Monday, June 17, 2013

Words of Comfort: Homosexuality is a hot issue!



Homosexuality is a hot issue. Open your mouth against it nowadays, no matter how lovingly you do it, and you will almost certainly be accused of using “hate speech.” There is, however, a way around this for the Christian.
When I meet a homosexual, I never talk about his sexual orientation.  This is because I care about him and want to share the gospel, and I don’t want him to be offended before I do that. So I witness to him the way I witness to any heterosexual.  I ask if he thinks he’s a good person. When he predictably says that he is, I take him through the Ten Commandments—has he lied, stolen, and blasphemed God’s name? When I ask about lust (see Matthew 5:27-28), I don’t mention any gender. After seeing his transgressions in the light of God’s Law he will understand his guilt—that he’s headed for Hell and desperately needs the Savior.
Before he saw his sin, he was proud and self-righteous, but now he’s humble of heart. That means he is able to be reasoned with, without being defensive.  So I tell him that to be saved he must repent of all sin and trust alone in Jesus. I then show him what “sin” is, by referring to 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (which lists those who will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven): “Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”  I gently tell him that if he has a problem with the list, he should take it up with God, because it’s His list.
Is it biblical to use the moral Law (the Ten Commandments) when speaking with homosexuals?  It certainly is: “But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for…fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine” (1Timothy 1:8-10).
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