Posts tagged ‘homosexuality’

June 23, 2011

Grace for the homosexual Individual

by Aaron Dunlop

Many Christian’s have been accused of a harsh and unchristian attitude towards the homosexual individual. There may be some truth to this. The initial reaction of the Church to the increase of homosexuality in the 60’s and 70’s was indeed heavy on the dehumanizing and demoralizing language used and there may have been the idea that all homosexuals are already cursed and beyond hope. This was an easy (perhaps an evading) position for Church to take for three reasons;

  1. In the Church’s understanding of scripture, homosexuality was correctly seen as a heinous sin, bringing such a colossal punishment as the destruction of Sodom that an imprecatory attitude towards all homosexuals seemed right.
  2. The Church accurately recognized a threat to personal and national health (both spiritual and physical) with the rise of the AIDS virus in the 70’s and 80’s.
  3. Another reason why criticism from the Christian community may have been so ruthless is that those who practiced homosexuality for the most part had no ties to the church or Christian people. There was therefore no personal or emotional connection. In recent years, however, there are a growing number of individuals who have grown up in the church and are known to Christians who have declared themselves homosexual. Christians now, with personal, emotional and family ties are forced to take a second thought regarding the individual homosexual.

Homosexuality is increasingly vocal and visible in society and the church has an obligation to deal with it biblically and responsibly. It is improper to humour the sin or to joke about it. Nor should we harbor sympathy for it. The Christian ought to think of homosexuality as unnatural, even inhuman; yet to dehumanize the homosexual individual defeats the Christian perspective somewhat, because it absolves him of his moral responsibility. The homosexual has a moral responsibility to God and to himself. Let the Christian inform him of that and hold him to it. Remember, being homosexual is not the unpardonable sin, no matter how strongly we may disapprove of it.

The good news of the gospel is deliverance from sin. Salvation is deliverance from the punishment of sin in the future, but also from the power of sin in the present. The individual who feels the weight of the moral and mental morass of unnatural lust can find deliverance. Paul makes this clear when he speaks of some of the Corinthian Christians being “Sodomites” and “homosexuals” (I Corinthians 6:9). Paul says in the following verses “such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus.” The gospel of salvation from sin is good news for the homosexual.

June 22, 2011

Working with a Homosexual and “judging” him.

by Aaron Dunlop

Recently in our Bible class the issue came up of how to deal with homosexuals in the workplace and how we are to ‘judge’ them (if we have the right to). This is an important question and one that is gaining momentum in society and in the evangelical Church.

Let us consider it in three main areas:

Homosexuality:

1. Homosexuality is sin. This is clear from Scripture. One of the clearest presentations of God’s hatred of any sin in all the Bible was in the physical and permanent destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:24). Paul also condemns it in Romans 1:24-25.
2. The homosexual agenda is a monstrous sin against society. The homosexual agenda is not only against God and against those individuals who practice the sin, but it is against the health of society. It is the obligation of the government to protect its citizens (Romans 13). In pushing a homosexual agenda nations put the health (both physical and mental) of their citizens at risk.
3. The homosexual individual ought to be treated as a human being. There are those who struggle with the lust of homosexuality just as there are individuals who struggle with the sin of adultery. We differentiate therefore between the individual who struggles with the sin and the homosexual agenda foisted on society.

Judging the Homosexual

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