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Homosexuality And The Church


Sermon shared by Ray Scott

August 2003
Summary: The homosexual issue has become an issue in the church. This message deals with this issue from a Biblical perspective.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
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6:9-10. Can a person be an ALCOHOLIC and be a Christian? Can a person be a Christian and STEAL? Can a person be a Christian and commit ADULTERY? I think we would all say “yes” to these. BUT, many people will say that you can’t be a Christian and commit a homosexual act.

What about the homosexual who is genuinely converted … and has given up the homosexual lifestyle … BUT … when tempted, commits the sin again. Some will say he was never saved. BUT … what about the alcoholic who has been genuinely converted … and falls off the wagon? OR … the Christian who commits adultery when tempted? Can they be a Christian and commit these sins … or do we say that they were never saved?

Let me clarify this. I have a hard time with a person who says that they are a “Christian homosexual” … just like I would have a hard time with a person who says they are a “Christian alcoholic”, or “Christian thief”, or “Christian adulterer”. I can’t accept the term “Christian homosexual”.

When you become a “new creature”, and “old things are passed away”, it doesn’t mean that some of the old sins won’t tempt you, and you won’t occasionally commit them. You don’t HAVE to, but you also won’t be PERFECT until you are in Glory. This doesn’t mean that it is ACCEPTABLE to commit these sins, but it also doesn’t mean that just because a person hasn’t had complete victory over every sin in their life, that they aren’t saved.

Being saved doesn’t necessarily mean that a previous sin will immediately cease … will never be repeated … that they will have immediate victory over their sin. A converted homosexual may well struggle with this sin in his life.

BUT, a true Christian will not continue to practice a lifestyle of homosexuality. A true Christian will not deliberately and continuously violate what they know to be a commandment of God …and practice a sin that they know God hates and forbids … a sin that brings shame to His name. A true Christian will repent of their sin and seek to honor God … and NOT flaunt a sinful lifestyle. This is what the “Christian homosexuals” are doing … flaunting a sinful lifestyle.

THIS IS MY STATEMENT: The homosexual who refuses to repent, and openly lives in this sin, and refuses to accept their lifestyle as a sin against Holy God, is not saved … just like the thief, alcoholic, or adulterer who refuses to repent and lives habitually in their sin … flaunting their sin in an open lifestyle for all to see.

o 1 John 3:8-10 – “The one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil. [9] No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. [10] By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.”


We can judge, condemn, ostracize, and reject all homosexuals. We can label them as degenerates, perverted, and despicable.

BUT, let’s be careful to separate the sinner from their sin. Their SIN is all of these things. God HATES their SIN … so should we. Jesus never tolerated their sin … neither should we.

BUT… Jesus loves the sinner … and so should we. When we show them hate, we
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