Comments about homosexuality have often led to Christians being called guilty of "hate speech".
Before I go any further, I would like to point out that I do not hate you, and more importantly, nor does God.
Homosexuality in the Bible is however referred to as sin.
For gay people that seek a Christian lifestyle this must be really confusing, so in this article I've made an honest effort to explain what the Bible says, and what is asked of you.
Again, I do not hate you. I'm a sinner myself, and there is absolutely no point in judging others.
It doesn't really matter what I think anyway. It only matters what God thinks.
The following verses are from the Old and the New Testament. Although the laws from the Old Testament are no longer valid, God doesn't change, and His feelings about them have remained the same.
In the Old Testament homosexuality was an abomination punishable by death.
If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth 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 (KJV)
Please note that at that time, God was literally in their midst, so the act was deemed an abomination and punishable by death.
An abomination is "a thing that causes disgust or loathing".
In the New Testament, homosexuality is mentioned as shameful.
And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
- Romans 1:27 (KJV)
In fact, God plainly says that homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
- 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (KJV)
Interestingly enough, right at the end of that verse, it says that repentance (sanctification and justification) is possible.
Born this way?
A common argument is that gay people are simply born this way.
I don't believe this is entirely true though. Many gay people have abondanned their ways, and have become heterosexual with families, etc.
Check out the testimony below. (There's heaps more on YouTube)
God loves you (there can be no doubt), but He hates sin.
The formula for dealing with sin is always the same.
Christian + sins => repent of our sins
I can only imagine how hard and confusing this must be for people that profess homosexuality.
Whatever you decide, my advice to you is to pray for strength.
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
- Philippians 4:13 (KJV)
God doesn't just pick on homosexuals. He also speaks out against bestiality, cross-dressing, effeminacy, etc.
In general, God considers our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit.
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
- 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (KJV)
We therefore ought to be Holy.