Q. Am I wrong in believing 1 Cor. 6? I am so confused! My understanding is this causes them to not be saved. Gay people are saying on TV they are Christians, but this scripture tells me they are not saved because John 3:16 tells me they have to believe in Christ, I believe that means His teachings as well as all scripture. I know we are all sinners,but homosexuals appear to me to be shaking their fist at God and saying I will do as I please and still enter heaven. How can this be? I am one very upset person!
A. In 1 Cor. 6:9-11 Paul listed lots of other sinners who won’t inherit the kingdom, so if you’re going to apply it to homosexuals you have to apply it to all of them as well.
But the key to understanding the passage is found in verse 11 where Paul said, “And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
Note the past tense. When a person becomes a believer all of his or her sins are washed away; past, present and future, and they are regarded by God as if they are innocent of any sin. In 2 Cor. 5:17 Paul said if we’re in Christ we become a new creation, and Hebrews 10:12-14 says the Lord’s sacrifice has made us perfect forever.
Again, if you’re going to apply this to all those other types of sins you have to apply it to homosexuality as well, because you can’t tell me that born again Christians don’t commit those other sins.
Also your interpretation of John 3:16 is incorrect. The only precondition for salvation is to believe that God sent His son to die for our sins so we can live forever with Him. This is confirmed in John 5:24, John 6:28-29, John 6:40 and numerous other places in Scripture.
No serious Christian condones some of the behavior we see in other Christians these days. But the bottom line for the Church Age is we’re saved because of what we believe, not because of how we behave.