Editor’s note: This commentary originally appeared at IndependentBaptist.com and is reprinted here with permission.
Christianity is not a condemning religion, but many have practiced condemnation in its name. Nor is Christianity a condoning religion, while many have pretended that God will condone any sin that His creatures tangle with, because God is love. In the strictest definition, ‘Christianity’ is not a ‘religion’ at all; it is a relationship, a relationship with God through Christ of the Bible. Please take a moment to read this letter from a Baptist Preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It will cut through all the hype and denominational garbage of churches and lay out, as plainly as can be stated, what the Bible says about your condition, and your status with your Creator. Don’t dismiss this letter lightly.
‘Religion’ is what man can DO, and ‘DO religiously’, in order to be well pleasing to, and finally accepted by, his Creator. Officially, there are over 242 major ‘Christian’ denominations and 252 opinions of what one must DO. The Bible, however, is explicit: there is only one act, there is only one thing that man can do, which will separate them from their Creator for all eternity. That one thing has nothing to do with your sexual orientation or your opinion on homosexuality; it has everything to do with your relationship with the Only Begotten Son of God.
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The Bible states emphatically that, “There is none righteous, no not one.” (Romans 3:10) Further clarifying that, “There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” (vr. 11-12) ‘Sin’ is man falling short of God’s expectations and commandments. All have sinned.
The verse of Hebrew law stating that, “If a man lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination,” (Leviticus 20:13) clarifies that, although it may not have made his top ten list, the homosexual act is still, and is emphatically designated as, a sin. That law from God was given to the Hebrews to ensure the continuation and sanctification of the Hebrew Society; the Society God chose to reveal Jehovah God to mankind; the Society that provided the Words of God, written down; and the Society that provided the promised Seed of Woman, the Messiah (Hebrew), the Christ (Greek). For the perpetuation of that Hebrew Society, the penalty for violation of God’s law was very strict, very corporal, very swift. The verse of Hebrew law continues, “They shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” (Leviticus 20:13b) In Hebrew Society, the death penalty was common for acts of disobedience.
There is no provision for the continuation of the Hebrew Society or its strict and harsh punishments after the coming of the Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God. But neither is there cause to dismiss or lighten God’s definition of sin; in fact, Jesus, the Christ, heightens its definition to say: if you are lusting, you are guilty of adultery; if you are hating without a cause, you are guilty of murder. (Matthew 5-7) For Christianity, the whole purpose of the law is to demonstrate that, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Rom 3:23) ‘All’ means ‘all’. “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way.” (Isaiah 53:6a)
Since all have sinned, then all are guilty, and all are condemned under the law. If you are guilty of violating one commandment, then you are guilty of all. (James 2:10) The gospel that Christianity is supposed to preach to every creature is that, “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) The wages of sin is death, and we are already under that condemnation (6:23), but Christ took our place. The Only Begotten Son of God was our substitute, and when we believe and accept what He has done for us, we have forgiveness of all sin; and He ‘quickens’ inside of us an eternal life that shall never perish. (John 3:16) With that much background information, anyone can get a Bible and read John 3:16-18, 36 and Romans 10:9-10, 13 and be saved from their sin the Bible way, which Jesus said was the only way. (John 14:6)
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You can find an Episcopal Priest, or any other Church Clergy, who will tell you that ‘sodomy’ is not sin, and God accepts you as you are, no matter how you are living. You can find a Bible-thumping crazy man who says homosexuality is the awfullest sin in existence. It is an unpardonable sin, he will say, and God has given you up to uncleanness and vile affections, he will quote. (Romans 1:24, 26) The Bible reality, however, is that sodomy, clearly defined in a dictionary, is sin. So is adultery, murder, lying, using God’s name in vain, stealing and coveting; and further, every human born into this world is born guilty of sin and condemned under God’s law. The good news, called the gospel of Jesus Christ, is that God will save every ‘whosoever‘ that will call on Him and ask Him to be Lord and Saviour of their soul. (John 3:16-18, 36, Roman 10:9-10, 13)
To the parents and friends of one tangled in the sin of homosexuality: 1. God can save anybody. (Isaiah 59:1) 2. God is not willing that any should perish. (2 Peter 3:9) 3. The only unpardonable sin is to leave this life without repenting and calling on the Only Begotten Son of God. (John 3:16-18) And 4. God hears and answers prayers of his saints. (John 14:13) May God bless you for hearing this Bible truth. My prayer is that you will meet the Author of Perfect Peace and call on Him to be your Lord and Saviour.
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