A friend of mine sent me an article called “Gay People Don’t Go To Hell For Being Gay”. You can read it at that link.
My friend wanted to know what I thought.
I read the article and then sent my response. Then posted my response as today’s Morning Thought.(I apologize for any grammatical errors; I was writing in a hurry and on-the-fly!)
That is a great right up. I have one issue and maybe I misunderstood… he wrote “You will not be condemned for having sinful feelings or for even doing sinful things if you trust in the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross as payment for your sinful debt owed to God.”
In Jesus you are not free to sin…you are free from sin.
How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Rom 6:2
I was born a sinner. I sinned. I accepted Jesus as my Savior and He has cleansed me from my sin; and still I struggle day to day with the object of sin.
Sometimes I do sin. I sin willfully, knowing that Jesus has paid the price for my sin.
What does the Bible say about this?
Heb 10:26-27 if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.
THERE REMAINS NO MORE SACRIFICE FOR SIN!
Does this mean that my sin is not covered. It contradicts all that I believe or maybe all I want to believe.
But I have WILLFULLY SINNED. I knew what I was doing.
Paul said, “I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.” 1 Cor 3:10-15
Who builds on the foundation of Jesus?
All that are born-again, redeemed, saved, sanctified; Christians!
Do all build good things?
No, because all still carry the desire to sin.
Do all do righteous works?
No, because all still carry the desire to sin.
It is a constant battle inside everyone.
And when the “fire” is applied much useless chaff/junk/waste will be destroyed.
HE HIMSELF WILL BE SAVED YET SO AS THROUGH FIRE!
When it comes down to it, the loss is great but the foundation is still there.
Is it sinful to have gay feelings?
I once thought about this. If gay feelings make you lust then it is sinful, just as much as hetero feelings can cause lust. Jesus addressed this.
Being gay is not the sin. Acting upon the sin is the sin.
But the moment any of us covet… we lust! This is a sin. To lust upon it is to do it in the heart.
Can a person be gay… get saved… and still lust.
Can a man be heterosexual… get saved… and still lust.
Yes, and both would be sinning in their heart.
A heterosexual man can get married and fulfill part of his basic need for physical intimacy with his wife.
Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
Let your conduct be without covetousness; Heb 13:4-5
A gay person cannot marry. There is no provision for it in the scripture. A man leaves his parents and joins to his wife.
There is no gay marriage in the Bible. In fact, the Bible forbids the action.
So then if gay people do not marry (and they can’t according to scripture) then to have sex would cause them to do another sin… a sin that straight people can also do -fornication. This IS something Paul addressed time and time again throughout the NT.
There is an out for the heterosexual person – get married.
But I say to the unmarried and to the widows: It is good for them if they remain even as I am; but if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion. 1 Cor 7:8-9
This provision is not giving to the gay person. There is no provision for being married to the same sex.
Being married does not remove sinful lustful thoughts about the opposite sex. As a married man or woman, sinful desires, or lust for someone outside the marriage can still happen. That is not to say it happens for everyone that is married.
I am married. Have I EVER looked at another woman in lust?
Did I commit adultery? In my heart I did; but not physically.
How to keep from doing this?
Don’t look at other women!
Don’t get emotionally attached in an attraction way; that is, if that person attracts you emotionally, then get away from them or never be alone with them.
As David said Ps 101:3 I will set nothing wicked before my eyes;
Ps 119:37 Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things,
I also repent and pray that the Lord Jesus will help me turn away from ANY and ALL types of sinful desires that I may have.