It is a volatile question that confronts churches today. To answer no leaves one open to the accusations of homophobia while a yes seems to imply that because God accepts us as we
are we can sin without consequences.
To begin, let’s look at homosexuality as it is addressed in the Bible. Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 are clear in stating God’s position; If a man also lie with mankind as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination, with the ancient penalty being death. It is obvious that God does not condone homosexuality. And in the New Testament read Romans 1:21-32 where Paul describes a whole society that turns away from God and indulges itself in many vices, including
homosexuality, and doesn’t even care that they are leading themselves to destruction. With these and other verses we can see that God’s position did not change from the Old to the New Covenant; from Abraham and Sodom to Christ, homosexuality is called a sin as is drunkenness, lying, theft, murder, and promiscuous heterosexual sex.
Are gays any more sinners than anybody else? Again, through Scriptures that say, There are none righteous, no not one. (Rom 3:10) and all come short of the glory of God. (Rom 3:23) we can reasonably say that no one is where they need to be in his relationship with God. Salvation is offered to all through Jesus Christ if one repents of their sins and receives Christ’s atonement. Repenting means to turn away from and to do no more. What was Jesus attitude toward the woman caught in adultery in John 8? Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more. Jesus completely forgave her, but she needed to turn away and not repeat her sin. Just as the adulterer needs to quit his conspicuousness and the drunkard his alcohol, the homosexual, upon his profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour, is asked to refrain from his sins, including homo-sexual relations. Some may answer to this, But that’s putting too difficult a burden upon them. Matt 19:12 says, For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb, and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men; and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. There is strength and power in the regenerated person, I can do all things through Christ Jesus, which strengtheneth me.� (Phil 4:13) Every one, Christian or nonChristian, gay or straight, needs to practice sexual restraint. Difficult? Possibly, but not impossible.
So, can gays be Christians? Jesus calls to all who thirst for the living water, and all who respond to him can be cleansed at his healing fountain, leaving his burden of sin
at the cross, never to pick it up again.