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Pastor, do you have an answer ready for the question: Is homosexuality a sin? 

It's a cultural hot-button issue, but we need to have an answer ready--seasonsed with salt--for the public square. 

We invite you to watch how these well-known pastors handled themselves in the public space when asked directly, “Is homosexuality a sin?” and we encourage you to share your feedback in the comment section below.

1. Perry Noble

In a sermon series at NewSpring, Perry shoots straight with the church on this issue. He boldly declares that he doesn’t hate homosexuals and they’re welcome at the church, but it is a sin and he hopes they find freedom through the Gospel.

2. Joel Osteen

In this clip, Joel gets grilled about homosexuality on live TV. He does state the Bible calls the practice of homosexuality a sin, but he demurs and tries to change the direction of the conversation as well.

3. Rick Warren

As a guest on Piers Morgan, Rick answers the question directly and stays strong on his biblical stance–even though Piers is convinced he will wear Rick down one day.

4. Tim Keller

In this conversation at the Veritas forum, Keller offers a response focused on loving our neighbors–whether our neighbors come from different religions or sexual orientation. He does call homosexuality sin, but he digs a little deeper into the constructs of sin in relation to salvation.

5. Franklin Graham 

In this chat with Piers Morgan, Graham stays strong on the fact that God defines marriage, not government.

6. Kirk Cameron

Kirk believes that marriage was defined by God and that homosexuality is a sin. “It’s unnatural, it’s detrimental and ultimately destructive…”

7. Tony Evans

In this interview with Soledad O’Brien, Evans doesn’t budge in the importance of following God’s Word and not changing with the direction of culture when it comes to homosexuality and gay marriage. However, Soledad is clearly not convinced.

8. John MacArthur

In this Larry King interview John MacArthur discusses the biblical approach to homosexuality as he sits next to a homosexual man. The interview is tense and emotional.

9. Carl Lentz

In this HuffPo interview Lentz makes it clear he doesn’t believe it’s the church’s role to make bold political or cultural statements on private issues like homosexuality. This view is consistent with Hillsong’s overall perspective.

10. John Piper

Piper goes a step further to explain “Why” homosexuality is offensive to God and to be avoided.

Who did you agree with? What would you add? How do you plan to respond to the question with both truth and grace?

*Please don't attack the pastor, just the issue. Let's keep it civil and add value to the conversation. 

 

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Tom Shepard

commented on Nov 11, 2015

Does the Bible define homosexuality as sin? Yes. Does the Bible define marriage as being between two men or two women? No. Does the Bible say all sinned and fallen short of God?s glory? Yes. Does the Bible says we should we love one another? Yes. Should we as pastors teach and preach the Word of God? Yes. ?All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.? 2 Ti 3:17

Dr Dave Richardson

commented on Nov 11, 2015

I used to be in the publishing business. Some of my authors were gay and we became friends. One day one of these young men asked me "Can you remember the day when you woke up one morning and thought to yourself 'Do I like women or men'?" When I said "no" he replied "Neither have I. I have just always known. So here's the part that bothers me. If this is how I am hard-wired - if this is how my God and Creator made me - why would He then turn around and deny me salvation through belief in His Son and His death on the cross? That seems to me to be cruel and far from loving. I know that God is love and therefore I believe He will accept my profession of faith and welcome me to heaven just the way He made me." I know what the Bible says - but what if it's NOT a choice? What if it's genetics?

Wade Pond

commented on Nov 11, 2015

Can't see the bias in this posting at all. Can we at least include why there should be no women pastors, divorcees should be named as adulterers and why men should not be shaving their beards, wearing garments made of two different fabrics or eating shrimp and bacon to the discussion? 2 Tim 3:17 applies here as well. Context matters in ALL of scripture.

Michael Dissmore

commented on Nov 11, 2015

As a pastor who also has a gay son I can't change what the Bible says. By the way, Jesus defines marriage as between a man and a woman by quoting Old Testament law in Matthew 19:5. Don't tell me that Jesus was silent on the gay debate. Same sex attraction is only a temptation unless it's acted upon. Sex, unless it's between a man and a woman in the context of marriage, is sin. I do believe some people are born with same sex attraction just as I was born with opposite sex attraction. If I act on that attraction in any way including lust besides in a man-woman marriage, I'm sinning whether I'm gay or straight. Let's not create a special class of sinners just because we deem them to be out of what we consider to be the norm. All have sinned. God loves us all anyway. Let's love and accept all people. It doesn't mean we approve of everything they do.

Mark Reavis

commented on Nov 11, 2015

This is THE biggest issue today- no doubt about it.... While it's true, some churches perhaps single out certain sins to rail about while ignoring others.... The REAL problem here is Pastors tiptoeing around the Scriptures. Never let emotion or personal feelings trump the Word of God. My fear is that by NOT calling a sin, a sin, there is no conviction of sin and therefore NO Salvation. One must admit they are sinners before we can be saved from it. jmo

Michael Dissmore

commented on Nov 11, 2015

I also believe we must give firm but biblically-based answers to this question. This is the one issue that most millennials disagree with the church on - at least those churches that are preaching all the Bible and not cherry picking. Millennials also respect forthrightness and honesty. If we give a wishy-washy, politically correct answer, we'll also lose them. Speak the truth in love. If you substitute the word homosexuals for Samaritans in Jesus teaching, you'll get a good idea of how we should handle this. I have a great relationship with my gay son. We agree on a lot of things, but clearly also disagree on some. He respects me still - perhaps even more so. I haven't compromised my tenets of faith at all, but I have learned to love more and become more sympathetic to sins that I don't struggle with or understand. Let's not point the accusing finger at the speck in others eyes. We have plenty of logs to deal with in our own.

Zachary Bartels

commented on Nov 11, 2015

Kirk Cameron and Franklin Graham are pastors?? Where are their churches?

Brandon Vernoy

commented on Nov 11, 2015

Genetics is still not grounds for dismissing God's commands lived out through Christ Jesus. It is in the genetic DNA of all mankind to sin; whether it be homosexuality, fornication, or simply saying no to God. For this reason Jesus Christ laid down His life and gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit so that we can be washed clean of the sin that so easily entangles us. Coming to God as we are means accepting His free gift of grace and acknowledging that in our weakness He is made strong. For this reason Paul tells us to put to death the deeds of the flesh. God's promise is to cover our sins with His grace, not to accept our sins. Choosing to practice sin because of genetic argument is a lack of faith in the power of our Creator who can make all things new. The struggle is real, I get that, but He will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can endure. Trust Him and not the reasoning of man.

Lee Pereira

commented on Nov 11, 2015

if we say that it is genetic - your DNA is God given so i disagree with it being genetic. i agree with it being a sin like any other sin it just the way we view sin as one being bigger than the other.

Michael Dissmore

commented on Nov 11, 2015

When God created mankind, He declared it very good. Sin has polluted His creation. I don't know if you call it genetic or DNA, but I do know that it is now in the nature of man to sin. God said in Genesis 8:21 that every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. David wrote in Psalm 51:5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Our sinful nature is a part of us from conception. That's why we must walk according to the Spirit and not according to our sinful flesh.

Paul Aycock

commented on Nov 11, 2015

Even if it is genetic that doesn't mean it is a part of Gods plan. A friend of mine that passed away had Spina bifida. Certainly that is not in Gods plan.

David Jennys

commented on Nov 11, 2015

I was always taught in dealing with Scripture to 'major on the majors and minor on the minors.' In other words, to focus our energy on the things that God has deemed most important by the amount of space the Bible has devoted to it. With this guideline, it baffles me as to why the church is devoting so much wasteful energy on a topic about which the Bible has so little to say. We have built the issue of homosexuality into something much much bigger than it should be. As God's people, guided by God's Word, let's focus our energy on the things that God has deemed most important

Dennis Cocks

commented on Nov 12, 2015

David, do you really believe that this a "minor" issue? Marriage between a man and woman is the first institution God established. It came before government ad the church. God's picture of our relationship with Christ is marriage. Premarital sex, adultery, fornication, homosexual acts are ALL serious sins with God because it destroys the picture of His church. And now with so-called "homosexual marriage" it even destroys it further. God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of the sin of homosexuality. I would be careful calling what God calls an abomination a minor issue.

Mark Reavis

commented on Nov 12, 2015

1 Well said Dennis. This is a pivotal issue in or day. The Major issue is calling it something other than a sin. That's HUGE!

Ben Mcclary

commented on Nov 12, 2015

Amen!

Mary A. Laclair

commented on Nov 12, 2015

The church is being forced into the middle of this issue because same-sex people are spending time trying to force their way into a church - all in an effort I believe, to try to erase the God-Given guilt that comes with it. Church approval of divorce has not erased the pain of divorce and neither will any church approval erase pain which comes from defying God in matters. If these people kept to the secular world, the church would not have to spend time addressing it and is in direct proportion to the time actiivists spend sending pseudo emotional darts in the direction of the church. Call it cause and effect if you will.

Michael Cheeley

commented on Nov 12, 2015

Divorced people who remarry are living in sin according to Jesus in Mark 10:11-12. Why have most churches including conservative branches accepted divorced pastors who have remarried? We don't hear sermons on how the remarried are living in sin. Why? Jesus made Himself very clear on that point. Why didn't He preach about homosexuality? It was a segment of His society. Jesus does make a statement related to gays worth thinking about. In Matt. 19:12 Jesus says some were BORN eunuchs. "He who is able to receive this, let him receive it."

Mary A. Laclair

commented on Nov 12, 2015

When gay/lesbian groups fought against legal prejudice, they said that they only wanted acceptance as human beings, aside and apart from their sexual preferences. How many people remember when their presentation word was ?preference? when freedom of choice was the buzz word of the day? They changed it to ?orientation? because Preference admits ?choice?. They want us to think they have no choice. But we ALL have choices every day. Anger is in the fabric of most humans, children especially ? it is our job to overrule and calm that anger, or it could lead to death. Same is true with most sin. The key is self discipline and the effort to overcome that which leads to premature death, which most sin does, that's why God calls it 'sin'.

Rev, Felix E. Walters

commented on Nov 12, 2015

God?s Wrath on Unrighteousness 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man?and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. 24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality,[c] wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving,[d] unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

Fred Kitimbo

commented on Nov 13, 2015

"Let's keep it civil and add value to the conversation" - There is simply no value you and I can add to God's word. If God's word says it's sinful to do a,b,c... then any discussion of whether what the Bible says it true or not is simply a misguided discussion, a step to compromise with sin and most pleasing to Satan. Are you questioning the veracity of the Bible on the issue or God's word?

Timothy Maloi

commented on Nov 15, 2015

Homosexuality and al other sins will remain to be sin even if we legalize them or redefine them. GOD's standards are no abut to be changed by popular opinion or government legislation. Our role I not even to discuss whether certain sins are greater than others or not but to pint everyone to JESUS CHRIST, the homosexual, murderer, thief, liar, self righteous and all sinners to JESUS CHRIST. An encounter with CHRIST will reveal who they really are and how much in and of a savior they are. Let us all avoid all this sideshows of the devil of discussing the types of sins because all sin is the same and has separated man from GOD.

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