Genesis 3:1 – “Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’”
Genesis 3:4-5 – “But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
“The commandments of God are not given to rob me of joy, but to lead me into the fullness joy.” –Matt Chandler
Romans 1:18-20 – “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse...”
Romans 1:21-23 – “For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.”
How Does The Fracture Of Sin Play Out In Our Culture?
- People believe they are smarter than God
- People prefer created things over the Creator
Romans 1:21-25 “Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.”
Romans 1:26-27 – “For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.”
Arguments From Culture To Support Homosexuality
- It’s not hurting anyone
- If we are all sinners then who are we to judge one another.
- Repentance – a change of mind that is so powerful that it changes the direction in which you were going.
- Jesus never spoke about homosexuality.
Matthew 15:18-19 – “But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.”
- It’s in nature, so it must be natural for humans.
- Homosexuality in the Bible is different from homosexuality today.
- If I desire it, it must be ok.
What Should Our Response Be To Homosexuality?
- Love and patience
- Hold to truth in love
Homosexuality is a sin, but not ranked above other sins.
Marriage = One man + one woman + God = a lifetime
Not a civil rights issue:
Christian that struggles with same-sex attraction.
- Humble yourself
- Rely on God for strength
“If you belong to God, it is not God’s nature to put you in a situation where you can’t win.” Matt Chandler
- Turn your affections towards Jesus Christ
- Make war against your sin.
- Stay in community with other believers
Can a homosexual truly be saved?