Summary: What do say to a homosexual? Do you say it's "Ok?" That it is none of your business that they live like that? Or that they're going to hell and God hates them?
(We opened with a youtube video of a newscast that was aired shortly after Phil Robertson was suspended from Duck Dynasty for comments about homosexuality he made for GQ Magazine. May of the phrases used in that newscast were integrated into this sermon:
OPEN: As you may recall, about 6 months ago, Phil Robertson was suspended from Duck Dynasty for about 3 weeks. But then A&E realized the family wouldn’t continue the program without him, and that would kill a cash cow for the network. So they quietly suspended his suspension.
Now for that period of time there was a firestorm of protest and discussion. All across the media and internet people either denounced or defended Robertson.
A&E proclaimed it was “extremely disappointed” by what Robertson said.
The “Gay Community” was said to be offended.
And GLAAD (the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) called his comments “vile & extreme”
Those who were offended by Phil Robertson’s comments declared that:
• He was homophobic
• He was intolerant
• He was unloving
• And he was judgmental
And there was a lot of talk about people being born Homosexual and questioning the very idea of condemning folks who was born that way.
So, let’s take this one step at a time:
1st Phil Robertson was absolutely correct.
• Homosexuality is not logical
• It’s not normal
• It IS sin.
• And anyone who is a homosexual will not get into heaven.
How do we know that? Because that’s what the Bible says
In Leviticus 18:22 God says “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.”
Leviticus 20:13says "If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads."
Romans 1:25-27 says that “(evil people) exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator— who is forever praised. Amen.
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.”
Jude warns Christians“…Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.” Jude 7
And, of course there’s our text this morning says: “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” I Corinthians 6:9-10
Now, there have been many in the religious community who’ve made a concerted effort to say that these verses have been “mistranslated”, “misunderstood”, or that they need to be understood in the culture in which these verses were written.
Let me be very clear on this:
These people are liars. They are heretics who have attempted to warp God’s Word to meet their personal agendas and preferences.
So, 1st – Phil Robertson was absolutely correct.
Homosexuality is a sinful lifestyle.
2ndly – Homosexuals are not “born that way”
There are NO legitimate studies that prove that Homosexuals are wired that way.
And for Christians, that should be a no brainer.
God says it is a sin, and if it is a sin and God says you can’t make it into heaven if you are a homosexual - then nobody is born that way!!!
It’s irrational to think God would condemn a lifestyle that you couldn’t help living.
But God does condemn it!
You name the sin, and there will be people caught up in that sin who will say “I can’t help myself”.
• A woman is caught in adultery and says “I couldn’t help myself. I just fell in love with this man. We were destined to be together.”
Could She Help Herself?
Was she destined to commit adultery?
• The man with child pornography on his computer said “I couldn’t help myself. That’s just the way I’m wired.”
Could He Help Himself?
Was that the way he was wired?
• And the homosexual says “I can’t help myself, I was just born that way.”
But this kind of thinking – that people are “born this way” appeals to many people in the psychological and sociological fields. Not so long ago I read about a small group of researchers (http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jan/14/local/la-me-pedophiles-20130115) who were proposing that child molesters couldn’t help themselves. That they were born with that behavior built into them.