Welcome to Worthy,I think you have been given adequate referrance to Scripture concerning the matter of homosexuality but I would like to add(contrary to what others may think).Having the attraction to someone of the same sex is not the same as being "attracted to someone of the opposite sex" and I do believe that in itself is sinful because it is "lusting " after the flesh.....Gods Word tells us that lusting after another mans wife is the sin even without acting upon thjs temptation,why-because the act is in the heart & it is a sin to commit adultery.........being attracted to the opposite sex is not necessarily "lusting"after for sexual intention but if a person is attracted to someone of the same sex then what is their intention?They are "lusting" in their heart for something that God says is an abomination in His eyes........yes,it is a sin
As far as "not liking" homosexuals.....that is not right either,we are to love one another and hate the sin ,not the sinner.....we are not all "bad" in the eyes of God once we place our sin under the Blood of Christ.....we are reconciled back to our Father & made Worthy,spotless,sinless..........no matter what we did prior to Confessing Christ as our Lord & Savior! God bless you & Glory to God!
With love,in Christ-Kwik
I always view that slightly differently, Kwik.
It's not a sin to be tempted but it is a sin to try and use literal non-action as a safe get-out clause. The whole point of salvation is that you want to change who you are. You want to become perfect. You are handing yourself over to Jesus and wish to be cured.
If a man decides that he won't commit adultery by having sex with another man's wife, but instead he goes home fantasises about her, carries out the act in his head and deliberately enjoys the pleasure of that fantasy to its conclusion then he is still committing adultery because he is showing an unwillingness to change his ways. He is hoping that because he doesn't physically commit the act then he is doing no wrong. It's a variation of works over faith.
However, to have a strong sexual urge that simply won't go away is not the same thing. It just means that you weren't praying hard enough or trying hard enough. It can happen to anybody, and to finally give in to that urge may be a sin, but is completely forgivable if one then repents.
The idea behind the 'committed adultery in his heart' clause is to show that you can't just blindly follow rules with no intention of ever changing your ways.
It's the same with homosexuality. You have to want to change. The sin is neither here nor there, as sins are forgivable and while we're on this Earth, we're all sinners.
Christians expect homosexuals to stop sinning straightway and to take a life-changing vow of celibacy immediately, without realising that things take time, even with the assistance of the Holy Spirit.
When a homosexual says to himself, "I don't want to be like this, I wish I was straight," then he has taken the first step towards salvation, but when he enjoys being homosexual, believes it is right in his own eyes, and wants others to admire him for it too, then he is walking down the path of darkness.
We are quick to judge homosexuals but then we try to correct ourselves by saying "I love the sinner but not the sin", but quite often that is not true. We are hypocrites because we are judging them by our own relatively comfortable standards.
We expect homosexuals to change straightaway, even though their condition is deeply engrained and it must be extremely difficult for them, because they are not just trying to turn away from lust, they are also fighting against their own identities, peer pressure and many other types of insecurities.
We need more patience with them than we do with most other types of sinners.
As an adulterer, all I have to fight against is lust, but a homosexual has to fight against lust and also the fact that he is attracted to the 'wrong type' of body. It's a double cross for a homosexual to bear.