There are many who live the homosexual lifestyle who are delightful and endearing people. There are also some among them who are very vile and repulsive. This brief teaching is not aimed at stereotyping individual homosexuals, but rather, it is to address a very common misconception regarding homosexuality as a sin in the eyes of God.
Homosexuality is a work of man’s fleshly, carnal nature. The passions and desires with which the homosexual struggles is sexual lusts which come from the flesh, and deliverance from this only comes through living a crucified life.
According to the scriptures, homosexuality is fornication, and that is why Jude refers to the people of Sodom and Gomorrah as FORNICATORS.
In Ephesians, Paul says, “But FORNICATION, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints…”
In Colossians, Paul says, “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; FORNICATION, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: for which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience…”
In 1 Thessalonians, Paul says, “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from FORNICATION: that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor; not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God…”
Fornication is a work of the flesh as Paul says in Galatians: Now the WORKS OF THE FLESH are manifest, which are these; Adultery, FORNICATION, uncleanness, lasciviousness…
Nowhere in all of scripture are we taught that God will deliver us from the lusts of our flesh. Instead, we are called to consecrate ourselves to God by putting off the old man (the passions and lusts of our flesh) and we are instructed to put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24).
For those of you who are prone to homosexuality, I am going to ask you the one question, which you may have never been asked.
Are you willing to live a life consecrated to God in such a way that you are willing to stand against this lust in your flesh, even if you have to do so until the day you die?
If you fail, God is gracious and will forgive you and continue to help and strengthen you as you stand against your fleshly desires. So take the question “what if I fail?” off the table.
Do you love Jesus enough to resist these passions, even if it means resisting them every day for the rest of your life? Only when you are willing to live a consecrated life of denying the sin which so easily besets you, then and then only, will you have victory over this sin many of you have justified.