Is Homosexuality A Sin ?



First-
If a person truly believes that The Bible is
The Word of God
, then they will hold to the fact that it is The Bible itself that defines WHAT SIN IS and IS NOT, and that
our own ideas
and
ways of looking at things
(opinions and interpretations
of men
) are not allowed to interfere with THE definition that is FROM GOD…

The Bible clearly states (in both Old and New Testaments) WHAT sin is:
1 John 3:4 (KJV)
WHOSOEVER committeth sin TRANSGRESSETH also THE LAW:
FOR SIN IS THE TRANSGRESSION OF THE LAW……
……[7] Little children, let no one deceive you; THE ONE WHO PRACTICES RIGHTEOUSNESS IS RIGHTEOUS, just as He is righteous; [8] the ONE WHO PRACTICES SIN IS OF THE DEVIL; for the devil has sinned from the beginning.
The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil.


Leviticus 4:27 (KJV)
…And if any one of the common people SIN through ignorance, while he DOETH somewhat AGAINST THE COMMANDMENTS OF THE LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and be guilty; [28] Or if his sin, which he hath sinned, come to his knowledge: THEN he shall bring his offering, a kid of the goats, a female without blemish, FOR HIS SIN which he hath sinned.

Old Covenant Definition for SIN:

– “DOETH somewhat AGAINST THE COMMANDMENTS OF THE LORD concerning things which ought not to be done”

New Covenant Definition for SIN:

– “WHOSOEVER committeth sin TRANSGRESSETH also THE LAW: FOR SIN IS THE TRANSGRESSION OF THE LAW”

Sin is breaking (
“doing anything against”
) The Law of God for right and wrong (concerning what we should and should not do).

SIN
does not change
in its definition over time, or through changes of Covenants.

In The New Testament, Paul writes about
the consequences
of any person who CHOOSES to live a lifestyle of
SIN-filled
behavior (to make it a practice to sin in the day-to-day lifestyle):
Romans 1:21-27 (KJV)
Because that, when they knew God, THEY GLORIFIED HIM NOT AS GOD, neither were thankful; but BECAME vain in their imaginations, AND their foolish HEART WAS DARKENED.
[22] PROFESSING THEMSELVES to be wise, they BECAME FOOLS, [23] AND CHANGED the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
[24] WHEREFORE God also gave them up to
uncleanness THROUGH THE LUSTS OF THEIR OWN HEARTS, to
dishonour their own bodies between themselves
:

Notice it says: “wherefore” (or, “For THIS reason”)-
For WHAT reason?

BECAUSE:

(1) They glorified NOT God,

(2) They became (made themselves.. a choice was made and they followed after that choice whole-hearted)…Became VAIN (or, useless) in the imagination (or, in their own thinking)

(3) They claimed themselves (their own thinking) to be wise

As the natural result (inherent to the breaking of The Law of God) it says
, “their foolish heart was darkened”
. And in reality– of which reality they are unable to see anymore due to the way of thinking that they themselves chose to live out– It says,
“they BECAME fools”


AS A RESULT of casting away God, it says:
“Wherefore, God also gave them up to…”
— to their perverted way of living. God gives the person what they want, even if it means eternal death in separation from Him.

Notice that according to this passage, IF a person CHOOSES a way that destroys their mind, body, and soul- God allows them their decision.

Focus in on the deeds that they choose to do in life (again, a natural result of the choosing of ANY sin over God’s Ways)-


[25] Who CHANGED THE TRUTH OF GOD INTO A LIE, and worshipped and served the creature MORE THAN the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

A
progression of SIN
is taking place here.

Sin feeds on itself, and grows (
“spread like gangrene”
), getting worse and worse-[2 Tim. 3:13]. The people who
choose
THIS lifestyle don’t even recognize that this is taking place in their own life (they cannot see it getting worse, and causing them to become more and more “vile” in both mind and body- and before God)…

[26] FOR THIS CAUSE God gave them up unto VILE AFFECTIONS:
for even their
WOMEN
DID CHANGE THE NATURAL USE INTO THAT WHICH IS AGAINST NATURE
:

[27] And likewise also
THE MEN
, LEAVING THE NATURAL USE OF THE WOMAN,
BURNED IN THEIR LUST ONE TOWARD ANOTHER
;

MEN WITH MEN
WORKING THAT WHICH IS UNSEEMLY, and receiving in themselves that recompence OF THEIR ERROR which was meet.


Homosexual Behavior
is nothing more than
the result of
A LONG PRACTICE OF
unrestrained lusts
in a person’s lifestyle…
James 1:14-15 (KJV)
But every man is tempted, when he is DRAWN AWAY OF HIS OWN LUST, and ENTICED. [15] Then WHEN LUST HATH CONCEIVED, IT BRINGETH FORTH SIN: and SIN, when it is finished, BRINGETH FORTH DEATH.


ALL humans have
lust-filled passions
, and
evil thoughts
– simply because ALL humans have been subjected to the affects of SIN in the world.
There is not one human alive who does not have
the lusts
and
passions
that (if not controlled) CAN LEAD them down a path toward
homosexual behavior
. It really is only a matter of just HOW
unrestrained
the lusts have become.

2 Tim. 3:13 (KJV)
But EVIL MEN and seducers SHALL WAX WORSE AND WORSE, deceiving, and being deceived.

Psalm 12:8 (KJV)
The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.
The NASB puts it this way:
Psalm 12:8 (NASB)
The wicked strut about on every side,
When vileness is exalted among the sons of men.




Mark 4:19 (KJV)
…and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and THE LUSTS OF other things ENTERING IN,
CHOKE the word
, and it
becometh unfruitful
.
2 Tim. 3:13 (KJV)
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
2 Tim. 2:16 (NASB)
…But avoid worldly and empty chatter, FOR it will lead to further ungodliness… (*Lit., they will make further progress in ungodliness)


The first chapter in Romans describes this very thing taking place in
anyone
who
REFUSES
God as The Authority
(as Lord and God)… REFUSING to
“retain God in knowledge”
.


The Law of God
states CLEARLY FOR EVERYONE that
homosexual behavior
(in or out of any formal “union”)
IS SIN
:
Leviticus 18:22 (KJV)
THOU SHALT
NOT LIE WITH mankind, as with womankind
:
IT IS ABOMINATION
.


ABOMINATION:
Strong’s Help: tow`ebah, Hebrew 8441, to-ay-baw’; or to`ebah, to-ay-baw’; feminine active participle of Hebrew 8581 (ta`ab); properly something
DISGUSTING
(moral), i.e. (as noun)
an ABHORRENCE
; especially
IDOLATRY
or (concrete) an idol :- abominable (custom, thing), abomination.

In GOD’S eyes (according to HIS way of seeing things-which is holy and right…So, according to HIS Word),
homosexuality
is disgusting and abhorred, and considered a high form of idolatry
(it is a worship of lust and the body, RATHER THAN worship of God)… And the end-result is eternal destruction (by eternal fire):
2 Thes. 1:8 (KJV)
In flaming fire
taking vengeance ON THEM
THAT KNOW NOT God
, and
that OBEY NOT THE GOSPEL of our Lord Jesus
Christ:
[9]
Who shall be
punished with everlasting destruction
from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power…



Again,
The Law of God
states clearly the judgments of God on such people:
Leviticus 20:13 (KJV)
IF A MAN also LIE WITH MANKIND
, as he lieth with a woman,
BOTH OF THEM HAVE COMMITTED AN ABOMINATION



So again, the question is:
“Is Homosexuality Sin?”



GOD and HIS holy Word-(The Bible)-
say YES
, it is
an abomination
(a
disgusting
, idolatrous sin)!

1 John 3:4 (KJV)
WHOSOEVER committeth sin TRANSGRESSETH also THE LAW:
FOR SIN IS THE TRANSGRESSION OF THE LAW
……
……[7] Little children, let no one deceive you; THE ONE WHO PRACTICES RIGHTEOUSNESS IS RIGHTEOUS, just as He is righteous; [8]
the ONE WHO PRACTICES SIN IS OF THE DEVIL
; for the devil has sinned from the beginning.
The Son of God appeared for this purpose,
that He might DESTROY THE WORKS OF the devil
.



1 Cor. 6:9-11 (NASB)
Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived;
NEITHER
fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate,
NOR HOMOSEXUALS
, [10] nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers,
SHALL INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD
. [11] And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.



How are Homosexuals washed, sanctified, and justified?

IN THE NAME OF Jesus
. One may note that in the definition of the word
“name”
is included
“authority”
.

HOW does one get placed into this category of “IN THE NAME OF” (under
the authority
of) Jesus Christ as “Lord”, and “Savior”?

The Scripture is clear again on this:
Acts 2:37-38 (NASB)
Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?” [38] And Peter said to them, “
REPENT
,
AND
let
EACH OF YOU BE BAPTIZED in the name of Jesus Christ
FOR the forgiveness of your SINS
; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.


So once more-

IS
Homosexual Behavior
(in or out of any formal “union”) A “SIN”?


The answer FROM GOD is clearly,
YES!



BUT, THERE IS HOPE FOR ALL SINNERS:


BUT- thought we might be convicted as terrible sinners before God, THERE IS A WAY OUT of the trap of
sin
(in this case- homosexuality), and
the results
that come to each person in their lifetime; whether it be the pollution of the mind leading to mental instability, or that of physical results from physical choices.

That
WAY OUT
is preached to each one of us in
The Bible
(from cover to cover).

The
Way
is taught to us TO BE THAT OF
TURNING AWAY FROM
the practice of breaking, violating (not living out) what it is that GOD says is the way that we should live.
Acts 26:15-20 (KJV)
…And He said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. [16] But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; [17] Delivering thee from the people, and from THE GENTILES, unto whom now I send thee, [18] To open their eyes, and
TO TURN THEM FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT
, and
FROM THE POWER OF SATAN UNTO GOD, THAT THEY MAY RECEIVE FORGIVENESS OF SINS
, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. [19] Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision: [20] But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, AND THEN TO THE GENTILES,
THAT THEY SHOULD REPENT AND TURN TO GOD, AND DO WORKS MEET FOR REPENTANCE
.


By making the choice to STOP THE PRACTICE OF SIN, and BEGIN TO PRACTICE what GOD says is the right way to live-
THIS
is THE ONLY HOPE for sin-filled human.

The Way is clear for being rescued from
a corrupt and disobedient lifestyle of homosexuality
; a lifestyle that is
disgusting
in GOD’S eyes.
THAT way is
“TO TURN FROM”
darkness (sin, Satan, and the results of eternal death), AND TO FOLLOW AFTER “Light” (Holiness, God, and Life):

Romans 6:20-23 (KJV)
For WHEN ye WERE the servants of sin, ye WERE free from righteousness.
[21] What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? FOR
THE END OF THOSE THINGS IS DEATH


2 Thes. 1:8-9 (KJV)
In flaming fire taking vengeance on them THAT
KNOW NOT
GOD, and THAT
OBEY NOT
THE GOSPEL of our Lord Jesus Christ: [9]
Who SHALL BE PUNISHED WITH EVERLASTING DESTRUCTION
from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

…[22] But NOW being MADE FREE FROM SIN, AND BECOME SERVANTS TO God…
Acts 2:37-38 (NASB)
…”REPENT, AND let EACH OF YOU BE BAPTIZED in the name of Jesus Christ FOR the forgiveness of your SINS; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.


…ye have your fruit unto HOLINESS,
AND THE END EVERLASTING LIFE
.
[23] For
THE WAGES OF SIN
IS
DEATH
;
but the gift of God is eternal life THROUGH Jesus Christ
our Lord.


Being brought to God THROUGH
repentance from sin
(by being brought under the authority of [baptized into the name of] Jesus Christ)- is what saves us from these deviant lifestyles that end in our eternal destruction away from the presence of the Holy God.
Acts 4:12 (KJV)
NEITHER IS THERE SALVATION IN ANY OTHER: for there is
none other name
under heaven GIVEN among men,
WHEREBY WE MUST BE saved
.



Leviticus 4:27 (KJV)
…And if any one of the common people SIN through ignorance, while he DOETH somewhat AGAINST THE COMMANDMENTS OF THE LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and be guilty; [28] Or if his sin, which he hath sinned, come to his knowledge:
THEN he shall bring his offering, a kid of the goats, a female without blemish, FOR HIS SIN which he hath sinned
.
[29] And he shall
lay his hand upon the head of the sin offering, AND slay the sin offering
in the place of the burnt offering. [30] And
the priest shall TAKE OF THE BLOOD thereof
with his finger, and put it upon the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and shall pour out all the blood thereof at the bottom of the altar.
[31] And he shall take away all the fat thereof, as the fat is taken away from off the sacrifice of peace offerings; and the priest shall burn it upon the altar for a sweet savour unto the Lord; AND the priest shall make an atonement for him, AND IT SHALL BE FORGIVEN HIM.

The Law
was and is A PROPHECY FROM GOD to mankind…
It is
a recorded testimony
of things that were (and are) still yet to come:
Isaiah 53:10 (KJV)
Yet it pleased The LORD to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief:
WHEN thou shalt MAKE HIS SOUL AN OFFERING FOR SIN
, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of The LORD shall prosper in His hand.
[11] He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied:
by his knowledge shall my righteous servant JUSTIFY MANY
;
FOR HE SHALL BEAR THEIR INIQUITIES
.
[12] Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many,
AND
MADE INTERCESSION FOR THE TRANSGRESSORS
.


Making HIS (The Messiah’s) SOUL an offering for sin…HOW do we do that?
BY placing our life UNDER HIS LORDSHIP (control/authority)…

Hebrews 10:19-31 (KJV)
Having therefore, brethren, boldness to ENTER INTO THE HOLIEST BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS…


Luke 24:46-47 (KJV)
…Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: [47] And THAT REPENTANCE and remission OF SINS should be preached IN HIS NAME among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.


Luke 3:3 (KJV)
And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance FOR the remission of sins…


Acts 5:31 (KJV)
HIM hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for TO GIVE REPENTANCE TO Israel, AND FORGIVENESS OF SINS.


Hebrews 10:19-31 (KJV)
Having therefore, brethren, boldness to ENTER INTO THE HOLIEST BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS, [20] By a new and living way, which HE HATH CONSECRATED FOR US, through the veil, that is to say, HIS FLESH; [21] And having an high priest over the house of God; [22] LET US DRAW NEAR WITH A TRUE HEART in full assurance of faith, having OUR HEARTS sprinkled FROM AN EVIL CONSCIENCE, AND OUR BODIES WASHED WITH PURE WATER.
[23] Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) [24] And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: [25] Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
[26] For IF WE SIN WILFULLY after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more SACRIFICE FOR SINS, [27] BUT A CERTAIN FEARFUL LOOKING FOR OF JUDGMENT AND FIERY INDIGNATION, WHICH SHALL DEVOUR THE ADVERSARIES.
[28] He that despised Moses’ Law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: [29] Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, AND HATH DONE DESPITE UNTO the Spirit of grace?
[30] For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
[31] It IS A FEARFUL THING to fall into the hands of the living God.



1 John 3:4 (KJV)
WHOSOEVER committeth sin TRANSGRESSETH also THE LAW:
FOR SIN IS THE TRANSGRESSION OF THE LAW……
……[7] Little children, let no one deceive you; THE ONE WHO PRACTICES RIGHTEOUSNESS IS RIGHTEOUS, just as He is righteous; [8] the ONE WHO PRACTICES SIN IS OF THE DEVIL; for the devil has sinned from the beginning.
The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil.


THE SOONER AND MORE VEHEMENT a person is in OBEYING the warning from God against SIN in our life, THE SOONER GOD SENDS THE DELIVERANCE FROM SIN and the results of it into their life!

THERE IS HOPE!

THERE IS
a way out
of these lust-filled lifestyles, of which homosexuality is merely one of many… ANY
unrestrained sinful behavior
“works death”- BECAUSE
The Covenant of Life
(which is only found under Jesus as Lord) is FOUNDED UPON
“repentance from sin”
-[Luke 24:46-47; Acts 17:30, 26:20; Colossians 2:11-3:17
KJV
].

IT BEGINS WITH your
change of mind
TO DECIDE that
it is wrong
AND is according to The Truth (The Word of Gdo)
“sin”
(The Law
“leads you to repentance”
).

THIS
change of mind
defeats sin through the fact that you are now truly
TURNING AWAY FROM sin, and TURNING TO
God,
AND are now COMMITTED TO PRACTICING
“works meet for (or appropriated for) REPENTANCE”


2 Cor. 7:9-11 (KJV)
Now I rejoice, not THAT YE WERE MADE SORRY, but that
YE SORROWED TO REPENTANCE
: for ye were
made sorry after a godly manner
, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. [10] For
GODLY SORROW WORKETH REPENTANCE TO SALVATION
not to be repented of
:

Notice the, “not to be repented of”-THIS mindset should NEVER be turned away from – this mindset that comes from
sorrow that works repentance from sin
!


BUT the sorrow of the world WORKETH DEATH
.
[11] For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, WHAT CAREFULNESS IT WROUGHT IN YOU, yea, WHAT CLEARING of yourselves, YEA, WHAT INDIGNATION, yea, WHAT FEAR, yea, WHAT VEHEMENT DESIRE, yea, WHAT ZEAL, yea, WHAT REVENGE! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be
clear in this matter
.


A person may experience a sense of shame at
lusts and passions
that they act out in their life– THIS IS NOT REPENTANCE however. Repentance is not ‘a feeling’… It involves MORE than mere ‘regret’— it MUST include the
TURN AWAY FROM
darkness,
AND TURNS TO
God.
Godly sorrow works repentance unto salvation— worldly sorrow (shame and dismay without turning away from) works death.

God has pleaded in His Word, and still pleads WITH ALL sinners (homosexuals just as much as transgenders, just as much as adulterers and idol-worshippers) to TURN AWAY FROM those things today (because of the harm and death that it works)- and to come to Him THROUGH REPENTANCE under the authority of Jesus Christ as Lord and Teacher.

Allow yourself to choose to pay attention to His calling today, and TURN TO GOD…
God has created this way especially so that He CAN give to us salvation; so that He can give to us the rewards of life and true happiness– HAVING TURNED us into people who no longer are slaves to a way of disgusting living that causes shame, harm, and in the end leads to death!

Romans 1:26-27 (KJV)
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: [27] And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet……

……[6:23] FOR the wages of sin is death; BUT the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Anyone can begin again- by beginning to make THE RIGHT choices in life, THE CHOICE OF LIFE – through God’s calling to all everywhere to:
“…REPENT AND TURN TO God, AND DO works meet for repentance.” – Acts 26:20 (KJV)


Thank you for considering these Truths that are from, “The Word of God”.