Article - Gay Marriage NOT Approved by God
Recently our world and the media have been so consumed with the subject of homosexuality and gay marriage. In fact, it almost seems as though the popular thing to do is “come out” of the closet. For example, when NBA superstar Jason Collins came out about being gay, he even received a phone call from the President of the United States congratulating him. The Boy Scouts of America, one of the last strong holds of good morals and family values, sadly bowed to the winds of pressure and money and decided to start accepting homosexuals. In all this discussion and hype there is one person we forgot to consult on the matter—The Almighty God! Does God approve of homosexuality and gay marriage? Absolutely Not! Notice what the Scripture says about this subject.
Homosexuality and Gay Marriage—An Abomination! In the long ago God said, “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination” (Leviticus 18:22). God uses some very strong language to describe this vile act when He chose the word abomination. Abomination means “extreme disgust or hatred” (Webster online). Imagine the most disgusting or vile thing you can think of: genocide, pedophilia, incest, rape….those feelings we possess when those actions are mentioned are akin to the way God feels about homosexuality and gay marriage.
Homosexuality and Gay Marriage—A Crime Against God & Man! In the Old Testament God placed a heavy sentence upon any person committing the vile action of homosexuality. God said, “If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them” (Leviticus 20:13). Naturally from this verse we learn that homosexuality is a crime against God because it violates His Holy Will. It is also a crime against man because it violates the beauty and sanctity of married loved between a man and a woman. God said, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). To take marriage, which is natural, beautiful, and should be held in the highest respect, and turn it into something as filthy and disgusting as homosexuality is a crime against God and man.
Homosexuality and Gay Marriage—Vile & Unnatural! In the New Testament God’s language against homosexuality and gay marriage is very plain. The Holy Spirit says, “For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due” (Romans 1:26-27). Notice the descriptive words God uses to help us understand how He feels about homosexuality and gay marriage: vile, against nature, shameful, an error deserving of penalty! Friend, its unmistakable how God feels about this heinous act—God hates it!
Homosexuals & those in Gay Marriages Will Not Go to Heaven! In making a statement this plain there is always the possibility that someone could misunderstand what’s being said. God does not want anyone to be lost (2 Peter 3:9) and those in the Lord’s church want all men to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4). Every person in a homosexual marriage who repents and turns from those acts can be right with God (Luke 13:1-5; Acts 3:19). However, the Scriptures clearly teach any person who remains in homosexuality or gay marriages will be lost in Hell! Notice what God says, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). Did you notice what God said in that verse? Among other sins that people may live in, God explicitly said, “homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God”. What does that mean? Unless those involved in homosexuality and gay marriage repent they will be lost in Hell forever! Again, God doesn’t want that nor do members of the Lord’s church. However, the biblical fact still remains true!
Friend, while God speaks very clearly on this subject of homosexuality, that same God wants men to turn from sin and turn to him (Acts 17:30-31). Maybe you’ve been caught up in homosexuality or even gay marriage. We urge you in view of your eternal soul please repent of your ways and turn to God. And, in closing I make one final plea to the everyday common person. I know the media is cramming this issue down our throat. I know it is a politically hot topic. Yet, I’m still convinced that the “common” person is disgusted by this action and repulsed by the very thought of homosexuality. If that’s true, then I appeal to you to STAND UP for what you believe and be heard! As Edmund Burke said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”. May God give us the courage to clearly say what He has already said about the vile act of homosexuality! --Ben Bailey, Gospel Preacher Central church of Christ
This message is approved by God and supported to the fullest by the Elders, Ministers, Deacons and Members of the Central church of Christ.
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