The Bible teaches that sexual relationships and activities outside of the holy bond of marriage are sinful. “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge” (Heb. 13:4). From the beginning, the Bible defines lawful marriage as a holy union between one man and one woman (Gen. 2:21-25), and Jesus upheld this as the divine standard (Mat. 19:4-6). Since sexual relationships outside of marriage are sinful and since the Bible nowhere legitimizes marriage between a man and a man or a woman and a woman, it is obvious that homosexuality is forbidden. It is nowhere legitimized by Scripture. The New Testament treats homosexuality as a moral abomination. In Romans 1, the apostle Paul described homosexuality as “vile affections” (v. 26), “against nature” (v. 26), “unseemly” (v. 27), “reprobate” (v. 28), and “not convenient” (v. 28). This passage warns that homosexuality is the corruption of the imagination. It is the product of a reprobate mind. Paul speaks of the homosexuality in the church at Corinth in the past tense -- “and such WERE some of you” (1 Cor. 6:11). The members of the church at Corinth had repented of their sins and had become new creatures in Christ. God can and will save any sinner, but he must repent of his sin rather than justify it, and when God saves, He changes (2 Corinthians 5:17). This doesn't mean the believer is sinless; it means he is converted and he delights in righteousness even when he doesn't always live up to God’s holy standards. Bible believers are not “homophobic” any more than they are “adulteryphobic” or “thiefphobic” or “lierphobic.” They do not hate homosexuals. They simply believe that the Bible teaches that men must repent of sin in order to be saved and be qualified for church membership. They also know that homosexuality is a special kind of sin in the sense that it is a sin against nature itself and a sin that is a particular attack upon biblical marriage and therefore has the power to corrupt society in a unique way.
(Friday Church News Notes, September 28, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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