Are homosexuals born that way? Part 1 & 2

By Jimmy Swaggart. Extracted from “The Evangelist” 

Part 1 January, 2011

Since men chose to give up God and worship the creature, God could do nothing but give men into the control of the sinful things they preferred.

QUESTION: Are homosexuals born that way? 

ANSWER: No!

We will address ourselves to that to a greater degree momentarily.

There are several places in the Word of God which addresses itself to this perversion (Gen 19:1-13; Lev 18:22; Lev 20:13; Deut 23:17-18; Judg 19:22; Rev 22:15); however, we will address ourselves primarily to Romans 1:24-28.

Hopefully in these Passages given by the Holy Spirit to the Apostle Paul, your questions will be answered.

SEXUAL UNCLEANNESS

Paul said, Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves (Rom. 1:24).

The phrase, “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts,” presents mankind not merely drifting toward, but actually, in a sense, being shoved by God in that direction.

Since men chose to give up God and worship the creature, God could do nothing but give men into the control of the sinful things they preferred. In other words, God would not violate man’s will and force him to do something he did not want to do. When men persisted in following their totally depraved natures, God allowed them free rein. The natural result was immorality of the vilest kind.

Alford1)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Alford says of God’s Act of delivering mankind over into the control of utter human depravity, “Not merely permissive, but judicially, God delivered them over. As sin begets sin, and darkness of mind, deeper darkness, Grace gives place to Judgement, and the Divine Wrath hardens men, and hurries them on to more fearful degrees of depravity.” God, in other words, delivered man to uncleanness.

The word “lusts” is “epithumia” in the Greek Text, and means, “a passionate craving, longing, desire,” and in this sense, an inordinately sinful one.

Alford again says, “Not by or through the lusts; the lusts of their heart were the field of action, the department of their being in which the dishonor took place.” In other words, this was what their hearts wanted.

The phrase, “To dishonor their own bodies between themselves,” carries with it more than mere profligacy in the satisfaction of natural lusts, but rather bestiality, which refers to impurity in the physical, and not only in the social and religious sense. In other words, man is grossly immoral.

It speaks of adultery, fornication, pedophilia (sex with children), bestiality (sex with animals), lesbianism, and homosexuality. In other words, this “dishonor” includes all of these things mentioned.

CHANGING THE TRUTH OF GOD INTO A LIE

Paul said, “Who changed the Truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, Who is blessed forever. Amen” (Rom. 1:25).

The phrase, “Who changed the Truth of God into a lie,” refers back to Verse 23, which speaks of spiritual and sexual uncleanness.

In the realm of idolatry, it refers to the images of men, birds, cattle, dogs, crocodiles, frogs, and snakes, which are common among all idolaters.

Such idolatry has been the root of all the abominable immoralities of the heathen.

For man to worship and serve the creature, means he is doing such to something he has made with his hands and is, therefore, less than him.

The idols have been the patrons of licentiousness.

When they formed their gods in human shape, they endowed them with passions and represented them as slaves to disgraceful sex perversions and as possessing unlimited powers of sexual gratification.

However, this condition of men’s hearts in purposely refusing the Truth of God, led to the Lord using no restraining force over man whatsoever, allowing him without restraint to push headlong into this lie of darkness, which, in effect, is the same as God giving man a push. Considering man’s already depraved condition, the slide even further downward was terrible, to say the least!

As we see here, the words, “God also gave them up,” as given in Verse 24, is a restraining force exercised by God even on unregenerate mankind, unless refused, which it was and continues to be.

As well, there is far greater restraining force on Believers as should be obvious (Job 1:10; Ps 91; Rom 8:28).

However, this restraining force even on Believers can be removed, as well, through disobedience and rebellion.

The phrase, “And worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator,” (Rom 1:25) presents that of which Paul spoke in his Message to the Athenians (Acts 17:29-30).

For man to worship and serve the creature, means he is doing such to something he has made with his hands and is, therefore, less than him.

Regarding the “creature,” even if man worships himself or other men and women, which most of the world does, still, what good does that do him?

The phrase, “Who is blessed forever,” should have been translated, “bless-ed,” because it refers to God.

The word ‘vile’ in the Greek Text is ‘atimia,’ and means ‘dishonor, ignominy, and disgrace.’

The word “blessed” refers to one receiving a blessing, in which, as should be obvious, God needs nothing.

The two syllable word “bless-ed,” in effect, refers to the One doing the Blessing, in this case, the Lord.

 

The idea is all True Blessings come exclusively from the Lord, with idols or anything else for that matter, able to produce none at all.

The word “Amen” means that this is anchored in the Word of God, and, as such, will not change.

WOMEN AND HOMOSEXUALITY

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature” (Rom. 1:26).

The phrase, “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections,” presents once again the people purposely and with forethought rejecting God, desiring instead a way of gross evil, with the Lord removing His restraints and, therefore, giving them unimpeded access to their desires.

It must be remembered that the way down picks up speed as it goes, therefore, making it more and more difficult to stop or turn around, even though desire to do so may ultimately come about.

I speak of the untold millions who are hooked on alcohol, drugs, immorality, gambling, or any vice one may name. It begins oftentimes as a lark, but as the acceleration downward increases, it becomes more and more difficult to stop, actually impossible without the help of God.

DISHONOR

The word “vile” in the Greek Text is “atimia,” and means “dishonor, ignominy, and disgrace.” 

The first word in this meaning is “dishonor,” and looking at the meaning of its opposite “honor,” means to evaluate the worth of a person and to treat him with the consideration, respect, and love due his character and position.

Let it ever be understood, man can never improve upon that which God has done. He cannot add to it, or take away from it, at least with any positive results.

Conversely, to dishonor a person is to either put an incorrect appraisal upon his worth and treat him accordingly, or, having properly evaluated his character, to refuse to treat him with the respect and deference that are his due.

Paul is using this in the sense of the world putting an incorrect estimate upon the sacredness, dignity, and purity of the physical body which was made by God and, in effect, in God’s Image, and thus, using it in a way which dishonors it.

In that this is what the world wanted, they were given over to a “condition,” and not merely to an evil desire. It is one thing for an individual to do something which is very evil, but something else altogether for that person to “become” what they do, which is always where sin leads one. As stated, the problem can only be rectified by the Saving Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.

LESBIANISM

The phrase, “For even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature,” in short, speaks of lesbianism — unnatural sexual relations between women (homosexuality).

Several things are said here:

The word “women” as used here is not the word used as in John 4:9, which simply speaks of designation, but rather the Greek word “thelus” which means “a female.” In other words, the Holy Spirit through Paul is pointing to the gender, meaning that it is to stay that way.

That women tried to “change” the purpose of their gender, is the reason that Paul used the Greek word for “female.” They were not trying so much to change the gender, but rather its purpose respecting the sexual sense.

Consequently, they were changing what God had designed, and doing so in a rebellious, base, and ignominious way. They went from a far higher use down to a far lower use. Even though this is one of the worst, or possibly the very worst example, still, this is the great sin of man, changing God’s Ways for man’s ways, and in every capacity.

• The “natural use” presents that intended by God, in this sense, the way sexually that women were originally created.

The word “natural” in the Greek is “phusis,” and means “the nature of things, the force, laws, order of nature, as opposed to that which is monstrous, abnormal, perverse.

• That which is “against nature” respects that which is against Nature’s laws, or God’s Laws, which are one and the same.

MEN AND HOMOSEXUALITY

Paul said, “And 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 recompense of their error which was meet” (Rom. 1:27).

The phrase, “And likewise also the men,” presents the word “men” used in the same fashion as the word “women” in the previous Verse.

The Holy Spirit through Paul is not pointing out the mere designation of man, but rather the male as distinguished from a female. These terms are used because only the distinction of sex is contemplated.

The phrase, “Leaving the natural use of the woman” speaks of the sex act which is to be performed between the man and his wife. This natural way formed and made by God, is set aside, in favor of that which is far, far lower.

Let it ever be understood, man can never improve upon that which God has done. He cannot add to it, or take away from it, at least with any positive results. He always drops down to a lower level, which is the problem with the world, and always has been since the Fall.

The Holy Spirit through the Apostle is using this example of lesbianism and homosexuality, because it portrays in the most glaring way, the obvious truth of these statements. In other words, this example portrays in the worst way the folly of changing God’s Designed Direction, and designed, I might quickly add, for our good and not harm.

However, I must remind the Reader, that there is no ‘professional help’ for something of this nature or any sin for that matter, be it great or small.

Actually, this is one of Satan’s greatest ploys, even as he tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden. He tried to make them think that God was withholding some good things from them, exactly as men think today; however, let it ever be known, that all good things are found in the Ways of God, and not outside those Ways. Satan has no good ways, only bondage.

While he is able to offer some pleasure and can titillate the flesh somewhat, without exception, his efforts will lead to destruction. In other words, the Marlboro man dies of cancer.

The phrase, “Burned in their lust one toward another,” refers to that which is terrible in its intensity.

The word “burned” in the Greek is “ekkaio,” and means “to burn out,” and can be explained as “the rage of lust.

Robertson2)https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/teb.html defines it as, “to inflame with lust.” In other words, this type of lust satiates or consumes the entirety of the individual. It is an all-out endeavor to satisfy their totally-depraved natures.

Once again, we are speaking here of homosexuality.

The phrase, “Men with men working that which is unseemly,” specifies its direction.

PEDOPHILES

The word, “working” taken from Verse 27 in the Greek is “katergazomai,” which means “to perform, accomplish, achieve, to do that from which something results, to carry to its ultimate conclusion.” It is a “lust” which will not be satisfied until it obtains its desired results.

Many would ask as to how a man could take advantage of a little boy, sexually molesting him, when the man knows in his heart the child will be greatly affected mentally and emotionally?

The answer is obvious, it is “lust” which drives the person and will not quit until it is momentarily satisfied.

As well, each act takes the man lower and lower in its depravity.

At this stage, it is not why the man does such a thing, but that he has reached the point to where he has no choice in the matter. That is the reason that many pedophiles openly state, if given the opportunity they will do such again.

They are right!

Within themselves it is not possible for the situation to be changed.

At this stage and even long before, the favorite word used, and even by the Church is, “they need professional help!” Of course, they are speaking of Psychological counseling, etc.

However, I must remind the Reader, that there is no “professional help” for something of this nature or any sin for that matter, be it great or small.

I would ask the reader to think back to the Catholic situation, where scores of Priests have been exposed as being pedophiles. The Catholic system has the greatest psychologists in the world. As well, many, if not most, of these Priests have undergone untold hours of psychological counseling, but with no positive effect. To be sure, if psychological counseling was the answer, it would have worked in those situations. It didn’t work, because it cannot work.

CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED

The only answer is Jesus Christ and what He did for us at the Cross (Rom 6:1-14; Rom 8:1-2, 11; 1 Cor 1:17-18, 23; 1 Cor 2:2; Col 2:14-15).

As we have previously said, and will continue to say over and over again, if, in fact, man has the answer for these problems in the realm of psychoanalysis, or any other way, Jesus Christ made an unnecessary trip down to this sin-benighted world to die on Calvary, thereby, paying a terrible price to redeem humanity.

Once again I remind the reader, man’s problem is sin, not environment, association, or education, even though these things certainly may have some affect.

And once again I say, man’s solution is Jesus Christ and Him Crucified, and that alone! In other words, there is no other answer.

Also, I remind the reader, Jesus needs no help in this capacity, for, in effect, He has already effected the cure, which is His Shed Blood coupled with His Power.

For the Church to look elsewhere, to do otherwise, to think otherwise, is not just sin, but actually, rank, raw, ignominious blasphemy.

ALTERNATE LIFESTYLE?

The evil consequences are necessary as ordained by Divine Law. When one violates the Laws of Nature (God), one must pay the price.

The word “unseemly” as used in the Twenty-seventh Verse, in the Greek is “aschemosune,” and means “want of form, disfigurement, deformed, one’s nakedness, shame.

It does not matter that modern man may attempt to label homosexuality as merely an “alternate lifestyle,” insinuating that there is nothing wrong with this direction, the Truth is the opposite, and irrespective of what type of erroneous laws that Congress may make, or the Supreme Court may judge. Man’s law in no way changes God’s Laws, i.e., that which God has deemed will happen!

The awful results will always come about, irrespective of how much man may attempt to apply a seal of approval to this issue, or any other issue pertaining to Life and Godliness.

ERROR

The phrase, “And receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet,” refers to the penalty that is attached to wrongdoing, and if persisted, will always be brought about.

Recompense” in the Greek is “antimisthian,” and means “a reward given in compensation, requital, recompense.

The word here refers to that natural result of their sin which pays them back for what they have done. The evil consequences are necessary as ordained by Divine Law. When one violates the Laws of Nature (God), one must pay the price.

The word “error” in the Greek is “palne,” and means “a wandering, roving, or wrong action.” It carries the idea of an individual leaving the natural instincts created by God and forcing those instincts into perversion.

The “wandering, roving, wrong action” steadily gets worse and worse, with the “error” becoming more and more pronounced.

An excellent example is the many homosexuals and lesbians who have had their mental, emotional, and even physical appearances changed, and for the worst.

In other words, their homosexuality shows in their mannerisms, which again are unnatural and repulsive.

THE SIN OF HOMOSEXUALITY

The Bible has much to say about this sin, as it does all sin. 

Historically, according to the Bible, homosexual behavior was linked with idolatrous cult prostitution (1 Ki 14:24; 1 Ki 15:12; 1 Ki 22:46).

However, the stern warning against this practice is included in Levitical Law, and upheld under the New Covenant as well, even respecting these Passages in Romans, which we are now studying (Lev 18:22; Lev 20:13).

The evil consequences are necessary as ordained by Divine Law. When one violates the Laws of Nature (God), one must pay the price.

In this Chapter, to which we have already alluded, Paul greatly condemns homosexual acts, lesbian as well as male, putting them in the same breath, in a sense, as idolatry. However, his theological canvas is broader than the expression of the homosexual act regarding idolatry, but is rather held up as the terrible exchange fallen man has made in departing from his Creator’s intention. Seen from this angle, every homosexual act is unnatural, not so much because it cuts across the individual’s natural sexual orientation, or even infringes Old Testament Law, which it definitely does, but rather because it flies in the face of God’s Creation Plan for human sexual expression. END

By Jimmy Swaggart. Extracted from “The Evangelist”

Part 2 February, 2011

While it is true that the seed of original sin carries with it every type of deviation, aberration, perversion, and wrongdoing, the homosexual cannot claim to have been born that way any more than the drunkard, gambler, killer, etc.

OTHER WARNINGS

Paul makes two more references to homosexual practices in other Epistles. Both occur in lists of banned activities and strike the same condemnatory note. In 1 Corinthians 6:9, practicing homosexuals are included among the unrighteous who will not inherit the Kingdom of God; however, Paul then adds a redemptive note, saying, “And such were some of you” (1 Cor 6:11). In other words, the Lord Saved these once practicing homosexuals, cleansing them of their sin, and made them new creations in Christ Jesus.

The idea is, as should be obvious, that the Lord does not save in sin, but from sin.

A newsman asked me once if God would save homosexuals.

My answer to him was very clear and concise: “Yes, God will save homosexuals, or anyone who comes to Him for that matter. Actually, that is the very reason Jesus came and died on Calvary.

“However,” I quickly added, “But that means they will have to give up their sin of homosexuality, just as the drunkard gives up his drink,” etc.

In 1 Timothy 1:10, Paul again speaks of the sin of homosexuality, and by inference, declares the lost condition of those who practice this sin as well as other sins.

It has been suggested that the meaning of “arsenikoites” in 1 Corinthians 6:9 and 1 Timothy 1:10 may be restricted to that of “male prostitute.” However, Greek linguistic evidence to support this view is lacking.

It is beyond reasonable doubt that Paul intended to condemn homosexual conduct in any capacity, but not homosexual people. As Creator, Law-giver, and King, the Lord’s condemnation of such behaviour is absolutely plain, but yet He loves the sinner.

Following are some questions respecting homosexuality with some answers, which hopefully will be helpful.

ARE HOMOSEXUALS BORN THAT WAY?

In a word, “No!”

While it is true that the seed of original sin carries with it every type of deviation, aberration, perversion, and wrongdoing, the homosexual cannot claim to have been born that way any more than the drunkard, gambler, killer, etc.

However, I think it correct to say that the gene pool which constitutes the character and personality make up of every individual is more predisposed toward some aberrations in certain persons than others. In the spiritual sense, the perverted or abnormal number of genes in any particular direction is not the cause of these situations, but rather the results.

The genes are that way because of man’s fallen condition in a spiritual sense. So, even if scientists one day can find a way to control the genes, the problem will still not be solved, because that which feeds the genes, which is the soul and the spirit of man, cannot be changed by medical or psychological procedures, but only by the Power of God.

It is called the New Birth, and is referred to in the Word of God as “Regeneration.”

The actual Passage says, “Not by works of Righteousness which we have done, but according to His Mercy He Saved us, by the washing of Regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5).

The word “Regeneration” in the Greek Text is “Plaiggenesia,” and means “once more or again,” in other words, “re-gened.”

The Lord Jesus Christ and Him Alone can change the person, i.e., “Re-gene the individual, hence, Regeneration.”

“However, the homosexual, upon coming to Christ, must abandon the former lifestyle immediately, and that goes for the drunk, gambler, or anyone for that matter.”

To further prove the point, when identical twins are born, the gene pool is identical, at least to a greater degree, in these twins. At times one has become a homosexual, while the other one did not. If, in fact, they were born that way, if one was homosexual, the other would be likewise. The very fact that both seldom turn out to be that way proves that they are not born in that manner.

Again we stated, that even though there are greater propensities toward certain proclivities in some people than in others, does not mean the thing is set in concrete, but only that there is a lean toward a certain direction. In fact, the Lord does not condemn the sinner for what he is, but rather for refusing to accept God’s Way out of the situation, which is the Salvation afforded by Christ at Calvary. That goes for every sinner, homosexuals included!

WILL GOD SAVE HOMOSEXUALS?

Actually, this is a question we have already answered.

Yes, the Lord will save homosexuals, or anyone who comes to Him, irrespective as to who or what they may be. That is the very reason Jesus came to this world, “to save sinners” (I Cor. 6:9-12).

However, the homosexual, upon coming to Christ, must abandon the former lifestyle immediately, and that goes for the drunk, gambler, or anyone for that matter.

When a person comes to Christ, he leaves something (the old lifestyle), and comes to something, and more particularly to someone, the Lord Jesus Christ. As such, we take upon ourselves, and by His Help, His Lifestyle.

WILL PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING HELP THE HOMOSEXUAL?

Biblical Counseling will help, but not Psychological Counseling. The problem is Spiritual, and the Bible alone deals with such.

“In order for the person to be set free, there has got to be a power greater than the powers of darkness, and the homosexual spirit is one of the most powerful spirits of darkness in the world.”

Biblical Counseling will simply direct the person to the Lord Jesus Christ and the price that He paid at Calvary, so that one may be Saved. It must be understood, that Jesus atoned for every sin at the Cross. This means that Satan and all of his cohorts of darkness were defeated at Calvary (Col 2:14-15). Sin is that which gives Satan the legal right to hold man in bondage.

With all sin atoned, he has no more right to do such.

That being the case, how is it that he keeps most of the world in bondage?

He does such simply because men will not take advantage of what Christ has done for us at Calvary.

Untold millions in the world are lost without God, but it’s because they will not avail themselves of the opportunity of accepting Christ.

Regrettably, many in the Church, if not most, fall into the same category. They do not understand that it was at the Cross that all victory was won. This means that the Cross of Christ must ever be made the Object of our Faith (Rom 6:1-14; Rom 8:1-2, 11; 1 Cor 1:17-18, 23; 1 Cor 2:2; Gal 5; Gal 6:14; Eph 2:13-18; Col 2:14-15).

When the Believer places his Faith exclusively in Christ and the Cross, and maintains his Faith exclusively in Christ and the Cross, the Holy Spirit, Who Alone can effect what is needed in our lives, will work grandly on our behalf. However, the Holy Spirit will not work outside the parameters of the Finished Work of Christ, which necessitates our Faith in that Redemption Plan.

Paul said: “For the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the Law of Sin and Death” (Rom. 8:2).

The Cross of Christ is God’s Way, and His only Way, because that is all that is needed.

“The age-old problem of mankind is the desire to live in sin and have Salvation at the same time; however, those who would attempt such a thing have not truly been Born-Again.”

In order for the person to be set free, there has got to be a power greater than the powers of darkness, and the homosexual spirit is one of the most powerful spirits of darkness in the world. The greater Power is in the Holy Spirit, Who works exclusively, as stated, within the parameters of the Cross. This is God’s Way, the Way of the Cross, and it does not need the help of the ways of the world.

In fact, psychology holds no help at all for the homosexual, or anyone else for that matter, only harm. It is harm because it attempts to make the person believe a lie, and it keeps them from their only Source of help, the Lord Jesus Christ.

 THE WISDOM OF THE WORLD

Psychological counseling, for the most part, attempts to make the homosexual “feel good about himself,” in other words, to accept his orientation, as it is called. If the truth be known, many psychologists claim that the guilt felt by homosexuals (or anyone for that matter), is the real problem, and is present because of certain myths, they say, called the Bible, etc.

While it is true that the “Law” of the Bible does point out man’s terrible sins, still, if the Bible did not exist, the guilt of man’s fallen condition would remain. The guilt can only be removed by Jesus Christ. The Bible did not originate the guilt — sin being the fault — it only defines it.

Concerning guilt Paul also said: “There is therefore now no condemnation (guilt) to them who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit” (Rom. 8:1).

ARE ALL HOMOSEXUALS INSTANTLY DELIVERED AT THE MOMENT OF SALVATION?

In fact, yes! Actually, it can be no other way, if Salvation is to be Salvation (2 Cor 5:17-18); however, whereas this terrible bondage, as with other problems such as temper, alcohol, nicotine, etc., are at times broken immediately, with some, certain things regarding particular victory does not come quite so quickly. In other words, at times there is a struggle.

However, the Lord does not throw us out if we fail or slip back, but, in fact, instantly forgives us as we ask for such (I Jn 1:9). Consequently, the new Believer must continue to believe God, making certain that his Faith is strictly in Christ and the Cross, which, as stated, will then give the Holy Spirit latitude to work within his life, which will ultimately bring victory. In fact, the struggle may continue for a period of time, but if the Believer keeps his Faith in Christ and the Cross, and doesn’t allow it to be moved to something else, ultimately, that sin will no longer have dominion over that person, whatever type of sin it might be.

Paul said:

For sin shall not have dominion over you (the sin nature will not have dominion over us if we as Believers continue to exercise Faith in the Cross of Christ; otherwise, the sin nature most definitely will have dominion over the Believer): for you are not under the Law (means that if we try to live this life by any type of law, no matter how good that law might be in its own right, we will conclude by the sin nature having dominion over us), but under Grace (the Grace of God flows to the Believer on an unending basis only as long as the Believer exercises Faith in Christ and what He did at the Cross; Grace is merely the Goodness of God exercised by and through the Holy Spirit, and given to undeserving Saints)”.

(Rom. 6:14)
 WILL HOMOSEXUALITY CAUSE ONE TO BE ETERNALLY LOST?

Yes, that is if the person does not repent and, thereby, forsake that lifestyle. Of course, the same can be said for alcoholism, drug addiction, or religion for that matter (Gal 5:19-21).

“They wanted a God to their liking, and finding that He did not meet those specifications, the world refused to approve Him as the God to be worshipped, or have Him in its knowledge.”

The age-old problem of mankind is the desire to live in sin and have Salvation at the same time; however, those who would attempt such a thing have not truly been Born-Again.

When the person truly comes to Christ, making Him the Lord of one’s life, affections change totally and completely.

 

Actually, the Scripture is rather implicit about this, saying, “Old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Cor 5:17).

In other words, the new Believer does not want the old sinful lifestyle any longer, even though he may at times sense its pull.

He is now a “new creation in Christ Jesus.

WHAT ABOUT THE LAWS OF CERTAIN STATES LEGALIZING HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGES?

The Courts legalizing something, does not legitimize it in the Eyes of God. The Word of God does not change irrespective of what others may do. That is the reason it is referred to as Objective Truth, which means it is the same Standard forever and for everyone.

The recognition of homosexual marriages by the Courts is an abomination in the sight of God.

As well, the allowing of homosexual couples to adopt children is again, an abomination. Putting a child in such an abnormal environment, can do nothing but have an adverse effect on that child, which will affect them negatively for the rest of their life. In fact, a study was recently done in England concerning this very thing.

They found after exhaustive surveys, that irrespective what the world of psychology said, that the children who were placed in homosexual homes did not fare near as well as otherwise. In fact, there was such a negative influence on these little hearts and lives, that most of them, if any of them, outside of Christ, would ever get over the situation.

Regrettably, this is also the case in many so-called straight homes and for the simple reason that most do not know Jesus. Only Jesus can make a marriage, and He definitely will not do so with such an unscriptural, perverted lifestyle of homosexuality, irrespective of claims to the contrary.

However, if a home does have Christ, it has the only solution for its problems and the only guarantee for success.

HOW SHOULD CHRISTIANS REACT TOWARD HOMOSEXUALS?

To which we have alluded elsewhere in our comments on this subject, the Lord loves the homosexual just as much as He does anyone else. When He died on Calvary, He died for these people just as well as He died for you and me. In fact, His Atonement is no different for them than for us.

Likewise, Christians must show kindness and the God kind of Love toward homosexuals, as they do for others.

That means, at least as far as possible, to treat them as human beings, and that means with respect and dignity; however, the Believer must never leave the impression that such a lifestyle is condoned, while at the same time not leveling condemnation on the person. No one has ever brought people to Christ with a club, but millions have been brought to the Saviour because they felt somebody cared for them.

At the same time, I do not think it is possible that Believers could be close friends with a homosexual, or anyone outside of Christ for that matter! The Believer and the unbeliever have absolutely nothing in common, at least on which to build and sustain a friendship. One serves Christ, while the other serves himself.

THE REPROBATE MIND

The Scripture says, “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient” (Rom. 1:28).

The phrase, “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge,” carries the idea of the human race putting God to the test for the purpose of approving or disapproving Him. They wanted a God to their liking, and finding that He did not meet those specifications, the world refused to approve Him as the God to be worshipped, or have Him in its knowledge.

The “knowledge” spoken here, in the Greek is “epignosis,” and means “full and precise knowledge.” In other words, their knowledge of God, due to their rebellion against Him, and, therefore, going into deep sin, was only a dim and perverted memory!

“As they did not think it fit to keep God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a mind which has no way to comprehend God.”

If one wants to know what is wrong with the modern School System in America, despite the fact of hundreds of billions of dollars being thrown at this ever-worsening situation, it is because educators “did not like to retain God in their knowledge.” So, and speaking of the Public School System, we have Godless schools, which means that the schools are filled with Satan. We have Godless education, which means that what knowledge the students do have is largely warped and twisted, ill-preparing them for life. We have Godless direction, consequently we have erroneous ways.

The phrase, “God gave them over to a reprobate mind,” presents the third time such a statement is used (Rom. 1:24, 26, 28). Once again, humanity wanted that which was licentious and evil and the Lord took away the restraining forces, allowing them to have what they desired.

The words “reprobate mind” in the Greek Text is “adokimon noun.” It carries the idea of the human race putting God on trial, and because it rejected Him, God gave it a “trialless” mind, in other words, one incapable of discharging the functions of a mind with respect to the things of Salvation.

As they did not think it fit to keep God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a mind which has no way to comprehend God. In other words, Light rejected is Light withdrawn. The one thing answers to the other.

Virtually, they pronounce the True God disapproved and would have none of Him, and He in turn gave them up to a disapproved mind, a mind which actually is no mind, and cannot discharge the functions of one, a mind in which the Divine distinctions of right and wrong are confused and lost, so that God’s condemnation cannot but fall on it at last.

This speaks of people who are completely perverted.

As the Canaanites of old who did their abominations unto their gods, the last depth of evil has been reached.

There were three terrible sins pandemic in the great empires of the past, which contributed greatly to their fall.

THEY ARE:

1. Homosexuality; 2. Pedophilia (child molestation); and, 3. Incest.

Regrettably, America is heading down the same path.

The only answer for the homosexual and anyone for that matter is the Lord Jesus Christ. When He comes into the heart, this bondage of darkness will cease, and it will only cease if He comes into the heart. There is no answer other than “Jesus Christ and Him Crucified.” END

(This article came from Jimmy Swaggart’s Book, “BROTHER SWAGGART, HERE’S MY QUESTION...”  (EV1202). It is hardcover, 426 pages. It contains 29 of the most important Questions. This is a book that you want.)
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1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Alford
2. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/teb.html

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