How should believers deal with the rise of homosexual marriage in the United States?
Two Pastors informed me wisely on dealing with this issue.
Pastor Ray Comfort of Living Waters Ministries asserted that when I share about my faith in Jesus Christ, never bring up the homosexuality issue with someone who is living out such conduct. For many people, they are "ready with their boxing gloves" to fight on the issue.
Then Comfort followed with:
"Give them the Ten Commandments (with Jesus' extended clarifications). Show them that he is damned, in spite of his perversion."
Pastor Joseph Prince of Singapore suggested something more blessed.
If someone asks "Is homosexuality a sin?" Answer with "How do you define sin?"
Throughout the Epistle of Romans, Paul never defines sin as a verb, or based on our actions, but as a noun, based on our status in this world.
Here is the first mention of sin in Romans:
9What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;" (Romans 3: 9)
Then Paul quotes from the Psalms:
10As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
11There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
12They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
13Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
14Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
15Their feet are swift to shed blood:
16Destruction and misery are in their ways:
17And the way of peace have they not known:
18There is no fear of God before their eyes.
Paul later explains that the manifest evidence of sin in our lives stems from the Law, the Ten Commandments, in which no flesh shall be justified (Romans 3:20)
Sin is much more than just the trespass against God's law.
Paul explains this matter at length in Romans Chapter Five:
12Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: 13(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
15But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. 16And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. 17For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)" (Romans 5:12-17)
Sin entered into this world because of Adam, death through separation from God, and so every human being is born conceived in sin.
Yet the second Adam, Christ Jesus, overcame this sin by dying in the likeness of sinful flesh, forever putting away our sins!What is sin, then, but a status of being separated from God. His grace and righteousness flow freely to all who are willing to believe on Him whom the Father has sent to die for us (John 6: 29; Romans 5: 8)
When we accept that Jesus died for our sins, and condemned sin in the flesh (Romans 8: 1-3), we receive His life and God takes us from dead in our trespasses to alive and seated in heavenly places in Christ.
When we become temples of the Holy Spirit, with Christ within us, our hope (confident expectation of glory), then perverse, sinful, and ultimately harmful choices no longer entice.
Paul reminded the Corinthians that they had been taken from dead to alive, from darkness to light:
"9Know 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, 10Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." (1 Corinthians 6: 9-11)
Paul did not highlight homosexual perversion on a different plane.
People are seeking life, but they choose sin, and with sin comes death.
Righteousness gives us life (Romans 8: 10), and we receive this life through Christ Jesus (John 10: 10)
We receive the highest honor that man can ever attain: seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, where we receive the same unclouded, unruffled favor of Jesus Christ.
If we want to help anyone break free of any perversion, whether sexual or otherwise, the answer is not shoving the Gospel down people's throats, and certainly not compromising to let people do as they please with their bodies.
God did not send His Son to condemn the world, no matter what perversion men were caught in.
In fact, because God send His Son to die for us, the only thing that will send men and women to hell will be their refusal to accept Jesus as the propitiation, or the payment for all their sins.
"8And when he [The Holy Spirit, who witness of Christ Jesus] is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged." (John 16: 8-11)
The one sin that will send anyone in this world to hell will be not believing on Jesus Christ. Every Christian has been convicted of this one sin, and from that point on, everyone of us is forever convicted of righteousness.
Righteousness grants us life, and all spiritual blessings with it.
The truth which every person, even those who are caught up in homosexual conduct, needs to hear is that in Christ every sin is put away, and the gift of righteousness affords to every person the very need which they have, yet have been so deceived by sin against receiving.
God Himself did not create this fallen earth, and He sent His Son so that no one need suffer one minute more, and can enjoy eternity with Him, and receive all blessings with Christ.