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Since when is homosexuality a bigger sin than any other?

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  • I see constant hatred and prejudice focused at the gay community, and I hate to say much of it comes from Christian TV personalities who give the rest of us a bad name. Thoughts?

  • To be clear, I don't have a stance on the issue. I don't have a problem with gays, but I'm certainly not liberal.

  • I mentioned this on the thread about sexuality, but Christians have done an awful job at addressing homosexuality, and it does give us a bad name.  As far as the hatred against homosexuals is concerned, it's reprehensible.  Those who would go so far as to hate homosexuals are not following Jesus at all and are actually pushing people away from Him.

    There is a good way, I think, to address sexuality and homosexuality.  Check out my comment on the thread about sexuality if you want to read about that.

    1 Peter 3:15 (NASB): "But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence."

  • You are the only person I know who thinks like I do.

  • Hm... Personally, I don't see people calling out homosexuality as a bigger sin than any other, or making a bigger deal than it than other sin, but you may be experiencing something different than I am. I have a lot of Christian friends, but have had a wide variety of friends from different backgrounds that have different beliefs my whole life. I have a friend who's gay right now. If one assumes homosexuality is a sin (because I know there is some debate on that), he is walking in sin. He claims to be a Christian, and while one can struggle with sin, one should be able to tell by their fruits if they are really walking with The Lord. Now, I've confronted him with grace, invited him to church a couple times, and really sat down with him and talked about it. I haven't really gotten through to him. The thing is, I confront him with grace, love, and mercy, as I am just as broken as he is. But, I find that Christians tend to not do that a lot not just with homosexuality, but with lust, lying, adultery, and other sins. I think Christians should not want to fail, but they should be encouraged by their fellow believers rather than be belittled when they screw up. I think I said all that I wanted to say there, I try not to end up rambling, but that usually happens in long posts, lol. Does that make sense?

  • All sin is equal before God. And there shouldn't be a debate on this matter, since God's Word never changes. Also, both the Old and New Testament say homosexuality is a sin, with Paul stating it as "the effeminate" will not enter the Gates of Heaven---along with murderers, adulterers, whoremongers, and idolators, among other things. The Church in this day and age just wants to fit in, not be persecuted, and to "tell the itching ears what they want to hear".  This is the work of Satan, and right now he is beginning to win this battle because schools, the media, government and the Church are preaching tolerance for behavior unacceptable to God. The only people not tolerated are the ones who tell the truth of God's Word, which is very hypocritical, and a shame to our nation.

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  • I understand what you (James Annis) are saying, but I do not think that us the right mindset. How did Jesus treat people who were living in obvious sin, compared to those who were supposedly living in accordance with the law (namely the Pharisees)? Look at Mark 2:16&17 "And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." Jesus was not only "tolerating" these people, he was loving them and ministering to them. Do you think he was eating with them so that he could tell them how they are sinful? I don't. I think he was eating with them so he could show them God's love and bring them into a relationship with him. Once people start pursuing God, he changes the sin in their lives. Also take a look at John 8:2-11 when the scribes and Pharisees brought out an adulterous woman to be stoned. Jesus not only tolerated this woman, he was her advocate, not an advocate for her sin but an advocate for forgiveness and and love as a tool for dealing with sin instead of punishment from men. I would say that, as Christians, we are called to not only tolerate people who behave in ways that are "unacceptable to God" but love and minister to them. Once they have accepted Christ and actually have a reason to follow him the church then works along side the Holy Spirit to help deal with the sin in their lives. Especially because all of our behavior is unacceptable to God, not just people living in sexual sin
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