Q. I read your teachings on homosexuality, and I understand OSAS, but what about people who refuse to repent, or Christians who support them? Gal. 5:21 says people who continue to do these things will not inherit the Kingdom. Rom. 1:32 talks about people taking pleasure in those who do these things, which seems to be saying if you approve of homosexual behavior, you are as guilty as if you were doing it. I am worried that loved ones who support gay marriage will be left behind.
A. First let’s make sure we’re clear on the meaning of repent as it’s used in the Bible. It means to change our mind about something. Unbelievers don’t think they are sinners so they don’t think they need a Savior. Once they change their mind and realize their behavior is sinful and recognize their need for a Savior, they have repented.
Second, I think you’re exceeding the Bible’s position on both the verses you’ve cited. Regarding Galatians 5:21 you have to back up to verse 19 and include everyone who regularly does any of the things Paul listed. That would cover a substantial portion of Christianity.
Living by the Spirit means fighting against our sin nature but it doesn’t completely eliminate the sins of Galatians 5:19-21 from our life. If it did Paul wouldn’t have said the battle against the Spirit and the sin nature causes us to do things we don’t want to do (Gal. 5:17). He expanded on this topic in Romans 7:14-25 where he said that once we are born again God does not count our sins against us but attributes them to the sin that still lives within us.
He can do this because when Jesus went to the cross He took all the sins of our life and with His death forgave all of them. When we were born again we became a new creation in God’s sight (2 Cor. 5:17) with the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:21)
As for Romans 1:32, all of Romans 1:18-32 is aimed at those who have rejected God and are objects of His wrath. Believers are not included.
As born again believers, our relationship with God is based on our belief that Jesus died for our sins and rose again. We therefore have a righteousness from God apart from the Law. Even though we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God, we are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus (Romans 3:21-24).
Being born again is the only precondition for inclusion in the rapture, so if your loved ones are born again they can’t be left behind and if they are not, they wouldn’t be going anyway.