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Is Homosexuality really that Bad?

The short answer: Comparatively … No

Depending on your personal world view, the short answer might make you really mad . On the other hand, some of you might be relieved to hear someone say this.  At any rate, no matter your reaction, NO ONE should settle for the short answer.

Why?

Homosexuality is often viewed as one of the “biggest” sins. Worse than other sins. Keep in mind, the only reason the LGBT community faces so much opposition from religion stems from scripture; Not tradition, homophobes or hate mongers. We live to change tradition, homophobes are easy to identify and isolate, and hate mongers are not celebrated in our in the twenty first century.  In fact, quite the opposite, people are eager to liberate and bring freedom to the oppressed. So why does the church seem to bring condemnation?  The issue is perpetuated from specific verses in the Bible that address homosexuality. However, the sad truth is, many Christians don’t know what these verses say. They simply say “The Bible is against homosexuality” and move on. However, a deeper look into scripture is more important than ever.

What does the Bible Say?

I want to key up on one particular passage in the New Testament:

Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.  – 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Now, if you’re are a church goer, what do you see? You see a proof text that homosexuality is wrong. You say “Says it right there, homosexuality is wrong. I am right!”  You don’t realize it, but your mind has just played a trick on you. Look again. This is not a verse just about homosexuality, this is a list. A list of ten, yes ten, examples of wrong doing that will keep people from entering the Kingdom of God.
Notice, that the word homosexuality is not underlined. Not written in capitol letters. There is no identifying statement before it that says “and worst of all …. homosexuality.” In fact, it’s equated with people who cheat. People who get drunk. People who sleep together before they get married.
The reason the Apostle Paul even started off on this tangent is seen in the verses before this passage. In verses    1-8, Paul is frustrated with the Corinthian church because they have been … fighting. I know, its hard to imagine, but church people were actually fighting! (I hope you are picking up on my sarcasm). The people in the church were at odds with each other to the point of suing one another. Paul scolds them for this behavior and then makes sure they understand the severity of their actions by  going into the passage we just looked at.

But Wait There is More

In fact, in every passage in the New Testament that makes reference to homosexuality, it is in the same context:

Romans 1:26-27

Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other.  And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other.

We often stop reading there, but just a few verses later, in Romans 2:1, it says:

You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things.

1 Timothy 1:10-11:

The law is for people who are sexually immoral, or who practice homosexuality, or are slave traders, liars, promise breakers, or who do anything else that contradicts the wholesome teaching that comes from the glorious Good News entrusted to me by our blessed God.

Again, homosexuality is the same as being sexually immoral, a liar, and get this… promise breakers. Have you ever broken a promise?

Is Homosexuality Really That Bad?

Is it sin?  Yes. Is it bad? Yes. Is it worse than other sins? No. The point of this passages isn’t to address individual sins. The point being addressed here, is that forgiveness and the transformation of our lives can only be found through the grace given to us through Jesus Christ.

Don’t Miss the Point

Don’t make the mistake of saying,  “That’s right, I do bad stuff, you do bad stuff, we all do bad stuff.”  NO! The point Paul is making is wrapped up at the end of 1 Corinthians 6:11:

Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Someone who truly believes in and calls on the name of the Lord will NOT stay the same. We are changed! We are made holy! We no longer live the way we used to! It doesn’t matter what our sin is or was. Jesus leads us to a new way of living through His Spirit, making us a new creation, and changing who we used to be.

About the Author: Grant Agler
Grant was our resident farmboy. He grew up in the cornfields of northwest Nebraska. He spent his early days living far from God. As Grant says, "I gave God the middle finger and didn't really care about faith at all." As a young man, he became convinced that God was real. He gave his life to Jesus and experienced God's amazing grace that previously made no sense to him. After experiencing that grace, Grant felt God calling him to teach the message of the gospel. Over the past 20 years, he has been preaching and teaching. Grant, his wife, Bethany, and their four children moved to Michigan in 2011, and he joined the 2|42 team in 2019. Grant is always good for a laugh, but more importantly, he explains biblical concepts in ways anyone can understand. We wish Grant and his family all the best as they start their new ministry adventures in Colorado in summer 2023.

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