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If the love of God is in our hearts,
we will show it in our lives.  The Bible
says that
"by this shall all men know us."
John 13:35

True Christians are to love everyone.
1 John 3:14-15

But that does not mean that we are to approve
of lifestyles and actions that are contrary to
Gods' Word.  This includes homosexuality.

Christians who follow God's Word know that
homosexuality is a serious sin, but that in
no way gives them the right to hate.  True
Christianity is opposed to hatred of anyone.

If a man say, I love God, and hateth his
brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth
not his brother whom he hath seen, how
can  he love God whom he hath not seen?
And this commandment have we from him,
that he who loveth God love his brother also.
1 John 4:19-21

God warns us in  Leviticus 18:22-24;  "Thou shalt
not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is
abomination.  Do not defile yourselves in any of
these ways, because this is how the nations that
I am going to drive out before you became defiled."

Remember what happened to Sodom and
Gomorrah in  
Genesis 19:1-29.  The outcry
to the Lord against this people was so
 Genesis 19:13  They had detestable
practices and were depraved.
 Ezekiel 16:47

They were arrogant, overfed, unconcerned,
they did not help the poor and needy, they
were haughty and they did detestable
things before God.
 Ezekiel 16:49-50

Ezekiel 16:49-50
,  Genesis 18:20-21  and
Genesis 19:13  all show us that homosexuality
was one of the reasons for their destruction.

The Bible tells us in
 Jude 1:7  that Sodom and
Gomorrah and also the surrounding towns gave
themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion.

These people are to be an example to us of the
ones who will suffer the punishment of hell fire.

In Old Testament times, the punishment
for homosexuality was death.

It is in
 Leviticus 20:13:  "If a man lies with a
man as one lies with a woman, both of them
have done what is detestable.  They must be put
to death; their blood will be on their own heads."
They were executed, just as adulterers were.

When Jesus came, He did not overrule the
Old Testament Law on such sins as stealing,
idolatry, murder, or adultery, and He also
did not change God’s Law on homosexuality.

He rebuked the Pharisees for many
mistaken ideas they had, but He never
corrected them for the Scripture they
studied or their view of homosexuality.
In the New Testament, Paul also gave very
explicit warnings prohibiting homosexuality.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10  is very clear: "Do you
not know that the wicked will not inherit
the kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived:
neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters
nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor
homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the
greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor
swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God."

Romans 1:26-27  says that both men and
women sin terribly in exchanging natural
relations for unnatural homosexual relations.

All homosexual practices are sinful and
they can keep us from going to heaven.
They are every bit as bad as sexual
immorality, drunkenness, and other sins.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10

We are ALL born with a sinful nature.  We must
accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour because
without Him, none of us will be fit for heaven.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20  tells us: "...You are
not your own; you were bought at a price.
Therefore honor God with your body."

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5  says: "It is God’s Will
that you should be holy; that you should
avoid sexual immorality; that each of you
should learn to control his own body in a way
that is holy and honorable, not in passionate
lust like the heathen, who do not know God."

But, homosexuality is not an unforgivable
sin.  Reading on in  
1 Corinthians 6:11,  it says:
"And such were some of you. But you
were washed and you were cleansed."

This tells us that some of the Corinthian
Christians were former homosexuals,
sexually immoral, drunkards and the
such, but that God forgave them!

You can't change yourself.  So, let God
change you.
 1 Corinthians 6:11  says that
God cleansed them.  He changed them.

We are ALL unclean to God.  But when we
repent and come to Jesus, we are sanctified.
It is that special cleansing done by the
Holy Spirit in the lives of ALL who believe.

We cannot save ourselves, but those who are
truly saved work out their salvation within
themselves as God works in their lives.

Philippians 2:12-13  says: "...continue to work
out your salvation with fear and trembling,
for it is God who works in you, to will and
to act according to His good purpose."

So, to EVERYONE,  Acts 2:37-40  instructs
us to
"repent and be baptized, every one of
you, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your
sins may be forgiven.  And you will receive
the gift of the Holy Spirit.  The promise is for
you and your children and for all who are far
off - for all whom the Lord our God will call."

So, repent of homosexuality, just like we need
to repent from all sins.  You must make up your
mind to refrain from all homosexual activities.
The Holy Spirit will help you - but you must ask.

We must abstain from sinful desires that war against
our soul.  
1 Peter 2:11  Jesus died and rose so that
EVERYONE could be forgiven and sanctified.  He came
to this sinful world to make a holy people for Himself.

"Thank you Lord for loving us so completely.
May we honor You by giving that love
back to others...  Amen."