Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Homosexuality as an End Times Sign: The Biblical Viewpoint

Dr. David R. ReaganPDFBy

There are those who argue that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality. That is sheer nonsense. Homosexuality is condemned as a sin against God in both the Old and New Testaments. It was one of the sins for which the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed (Genesis 19). It was specifically singled out in the Mosaic Law as "an abomination" (Leviticus 18:22). In fact, the Mosaic Law prescribed the death penalty for such activity (Leviticus 20:13).

In the New Testament Paul specifically condemns homosexual activity. He says it is unrighteousness and that it will keep one from inheriting the kingdom of God: "Do not be deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God."

In his first letter to Timothy, Paul again refers to the sin of homosexuality. He classifies homosexuals with those who are "lawless and rebellious," "ungodly," "unholy and profane" (1 Timothy 1:9-10).


The Humanist Viewpoint

Many humanist Christian leaders have tried to explain away these scriptures. In the process, they have endorsed homosexuality as an "alternative lifestyle," and they have tried to justify the ordination of practicing homosexuals.


Bible on Homosexuality

These religious leaders are caught up in spiritual darkness. They are the type referred to by Paul when he wrote: "Though they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them" (Romans 1:32).

These deluded leaders usually argue that the Old Testament expresses superstition about homosexuality and that the New Testament expresses Paul's personal prejudice. These arguments, of course, reveal a rejection of Scripture as being inspired by the Holy Spirit.

They then add insult to injury by asserting that homosexuality could not be all that bad because Jesus never condemned it. What a pitiful argument! That's like saying there is nothing wrong with child molestation, incest, or bestiality because Jesus never specifically condemned these sexual perversions.


The Viewpoint of Jesus

The fact is that Jesus had a lot to say about sexual morality, and what He had to say clearly rules out homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle before God.

In Matthew 19 Jesus taught that all sexual unions must be judged in reference to God's original intention and not in terms of human opinion and desire. And Jesus proceeded to point out that God's original intention was that "a man shall leave his father and mother and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh" (Matthew 19:5).

In other words, Jesus clearly taught that the only moral sexual relationship is the one that occurs within marriage.


In the next part of this series on homosexuality as an end times sign, we'll look at the gay community's arguments for their chosen lifestyle.

37 comments:

lily said...

Matt.18:21,22 'Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.'
Matt.18:32-35'Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him,O thou wicked servant,I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee: And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.'

Anonymous said...

Thank Lily. That is exactly what I should have used in my comments on yesterdays post. Yep I am the Anon.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps I'm missing something but how do the comments relate to the article?

rg

Billy said...

lily,

Your analogy is flawed. Homosexuals are not sinning against me or any other Christian. Therefore I have no right to say "I forgive you" to them. They are defiling their own bodies and sinning AGAINST GOD. Therefore they need forgiveness FROM GOD, not us.

The duty of Christians is not to forgive homosexuals (we can't in fact). It is to bring them the Word of God, show them they are living contrary to the Word of God, and help guide them lovingly into a realtionship with God in which they are not committing acts that GOD SAYS are immoral and an abomination.

Anonymous said...

Amen Billy.

rg

James said...

I thought this was a nice understanding journal but instead Billy I see you jumping down on people on other comments along with others. It is most disheartening. I shall not return. God Bless.

Anonymous said...

Jesus died for us yet we were sinners. This isnt acceptance of sin it is love. We love others and this is not acceptance of sin.

I am not the other anon from the others comments but a new one yet I will also not return along with James. So disheartening. I love Christ more than anything but this is too much to see how harsh some other posters on here are so mean to someone who holds up a mirror and is only saying love.

Anonymous said...

What Billy stated was the truth. In what way does he misrepresent the Bible's teaching on this topic?

rg

lily said...

James, I agree I shall not return either but I leave with this scripture: Matt.22:37-40 'Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.'

P.S. Nathan shame on you for saying someone loves someone to hell. God forgive you.

Nathan Jones said...

My response is under yesterday's post.

But, I'll add... if anyone forgives a sinner but the sinner hasn't sought God's forgivness, then what does it matter? It really doesn't. A sinner can seek reconciliation with another person, but if they haven't with God then that person remains in Jesus' own words under God's wrath (Jn. 3:36).

When we pass off our own forgiveness as God's, then that's when we "love" a person straight to Hell. That is a sin, and one the Lord says we'll be held accountable for (Ezek. 3:18-20; 33:6-8; Lk. 17:1-2; 1 Cor. 8:12).

Anonymous said...

Nathan, I agree. Personal forgiveness and relationship forgiveness is two different things.

I believe the point being made in the article is that Homosexuality has gone from being a sin to being sanctioned as normal and healthy relationship. It is a sin like all others. It has to be repented of like all other sins. And will be forgiven like all other sins when repented of.

Forgiveness is a good thing. It is not however acceptance of sin. It is the hope we have through Christ to overcome sin.

Anonymous and Lilly, Your are using scripture to condone what you want condoned instead of truly bringing someone to God. It makes me sad. DianefromKY

Anonymous said...

No is not hateful, and love is not permission. Jesus, who is loving and merciful has told me no through my spirit and the scriptures. Yet he loves me lavishly.

Being "Understanding" is not a rubber stamp on sin. When Jesus said "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." He was NOT abolishing the law and the prophets he was confirming them as true.

In summary, Love does not mean sin is no longer sin. And forgiveness is impossible unless a person understands that he is a sinner and needs a Savior from those sins. DianefromKY

Tiffany Marie said...

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8

Be Kind to One Another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.”

Take the log out of your eyes ladies and gentlemen especially you Nathan and the others who are on attack mode.

Billy said...

Wow. I'm speechless...

Billy said...

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Expected Imminently said...

Being 'understanding' is not in question; there but by the Grace of God go I.

It is this false, human love that is suffocating God's Agape Love from proclaiming what GOD say’s about any given situation – and that can only be known through rightly dividing His WORD. Because The Father loves ALL His children extravagantly; is the reason why He is all the more intent on disciplining us to bring our feelings, emotions and opinions in line with His declared Word. If WE don’t warn of the consequences of any sin and rebuke those falling away from the Faith, as instructed; then God is made dumb, which is a stoke of artful genius by His enemy.

Out of all of this hooha; what has taken me aback the most is the very notion that WE are responsible to forgive a sinner for their sin. It is only when we are sinned AGAINST, that we are expected to forgive. Otherwise it is for the sinner to confess to God so that HE can forgive them – just as Billy ably stated!

Declaring God’s Word cannot seriously be considered as being judgmental against any individual, whatever their sin. It is within the fellowship of the saints that love covers a multitude of sin; it is God’s will and Love that we speak out against ALL sin to reprove and to rebuke when necessary, as well as to accept it!

2Timothy4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
Vs.3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
Vs.4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

That time is now 100% in full attendance. Jesus is coming at any moment – will He find FAITH on the earth – not a lot, judging by these contrary comments to the faithful report given by Lamb & Lion!

Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus.
Maranatha!

Anonymous said...

No one is on the attack, Tiffany. They're just stating biblical truth. I am a rotten sinner - I can't deny the truth about my sins or anyone else's, whether it's lying, lust or whatever. And that includes homosexuality.

Those who continue in sin, rebuke in the presence of all, so that the rest also will be fearful of sinning. 1Ti 5:20

Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying. Rev 22:14-15

Anonymous said...

Above post was from me -rg.

Expected Imminently said...

Hello rg

I thought about fighting you for the title of being the worse sinner; but as Paul said it was him, I don’t like to argue.

1John1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

It is a slow business being sanctified (for me) but it will be worth it when we see Him, then we shall be like Him. I am longing for that day. :-\ (sigh)

Maranatha!

God bless, take care
((hug))

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Sue.

And a hearty MARANATHA!!

Katie Hesselton said...

After reading through all the comments I am honestly confused as to what the actual disagreement is about.
1. Are people arguing over whether we are to love a person who is a homosexual or not? Of course we are to love them.
2.Is the argument over whether homosexuals can possibly be saved or not? If so, I do believe that they can, but I've gone into my reasons in a different post. Basically, my position is that remaining free of sexual immorality(or any other sin) in order to remain saved is works based salvation, which I believe we have been freed of- PTL!
3.Is the argument over whether we should accept people as homosexual christians or try to change them? a. Well, if said person truly is a Christian, than we should try to help him/her restore their fellowship with God by turning from this sin.
b. If they are not, then I agree with the Love, love, love and more love sentiment- that is love of the person as a person worthy of God's love and forgiveness if they want it(this does not equate to acceptance of the sin). I think starting there is a much better method than starting out by pointing out the sin, which would likely turn one away from Christianity altogether.
I know the sentiment of L & L is that no one who is actively living a homosexual lifestyle is saved, so point (a.) may not be applicable on this site.
That's my 2 cents:)
Blessings,
Katie

DrNofog said...

Katie,
If I might add my 2 cents worth...

On point 3(b), as every individual is unique, it is so very, very important for one to be sensitive to the leading of the HS, as many of us forget the admonition of Jude 22-23: some need compassion, and some need the fear of hell-fire to make the turning point in their eternal decision.

As to your final assessment that point 3(a.) "...may not be applicable on this site...[because]...the sentiment of L & L is that no one who is actively living a homosexual lifestyle is saved"...

I think you've been around here long enough to know that's not true.

The proper distinction, because all of us sinners can be comforted, enabled, and encouraged, by fam&friends to "go along to get along", and continue in our weaknesses, disturbing as it will be for the Christian, is rather, "no one who is actively ADVOCATING a homosexual lifestyle is saved [ie. proclaiming a false doctrine, a false "Good News"].

I think this is also more in agreement with your point 2.

Hope this helps.
;)

Expected Imminently said...

Hello Katie

1.Love the sinner, hate the sin but make clear of God's Word on this, and do not condone with excuses. God didn't destroy Sodom and Gomorrah just because of this prevalent sin, but because it had become accepted by society. (I qualify this love at the end)

2.Homosexuals can definitely be saved by putting their faith in Jesus to save from the penalty of sin just like any other sin. The serious danger to prevent them from coming to Christ by faith is when Christians smother the sin with false love lulling them into a false sense of security. Loving God and the Bible does not mean a person is safe – each of us has to recognise we fall short of God’s holiness and need a Saviour to save us from the penalty of sin which is eternal death. Jesus’ sacrifice paid the price for ALL sin, so sin is no longer an issue – but - unless we put our faith/belief./trust (pistis) in Christ, we remain lost. God has provided the way of Salvation, we have to activate it by faith in Jesus to save. Those who go to hell will go because they refuse the free will choice of salvation – and there is no need for it. Salvation is a free gift to be received by faith in Christ Jesus. We are saved by faith in Jesus not by works of any kind – not even good ones. Ephesians 2:5,8,9


Stage 1. Salvation is Justification = Relationship becoming a son of the Father. Being declared Justified in that Jesus exchanges our un-righteousness for His righteousness. We are no longer ‘slaves to sin’ the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in our new human spirit enables us to resist our carnal nature choosing to live in the new nature instead. All by choice. Rewards and loss in this life come via discipline and through Christ’s judgment Seat (Bema on into eternity.) 2Cor5:10; Romans14:10

Stage 2 Salvation Sanctification – as sons of the Father, repenting of sin via 1John1:9 keeping 'short accounts' with the Father to maintain FELLOWSHIP with the Father that un-confessed and persistent sin causes dis-fellowship and Divine discipline if we do not discipline ourselves – but relationship is maintained. It isn’t up to us to keep ourselves saved; we are in the double fisted grip of the Father AND the Son – sealed in by the Holy Spirit. John10:28,29; Eph1:5.
We are KEPT safe by the power of our triune God. 1Peter1:5.
The Holy Spirit makes intercession for us Romans 8:26,27.
As Jesus lives to always make intercession for us. Romans8:34; Hebrews7:25

Cont.

Expected Imminently said...

Cont.

The Corinthian church is evidence that a few of the righteous saints behaved as badly as the un-righteous. This is when we need to remember that every member of Christ’s Body has the righteousness of Christ IMPUTED to us. It isn’t that we are sin free; we are declared to be righteous in legal terms by heavens court. Some falsely think we are ‘free’ to commit any sins simply because our salvation is guaranteed ! NO! Instead of being slaves to sin; we are now expected to be slaves of righteousness – otherwise there are consequences in this life and in eternity. Persistent, un-repented sin can even lead to premature physical death. 1Cor5:5


The subject of the un-righteous not inheriting the Kingdom means the unsaved, which have not had Christ’s righteousness imputed to them at the moment of coming to faith in Christ. The subject is even bigger when considering exactly what it means to have the ‘inheritance of God’ (salvation) AND ‘the inheritance of Christ’ (reigning with Him in the Messianic Kingdom.) This may be where L&L and I begin to differ concerning Eternal Security. Whatever, being severely disciplined by God is nothing to feel comfortable about – it is an extremely serious issue and not to be taken lightly as it is an offence against God. For this reason alone, I would not want to argue too tightly over this simply because of the serious consequences entailed.

3) WE cannot change anyone – we are called to proclaim the facts of what God demands and the rest is up to them. If by ‘loving’ them you mean fellowship with them, then that is not possible, as light can have no fellowship with darkness and we are told to ‘come apart’ and be separate lest we become like them. 2Cor2:14-18. To do otherwise is our own rebellion against God’s directive to the Church. This was the sin of Sodom and Gommorah and it will have serious consequences now and later. 1Cor 5:5-13.

Paul’s epistles to the Corinthians address this whole issue very succinctly; to go against this instruction is rebellion. The love of God speaks the truth and is evidenced by obeying His Word (not our opinions.) Along with witness, God’s love is expressed in praying for the sinner and keeping apart – that alone just might be the saving of that lost sinner and restoration of the backslider. To do otherwise IS excusing the sin.

Sorry about the length, but it could have been longer as your questions are a very big issue.

Sue

Billy said...

Dr.Nofog said "As to your final assessment that point 3(a.) "...may not be applicable on this site...[because]...the sentiment of L & L is that no one who is actively living a homosexual lifestyle is saved"...I think you've been around here long enough to know that's not true."

Dr. Nofog...please read the following from Dr. Reagan's article:

"In the New Testament Paul specifically condemns homosexual activity. He says it is unrighteousness and that it will keep one from inheriting the kingdom of God: "Do not be deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God."

So, Dr. Reagan said that Paul said that "homosexuality" is unrighteousness and that it will keep one from inheriting the kingdom of God.

It wasn't followed by unless they are Christian. And Paul said to the homosexuals "some of you WERE" homosexuals and are saved now, not STILL ARE homosexuals.

So, to me it is not clear that L&L says practicing homosexuals can be saved Chrisitians. If you read Dr. Reagan's last post on the behavior of the disgusting sickening revolting prutrid activity of homosexuals then how could they?

Perhaps Nathan can clear this up, that is, whether or not practicing "Christian" homosexuals (most of which like engage in that horrid behavior) are going to enter the kingdom of God according to L&L.

Katie Hesselton said...

DrNofog- I have seen no distinction on L and L (WRT loss of salvation) between those advocating a homosexual lifestyle and those living one, but feeling guilty about it. You might be right, but I just haven’t noticed the distinction. You also brought up a good point about the way in which we witness to others. Your right, it’s not a one size fits all approach. I do, however, feel that the way we may choose to first point out a sin may make someone feel hopeless before they ever find out the truth. Further, they may feel that unless they are able to eradicate a given sin from their lives (works) that they can never be forgiven, so they may feel it is pointless to even try. I think we need to let them know that they can come as they are in their sinful state and then Christ, who loved them even before they were free of the sin, will help them with all the rest. Despite our own weakness, we do have hope in Christ!
EI- Again, thank you for your response, as well. I think you are brilliant! Your comments have really clarified this matter. My comment is that I find that it is impossible to separate myself from the unsaved. Be it coworkers, neighbors, etc. I want a loving light to shine through my example (I fall short more often than I care to say) of kindness, consideration, compassion etc. This can be a powerful tool for witnessing. I do see what you’re saying though- we want to keep enough of a distance so that we do not forget our own values and begin behaving as the unsaved. I do have to work on this one because in my efforts to be nice and not make others feel uncomfortable I know there have been times when I should have spoken up, but remained silent. Darn my cowardly ways!!
Thanks again for your responses,
Katie

Nathan Jones said...

To answer your all's question if a practicing homosexual can also be a Christian, let's go to the Bible for the answer.

The Bible does tell us that fornication (Gen. 2:24; Matt. 5:28; 1 Cor. 5:1-5; Heb. 13:4) and homosexuality (Lev. 18:22; 20:13; Rom. 1:24-27; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; 1 Tim. 1:9-10) are sins and therefore are wrong. Concerning the natural order of sexual union being between one man and one woman for life, Jesus reiterated in Matthew 19:4-5 what He set about in Genesis 1, that at the beginning the Creator "made them male and female," and said, "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh."

So, to pose the question, how can a person who is living in sinful rebellion against God be at the same time living in obedience to God in repentance and submission? (The question doesn't of course include the occasional sin which we're all guilty of as Christians and quickly repent of, but addresses those who live in open and continued rebellion to God's ordinances.)

To put it in another context, how could I be called faithful to my wedding vows if I was continually living in an adulterous relationship with a mistress? Wouldn't I have to break it off with that woman, seek forgiveness and reconciliation with my wife (should she have me), and dedicate myself to living in a monogamous relationship with her for the rest of our lives to then be considered not rebellious to my wedding vows? It's the same with our vows to God when we accepted Him as Lord and were baptised, right?

Fortunately, no matter who the sinner is or what they've done, we can be forgiven, given the power by the Holy Spirit to come out of that rebellious mindset and way of living, and be saved and cleansed by repentance and faith in Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and Lord.

Billy said...

Thanks, Nathan, that clears up the issue for me. Appreciate it.

DrNofog said...

Katie,
Forgive me if I misunderstood you, but it seemed you were saying that option 3a. "Well, if said person truly is a Christian, than we should try to help him/her restore their fellowship with God by turning from this sin..." was out the window because LL was more into flatly condemning homos rather then helping them...

And of course, in my haste, I shouldn't have used the word "actively" living in the point I was trying to get across.

A person "claiming" to be a Christian, "actively living" that lifestyle is, for all intents and purposes, actively ADVOCATING it, which is a false gospel, as opposed to the Christian who succumbs to temptation.

Katie Hesselton said...

Drnofog,
Thank you for your thoughts. My response goes back to what I said earlier. You see, biblical repentance is a change of mind- a recognition of the sinful state in which we reside and a turning towards Christ as our only hope of righteousness. Giving up all sins is not a prerequisite for placing one's faith in Jesus Christ. Faith comes first and then God will work in each believer's life to make the necessary changes over time (sometimes people are instantly healed of addictions, lifestyles, etc. and sometimes it takes much longer). If this were not so, than a person who comes to faith while caught in the midst of a sinful lifestyle would not actually be able to be saved until he/she is able to rid him/herself of the sin, which puts the ownness of salvation on the person and not on Christ. How dare we say that it is up to us to get and/or stay saved- how insulting to God! This may be a bit strong, but in my opinion it is heresy to say that a person must stop committing deliberate sin in order to qualify for salvation, as this negates the gift of God and what he did for us. I think we have to be very careful about judging who is saved or not based solely on lifestyle. The only true test is whether a person has trusted in Jesus as their savior to forgive them of their sins. Of course, I too wonder about those who claim to be Christians and live very carnal lives since the fruit of salvation is not evident. However, let's be honest, we all sin willfully and deliberately at times. It may not be as evident or as longstanding as an open gay lifestyle, but is willful deliberate sin nonetheless. I for one am definitely in no state to judge!
Blessings,
Katie

Expected Imminently said...

Hello Katie

I have said it before - I am of the same opinion as you.

Food for thought. Not entering the Kingdom by becoming heirs of Christ (works of righteousness through sanctification - Bema seat rewards and not for everyone) Is not the same as entering heaven, free gift Salvation/Justification given in a moment of time when we put our faith in Christ to save from sin which is for ALL believers.

I deleted my first comment on this because I put this back to front – sorry for confusing folk.

Wilful sin is an interesting study as well. Not covered in the O.T. Levitical Sacrifices but definitely in the N.T. as Christ was able to die for ALL sin.

God bless
Sue

Billy said...

EI

Are you saying I am free to go out every day for the rest of my life and rape, murder, molest, steal, terrorize, etc and enjoy it in a sinister way knowing I have a free pass? That makes no sense to me.

I may not understand what you are saying.

Billy said...

Sue,

I went back and read you posts under another article and you made yourself clear (I was the one who was confused anyway). Please disregard my previous post (I understand your position now).

Thanks! God Bless!

Expected Imminently said...

Dearest Billy

You are such a courageous soul for Jesus. Good on ya!

God bless you Billy!

(((Big hug)))

Anonymous said...

For the sake of sodomites' abomination acts, God destroyed Sodom as Ezekiel 16:49,50 shows for us. Ezekiel uses 16:50 Hebrew word towebah, which is the same Hebrew word in Lev 18:22 (and Lev 20:13) that describes homosexuality as abomination. It is very clear that in Ezekiel 16:50, abomination means homosexuality acts as the reason for destroying of Sodom. Sodomites pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness and hardened hearts towards poor and needy were sins, but destruction came for the sake of homosexuality, and the New Testament confirms this:

Jude1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Apostle Paul wrote very clearly that homosexuality (men having sex with other men; women having sex with other women) is a sin. Ro 1:27 is word error, which is in Greek plane, which means error, to deceive, deceit, one led astray from the right way, error which shows itself in action, a wrong mode of acting. In this place, the Bible in the New Testament shows very clearly that same-gender sex is a sin and aberration from the right way. Apostle Paul taught very clearly that homosexuality is unnatural sin.

Many scientists believe that homosexuality is congenital, a matter and orientation that can't be changed as heterosexual. Paradoxical is that many scientists don't believe in God of the Bible, and they proclaim that God of the Bible is not existed. Nevertheless, God of the Bible is capable of change homosexuals individuals to be as heterosexuals.

Arsenos means male and koiten means bed. Lev 18:22 and 20:13 teach that a man cannot lie (sexual act) with another man as he lies with a woman. The origin of the word arsenokoites means homosexual activity and homosexual. Lev 18:22 and 20:13 prove very clearly that arsenos koitenmeans homosexuality sex, because the Jews scribes translated words' arsenos koiten to describe men who have sex with another men (homosexuality), which is a sin and against the will of God. Apostle Paul didn't make up the word arsenokoites, but it was already as the concept in the Old Testament, where it meant homosexuality.

It is very clear that the words' arsenos koiten meant homosexuality (man who had sex with another man) to Jews of the Old Covenant era. In the same way arsenokoites meant homosexuality (man who had sex with another man) to Jesus' disciples in the New Covenant era.

Jewish philosopher Philo lived in the same time as Jesus Christ and Philo has said that arsenokoites meant shrine prostitute (male temple prostitute), and not homosexual. Some people have made from this a conclusion that the word arsenokoites meant a male temple prostitute. Philo's interpretation was totally wrong, because the Bible proves this undisputedly and shows that Philo erred.

Lev 18:22 and Lev 20:13 doesn't use temple prostitute word, but words in which is denied that a man can't lie sexually with another man. Always when the Bible speaks for temple prostitutes, so the Bible uses words gedeshah and gadesh. If Lev 18:22 and Lev 20:13 told for temple prostitutes, so verses would mention them, but there isn't, because in those verses, the Bible forbids homosexuality. It is very clear and undisputable in the light of the testimony of the Bible, that arsenokoites means homosexuality.



Reference: http://koti.phnet.fi/petripaavola/homosexual.html

Stacey Thompson said...

I must say that some are entirely missing the point here. If you are a sinner that asks for forgiveness and then you go on with the same sins.....you will need forgiven again. Therefore if you are living in sin such as being gay, and you ask forgiveness, you must stop commiting that sin! People who believe that being gay is okay because God forgives have it all wrong!

Anonymous said...

Love the sinner, hate the sin.
Loving the sinner does nothing for the lost-one's salvation. You are shinning the Light of Jesus towards the lost person. Hate the "shortfall" because it is what separates them from God's love.
"If you chase sin you may not be saved. If sin chases you, you are probably saved."