Should Christians Accept LGBTQ?

jlwelch

New Member
It's no secret that the Bible condemns homosexuality in both the old and new testament. It's called an abomination. This is the Word of God. However, the Bible also says not to judge. To love others. This suggests that homosexuality is a sin but that we should still love the sinner and hate the sin.

The problem is repentance. We are called upon to repent of our sins and be saved. While nobody will ever be perfect, we can't call it repentance if we plan to go out and do it again.

If I cheat or lie, I know I have done wrong. What about the homosexual? Does he or she know they have done wrong. The Bible condemns living proudly in sin and I see that as what is happening. How can they repent and be saved if they refuse to recognize that it's wrong to begin with?

For me, that's the rub. On one hand, popular opinion says no discrimination. On the other hand, are we exacerbating a problem by accepting them? The LGBTQ movement teaches it's not wrong and the Bible says it is...
 

Tek7

CGA President, Tribe of Judah Founder & President
Staff member
With few exceptions, Christian denominations agree that the Bible teaches that homosexuality is sin. The Bible also teaches that a person's eternal destination--whether they spend eternity with God in heaven or separated from God in hell--depends solely on whether or not they accept Christ's offer of salvation.

In many, though admittedly not all cases, those who engage and boast in homosexual lifestyles do not agree with essential Christian teaching, such as the identity of Christ as the son of God and how a person can be forgiven of their sins.

There are Christians who agree on points of essential doctrine, but disagree on non-essential doctrine, such as whether or not homosexuality is sin. "Non-essential" does not mean "unimportant" as "all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:16-17, ESV). I believe that the Bible clearly teaches that God's design for sex is for one man and one woman within the bounds of marriage, but there are Christians who disagree.

So what do we do when the Bible teaches a lifestyle is sinful and those around us disagree? We submit to the authority of Scripture, but we remain civil. Jesus is our perfect example of this response when he speaks to the woman at the well (John 4:4-42) and again when he speaks to the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11).

Jesus' reserves his harshest rebukes for people who took the means God had established for worshipping Him and instead exploited them for their own selfish gain (John 2:13-16) and those who refused to practice what they preached (Matthew 23:27-28).

I hope this helps! Thank you for posting your question. It can be very difficult to navigate a culture that has turned away from any claims of absolute truth in favor of relativism, but Christians are called to share the Gospel in word and deed rather than retreat from the world. Remember that Jesus prayed in John 17:15 for His followers, "I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one."

If you're not already involved in a local church that faithfully teaches the Bible, I'd recommend finding and joining one in your area. There are many Christians who could answer your question more succinctly and clearly than I can and it's important for us to participate in Christian community where we live (though I pray that the CGA can be a blessing as a supplemental ministry!).
 

Hescominsoon

CGA\TOJ Hosting Manager
that's an interesting question. My eldest is gay...declared it driving home right after she turned 18. While she is my daughter..and I will do whatever I can for her..i have told her I do not accept her lifestyle...note the word lif3estyle....choice. I told her I will always love her and will always help her if needed but I will not give her away to a woman or a man who is "trans". It made for a tense situation until my eldest figured out that she can still count on me for everything else that fathers can be counted on..just not walking her down the aisle to a gay wedding...
 

Aleron

Eh?
Hate the sin, love the sinner is what I understand that the Bible teaches. Is their sin worse than other sins? What about the "Christian" who cheats on their taxes, has an affair, looks at porn, pleasures themselves, finds a wallet and does not return it, drinks heavily, etc. Those are all sins and God sees them.

Many "Christians" condemn not only the LGBTQ lifestyle but also the people. I used to be one of those. If you slam the door shut, you can't reach them with Christ. Does that mean a Church should accept them as a full member? I don't think so but they should be welcome to attend.

One of my Christian discord communities has a couple of "trans" people. One was born female, the other born male. They're not active in the community but they're not shunned either. Honestly, most of the members probably have no idea. I said to the person who thinks he's a woman now that God still loves him/her. Will they still go to heaven? That's up to the Lord. I realize that they are probably unrepentant sinners, but there are a lot of Christians that do things in secret that are also unrepentant. If God slams the door shut on all those folks, Heaven will be a pretty empty place.
 
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