The Two Wrong Messages.
The wrong message of the church today could be summed up under two main headings:
First, the church that condones homosexuality as simply an alternative lifestyle is sharing the wrong message. In both the Old and New Testaments, the Bible says that homosexual acts are sinful. We cannot deny the Scriptures.
Secondly, the wrong message of the church today is the “turn or burn” message. The church must address the issues of homosexuality, but it’s wrong to merely shout “turn or burn” from the pulpit. Furthermore, all human beings are created with dignity and worth. Every man and woman is created in God’s image and deserving of respect. We stand against those who would claim Christ and have hatred for another human being. This is also a denial of Scripture’s commands to love one another. We do believe that we can love people without agreeing with them.
The Message of Hope:
Are all people who have battled with same-sex attraction doomed to the judgment of God? Must anyone who has battled with same-sex attraction just go ahead and surrender to the homosexual temptations? The answer is simply – no. The same thing could be said of someone battling with drunkenness or adultery. Just because a person is tempted in this area doesn’t mean they are created as a homosexual and should just give up! There is hope in the gospel for people battling with same-sex attraction and homosexuality. God loves and saves sinners of all types.
Consider the Following Scriptures:
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 – Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,  nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.  And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 – For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality;  that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor,  not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God;  that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you.  For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.  Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.
Revelation 21:8 – But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
Romans 10:13 is written for all types of sinners – including homosexuals. Romans 10:13 reads, “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
One day, before the throne of God above, there will be a multitude of people from every kindred, tongue, tribe and nation praising God and worshipping the Lamb – Jesus Christ – who died for our sins (Revelation 5). Among that group will be homosexuals who have been redeemed by Jesus.
It is our prayer that if you’re struggling with this sin that you will take time to consider the full counsel of God beginning with creation and continuing to the cross. If you would like to speak with Pastor Josh or a member of our pastoral staff – please e-mail us at [email protected].