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My opinion to be active in the support of what God has clearly stated is an abomination would be wrong. That said, active support helping a tormented soul in their struggle to break free of the abomination is our duty. We are called to set the captives free, not to join and cheer them on in their rebellion. Try as you might one can not bless what God has cursed......warrior on.
Further distinction needs to be made. Can a Christian support someone struggling with homosexual desires? Yes! It is good to do so. Can a Christian support someone who has given themselves over to these desires and immersed themselves in homosexual acts? It depends in what context. If we are talking about the boss at my secular job then yes, in work related matters. If we are talking about someone claiming to be a Christian and wanting to serve in some function at a church then the answer is no. If we are not talking about a specific person but homosexuality in general then the answer is no. If we do not support someone does this mean we reject them? Of course not, we are to love them as Christ has commanded. We are to inform them homosexuality is a sin and just like all other sins, a sin Christ shed his blood for and offers forgiveness for.
My son has told me he is a homosexual. While I told him I would still love him I cannot condone his homosexual sin. He cannot bring it into my house. That is he cannot bring a partner he my be sinning with into my home. I will continually pray for him and help in other ways but not if it supports his homosexual sin.
For a Christian to be supportive of Homosexuality is not anything I personally would do. That being said I am to love my neighbor as myself and that includes all people, regardless. When I was much younger my close friend told me when we were playing chess that he was homosexual. We were 17 at the time and is was the 50's when such things were not mentioned. I told him I already knew and although I didn't approve of that lifestyle I still considered him to be one of my closest friends. We didn't see each other for almost 35+ years. I went to live in the south-west U.S. and he went to N.Y. city. I returned to live in Ottawa around 1984 and learned he had moved back to Ottawa also. I looked him up and when we met I gave him a big hug and told him how much I had missed his company. My wife was with me at that time and we told him we were going to go out west to work in Lake Louise but would probably be back after the Olympic Winter games were over. When I was out west I got a message from my parents that Alester had died of Aids. I have given this explanation in order to show that we are to love the person, but we can hate what they might be doing. As far as being involved in any of the politics of supporting gay marriage, etc., is not something I can support. All we as believers can do towards anyone we come in contact with is to show forth the lord Jesus in us in all we do, and to love them as Jesus loved all those he came in contact with. We are called upon to righteously judge those who are within the body of Christ, and allow God to judge those who are outside the body of Christ. 1 Cor:5:11-14: But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? Do not you judge them that are within? But them that are without God judges. It is not our place or responsibility to judge those who are outside the body of Christ, but we are to show forth love to all people, even our enemies and those who persecute us. Mt 7:1 Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged: and with what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again. Heb 10:30 For we know Him that has said, Vengeance belongs unto me, I will recompense, says YHVH - the Lord. And again, YHVH - the Lord shall judge His people. 1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
As a Christian, biblically saved in 2009, I know what rebellion is and I know for most of my life, I was rebelling against God whilst I lived a Christianzed lie. I have known homosexuals throughout the years, and I know for a fact, that they are who they are because of their upbringing. It has nothing to do with genetics. I have noticed familiar cycles in families that turn out gay people and they tend to be all the same. A man grew up without a proper and healthy male figure and the woman grew up without a proper female figure. No mom or dad--divorce, etc. Paul was very specific in Scripture when he said the effeminate will not enter into heaven. He also mentioned that God gave them over who turned away from that which is natural and burned in their loins for each other. Men with men and women with women. God dealt very harshly with Sodom and Gomorrah, and seeing as He doesn't change, He would have to deal with homosexuals the same way or He has a lot of apologizing to do. God's commandment to Adam and Eve was to produce children. Homosexuality rebels against this. On many levels, homosexuality is wrong, it's sin and it will be judged. If someone is dealing with this sin in their life and they want help, help away! But don't sugar-coat your answers and help. Don't compromise the truth just to keep a friend.
I agree with Emo and Brandon. We should always be careful though lest you be tempted. I have a hard time being there for gays only because I will not agree with what they believe in or support their sin but am there as a friend. But this has proved to be the same for anyone who lives a sinful life. Because what does light and darkness have in common? So always be careful and stay away from judgement. Love them from a distance.
We have to break homosexuality into 2 parts: the homosexual person and the homosexual act. God commands us to love our neighbors, whoever they may be, regardless of race, religion, even sexual orientation. God is love, and therefore, as his creation, we are called to love. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition. We are to support the homosexual person. God hates sin. The homosexual acts are sins, clearly described in scriptures and deeply frown upon by secular society. Homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered. They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved. We are to reject the homosexual act.
May I present this from a slightly different direction than I have seen here. We ought to love sinners not the sin and that has been said multiple times. What I would like to look at is our acts of love. For some reason the attitude for Love has become do not say anything about it do not mention it do not let a God called preacher preach against it. This is the antithesis of love Pro 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. View more Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. Nobody loves a child more than a parent who wants the best for their child. Who wants to lead them in a right way so much that they will dicipline them. The same is with God. It may not feel good at the moment but oh the benefit if you respond with the right attitude. Let's look at 2 cases in the bible Sodom and Nineveh. Both cities were under the threat of judgement. Both had men that knew God, Lot and Jonah. Lot was a just man surrounded by evil, if he was not I believe God would have left him in the city to be judged with every one else. The problem I have with Lot is that he became an elder at the gate. He was just a citizen of the city. He had the attitude I'm gonna live it my way you live your I'm gonna blend in and not rock the boat. Jonah came in preaching. He preached what some might call hellfire and brimstone. He let those people know that God was not please with what was happening in the city. No Jonah didn't do it with the right motive but he did get the right result. The whole city was saved from the wrath of God. So which man conveyed the love of God. L ot who loved them so much he didn't want to hurt their feelings, or Jonah who didn't care about their feelings? God had this to say to Jonah in the last chapter. 10 Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: note note 11 And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle. So I ask you today what will you do? Will you in you own "love" keep your mouth closed. Or will you let the love for their soul push you to warn them and show them the way of escape.
Jesus taught us to hate the sin ans love the sinner and this truth has to remain with us at all times, irrespective of the kind of sin we are dealing with. It also means that as Christians, we cannot close the dorr to our churches but welcome all the sinners. Obviously what anybody would be looking for in the sinner is "the want" to change as nobody, not even Jesus, expects us to keep on hitting the brick wall. We have benn told to shake the dust and move away if the sinner is not prepared to give up the sin. In such a case that person's words of assurance are as empty as wind, just blowing away without any substance or real meaning. It is always our action, and not words that the non-believing world sees. Another matter that in my opinion is really important - be always prepared with an answer as we never know when God will put us in the path of a sinner or a seeker.
The bible says that God so loved the world..... God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of sin and wickedness. Gen 18:2-23 We should not support the sin but the sinner. However we all do not have the same grace to do that. There are some appointed to do that very same thing and we should not judge them. God has sent them there with His grace to minister to that particular group. Our job is to find the area that we have been given grace in and operate in that area of our lives and help the lives of others whom we have grace to do so. IE. Paul was called to Gentiles, Peter to Jews. 1 Peter 4:10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. NIV So if you are gifted to minister to gay people then do so and don't worry about being judged, God will make you stand. If you do not have the grace to do so then leave those alone who do have the grace to do so. We are all on the same team doing our part. If we would get off our blessed assurance and begin to do what I Peter 4:10 says to do and get off the side lines and stop being armchair quarterbacks and get in the game, we can make a huge impact in today's world
Should we support an abomination? Nope. Notice, the Lord calls homosexuality an abomination (Lev 20:13, I Tim 1:9-10, I Cor 6:9-10, Lev 18:22). Pray for that person/persons struggling with homosexuality and avoid them as far as possible. Love them, but, be careful because as a child of God the enemy uses none believers to disrupt and confuse the children of God, even family.
In a word....NO! A Christian cannot support the lifestyle of a homosexual in any way that would suggest that he or she is approved of said lifestyle! We, as children of God and redeemed unto Him are to "be an Holy example" unto others and be a witness to others of His divine Holiness. We are to share the Gospel with anyone but supporting anyone's 'gay lifestyle' is not being a good 'saved by the one and only begotten of The Father, Jesus Christ' witness! We, each of His children, are to be a witness of His Holiness and Christ-centered attitude to live a life that is righteous, Holy and pure as best we can as long as we still live in our human flesh putting our total Faith IN Him to "be a Holy example unto His Grace and Mercy" for only He is God! GOD destroyed the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah after Lot had begged Him to allow that he travel to each city and surely find some righteous citizens. The end result is known by anyone that has read or was taught scripture of this futile effort. Lot found not one single person willing to leave their disgusting, abominable and degrading lifestyle. God, in His patience, appeased Lot in giving him that chance to somehow find even one righteous, but to no avail. It just wasn't happening! Both cities were totally destroyed by fiery brimstone reigning from the sky! God does not condone that which is not intended for mankind to be. We, as Christians are to witness to any of our 'neighbors', including any that are living a 'gay' lifestyle; but are not to support or approve of such. We can make offer of our discipleship and explain that God loves them but that He wants "anyone that calls upon the name of the Lord, to turn from our wicked ways and walk IN the light of Him that gave His life for the ransom of many". "He created them male and female." --and-- "Go ye therefore; multiply and replenish the earth." There are few sins that are given the descriptive adjective phrase of "abomination unto The Lord". God is pure, righteous and holy! ~~~Andy~~~
Can a baptized Christian support homosexuality? You can but you should not. If you do you will be partaking in that evil deed. Eph.5:1-7, 2 John:5:22, 1Thomothy 5:22. Homosexuality or sodomy is a byproduct of: refusing or choosing to not retain the knowledge of God and holding the truth in unrighteousness. Romans 1:18-32 This question comes often from the politically correct movement, which is self-righteousness and social vigilantism. It is a tool used to try and shame the believer and demonize God and His word. It is the fulfilling of the prophesy in 2 Thess. 2:3 the rebellion against His word. Sodomy or Homosexuality is sexually immoral behavior. It is an act of the flesh just like adultery, fornication, pedophilia, necrophilia or bestiality it will prevent those who are bound by it from having their names written in the Lambs book of life. IT IS Absolutely NOT unforgivable, but as a believer if you support sin your name will be blotted out of the Book of Life. 1 Thess. 4:1-8 It can be very hard to make your stand and be a light in an ever increasing dark and malevolent time, they hated Jesus first. Remember, if you are ashamed of Him he will be ashamed of you. Do not bend to social pressure the social media outlets are part of the devil’s end time strategy. He who called you did not call you to be social or moral vigilantes, the law has already condemned these acts and we are a beacon that points the way to the only escape. We are a light set on a hill, people can come to the light or throw rocks at that light the choice is theirs, stand true to yours. Prayers of strength and guidance go out to you. Maranatha!
Thank you for your response and encouraging words. I find it amazing how satan repackages old lies and society thinks it has changed the game some how by calling sin by another name. Associated with this topic is the justification that they were born that way which is a half truth Satan"s favorite kind. We are all born with a sinful nature and without some Godly guidance from his word we will follow the works of the flesh.(darkness abounds when there is no light) But the choice is not predetermined for anyone, sometimes environmental influences as we grow up shape the lens in which we interpret and process information but there is always a choice. I came from generations of drunks, drug attics, womanizers and violent people of the baser sort. Yet at 19 I heard the gospel from a holy Ghost filled preacher, I yielded to the call of the Holy spirit and my life changed I knelt at that alter asked forgiveness and he filled me 2 days later with the Holy Ghost he healed me of my addiction and I no longer wanted to hurt anyone. The power of the Gospel is great to the pulling down of strongholds. He still delivers heals and sets free, 66 times he delivered me from deaths door so that I might be a light to them that are seeking Him. Glory praise and honor to Him forever and ever. Maranatha
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