… Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, … –none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9b-10 NLT)
This is a verse that is commonly used in arguments to prove that homosexuality is a sin. But is the Church even supposed to prove homosexuality is a sin? The Bible is very clear on this issue. Yet we run into problems when we find ourselves unproductively arguing with unbelievers about matters such as these. Reason being, an unbeliever will most likely not recognize God or His Word as the ultimate authority. Yes, share the unadulterated Word of God with them. Yes, minister in love. Yet if a person firmly identifies as a homosexual (or bisexual, pansexual, etc.), then perhaps a better place to start the discussion would be “How does the Father see you?”
So God created human beings in His own image. In the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:27 NLT)
God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. (Genesis 1:31 NLT)
We have been made in HIS IMAGE and for HIS PLEASURE! This–and nothing else–is the core of our identity. Everything we are and everything we are called to do is based around this glorious fact. You cannot have sustained joy or peace when separated from this truth. Sadly both Adam and Eve forgot this knowledge when the serpent distracted them with the lust of knowledge.
The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the LORD God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” (Genesis 3:1 NL)
It was sin in the Garden of Eden that caused Adam and Eve to forsake their identity and it is sin again today causing many to do the same. Unfortunately, not much has changed since the Garden. Satan is still trying to distract humans from their identity by any means necessary, and we remain as gullible as ever. He drives a wedge between the Holy God and us with sexual immorality of all kinds, anger, lust, pride, and other carnal desires. But he doesn’t stop there. He also uses more sophisticated means like our entertainment, false religions, and other false belief systems to deceive us. But as we find Christ and surrender our lives to Him, we rediscover the truth.
2 Corinthians 5 tells us that we have the ministry of reconciliation. As we help reconcile a practicing homosexual to the Father, we help them reconcile with their true selves. We need to reexamine our approach to the homosexual community. Yes, we need to love them like Christ loves them. Yes, it is true that they are in danger of Hell fire. And yes, homosexuality is a sin. But what does the Father say about them? What did He create them to do? What hidden gems in their lives can you help expose and speak life and destiny to? And most importantly, who does the Creator say they are?