Love the sinner, hate the sin.
The Jewish approach, (NOT the nouveau-reformerino-americano approach but the standard Conservative and Orthodox approach), is “God says no. Says so right here.”
I suppose if this happens to you and you’re Jewish you could still find a nice lesbian Rabbette with a guitar - perhaps even one with Star of David inlays on the fretboard - to lead you in harmonious biblically themed songs, but at some point I suppose you’d wonder whether you weren’t making a life out of purposely violating God’s commandments.
Then again, I suppose the reason all sinners seek comfort with their kind is so that we can try to ignore the ways we are offending Him.
Actually, Paul gives a long list of wrongdoers who won’t enter the Kingdom of God. Homosexual acts are just one of the items on the list, not singled out as particularly or uniquely sinful. Right in the middle of the list, in fact.
“Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! Fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, sodomites, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, revilers, robbersnone of these will inherit the kingdom of God.”
Exile all fornicators, adulterers, greedy people, drunkards and revilers and you’ll have really thinned out the average church. :)
No-one can teach/preach what the Bible clearly declares of fornication and those given over to a reprobate mind without offending the sinner. I was enrolled in bible college when my youngest daughter was born. My son was just out of diapers. In highschool the public school system followed -what I am told is national policy and encouraged my son to “try it”(homosexual lifestyle) and “Decide for himself” (only when they had their answer form him were we brought in to their discussion. They were amazed that my son had LIED to them. And that though I am Christian -and will NOT compromise the Christian doctrine I do love my son.My son knows even today that I will Never tell him the LIE It’s Ok to be gay.I will not be supportive of that way that seems right ,but the end thereof is death.My sons friends know how I am convicted that their lifestyle choice is against God— but I can still love them enough to tell them I will NOT accept that choice—but they are more than a choice.
If one of my children indicated that he or she was “gay,” I would immediately begin searching for the adult who had molested him or her.
‘..almost two dozen Houston-area churches have designated Sunday as Bring Your Gay Teen to Church Day.’
Surely this is the end times.
Most dads would rather be told they have terminal cancer than have their son tell them he is gay, particularly if it is your only son. Coming out of the closet is a selfish act. It turns your problem into your family’s problem and forces everyone around you to live a lie. I have seen this destroy families. If you are gay, stay in the closet.
“Am I going to hell?”
“Have you entered into a relationship with Christ as your savior?”
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Those in a position of power are telling people that their sin is "ok". It is not. And there will be a heavy price to pay for the lie. Real love tells the truth. Real love and telling the truth takes courage. The church has lost it's spine and lies to people.
I once heard a sermon in which the scenario was people are standing on the edge of a cliff. Their next step will take them over the edge into fire. Will you stop them or sit comfortably and watch? Some will reject and revile you. But others will listen. What will you do?
A better response would be to have a day where the Gospel is actually preached: that we are all sinners (and that “gay” is only part of that), that it may have more negative consequences in the real world-but that homosexuality is just like any other sin to God: UNACCEPTABLE, that “We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”, and that without Christ, God’s just, condemnation still rests upon us ALL/.
Unbelievable. Maybe this is the “harlot” that Revelation speaks of.