Don’t believe every cute cartoon you see on the Internet.
It’s not “what you do and how you treat people. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” – Corinthians 2:8-9
There is no such thing as salvation by works — by what you do, much less how you treat others.
Now, for the next verse: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Corinthians 2:10
What we do, how we treat people is the end result, is the outpouring of God’s sanctification in our lives. Even the kindest, most compassionate and helpful do-gooder in the world has zero access to the Father (and his realm of heaven) if he rejects the Son. There’s absolutely NOTHING we can do to earn our way into heaven: “What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.” – Romans 3:9-12
It’s ALL God’s grace in the face of our undeservedness.
“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” – John 5:24
How is it that people like Adam Phillips can sit there and claim, “The Bible does not condemn homosexuality”?
I couldn’t care less what “the church” says about homosexuality. All I care about is what God says about it, and he’s already spoken, through his holy, sacred Word, the Bible.
The Bible most certainly DOES condemn homosexuality, and in at least 47 locations the last time I reviewed it. In fact, it’s absolutely unmistakable, unless you’re so hell-bent on cherry-picking while ignoring blatant evidence to the contrary in order to justify the sin of homosexuality. When you’re at that point, as is Adam Phillips and uber-politically correct Tutu, you’ve sunk to the rock bottom point of chucking the Bible completely out the window while ranting like a spoiled child. Neither Phillips nor Tutu speaks for the Bible, much less God himself.
1. “an abomination”
2. a sin worthy of “death” due to its “bloodguilt”
3. grounds for denial of entry into the kingdom of God
4. “degrading,” “unnatural,” “indecent,” “depraved,” and “improper”
Leviticus 18:22, “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.”
Leviticus 20:13, “If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them.”
1 Corinthians 6:9-10, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”
Romans 1:26-28, “For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper.”
It doesn’t GET any more clear than this, people. The evidence is inescapable: Homosexuality is clearly condemned in the Bible.
Homosexuality undermines God’s created order when He made Adam and Eve, a man and a woman, to carry out His command to fill and subdue the earth (Genesis 1:28). Homosexuality cannot carry out that mandate. In addition, homosexuality undermines the basic family unit of husband and wife which is the God-ordained means of procreation.
For more (WAY more) on this topic, I encourage you to read CARM’s excellent article entitled, “What does the Bible say about homosexuality.”
While you’re at it, please do yourself and all honest, intelligent, and God-fearing people on the planet a favor and stop falsely claiming “The Bible does not condemn homosexuality.” The Bible itself All you do is make yourselves look like blitheringly idiotic fools.
We can’t fight this through legislation. You can’t legislate morality. Sinful human beings will always find ways to engage in sin.
What we can do is continue to fight back by directly addressing the lies people spread to justify their sin.