their sins, and that they must repent and believe.

2. How to stop myself from being [a] gay Christian?

Without knowing more about the author of the original post, I can’t answer this other than generally. If you are attracted to your own gender, or are lusting after people of the other gender, the response is the same, repent and trust in Christ, who paid for your sin. Pray that God would deliver you from the temptation. And, it is advisable that you confess to a mature believer, preferably an elder or pastor, and hear that Christ has forgiven your sins. You should also be in a healthy church that properly distinguishes between Law and Gospel, focuses on Christ and His finished work, and regularly receives the sacraments.

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11, ESV)

3. How should Christians respond to the question of homosexual marriage?

This one can be a little more difficult, and Christians will react differently.

Some Christians will seek to prevent gay marriage through politics; while that method may have worked at one time, ten states have now legalized gay marriage, and it is likely a couple more will in the next few weeks. The US Supreme Court is also discussing the issue, and President Obama is clearly in support of gay marriage. I don’t think the political response is going to work.

Rather than take the political approach, I think the approach we should take the approach I gave in question number one. Repentance and faith and the proclamation of the Gospel of Christ crucified for sinners.

The Church has a prophetic voice to the nations for sure, but it is clear this nation isn’t really hearing that on this issue. This is largely due to compromised churches that either have agreed with the world, or adopted the world’s methods, rather than Christ’s methods. If the churches in America were all proclaiming the Gospel weekly, and in the streets, we wouldn’t need to be discussing this issue.

4. Is it possible to be a gay Christian?

Yes and no. Yes, it is possible to be a Christian who hates his homosexual attraction and repents of it daily. It is even possible to be a Christian who doesn’t understand that homosexuality is sinful, but believes the Gospel. It is not however, possible to be one who sees God’s condemnation of homosexuality in Scripture but says “I don’t believe God, and I’m going to be a gay Christian anyway.” If one is in the latter state, either the Holy Spirit will convict them and they will repent, or they were never a Christian in the first place.

5. Should a Christian attend the wedding of a gay couple?

Adiophora. Some Christians will take different stands on this, and for many it depends on the situation. The Christian must make it clear that whether they attend the wedding or not, that they do not accept that homosexuality is acceptable. The relationship with the person or couple definitely plays into the decision. Sometimes it may be right to attend, other times it clearly will not be.

I personally don’t think I could attend such a wedding, but I won’t condemn those who decide differently on this.

However, a Christian can not officiate the wedding, as that would be promoting what God has clearly stated is sin.

6. As a Christian, how to get along with gay people?

A Christian gets along with “gay people” the same way he gets along with other sinners. Repenting of his own sin, and loving his neighbor as himself. This includes giving them the Gospel and not backing down on what God has called sin.

7. Can a person be born gay?

Maybe. This is a very common question, and very much debated. I don’t personally believe people are born gay, however, whether the person is born gay or not makes no difference in how it is to be handled.

It is a sin either way. God’s command to the homosexual, whether due to sin in the world they were born gay, or due to sin in the world they became gay, is to repent and believe the Gospel, believing that Christ paid for the sin of the homosexual just as he paid for the sin of the adulterer, the murderer, the rapist, the thief, the liar, the tax collector, the prideful, and the arrogant.

8. How to tell a gay friend that homosexuality is wrong?

Lovingly, with lots of Scripture, and with the Gospel, telling them that Christ died for them, and that they must repent and believe on Him to be saved. Which is the same way you would approach any other sinner.

9. How should Christians let gays to know or feel a sincere love from them?

See question 8? Love them, proclaim the Gospel to them, and repent of your own sins.

10. How should I pray for my gay friends and other gays?

Pray that your pride, arrogance, and misunderstandings would be removed; pray that God would send people to proclaim the Gospel to them and that He would save them.

 

All sin leads to death, and all who’s sin is not paid for will be judged and cast into the lake of fire for eternity. Homosexuality, despite being a huge issue today, is no different than other sins in this regard. All sin must be atoned for, or the sinner will be forever punished for it. Christ paid for all sin for those who believe. Repent and believe and you will be saved.

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11, ESV)