Summary: The homosexual issue has become an issue in the church. This message deals with this issue from a Biblical perspective.
“Homosexuality And The Church”
INTRODUCTION: The issue of “Homosexuality And The Church” has been on the front page of newspapers this past week … and on every newscast. Rev. Gene Robinson has just been elected as the first openly gay Episcopalian Bishop of New Hampshire. This has brought the issue of homosexuality to the forefront.
This issue has brought much debate in recent years. Both the United Methodist church, and the Presbyterian church are debating the issue of the ordination of homosexual pastors. The Vatican has issued a statement calling opposition to gay marriages … yet there has been a scandal in the Catholic church regarding homosexual activities between priests and boys in the Catholic church. In June, the Southern Baptist Convention approved a resolution opposing same-sex marriages.
This is an issue that the church has to take a stand on … a Biblical stand.
o Several states are considering the sanction of homosexual marriages.
o Gay couples are granted the privileges of married partners when it comes to insurance coverage.
o There are laws prohibiting the discrimination of homosexuals.
o The military has a “Don’t ask … don’t tell” policy.
o Christians are being labeled as “homophobics”, and criticized for their opposition to homosexuality, as being uncaring, unloving, judgmental, and hateful.
o Gay-Rights parades are being promoted on city streets.
o There is a “Gay Day” at Disney World.
o It is politically incorrect to be against homosexuality, and doing so can jeopardize a political career.
o The Boy Scouts of America were criticized, and lost funding, because they refused to accept an openly gay Scoutmaster.
o Television programs are rampant with gay issues … several new programs have emerged with openly gay characters, gay makeovers, etc. They are being portrayed as NORMAL.
o The American Psychological Association has threatened to revoke the license of any psychologist or psychiatrist who counsels a homosexual to change his lifestyle.
Homosexuality used to be a clear-cut issue that every Christian agreed on … homosexuality is a sin. NOW, it has become an issue that is dividing the church.
Homosexuality was once believed to be a form of mental illness. NOW, it is believed that those who oppose homosexuality are mentally ill … homophobia!
Isaiah 5:20 – “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
Let’s take a look at what the BIBLE has to say about this subject … and how GOD views homosexuality.
I. SCRIPTURAL AUTHORITY
Genesis 1:27 – “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” God had a reason for creating us “male and female”. When we get away from God’s created purpose for the sexuality of His creation, and pervert His intention, it becomes a SIN. God has blessed the male/female bond.
Genesis 2:24 – “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”