1 Corinthians 6:9-10
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, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
Is there such a thing as a “gay Christian”? When we read 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 there are at least 9 specific sins that are mentioned, including homosexuality.
Therefore the same question should be asked of the other sins: Is there such a thing as a “sexually immoral Christian”? ; Is there such a thing as an “idolatrous Christian”? ; Is there such a thing as a “thieving Christian” – and so on.
There can be a tendency to classify homosexuality as being the worst of all sins – however in God’s eyes, all kinds of sins are equally horrible before a just and holy God.
Therefore 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 says that whether a person is for example, a homosexual or an adulterer or even a thief – all will eventually face the same measure of punishment: they will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Do Christians Struggle With Sin?
It is important to note that every Christian struggles with different types of sins and temptations.
For example, some Christians struggle with lust or pornography; Other Christians struggle with alcohol addiction and indeed there are some Christians who can struggle with homosexual thoughts and temptations. Therefore as Christians, we are not immune to suggestions or temptations.
What really matters is our attitude towards these sinful desires and how we respond to temptation.
Do we have a hatred towards sin? Do we ask God’s forgiveness when we sin? Are we seeking God’s help and sanctification regarding our sin? Do you feel a sense of brokenness and do we have a repentant attitude towards sin? Are we seeking to be more like Jesus Christ?
There are many people who profess to be Christians but yet they love and enjoy their sins. Therefore professing Christians may habitually love and enjoy their sexual immorality; they unremorsefully steal and cheat people; they unrepentantly enjoy living a homosexual lifestyle. Therefore these professing Christians are unapologetic and have no inward spiritual desire to stop living their sinful lifestyle. They may even defend and justify their sinful lifestyle as being morally acceptable.
It is in this context that 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 is written where Paul says “Do not be deceived”.
From there Paul states: “neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”
This scripture is clear that you cannot comfortably, habitually and unrepentantly enjoy and engage in any sin and call oneself a true Christian. When we sin as Christians we must eventually come to a place of brokenness and repentance because of our recognition that our sinful behaviour does not please God. We must come to a place where we seek God’s forgiveness and therefore desire to walk according to God’s word in any particular area where we struggle.
Therefore if a person claims to be a Christian but yet that person justifies his/her homosexual lifestyle then that person’s salvation is questionable. A true Christian would eventually recognize sin and seek to repent from it. A true Christian would not encourage homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle simply because a genuine Christian is one who seeks to please God and obey His word.
The sin of homosexuality should not be defended, justified or tolerated as acceptable behavior within Christianity (Romans 1:26-27; Leviticus 18:22; Leviticus 20:13). If God is against homosexuality, then true Christians should have the same attitude towards homosexuality and lovingly correct those who are engaged in this lifestyle or any other sinful lifestyle.
If a person claims to be Christian and gay – then he/she needs to be lovingly asked: Do you believe that homosexuality is a sin against God and His word? Do you believe that a person with homosexual lusts should repent from living a gay lifestyle? Are you actively seeking the help of God to overcome your homosexual desires and lifestyle?
If a person claims to be Christian but does not wish to repent from his/her homosexual lifestyle then there may be reason to doubt that person’s understanding of true Biblical Christianity. If a person claims to be Christian but yet habitually, unrepentantly and unremorsefully enjoys and defends the pleasures of living a homosexual lifestyle, then that person needs to be warned that he/she is living in deception.
Ephesians 5:3-5 says: But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. 5 For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
The Christian Must Put Off The Old Self and Put On Christ – The New Self
If a gay person genuinely receives Jesus Christ as his/her Lord & Saviour, then such a person (through the strength of Christ) will most definitely desire to leave his/her homosexual lifestyle in order to live a heterosexual lifestyle that is honoring and pleasing to God.
The Bible urges and encourages us to put off our old self and to put on the new man in Christ. Our Christian walk is about putting off old sinful habits and putting on Jesus Christ. The true Christian life is about His people conforming to the image of Christ in order to bring glory to His name.
So when we become Christians, we become a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). This means our old sinful desires will gradually become undesirable and we begin to desire the things of God so that we may reflect the nature and character of Christ.
Ephesians 4:17-24 says: Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Colossians 3:5-10 says: Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.
Our Identity is in Jesus Christ
In the body of Christ there is no “gay Christian”, just as there is no “adulterous Christian” or “thieving Christian”. Whilst all Christians deal with different struggles and different temptations on a daily basis, the truth is that every genuine born again Christian is a child of God who has been bought by the blood of Christ.
Jesus Christ paid for every sin on the cross – including the sin of homosexuality. It is only through Jesus Christ that we can all be freed from the bondage of sin. Therefore in Christ our identification is not according to our sins – but our identification must be in Jesus Christ alone and in His finished work on the cross.
Therefore there is hope and forgiveness for the homosexual or anyone in bondage to any type of sin. Jesus Christ alone can free us from sin when we recognize our depravity and the fact that we are sinners in need of salvation from sin. Jesus Christ alone can save us and He is willing to receive us as God’s children if we willingly by faith accept Christ as Lord and Saviour in our life. God’s grace is freely available to anyone willing to repent of sin and surrender to Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???
1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
This means that we have all broken God’s laws and God’s 10 Commandments like those mentioned in Exodus 20:1-17. For example, if you have told a lie; if you have stolen something; if you have lusted after somebody or if you have coveted. This means you are guilty of breaking at least one or more of God’s 10 Commandments. Breaking God’s commandments makes us sinners. The fact that we are sinners who have broken God’s law means that we are accountable to God who is the Lawgiver. Romans 6:23 says that “the wages of sin is death BUT the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner who has broken God’s commandments and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.
2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.
3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.
4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God
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We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.
PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.
“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
Today I repent and have decided to follow you. Thank you for forgiving all my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”
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