Thursday, July 11

Same Sex Marriage

The question was asked if the Christian community quietly accepts homosexual behavior in our culture.

Christians do not oppose premarital sex or adultery as vehemently as they oppose homosexuality. How do I know? Christians love to use the word "abomination" to describe what God thinks of homosexuality. And yet, Christians do not describe fornication or adultery as an abomination. The two verses that are the most quoted to prove homosexuality is an abomination are: 
You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. Leviticus 18:22
If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. Leviticus 20:13
I have even been told that "abomination" is not used anywhere else in the Bible. That is simply not true. "Abomination" occurs in the KJV Bible 76 times in 69 verses, 5 times in the NIV Bible, and zero times in the NLT.

Proverbs 6:16-19 states the seven things God hates (KJV uses abomination).
  1. Haughty eyes
  2. A lying tongue
  3. Hands that shed innocent blood
  4. A heart that devises wicked plans
  5. Feet that make haste to do evil
  6. A false witness who breathes lies
  7. One who sows discord among brethern
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 says...
Homosexuality, like every other sinful tendency [greed, lust, hatred...], is part of our polluted and sinful nature. Homosexual acts are the manifestation of a sinful heart.
If Christians quietly accept adultery and fornication, possibly ignore scriptural teaching on such sin, is there any integrity, honor, or truth when they oppose homosexual activity?

What is the difference between heterosexual premarital sex and homosexual premarital sex? Does a line of demarcation exist? Sex outside of marriage is sin. Sin is sin and God hates all sin. The Christian community behave as if there is a difference or that homosexuality is a worse sin than adultery.

Studies show that up to 75% single Christians 18-29 admit to having premarital sex. Christians cannot consistently sleep with their girlfriends or boyfriends, or wink at friends who do engage in such sinful behavior, but draw the line at homosexual behavior, can they?

If fornication and divorce are no big deal, then does it not ring hollow to oppose homosexual behavior? I wonder if the next step for Christianity is to explicitly defend premarital sex.

Do Christians have the authority to challenge homosexual behavior unless they condemn, or at least openly oppose, the sexual sins of heterosexuals?

"For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?" 1 Peter 4:17

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