Monthly Archives: April 2013

How Did Jesus Treat People With Sexual Sin?

The following post is the 5th of a 5 part series of posts on “Frequently Asked Questions About Homosexuality?” In this 5th post I will be answering the question “How Did Jesus Treat People With Sexual Sin?” If you would like to see the other questions addressed in this series of posts, then just click the links below:

Pt. 1 – Is Homosexuality A Sin?

Pt. 2 – Are People Born Gay?

Pt. 3 – Is Homosexuality Worse Than Other Sins?

Pt. 4 – Can Someone Be A Homosexual Christian?

I originally wrote the content of these posts when I was asked to address these questions at a summer youth camp. The intended purpose of these posts are to help Christians who already have a firm conviction about the authority of Scripture. I want them to better understand what the Bible teaches about homosexuality. So my hope is that these truths will help instruct Christians who want to share the gospel with the homosexuals they know.

How Did Jesus Treat People With Sexual Sin?

As I finish out this series of posts on homosexuality I want to finish by looking at the life of Jesus. It often seems like many people in the church today are confused about who Jesus is and what he was like. So in this final post I want to share 3 lessons I have learned about the life of Jesus that have impacted the way I think about loving homosexuals.

Lesson # 1  – Jesus Would Spend Time With Homosexuals

I love how in Luke 5:27-32 the religious leaders are grumbling about the way Jesus spent his time with the people they thought were “terrible sinners.” It makes me think that in today’s day Jesus would have often tried to spend time with homosexuals. Continue reading

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Can Someone Be A Homosexual Christian?

The following post is the 4th of a 5 part series of posts on “Frequently Asked Questions About Homosexuality?” In this 4th post I will be answering the question “Can Someone Be A Homosexual Christian?” If you would like to see the other questions addressed in this series of posts, then just click the links below:

Pt. 1 – Is Homosexuality A Sin?

Pt. 2 – Are People Born Gay?

Pt. 3 – Is Homosexuality Worse Than Other Sins?

Pt. 5 – How Did Jesus Treat People With Sexual Sin?

I originally wrote the content of these posts when I was asked to address these questions at a summer youth camp. The intended purpose of these posts are to help Christians who already have a firm conviction about the authority of Scripture. I want them to better understand what the Bible teaches about homosexuality. So my hope is that these truths will help instruct Christians who want to share the gospel with the homosexuals they know.

Can Someone Be A Homosexual Christian?

Like some of the other questions in this series, this question can be a bit tricky. If I were to be asked this question in a conversation I probably would not want to just answer it right away. Instead I would want to know what the person asking the question means by “homosexual Christian.”

What makes someone a homosexual? Is it having homosexual desires or temptations? Is it having a history of homosexual activity in your life? Does it mean that you are currently practicing homosexual behavior?

How we define what makes someone a homosexual really makes a big difference in how we answer this question. Continue reading

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Is Homosexuality Worse Than Other Sins?

The following post is the 3rd of a 5 part series of posts on “Frequently Asked Questions About Homosexuality?” In this 3rd post I will be answering the question “Is Homosexuality Worse Than Other Sins?” If you would like to see the other questions addressed in this series of posts, then just click the links below:

Pt. 1 – Is Homosexuality A Sin?

Pt. 2 – Are People Born Gay?

Pt. 4 – Can Someone Be A Homosexual Christian?

Pt. 5 – How Did Jesus Treat People With Sexual Sin?

I originally wrote the content of these posts when I was asked to address these questions at a summer youth camp. The intended purpose of these posts are to help Christians who already have a firm conviction about the authority of Scripture. I want them to better understand what the Bible teaches about homosexuality. So my hope is that these truths will help instruct Christians who want to share the gospel with the homosexuals they know.

Is Homosexuality Worse Than Other Sins?

Out of all the questions in this series, I tend to think this one might be the hardest to answer because I believe there are two right answers. In short, I believe the answer to this question is YES and NO.

Let me first explain in what ways the answer is NO. In order to do this I think we need to step back and ask this question about all sins. Another way to phrase the question might be to ask, “Is there a biblical perspective that teaches all sins are equal?” Continue reading

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Are People Born Gay?

The following post is the 2nd of a 5 part series of posts on “Frequently Asked Questions About Homosexuality?” In this 2nd post I will be answering the question “Are People Born Gay?” If you would like to see the other questions addressed in this series of posts, then just click the links below:

Pt. 1 – Is Homosexuality A Sin?

Pt. 3 – Is Homosexuality Worse Than Other Sins?

Pt. 4 – Can Someone Be A Homosexual Christian?

Pt. 5 – How Did Jesus Treat People With Sexual Sin?

I originally wrote the content of these posts when I was asked to address these questions at a summer youth camp. The intended purpose of these posts are to help Christians who already have a firm conviction about the authority of Scripture. I want them to better understand what the Bible teaches about homosexuality. So my hope is that these truths will help instruct Christians who want to share the gospel with the homosexuals they know.

Are People Born Gay?

I think it is possible, but if we are talking here about how to share the gospel with homosexuals, then I do not think this question is that important.

Are not all people born into sin? Doesn’t the bible say that we have all been born slaves to sin?

Psalm 51:5

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Romans 6:6

We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.

Ephesians 2:5

even when we were dead in our trespasses,

If we are all born sinners, then we should not be surprised to hear that some people have sinful sexual orientations from birth. In a fallen world it seems probable to me that there could be some people who even have biological reasons that would help explain why they desire people of the same-sex. However, just because we have a desire from birth never means that we should automatically assume that it is a good desire that we should fulfill.

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Is Homosexuality A Sin?

The following post is the 1st of a 5 part series of posts on “Frequently Asked Questions About Homosexuality?” In this 1st post I will be answering the question “Is Homosexuality A Sin?” If you would like to see the other questions addressed in this series of posts, then just click the links below:

Pt. 2 – Are People Born Gay?

Pt. 3 – Is Homosexuality Worse Than Other Sins?

Pt. 4 – Can Someone Be A Homosexual Christian?

Pt. 5 – How Did Jesus Treat People With Sexual Sin?

I originally wrote the content of these posts when I was asked to address these questions at a summer youth camp. The intended purpose of these posts are to help Christians who already have a firm conviction about the authority of Scripture. I want them to better understand what the Bible teaches about homosexuality. So my hope is that these truths will help instruct Christians who want to share the gospel with the homosexuals they know.

Is Homosexuality A Sin?

I think before we answer this question we need to first ask ourselves “What is a sin?” If we are going to call homosexuality a sin we should probably make sure we know what is a sin so that we can know whether or not homosexuality deserves to fit in that category.

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