Is there hope for the homosexual?
Yes, there is. The only hope is Jesus Christ. Through the power of His Spirit, the homosexual can be delivered from bondage to his sin, either by receiving complete deliverance from his perverted lust or by receiving the power to control the lust.
The most encouraging message any homosexual could ever be given is one contained in the Word of God in I Corinthians 6:9-11. This passage begins with some very bad news, but it ends with incredibly good news. The bad news is put in the following words: “Do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”
Paul minces no words in this statement, and the impact is devastating. Homosexuals are condemned with the worst of sinners. But in the very next verse, Paul provides a wonderful glimpse of hope for the homosexual: “And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.”
Isn’t that marvelous? Those words were addressed to saved children of God! Paul says, “And such were some of you.” Yes, some of the Christians at Corinth had been sexual perverts, but they had been delivered from their bondage by the power of God in Christ Jesus. Their sins had been forgiven and forgotten by a God who does not wish that any should perish (Hebrews 8:12 and 2 Peter 3:9).
Like all sinners, the homosexual will find forgiveness and deliverance when he gets on his knees and repents of his sin. He will also find acceptance in the Church.
The Church has been severely criticized for having a “condemning attitude” toward homosexuals. The criticism is unjustified.
The Church cannot receive homosexuals into its fellowship when they come without repenting, demanding that the Church endorse their sin. To do so would be equivalent to the Church accepting adulterers who brag of their sexual conquests and refuse to repent.
Yes, the Church is a hospital for sinners and not a spiritual Phi Beta Kappa society. But the Church is a hospital for sinners who are willing to confess their sins and seek reconciliation with God.
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Thx dr reagan and nathan for lamb n lion. I love spending time daily on ur site. I learn so much. I dont want to sound judgemental with my comment… so i hope noone gets upset with my blunt imput….. i am a 47 yr old widow. Broken hearted still… it will be 4 yrs dec 22 since my husband went to be with the Lord . He was a viet nam vet. I cant understand the big difficulty gay people have in understanding the simplicity of God on the issue of sexuality. Im a born again Christian. Im a widow. I dont have sex because it is sin against my Lord. Its not always easy to follow Him. But seriously… sometimes we all gotta suck it up if pleasing Him matters to us. Consider what he did for us. Come quickly Lord!!!!!!!
God Bless you for having the courage to write this piece in your recent update. I know gays can and DO change. I am ex-gay. If people could not change their desires/lusts, no one would EVER fall out of "love", or get turned off to anyone. But they do, every day. Lust falls away when you recognize a truth about yourself or others. Exgays simply lose the lust altogether for the entire gender- usually after being confronted with the truth about themselves.
I disagree with the "Exodus approach"- worst idea ever is to put exgays together in initimate sharing situations). It made me stumble, early on- but God corrected me in such a way as to erase the pull toward that lust forever. Long story, but the Lord truly changed me- from inside thoughts out.
Is it possible to change? YOU BET- but the LORD does it ALL. He is faithful to His word that says He chastens His own children. (Heb 12:5-7) Laying down sin (probably anyone who is an authentic Christian can attest) is not self-initiated, it is part of divine, grace-filled correction. The process of sanctification does not emanate from ourselves- it is something the Lord works into our lives- its entirely the Lord.
Just my experience. Wanted to confirm to you that yes, God does redeem and CHANGE people that were once caught up (totally) in homosexuality.
The LORD does the cleansing of us… not we ourselves…
1 Corinthians 6:10-11 —
homosexuals…And such WERE some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and BY THE SPIRIT OF OUR GOD.
God Bless you and your ministry.
Thank you so much for sharing your testimony, Anonymous! It should be a great encouragement to others who are seeking victory over sin.
Susie, you cut perfectly to the heart of this discussion on homosexuality. If we are truly Christians, then what we want doesn't matter. It's what God wants that counts. And, what does He want? Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:48, "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." Therefore, we should flee whatever sin that tempts us and "live holy and godly lives" (2 Pet. 3:11). That's God will for us.
1Cor5:1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles–that a man has his father's wife!
1Cor5:5 deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh,that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. (This refers to the Church, not the world.)
1Cor 5:10 Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.
11. But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a BROTHER, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner–not even to eat with such a person.
14. But those who are outside God judges. Therefore "put away from yourselves the evil person."
All sin is sin to God as it falls short of HIS standards; it is us who tend to see some sin greater than others but all sin has a detrimental effect. Sodomy has further reaching consequences on a nation and its culture than other sins, especially Israel to whom the Mosaic law was given.
The seed of Messiah from Eve to Mary was seriously under threat by Sodomy. Otherwise God makes no distinction between Sodomy and the list of sins above that were prevalent WITHIN the Corinthian Church. Paul isn’t concerned with the world, but with the saved BRETHREN that were in sexual sin – a left over from their Greek pagan background. They had to learn to discipline themselves and walk in the Spirit for Him to make the change in them. As Anonymous witnessed to in his testimony. Praise The Lord!
‘sexually immoral’ is ‘pornos’ 4205 – a fornicator:
1) a man who prostitutes his body to another's lust for hire
2) a male prostitute
3) a man who indulges in unlawful sexual intercourse, a fornicator.
1John1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
1Jhn2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
The "love, love, love" people need to understand the message of this article loud and clear. The ultimate love – the love of God sending His Son to die for those partaking in acts He calls an abomination so that they may believe, repent and be saved.
That and that alone is the "love" they should be proclaiming.
Thank you for talking about a topic that many just speak negatively about ("eew it's disgusting" type reaction) without presenting Christ or just ignore it completely. I believe one of the greatest strongholds the devil has upon our society today is that of the acceptance of homosexuality and other alternative sexual lifestyles and types of sexual attractions (there are so many that you cannot imagine, back then I thought it was unprecedented sexual freedom and path to true understanding of personal sexual identity but now I know it is pure CONFUSION).
I'm writing all this as someone that identified as bisexual and had many gay and lesbian friends and believed God made us all this way…let me add that I was RAISED in a bible believing Church by Spirit filled Christian parents who, thankfully, never stopped praying for me <3
Anyway, my generation (I'm 25) and below have eaten it up completely. I had to have my eyes opened even after I became a christian because the gay agenda of acceptance regurgitated by my peers was still so heartwarming and convincing.
Many are coming out and embracing their feelings for the same sex and are VERY proud of it. We see children having sex, teenagers having sex, young adults having sex before marraige, married people having sex outside of marraige…people giving into their sexual desires and lusts without a thought, many without shame. It's no surprise homosexuals feel empowered to indulge in whatever they feel…on top of that, Satan has successfully setup the most accepting enviroment since the time of Noah so many can do it as freely and proudly as ever.
There are many that reject God on the basis of their homosexual attraction/lifestyle being a sin. And there are many that reject Christ because they can't think of their loved ones who are living the gay lifestyle going to hell because they see them in love and happy. They can't get around it and have fallen for the lie that will swallow their soul. I know lesbians/gays that are wonderful, sweet people but my heart breaks because they are without Christ and usually are very anti-christ.
The message that there is FREEDOM in Christ….not repression of sexual feelings, but true freedom from ALL sin and spiritual victory is ignored. The fact that homosexuality is just as much as a sin as lying and that Jesus died on the cross for both and every other sin does not matter. Many don't want to hear it. They just want to indulge in what brings them pleasure and happiness. This is now prevalent in pretty much every aspect of humanity and society today. I cannot imagine what God sees that He has decided it's almost time for the end.
We really, really need to be praying for those who actively identify with the LGBT community because of their lifestyle or just by support and those (especially teenagers) that are being drawn to it.
Just wanted to add that I hope I can shake your hand in person one day Dr. Reagan, you are one of my heroes 🙂
Thank you so much for your uplifting testimony. Knowing Jesus changes lives is encouraging, but hearing it from one who has known that change personally, is faith building of a hope concerning all areas of failure.
God bless you.