NOTE: This is the final post of a 5-part series by Andrew Courtis, Pastor of Hills Bible Church. In this serices, Andrew discussed some of the most contentious issues facing society. In response to these issues, he turns to the Scriptures to present the biblical perspective on each.
What should the Christian’s response be to such conclusions (a right understanding of marriage, gender, and homosexuality)? Sadly, many have responded with hate speech and a harsh condemnation to homosexuals. The believer in the Lord Jesus Christ ought to recognize that homosexuals are indeed committing abominable sexual sin and therefore cannot inherit the kingdom of God (). However, there is hope for the homosexual. If they recognize their sin before their Creator, repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ they will be cleansed from their sin and be forgiven. This is the power of the gospel and this is the hope for the homosexual. Back in Paul lists specific sins that make one unable to enter the kingdom of heaven. Then he says in , “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.” Something dramatically changed in the life of these individuals – they received forgiveness.
Why is forgiveness necessary and where can it be found? It is necessary because our Creator is Holy () and we are all sinful (). As the holy Creator, God will judge all sinners (). By His grace, God makes forgiveness available to all who will recognise they are sinners, repent and believe in Jesus Christ for salvation. Salvation can only be found in the Lord Jesus Christ () because He alone lived a life of perfection () and died as a substitute for His people by receiving the wrath of God on their behalf ().
Why do I believe there is hope for the homosexual? The answer is, because the gospel provides the cleansing power and change for any sinner who receives Jesus Christ as Lord. People think that if you call homosexuality a sin that is some form of hate speech. I don’t agree with that. If you tolerate what Scripture calls sin and hide the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, that is hate speech.
It is the duty of those who are saved to live lives that reflect the intended plan the Lord had and thus give Him glory. For those who marry, this means their marriage (husband and wife) will reflect the glorious relationship of Christ and the church (His bride). Remember, marriage is a glorious picture of the gospel. Jesus Christ demonstrated His great love for His bride by dying for her and cleansing her of all her sin (). One day the church will stand in His presence “in splendor,without spot or wrinkle or any such thing” (; cf. ). This is the most important marriage in history, and you can only be a part of it if you trust in Christ.
9 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,
9 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, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
11 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.
3 And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. 13 And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. 14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
26 For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.
4 Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his stripes we are healed.
25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
7 Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready;
8 it was granted her to clothe herself
with fine linen, bright and pure”—
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.