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Homosexuality And The Church

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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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… they are what they are.

o 1 Cor. 6:9-11 – all turn – “and such WERE some of you”.

o 2 Cor. 5:17 – “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

o Romans 12:1-2 – “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. [2] And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

o Ephesians 4:22-24 – “that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, [23] and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, [24] and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.”

QUESTION: Can a person be a homosexual and be a Christian?

I’ve read lots of different opinions on this. Most said that you can’t be homosexual and be a Christian. I agree … but offer a little different perspective..

Look at the sins listed in 1 Corinthians 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
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