- just like fornication and adultery and God punished the people of Sodom and Gomorrah with eternal fire. The sin of homosexuality is prominently featured in Rom 1 and was very much in view in Sodom and Gomorrah, as indeed it is considered an “alternative lifestyle” in our day. God pinpoints the sin of homosexuality and lesbianism in Rom 1:26-27. God, in turn, allows man to go deeper and deeper into their sin by giving people up, “God gave them up unto vile affections”, thereby causing sin to multiply like a very aggressive cancer in the human race, in these last days.
Lev 18:22 “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”
Lev 20:13 “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death [eternally damned, just like any other sin]; their blood shall be upon them. [unless blood of Christ cover them]”
Jam 1:14-15 “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
Gen 19:5 “And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.”
Jude 1:7 “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”
Rom 1:24-27 “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”
1 Cor 6:9-10 “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”
- Can you be a Gay Christian and be a Follower of Jesus? – ‘Yes’ and ‘No’. ‘Yes‘, if you are recognizing that you are violating God’s command (Lev 18:22) and are willing to come out of the sin. “Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation…” (2 Cor 7:10). ‘No‘, if you are justifying your sin and are willing to continue in your sin. This is the case with any sin. God’s Grace in Christ is sufficient enough to cleanse us from all sin and mold us into the likeness of Christ, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness…”, as 2 Cor 12:9 affirms. God is not calling you to come after you clean up yourselves but calling you to come as you are. Jesus declares in Matt 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”. He will cleanse you of your sin and makes you a born-again believer. New birth means he will give you a new heart and a new Spirit (indwelling Holy Spirit), by whose power you can overcome any sin.
Pro 28:13 “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper [no Salvation]: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy [Salvation].”
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he [Lord Jesus Christ] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Eze 36:26-27 “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.”
2 Cor 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Rom 6:1-2 “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”
Rom 6:6 “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”
Php 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”.
- Does the language of the love between Jonathan and David suggest Homosexual Love? It is not that David cannot fall into sin of homosexuality but because God talks about the love between David and Jonathan positively in the Bible, points to the fact that it involves no way any sexual love. The stripping of Jonathan’s robe only showed his humility before God’s anointed. The love between David and Jonathan is Brotherly Love as seen in 2 Sam 1:26.
1 Sam 18:1-4 “And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 2And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house. 3Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. 4And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.”
2 Sam 1:26 “I [David’s lamentation] am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.”
Mark 12:30-31 “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”
- In the historical setting, David is about to flee for his life after learning of King Saul’s intent to kill him from his dearest friend, Jonathan, Saul’s son. However, in order to try to understand the spiritual dimension here, it will be helpful to think of David (whose name means “beloved”) as a picture of the true believers, and Jonathan (whose name signifies “Jehovah gives”) as a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is quite evident that they loved each other deeply, as 2 Sam 1:26 maintains, “I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women”. This typifies the spiritual love between Christ and His people and is symbolized by their tears and kisses. This reminds us of the Lord Jesus who was stripped of His clothes revealing that He had become spiritually naked (or under the wrath of God) in order to atone for the sins of His people. David’s falling on his face to the ground, bowing himself three times (or worshiping) is indicative of the believers’ great love and adoration for their Savior.
1 Sam 18:1-4 “And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan [figure of believers] was knit with the soul of David [figure of Lord Jesus], and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 2And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house. 3Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. 4And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.”
Isa 64:6 “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
Isa 61:10 “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.