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IMG_0248 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17)

Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved.”(Mark 16:15)

“We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.” (Romans 2:22)

Read this excellent resource to help you or someone you love reconcile their sexuality and Spirituality: “A Letter to Louise: A Biblical Affirmation of Homosexuality”

Homosexuality and the Bible–by Reverend Joyce Stone

In looking to the Bible to discern God’s feelings on homosexuality, no clear messages or statements can be found that actually condemn homosexuality or specify that a person must be heterosexual to enjoy God’s love and salvation. Although some religious leaders contend that the verses in Leviticus condemn homosexuality~ those verses are of no consequence because all of the laws stated in Leviticus are overruled and eliminated in the New Testament. In Romans 7:1-6, Paul rescinds the requirements for the people to abide by the old Jewish laws~ stating that “the old master used to be the Jewish law, but that it was dissolved when Christ died on the cross.” He further points but that Christ was the new master and that His directions were now the ones to be followed.

Furthermore, Paul states that the law has “no more control over anyone” and “that no one needs to worry any longer about the Jewish laws and customs.” This all clearly negates any implications that any of Leviticus’ laws apply to Christian Life, thereby also eliminating the laws concerning homosexuality.

A part of the Bible that supposedly condemns homosexuality is found in Genesis 19 where the story of Sodom and Gomorrah is told. From these passages, some religious leaders contend that God destroyed these cities due to the wickedness of the men in the cities–wickedness, for them, was being homosexual. They base their conclusion on the,fact that at one point in the story, the men of the city stormed Lot’s house, asking to know the two strangers that had come to visit Lot. Due to the ‘translation and/or interpretations of the Bible over the years, the word “know” has become questionable as to its actual meaning for that particular verse. The sexual connotation of the word was only used in a few other places in the Bible, with specific Greek word prefixes that helped to qualify the connotation so as to clarify its meaning. Despite the fact that in this case, nothing verifies that the word was to have been used in a sexual context, many theologians chose to translate it that way. They contend that God was so disgusted by this behavior that the reason He decided to destroy the cities was to eliminate the homosexuals. However, in a closer look to the previous chapter of Genesis 18, it is discovered that God had intended to destroy Sodom before the men of the city had anything to do with Lot. The two strangers (angels) were sent, not only to warn Lot of the impending danger of destruction, but also to seek out any other godly, righteous people. Had they found any, God would have spared the city. (Gen.18:26). This also proves that the condemnation of Sodom was not that homosexuals were there, but because there were simply no righteous, godly, or loving people there. (Even Lot was saved only because he was related to Abraham whom God had chosen to bless.)

Reading further in the Bible, in Ezekiel 16:48-59, the actual sins of Sodom are clearly spelled out: “Your sister Sodom’s sins were pride and laziness and gluttony, while the poor and needy suffered outside her door. She insolently worshiped many idols as I watched. Therefore I crushed her.” The real magnitude of the sins of Sodom are further clarified by Jesus in his comparison of those sins with being unkind or inhospitable, as revealed in Matthew 10:14-15. “Any city or home that doesn’t welcome you–shake off the dust from that place from your feet as you leave. Truly, the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah will be better off at Judgment Day than they.” These truths reveal that homosexuality was not the cause for God to destroy Sodom after all.

In order to determine whether homosexuals are worthy of God’s love and salvation, one need only to listen to Jesus’ words. John 3:16-17: “For God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son so that anyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. God did not send His Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it.” John 5:24: “I say emphatically that anyone who listens to my message and believes in God who sent me has eternal life, and will never be condemned for his sins, but has already passed out of death into life.” John 6:40: “For it is my Father’s will that everyone who sees His Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life–that I should raise them at the Last Day.” John 10:27: “My sheep recognize my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life and they shall never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else, so no one can kidnap them from me.” John 15:20: “When I come back to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. The one who obeys me is the one who loves me; and because that person loves me, my Father will love them; and I will too, and, I will reveal myself to them” Each of these verses proves that any person who believes in Jesus Christ is saved and loved by God. Each statement is inclusive of all people, whether homosexual, heterosexual, or otherwise.

The requirements for salvation are not what a personis, but what a person believes. Believing in Jesus Christ is all it takes to enjoy salvation and eternal life. Being homosexual doesn’t have anything to do with salvation and does not separate a person from God’s love at all. God is interested in a person’s soul not a person’s sexuality.

A teacher of religious law once asked Jesus, “Sir, which is the most important command in the laws of Moses? Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. The second most important is similar: ‘Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.’ All the other commandments and all demands of the prophets stem from these two laws and are fulfilled if you obey them. Keep only these and you will find that you are obeying all others.” When a person abides by these two commandments, they are fulfilling all of God’s requirements for living a righteous life.

If God had wanted people to stop being a  homosexual, Jesus would have said so. Jesus did address adultery, stealing, judging, divorce, and other various sins from which He called upon people to repent and change. More often that not, it was idolatry, or the putting of yourself ahead of the will of God, that Jesus admonished against. Not once did He ever mention the “sin of homosexuality.”  That causes me to conclude that who we are is not sinful, but that what we do can be. Living as monogamous couples, following the 10 commandments and the teachings of Jesus are things that I believe all Christians (which is translated “little Christs”) should do.

Again, a person’s sexual orientation is not mentioned and has no bearing whatsoever on being part of God’s kingdom, or following God’s Word, or enjoying God’s love and forgiveness. Not only did Jesus die for a person’s sins (not a person’s sexuality)~ but He offers abundant life to every person who chooses to believe in and follow Him. That gives every person, every homosexual, the ability to be a happy, fulfilled and loved  human being, and to experience eternal life.

God’s love is broad, and deep and all encompassing. Nothing or no one can change or limit that. As Paul wrote in Ephesians 3:16-18: God’s purpose was to show His wisdom in all its rich variety to all the rulers and authorities in heavenly realms. They will see this when Jews and Gentiles are joined together in His church. This was His plan for all eternity, and it has now been carried out by Jesus Christ our Lord. Because of Christ and our faith in Him, we all can now come fearlessly into God’s presence, assured of His glad welcome. And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in Him.May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love. And may you have the power to understand as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, how deep His love really is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God. By His mighty power at work within us, He is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope.

Some Additional Scriptures about God’s Love, Salvation, and Acceptance for ALL:

(John 1:11-12) Even in His own land and among His own people, Jesus was not accepted. But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God.

(Isaiah 56:3-5) Don’t letanyone who commits themselves to the Lord say, ‘The Lord will never let me be part of His people.’ Do not let them think that I consider them second-class citizens. And don’t let theeunuchssay, ‘I’m a dried-up tree with no children and no future.’ For this is what the Lord says: “I will bless those eunuchswho keep My Sabbath days holy and who choose to do what pleases Me  and commit their lives to Me. They are as much Mine as anyone else. I will give them–in My House, within My walls–a memorial and a name far greater than the honor they would have received by having sons and daughters. For the name I give them is an everlasting one. It will never disappear!”

(Matt 19:12) Some are born as eunuchs, some have been made that way by others, and some choose not to marry for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven. Let anyone who can, accept this statement.”

(Romans 8:31-39) If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up forus all, won’t He also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own?No oneforGod Himself has given us right standing with Himself. Who then will condemn us?No one—for Christ Jesus died for usand wasraised to life for us, and He is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand,pleading for us. Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of Godthat is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

(Romans 9:14) God said to Moses, “I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose.

(John 6:47-51) Jesus said: “Anyone who believes in Me already has eternal life. Yes, I am the bread of life! This bread from heaven gives eternal life to everyone who eats it. I am the living bread that came down from heaven.Anyonewho eats this bread will live forever; it is offered so everyone may live.”

(John 5:24) Jesus said, “I assure you, anyone who listens to My message and believes in God who sent Me, has eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but have already passed from death into life.”

(John 6:37-40) Jesus said, “Anyonethe Father has given Me will come to Me, and I will never reject them. For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent Me.  And this is the will of God: that I should not lose even one of those He has given Me, but that I should raise them all to eternal life. For it is My Father’s will thatall who believe in His Son should have eternal life.”

(Isaiah 55:1-5) Is anyonethirsty? Come and drink–even if you have no money! Come, it’s all free! Listen and I will tell you where to get food that is good for the soul! Come to Me with your ears wide open. Listen for the life of your soul is at stake. I am ready to make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you mercy and unfailing love. I will make you glorious.

(Matt 11:28) Then Jesus said, “Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you. Let Me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. My yoke fits you perfectly, and the burden I give is light.”

(John 4:24-25) Jesus said, “The Father is is looking for anyone who will worship Him in spirit and in truth.” Just then His disciples arrived. They were astonished to find Him talking to a woman, but none of them asked Him what He was doing or what they had been discussing. Then Jesus said, “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God. Vast fields are ripening all around us and are now ready for the harvest. The fruit you are to harvest is people brought to eternal life. And this is eternal life: to know Me and God who sent Me.”

(John 10:11-16) Jesus said, “I am the Good Shepherd; I know My sheep, and they know Me. And no one can snatch them out of My Hands. And I lay My life down for the sheep. I have other sheep, too, that are not yet in this sheepfold, I must bring them also, and they will listen to My voice, and there will be one flock and one Shepherd.”

(John 10:27-28) Jesus said, “My sheep recognize My voice; I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them away from Me, for My Father has given them to Me, and He is more powerful than anyone else. So no one can take them from Me.”

(Isaiah 51:7-16) “Listen to Me, you who know right from wrong, and cherish My law in your hearts. Do not be afraid of people’s scorn or their slanderous talk. For they will be destroyed as the moth destroys clothing. But My righteousness shall last forever. My salvation will continue from generation to generation.” I AM the One who comforts you. So why are you afraid of mere humans? Will you remain in constant dread of human oppression? Will you continue to fear the anger of your enemies from morning to night? Soon all your captives will be released! Imprisonment, starvation, and death will not be your fate! For I AM the LORD your God, My Name is the LORD Almighty. And I have put My words in your mouth and hidden you safely in My Hands. I AM  the one who says to you, “You are Mine!”

(Isaiah 51:22-23) This is what the Sovereign LORD, your God and Defenders says, “See, I am taking this terrible cup from your hands. You will no longer drink from it. It is gone at last! But I will put it into the hands of those who tormented you. I will give it to those who have trampled you into the dust and walked on your backs.”

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