walk in the word
Forgiveness, God’s Word, Sin / Suffering / Satan
“The word of God is quick and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword, able to pierce to the dividing apart of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It’s a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
I believe the God’s Word is a powerful, supernatural book. I’ve seen its truth change people. I’ve seen its truth take an empty entrepreneur disillusioned with life and transform him. I’ve seen the Bible convict and change a long-time alcoholic. And I’ve seen the Bible take a hard-hearted homosexual who sees his sin for the very first time and longs for the forgiveness and freedom Jesus offers, and I’ve seen God change him through the power of His Word.
What does the Bible really say about homosexuality? I know that someone reading this today wrestles with this sin, but because of the prejudice in the church, they’ve kept their struggle private. But as dark as it is, homosexuality is like any other sin, and the truth of God’s Word can set the struggler free.
Yes—homosexuality is sin. Leviticus 18:22 spells this out without confusion. So does Leviticus 20:13 and Romans 1:18-22. What man calls freedom, preference, and alternative, God calls “foolishness,” “an abomination,” and “perverse.”
Yes—homosexuality is sin—but God has deep compassion for those caught in its compulsive, escalating bondage. Someone has said they are the lepers of our day. Socially outcast, the object of scorn, subjected to harsh rejection, but loved by Jesus. Read the gospels to catch the criticism Jesus got for loving lepers and prostitutes. It’s one thing to fight against the homosexual movement; it’s another thing to fight against an individual.
If you secretly struggle with homosexuality, let me share hope with you. If this sin is rooted partially in relational pain from rejection, the solution can begin with a heavenly Father who loves you unconditionally. Like the prodigal son, if you approach the Father in repentance, you will receive His full and loving embrace as any other sinner does. The Savior forgives completely. Maybe you think, “But I’ve been in some dark places and done some dark things.” Hear this: There is no sin that Jesus did not die to pay for and for which you can’t be totally forgiven. There’s hope in the Holy Spirit who transforms you.
I said at the beginning, God changes people. Do you believe that?
NOTE: The Bible says so much more about homosexuality than we can cover here so I urge you to listen to the message, “What Does the Bible Say about Homosexuality” in the broadcast archives or download or call to get the full message. I really want you to hear God’s truth and His heart on this important subject.
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