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 (1 Cor. 6:9). 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 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Paul lists specific sins that make one unable to enter the kingdom of heaven. Then he says in verse 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.” 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 (Isaiah 6:3) and we are all sinful (Rom. 3:23). As the holy Creator, God will judge all sinners (Rev. 20:11-15). 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 (Acts 4:12) because He alone lived a life of perfection (Heb. 7:26) and died as a substitute for His people by receiving the wrath of God on their behalf (Isaiah 53:4-5).
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 (Eph. 5:25-33). One day the church will stand in His presence “in splendor,without spot or wrinkle or any such thing” (Eph. 5:27; cf. Rev. 19:7-8). This is the most important marriage in history, and you can only be a part of it if you trust in Christ.