what would jesus say to the gay community

What Would Jesus Say to the Gay Community?

In our day, the mere thought of aversion to anything homosexual is met with immediate suspicion and assault. The recent fiasco with Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed after she refused a marriage certificate to two gay men, is a test case for this very thing. That community, that subculture of all of our communities, is a very deep and complex culture. It is dark. It is violent. It is angry. It is lust-filled.

By no means does this community have any other anchor for their lives other than the aversion for anti-homosexual rhetoric or opinion. It is best characterized by the men of Sodom who wanted illicit sexual relations with the angelic “men” who visited Lot in Sodom (Genesis 19:1-29). The men of Sodom were unreasoning, violent, and potentially demon-filled (vv. 9-11). They wanted to “lay” with the men in a so-called “sexual” way. They were predominantly men and boys who were willing to ravage Lot, then the angels but had no interest in the daughters of Lot (vv. 8-9). This is the gay community. This is their image.

However, much of what I just wrote is also true in the drunken community, the pornographic community, the gambling community, or even the religious community. The gay community is not the only violent community. They are not the only angry, lust-filled, and potentially demon-filled community So are the others. Or, to put it another way, it is true that people are born gay. But people are also born drunks, adulterers, and lust-filled. We are born proud, profane, and foolish (Mark 7:17-23).

It was the men of Sodom who were willing to ravage angels. However, there was also a man who hacked up his concubine and mailed her body parts throughout the land of Israel after she was ravaged all night long by Benjamite men who behaved much like the men in Sodom and left her for dead (Judges 19-21). It was David himself who lusted after Bathsheba and set her husband up for a war-related fatality so his adultery and subsequent conception would be hidden from the people (2 Samuel 11-12). It was Peter who swore that he did not even know Jesus Christ (Matthew 26:69-75). And it was Judas, being a Satan-filled apostle (John 13:27) who was willing to hand Jesus over to the Sanhedrin for His execution for the price of a slave-30 shekels (Matthew 26:14-16).

What would Jesus say to the Gay community? He would say the same thing to them as He would anyone else: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” (Matthew 4:17). I recently watched a promo for a “biblical” counseling conference that asserted that people in the gay community are hurting and want to be freed from this horrible slavery to homosexuality.

It was a call to work with people in that condition in a way that resembles therapy and not the commands of God. It would seem to me that this is an inaccurate diagnosis. Jesus said that the perversion which we call homosexuality is embedded deep in the heart and is the darkness that men and women crave (John 3:19-20). The reality is that same-sex attraction is as much a perversion of God’s creation as is drunkenness, murder, and adultery.

Yet, the cure is the same–repentance. Jesus would command the homosexual the same as the drunk and adulterer to stop this unrighteous behavior and turn to the Lord in the “obedience of faith” (Romans 1:5; 16:25-26). You cannot see the kingdom of heaven and be a practicing homosexual. You cannot love God and express same-sex attraction at the same time. If you love God, you will keep His commandments (1 John 5:3). If you loved people, you would love God and keep His commandments (1 John 5:2).

If you are reading this and are a practicing homosexual, know that this behavior is against God and His glory. Please, repent. Stop this rejection of God and submit to Him now.

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