Straight Talk

~Hebrews 13:8-9 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. 9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For [it is] a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.

I never dreamed that I would have to address this topic EVER! But sadly, it has become an issue that has crept into our homes and our churches. Teenagers who attend public schools are exposed to so much and it’s my desire to help any teenager I can using God’s Word as my tool. What you will be reading is not my opinion – my opinion is not important. What is important is God’s Word. We all should concern ourselves with what’s important to God, not what our friends think or what is popular with the world.

Before we start, I would like to make something clear: what God considered as sin in the Old Testament is still considered sin today. God does not change nor does sin change. Settle this in your heart, teen girl, before we go on to this very important lesson.

~Numbers 23:19 God [is] not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do [it]? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

~1 Samuel 15:29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he [is] not a man, that he should repent.

~Psalm 102:27 But thou [art] the same, and thy years shall have no end.

~Malachi 3:6 For I [am] the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

~James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Even Jesus said that He did not come to destroy the Law (the commandments, etc.) so what was considered sin before was to still be considered sin at the time:

~Matthew 5:17-18 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 19 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

God does not lie and, therefore, if His Word says He does not change, then He would not change His mind about how He feels about a certain topic. It doesn’t matter if something happened thousands of years ago – God will still consider it sin. So, teen girl, let’s have some straight talk on this subject of same-sex relationships, known as homosexuality. You may be one of those girls who knows it’s wrong but you may not know why it’s wrong according to the Bible. If that’s you, then this post will give you a good look at what the Scriptures have to say.

Homosexuality (called sodomy in the Bible) is growing rapidly today because of television and news media falsely show it as a “normal” lifestyle. TV programming this Fall has a comedy show about this very thing. Let me tell you that there is nothing funny about this at all. God destroyed cities because of this sin so we should take notice and try to learn from the Scriptures.

Not only is homosexuality a sin, but God considered it an ABOMINATION. That means God has extreme hatred for this disgusting sin. That is what the word abomination means.

~Leviticus 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

The sin of homosexuality is mentioned next to the sins of bestiality and other gross sexual sins.

Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: 

Genesis 19 records the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Two male angels came into the city and the ungodly men of the city demanded that Lot give the angels to them to have sex with them. If you read the chapter you will see that they did not succeed, rather were blinded. The main reason for God sending fire from heaven and burning this city was because of the sin of sodomy, which is homosexuality.

Genesis 19:5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.

Genesis 19:24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;

Jude 1:7 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.

The New Testament speaks against homosexuality also. The first epistle that Paul writes mentions this in the first chapter in Romans. The verses explain that homosexuality is not normal, but against nature. God created male and female to reproduce. Homosexuals cannot reproduce.

Romans 1:26 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.

Some people will try to say that homosexuals were born that way, but this has yet to be proven scientifically. There has not been one single study that proves that homosexuals have genetic or biological differences with heterosexuals. You will hear of studies proving it but they cannot produce those scientific studies – what they do provide are opinions, not scientific fact. If there are no genetic differences, then this means it’s a behavior that is learned. It is not love, according to the Scriptures, but rather a lust with unnatural feelings according to the verse above.

As Christians, we should love homosexuals but we are not to love their sin. We should be pointing them to salvation rather than screaming judgment and damnation in their faces. But it doesn’t mean that we should be defending their right to practice such sins. I know some who claim they are Christians and they fight for gay rights, gay marriage, gay Pastors, etc. But this just does not agree with the Scriptures. The Bible says that those who practice these things will not inherit the kingdom of God? How can one support gay rights when the Bible says those who practice this will not go to Heaven? Isn’t it more important to win them to Christ rather than support their sin?

1 Corinthians 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind.

1 Timothy 1:10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

I do not hate homosexuals at all, although I will be accused of this very thing once this post is published. 😦 What I do support is what is said by God in the Bible. My desire is that the homosexual will hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ and be saved, just as any other sinner.

I once worked with a girl who was a homosexual, although I didn’t know it at the time. My desire and prayer was to share the Gospel with her. The Lord opened the door so I could talk to her. She accepted Christ as her Saviour and her life immediately began to change. She began reading the Bible – she learned what God’s Word said about the gay lifestyle and she fell under conviction and began to change. She left the gay lifestyle but not without a lot of persecution from her “old” friends. Today she is married to a wonderful man and has four children 🙂 She has had a tremendous influence on gay people who God puts in her path 🙂

Remember, teen girl, just because the world says homosexuality is OK or that a gay person is born that way does not mean that it is truth. The Bible will always speak truth – that’s what’s important.

~John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

The sin of homosexuality was a sin in the Old Testament that God detested and it is still a sin today. We cannot sugar coat a sin and say it is OK as long as it doesn’t harm anyone. But this sin does harm people. It brings disease (AIDS), it shortens life (gays do not live as long as heterosexuals) and the Bible says that it leads people to Hell 😦

But for the homosexual, there is hope. There can be change – just as there was with my co-worker. Jesus Christ saves all sinners from sin, including the homosexual. Jesus can and will change their lifestyle.

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

Romans 5:6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

One can’t simply “get saved” and remain a homosexual. One must get away from the sins of their old life. That is called repentance. Many claim they are saved but they continue sinning just like before they got saved. That is not the salvation of the Bible. Jesus stopped His mighty works in certain cities because they would not repent. They continued doing the sins they did before they heard the Gospel.

~Matthew 11:20 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:

Repentance means to stop doing those sins:

~Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with [his] hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

When a person gets saved, they receive the Holy Spirit and He helps them overcome their sin. He changes their lives 🙂

So, teen girl, now you have the Bible verses that explain why God considers the sin of homosexuality as an abomination. If you come in contact with kids who practice this sin and you are given an opportunity to talk to them about it, you will have these Bible verses to help you 🙂 Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.