Thursday, September 19, 2013

Do ALL homosexuals go to Hell???

The answer for me is quite clear, YES...and NO

Now before you call me a liberal (I'm NOT, God forbid) and reject me, understand that it's the orthodox answer. It is the rational answer; it's the conservative answer. I'm simply answering this question from a different angle. The answer to this question is not as clear to all as it is to most bible believing Christians. It makes no sense to include the unbelievers in this discussion for they are not a reliable source for ethics. Certainly, there are infidels who live morally decent lives and make excellent ethical decisions, but there is so many peripherals clouding their judgment on this they CANNOT be reliable on this issue. Those who hold to the infallible word of God whether by life or death do not have their minds clouded but only set their minds to do their Father's will.


This question for us has caused much social, political strife between us and our countrymen. It is this question that now causes our neighbors to despise us, there is no other. They may say we are stupid for believing in seven days of creation, they may think us old fashion in our views of sexuality, but nothing to hate us, until now. We are now today's KKK. We are the haters, the bigots, the backwoods hicks, etc. And we care..but at the same time, we don't care. We care to do the will of our Father.



Lets examine this issue. What is a homosexual?

The definition from the world:
ho·mo·sex·u·al adjective \ˌhō-mə-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wəl, -ˈsek-shəl\

Definition of HOMOSEXUAL
1
: of, relating to, or characterized by a tendency to direct sexual desire toward another of the same sex
2
: of, relating to, or involving sexual intercourse between persons of the same sex.

The definition from the bible:

Lets do it this way..

"Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men"
(NIV, 1 Corinthians 6:9). Now same verse, different translation. 


"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,"
(ESV, 1 Corinthians 6:9)


So a homosexual is a man that has sex with another man or has sexual desires for another man. We also learn from these passages that this act is a sin because it is listed among many things that stop one from entering into the kingdom of God (the church or heaven).


What about those who say "we are born this way"?

I don't want to delve into the science of this simply because regardless of whether or not one is "born this way" or not it is still a sin. If one were to "prove" that homosexuals were born gay that would not in anyway refute God's view of this behavior. "Scientific" findings cannot refute God's word; it is either an error or in accord with God's word. The bible even speaks of men being borne in sin. "Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me."(NIV, Psalm 51:5),"The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray from birth, speaking lies."(ESV, Psalm 58:3) We all are wicked to some degree, we ALL are sinners."Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—"(ESV, Romans 5:12) Sin which brings death obviously passes to all men through birth.So whether your sinful nature manifests itself in homosexual attractions and not gambling or drunkenness does nothing to relieve you of your duty to obey God's commandments.

Thankfully, there are those who, in God's word, were homosexuals and have left the lifestyle.
"9 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, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 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) That they repent of homosexuality is clear, but it does not speak of their desires being changed. Rather, when Paul speaks of his dealing with the flesh he speaks of desires he has AS A CHRISTIAN which wage war against his soul.

"21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin."(Romans 7:21-25)

Certainly, therefore, men may still have desires they once had even after coming to Christ. This issue is whether we will confess sinful desires as sin and repent of them, seeking never to practice them again. So, to put it simply, men or woman may still have a homosexual orientation before and after coming to Christ. The issue is, and I repeat myself, whether we will confess sinful desires as sin and repent of them, seeking never to practice them again. The question is one of semantics really. If you consider someone to be a homosexual if they have same-sex attractions AND carries them out(unrepentantly), then YES, ALL homosexuals go to hell. If you consider a homosexual to be someone who simply has same sex attractions, then NO, theoretically a homosexual can enter into the kingdom of heaven, if he repents.