Q. I’m confused on this issue of homosexuality. I have seen and heard learned men and women speak of Jesus and salvation quite convincingly. They claim to be Christians yet they insist that there is nothing wrong with homosexuality and that we have been interpreting scripture wrong to make this a sin when in fact it isn’t. I have some family members who are homosexual and are living with their partners which adds to my confusion. Can you shed some light on this issue?
A. I don’t see how anyone could misinterpret the scriptures concerning homosexuality. For example, Leviticus 18:22 & 20:13 both say that if a man lies with another man as one lies with a woman both have done what is detestable. And how about Romans 1:26-27?
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.
These passages simply can’t be misunderstood if you read them as they’re written. Homosexuality is a sin. But like every other sin it can be forgiven because like every other sin it was paid for at the cross. Once we are born again, any sin we commit, past present or future, is forgiven and forgotten the moment we ask (1 John 1:9).
We don’t have to like the sins of others or even tolerate them in our presence, but we do have to recognize that we’re all sinners, and while some sins seem worse than others from our perspective, they are all equally detestable to God. And unless we claim the pardon that was paid for at the cross any and all sins will result in our condemnation and eternal exclusion from the presence of God (John 3:18).