Homosexuality/Lesbianism
Patricia Jones, M.A.
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One of the most blatant lies being accepted by society in general, in our times, is the lie that being a homosexual, or lesbian, or as some refer to it as "gay" is not only ok, but is also ok for Christians, ministers, and some churches. There is no longer any stigma when it comes to being "gay."

The term "gay" used to mean "happy" "joyful" etc. about twenty or so years ago. Now it means anything but. For if the truth be known most homosexuals and lesbians are anything but happy. Many of them are depressed and very sad. They feel different because they ARE different. They are angry at society, and themselves in general.

They wish they were not "gay" and were heterosexual. Deep down inside they are insecure and hate themselves. But they would never admit this to anyone. So they "pretend" to be "gay" happy, about their lifestyle.

And society does not help. Because society is gradually becoming very used to gay people, they even admire gay people. Those who are gay entertainers, politicians, teachers, etc. Slowly, like the frog who is boiling to death in a pot of hot water but does not know it, America is oblivious to what homosexuality really is and the destruction is can cause not only to the gay person themselves, but to our country as well.
Some churches even ordain homosexual pastors knowing full well what the scriptures have to say about it. So, is it any wonder that more and more homosexuals are coming out into the open and letting people see what their
sexual preference is?

We have "gay rights" and "same sex marriages" despite the fact that the institution of marriage is being demeaned. We have text books in our schools that teach children all about homosexuality as if it is a good thing, just different from men and woman relationships. An "alternative life style." Homosexuality is just one more sin that schools teach our children, all under the guise of exposing them to all that is out there to experience.
Since God has been banned from our schools then it is no small surprise that the morals of our society are going way down. This is reflected in the politicians that we elect, regardless of their lifestyles.

Years ago, when Ellen Degeneres exposed her lesbianism on her TV comedy show, she was shunned and the show was taken off the air. Now many years later, she has her own show, is very open about being a lesbian, and has a "wife." Her talk show is number one in the nation where she actually celebrates her lesbianism because no one really cares anymore about what God says, or the Bible says, or Jesus says.
What does the Bible say about homosexuality/Lesbianism?

Does scripture condone or denounce the behavior? Is the scripture clear?  Read for yourself what the Bible and God say about homosexuality and lesbianism.

Will Homosexuals/Lesbians Inherit the Kingdom of God?
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 - "Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God." (NIV).


1 Corinthians 6:11 - "And that is what some of you were. 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." (NIV)
What About Sodom and Gomorrah?

In Genesis 19 God destroys the town of Sodom and Gomorrah due to the extensive amount of sin and debauchery going on in the city.
Genesis 19: Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed

1. The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. 2. "My lords," he said, "please turn aside to your servant's house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning."  "No," they answered, "we will spend the night in the square."
9. "Get out of our way," they replied. And they said, "This fellow came here as an alien, and now he wants to play the judge! We'll treat you worse than them." They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door.

10. But the men inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door. 11. Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness so that they could not find the door.
12. The two men said to Lot, "Do you have anyone else here—sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you? Get them out of here, 13. because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the LORD against its people is so great that he has sent us to destroy it."

14. So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to marry his daughters. He said, "Hurry and get out of this place, because the LORD is about to destroy the city!" But his sons-in-law thought he was joking.
15. With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, "Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished."

16. When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the LORD was merciful to them. 17. As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, "Flee for your lives! Don't look back, and don't stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!"
18. But Lot said to them, "No, my lords, please! 19. Your servant has found favor in your eyes, and you have shown great kindness to me in sparing my life. But I can't flee to the mountains; this disaster will overtake me, and I'll die. 20. Look, here is a town near enough to run to, and it is small. Let me flee to it—it is very small, isn't it? Then my life will be spared."

21. He said to him, "Very well, I will grant this request too; I will not overthrow the town you speak of. 22. But flee there quickly, because I cannot do anything until you reach it." (That is why the town was called Zoar.
23. By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land. 24. Then the LORD rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the LORD out of the heavens. 25. Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land. 26. But Lot's wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.

27. Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the LORD. 28. He looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, toward all the land of the plain, and he saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace.
Leviticus 18:22 - "Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable." (NIV)

Leviticus 20:13 - "If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads." (NIV)
Romans 1:26-27 - "Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion." (NIV) (Many think this is why there is AIDS.) 
If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination." (Leviticus 20:13)

"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)
Which means that homosexuality can be turned around. Since the scriptures say " and such were some of you." Evidently some were able to give up homosexuality, asked for forgiveness and were therefore sanctified and justified by Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
What is so horrendous today is that homosexuality and lesbianism are now accepted as an alternative life-style and our government has changed our laws to make it legal in most states. "Gay rights," "same sex marriages" "gay ministers" "gay churches."
YOU ARE NOT BORN THAT WAY

God does not contradict Himself. He does not say that something is an "abomination" to Him and capable of sending someone straight to Hell, and then turn around and have you born with it. Homosexuality is just like any other sin, it is a SIN that can be repented of and forgiven and forgotten by God.

Homosexuality/Lesbianism is not something you were born with, it is something that you LEARNED. It is a LEARNED behavior and it is a "choice" just like any other sin is a choice.
Read this verse again:

"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)
So in one powerful verse, God is telling us that He will not accept this type of lifestyle - but that there is forgiveness and deliverance from this condition under the shed Blood of His Son Jesus, that this is not a hopeless condition, and that He does have the power to set homosexuals completely free from this condition if they really want to be set free from it. He can set us free from any type of addiction, no matter what it is, if we REALLY want to give it up.
Many homosexuals really do want to be set free from this condition, but they feel there is no real way for them to be able to receive deliverance because they know normal psychological treatment will not work on them.

There are 12- Step Programs for recovering Homosexuals/Lesbians, just like Alcoholics Anonymous.  These support groups will help you to overcome the temptation of Homosexuality/Lesbianism.
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