Homosexuality

Q. How can the Church condemn homosexuality by calling it a “sin” if homosexuals and lesbians are born with a same-sex orientation?

A. Science, in the past decade or two, has introduced the theory that homosexuality may be a genetic disposition, present at birth.  Keep in mind: this is a new medical theory - a thesis or proposition not yet confirmed through scientific process or medical research. A good many physicians and medical researchers deny such a theory. But even if future scientific evidence confirms this theory, homosexuality remains a sin.  Why? For four reasons:
 
First, the Bible says that homosexuality is a sin. Whenever the Bible speaks of homosexuality/lesbianism, it condemns it. The Bible explicitly addresses homosexuality/lesbianism in eight passages: Leviticus 18:22; Leviticus 20:10-16; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 Timothy 1:8-10, Romans 1:24-28; Genesis 19 and two references to sexually immoral people in Revelation 21:7-8 and 22:14-15. In all these passages, homosexuality is declared an “abomination,” an “immoral” lifestyle, and a reason for being excluded from salvation and heaven. The Bible never speaks approvingly or even neutrally about the gay lifestyle.

Second, the creation order condemns homosexuality. Genesis 1:26-28 and Romans 1:18-28 clearly set forth heterosexuality as God’s design for humanity and gender roles. Homosexuality is contrary to “natural law” – the nature of things appropriate to God’s created design. Homosexuality cannot lead to the intended result of sexual relation between two heterosexuals: safe and holy intercourse, procreation of children, and spiritual oneness with God’s favor (Genesis 2:18-25). Homosexuality is, therefore, unnatural and perverse.

Third, the human conscience condemns the homosexual or lesbian. Romans 1:19-32 and 2:12-16 clearly declare that the human conscience knows that same-sex unions and homosexual contact are sins against God and His holy order of life. The great sociological push to legalize “homosexual unions” as genuine marriages is the guilty human conscience seeking relief. It will never work: something that is legal is not always something that is ethical. Legality does not produce morality.

Fourth, society condemns homosexuality. Anthropologists have never discovered a society that permitted or approved of homosexuality. The perversion of ancient Rome and Greece, and the modern West, are just that: twisted aberrations of societal mores.  Political pressure, powerful gay lobbies and post-Christian education may pave the way for legalized sodomy, but society at large will never embrace it as good.  Culture is merely the collective conscience of the people. Society cannot survive under such gender distortions.  Sodom and Gomorrah are proof of this truth.

People may well be born with a "homosexual gene.” The Fall into sin has corrupted and damaged the human body as much as the human soul – defective genes and depraved spirits. But we do not allow a man born with an “alcoholic gene” to continue to live as a drunk. Nor do we permit a woman born with a “violent gene” to physically abuse her children or kill others. We expect these unhappy souls to seek medical aid, turn to God for help, and struggle to restrain their fallen and disoriented natures. Likewise, a person possibly born with a homosexual orientation should not give in to that defect of nature, but should seek God’s grace to lead a godly, moral and self-controlled life.  Such is both the difficulty and the duty of life with God in a fallen world.

"Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God." (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

Q. Why does the conservative, evangelical church condemn homosexuals and lesbians?  Isn’t doing so against the very teachings of Christ?

A. The Church does not condemn homosexuals, any more than it condemns alcoholics, abortion doctors or corrupt politicians. What the Bible condemns is homosexuality - in Leviticus 18:22; 20:10-16; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Romans 1:19-32; 1 Timothy 1:8-10; Genesis 19 and Revelation 21:7-8 and 22:14-15.  The Church condemns homosexuality (the lifestyle) but not the homosexual (the person), because the Scriptures do the same.  Likewise, the Church condemns alcoholism, abortion and corruption without damning those who practice such things: alcoholics, abortionists, and corrupt magistrates.

The Church’s duty – her calling from God and Christ-given mission – is to proclaim the Truth of God’s Word and the open offer of forgiveness in the Gospel of Christ.  The Church exists to bring men, women and children under the powerful sway of the Gospel (Romans 1:16).  The Gospel breaks the power of sin and sets people free of sinful perversions and bondages: sexual immorality, chemical dependencies, materialism and greed, violence, dishonesty and the like.

The Church believes that the gay lifestyle is a self-destructive, degrading and diseased way of life that destroys the body and damns the soul.  To be sure, God condemns the unrepentant person caught up in an immoral lifestyle to an eternity in hell.  This condemnation includes the immorality of the heterosexual as well as the homosexual.  But it is God who condemns the person, not the Church.

The Church of Jesus Christ is anti-sin while it is pro-sinner.  It seeks to condemn sinful ways that hurt mankind while it seeks to come to the aid of sinners.  Consequently, while the Church remains anti-homosexuality, it remains, always and ever, the friend of the homosexual.  Christ Covenant Church welcomes gay people to our services, into our membership and into our lives.  All we require of any and every member is repentance from sin, faith in Jesus Christ and a willingness “to live a life becoming to a follower of Christ.”  Here are the Gospel-vows of membership in our church and the Presbyterian Church in America (our parent denomination):
1. Do you acknowledge yourselves to be sinners in the sight of God, justly deserving His displeasure, and without hope save in His sovereign mercy?
2. Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and Savior of sinners, and do you receive and rest upon Him alone for salvation as He is offered in the Gospel?
3. Do you now resolve and promise, in humble reliance upon the grace of the Holy Spirit, that you will endeavor to live as becomes the followers of Christ?
4. Do you promise to support the Church in its worship and work to the best of your ability?
5. Do you submit yourselves to the government and discipline of the Church, and promise to study its purity and peace?

The pastors of Christ Covenant Church invite homosexuals to share in our services, explore membership with us, and to discuss with us their relationship with Jesus Christ.