Question: “Are you not giving people false hope?”
“I feel that it is very wrong for you to give people false hope. Not everyone can change. And maybe they are happy with their lives. You are just giving their families false hope. Let things be, and let people live their lives.”
I agree that those who are happy with their homosexuality may be beyond change. To those who are proud of being gay, my message of hope may not be well received. After all, God Himself was unable to arrest Lucifer in his mad career, because he felt no need. He was proud of who and what he was.
However, through the intercession of believing parents, my God intervened in my behalf, taking drastic measures to get my attention, helping me to eventually realize my need. Then came hope, blessed hope, and salvation from my besetting sin.
The whole point of the gospel, (the good news), can be summed up in the words of the angel of the Lord to Joseph in Matthew 1:21, “and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Jesus’ perfect life of obedience, discipline, self-control was a demonstration of what our lives are to become, through the gift of divine strength, otherwise known as “grace.” Through faith in His death, burial, and resurrection we can be forgiven, cleansed, and begin new lives as new creatures in Christ. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
However, for some reason, many non-Christians and Christians alike look at “homosexuality” as something unique, something out of the reach of God Himself to correct. In essence, they are worshiping an impotent God rather than the omnipotentGod, demonstrating a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof. (2 Timothy 3:5) From such weak doctrine we are told to turn away.
Such Christians hesitate to include homosexuality in the category of “sin.” And herein lies the confusion. We must accept the definition of “sin” found in God’s word in order to be able to believe in victory over homosexuality. “Sin is the transgression of the law.” (1 John 3:4) The 7th commandment of God’s law says, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” Any sexual behavior outside the institution of marriage as God designed it to be is a transgression of this 7th commandment and, therefore, sin.
Now, I believe all God’s biddings to be enablings. In other words, anything God asks us to do, He gives us the grace (divine strength) to accomplish. Otherwise His commandments are nothing but mockery to mankind, and He in turn can be accused of being unfair, unjust, unreasonable, tyrannical and unmerciful.
Once we accept the simple fact that homosexuality is “sin,” then we can claim all the promises in the Bible that assure us of victory over sin in our efforts to overcome homosexuality. To see it any other way is to blame God, instead of Satan, for that which He Himself condemns as an abomination. A merciful and just God will not condemn that which is unchangeable, or irreversible, in one of His children. Yet in no uncertain terms He does condemn homosexuality, and this very fact proves that it can be overcome:
“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” (Lev. 18:22)
“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination…” (Lev. 20:13)
“Know ye not that the unrighteous (those who persist in sin) shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, …nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind…shall inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Cor. 6:9,10) Or, “them that defile themselves with mankind” (1 Tim. 1:10) See also, Romans 1:24-28.
The word of God is full of wonderful promises of victory over sin, including the sin of homosexuality:
“And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Cor. 6:11) (See my featured article, “Rainbow of Promises”) These promises should give every Christian hope. Salvation from the “sin” of homosexuality should not be looked upon as an exercise in futility, but rather as the marvelous working of God in the life of the believer. Grace is defined in the Greek Dictionary as “the divine influence working upon the heart being reflected in the life.”
To become a Christian, a child of God, a disciple of Christ, requires “conversion.”
“Conversion:” 1. The act of being converted in substance, condition, form, function, etc. 2. A change in which one comes to adopt and uphold new opinions and beliefs; especially, in matters of religion, a spiritual turning to righteousness (obedience) and faith.
Philippians 2:13 informs us that “it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” And we are also assured in Philippians 1:6 that we can be “confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ”
Genuine Hope can be yours, dear friends:
“That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments” Psalm 78:7
“Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word. Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God. Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.” Psalm 119:114-116
“Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God: Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever: The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind…” Psalm 146:5,6,8
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matthew 28:18-20)
All Power to you!