Some thoughts on Christians and homosexuality.(Gasp!)
“Heterosexuality does not get you into heaven.” Tim Keller.
In fact, thinking that the things you DO or DO NOT DO will get you into heaven, will actually probably get you into hell. Its called self righteousness. We have become obsessed with what we are, or are not, DOING.
Every single one of us needs outside help, help from outside ourselves. Because, essentially, we are all sinning just “as bad” as everyone else. When you start thinking that you are not as much of a sinner as the next person, or that somehow you have risen to the top of your Christian life where your fight against sin is not as serious as others, I say to you, be ready for your demise and I pray it doesn’t delay its arrival until you are standing at the gates of heaven.
Jesus talks about greed 10 times more than homosexuality.
Greed. Do you know what greed is? Greed is the pursuit of gain for self. It’s the pursuit of gain, for self. It is NOT being rich. You see, some of us Christians think being greedy, is simply having too much money, or maybe being a work-aholic in order to make more money, so we excuse ourselves from the conviction of the sin of greed.
I was greedy yesterday. I wanted more than what I had. I can look around my house and find an overwhelming amount of evidence of greed. Things to make my life easier, for my gain.
I can also compare myself, up or down to make myself appear more or less greedy. I’m not greedy compared to lets say, Donald Trump.Yet in the same breath I can say I’m extremely greedy compared to Mother Theresa. So where does that actually leave my greed status? Its probably not something I should be proud of.
I hear a lot of Christians who function in the capacity of what is or isn’t sin, as if that knowledge is what gets you into heaven or on the right side of Christ.
You can be a gay Christian. You can be practicing homosexuality and love Christ.
You can be a greedy Christian. You can be practicing the pursuit of self and love Christ.
The greedy sinner, who denies Christ as his savior, goes to hell, for the wages of sin are death.
The homosexual sinner, who denies Christ as his savior, goes to hell, for the wages of sin are death.
The heterosexual sinner, who denies Christ as his savior, goes to hell, for the wages of sin are death. Romans 6:23
No matter the adjective used to describe the noun ‘sinner’. No matter. He goes to hell for the denial of Christ, for without Christ he is bound to death from his sin.
The greedy sinner, who puts his faith in Christ and repents, will be fully forgiven of his sins, producing a change in the desire to sin, and will have eternal life.
The homosexual sinner, who puts his faith in Christ and repents, will be fully forgiven of his sins, producing a change in the desire to sin, and will have eternal life.
The heterosexual sinner, who puts his faith in Christ and repents, will be fully forgiven of his sins, producing a change in the desire to sin, and will have eternal life.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone the new has come.
Key word: ANYONE
No one, stops sinning completely.
Once a believer accepts Christ, The Holy Spirit produces awareness of our own sin, and the desire to stop it.
Yet we will not escape our brokenness until Christ returns. When we put our faith in Christ we are not slaves to our sin, nor defined by our sin. Galatians 4
A conundrum, indeed.
So much to chew on.
You Christian, are not capable of being fully aware of the depth of your own sin, let alone condemning someone else to hell for theirs. I am not capable of being fully aware of the depth of my own sin. Repenting from my own sin, is a full time job, that I should probably be fired from for lack of performance.
I guess to close, my final thoughts are this; we should move the spotlight from sin specific behavior, and place the spotlight on freedom from all sin in Christ.
There is power in the name of Jesus. He came to save, every single person.