Q. Please help us with this–isn’t there somewhere in the Bible which says we are not to have anything to do with people who are in moral depravity? My sister’s daughter is a lesbian and is now living with a woman who has left her husband and daughters to live their lifestyle. As Christians are we supposed to associate with them? Aren’t we condoning their sinful lifestyle if we associate with them or have them into our home? My sister has repeatedly told her daughter that she will go to hell if she does not change.
A. Paul wrote, “I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people–not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat. (1 Cor. 5:9-11)
As for your niece going to hell, people don’t go to hell for their sins. They go to hell for rejecting God’s remedy for their sins. Instead of threatening her with eternal punishment is she doesn’t change her behavior, why don’t you try talking about God’s forgiveness being available for all who ask (Matt. 7:7-8), and let the Holy Spirit work on her behavior.