Homosexual Christians

Can a Homosexual be a Christian?
 
Absolutely! In God's eyes Homosexual behavior is no different than any other sinful behavior and all true Christians freely admit they are sinners. Satan is very clever, don't let him, or those who he has influenced, work on your fear of your own sinful behavior to pull you away from God... That applies to ANY and ALL sinful behavior.
 
Don't let anyone, including self-professing Christians tell you that homosexual behavior is any worse that any other type of sinful behavior, if they do then you should be very suspicious of their motives.
 
Christians are ashamed of their own sinful behavior, they repent and ask the Lord to grant them forgiveness and lead them away from sin. Yes, it is that easy, it is not necessary to publicly confess to anyone, no public coming out, it can be absolutely private between you and the Lord.
 
First of all, Stop Sinning!
 
Do you want forgiveness? A good start is "Dear Jesus, Please forgive me for my sins..." and fill in as needed, end with "Amen" Jesus has promised to listen. Do it with a true sense of seeking God and you will be granted forgiveness, no matter how terrible your sins.
 
So what's the big deal with Christians and homosexuals?
 
Christians recognize Satan at work when anyone, even another Christian, approves, supports, enables, or encourages others in sexual immorality. Sexual immorality includes homosexual behavior, gay pride coming out, gay pride parades, advocating for same-sex-marriage, or teaching children that homosexual or LGBT behavior is normal and acceptable to God.
 
Jesus specifically condemned those who would lead children astray! (Matthew 18:6)
 
A contrite, repentant homosexual sinner can be a Christian the same as any other repentant sinner.

What if a Christian Continues Homosexual Behavior?
 
I cannot answer this directly, I think the answer depends on the relationship between God and the individual. I can relate a few things that may help or at least show a direction for finding personal truth.
 
I pray to God almost every night, usually I ask Him to forgive my sins, to hold me close, and to keep me pointed in the right direction according to his will. The next day I continue to sin, NOT on purpose, it just happens. Also, the Bible tells me that God does not expect us to be perfect.
 
As for homosexuality and sexual immorality, I consider adultery a sin very similar to homosexual behavior, also I don't see any real difference stated in the Bible. I have been faithfully married (man woman) for over 50 years, no adulterous behavior, none, and yet the Bible tells me that lust is a sin just like adultery, and I am certainly guilty of lust, not so much now as in my younger days. I am ashamed of my lust, and yet, sometimes it just happens. So how do I handle that? I repent, I ask God to forgive me, and to point me in the right direction... Kind of like a reset.
 
I think it is more telling to state what I don't do... I don't take pride in my lustful behavior, I don't participate in adultery pride parades (does anyone?), I don't advocate changes in the law to encourage more adulterous behavior, I would not ask my parents, relatives, and friends to approve of my lustful, adulterous behavior, thus drawing them into the sin with me, and I certainly would not be pushing for the government to teach kindergarten kids all about lust and adultery, or that they are normal activities approved by God.
 
I think the same applies to a homosexual Christian, live your life and pray to God, don't pridefully flaunt your sin in front of society and God, don't draw others into your sin by asking their approval, and don't allow anyone to lead children astray, by teaching or example.
 
Jesus said, "If anyone causes one of these little ones, those who believe in me, to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea." (Matthew 18:6)
 
Repent, ask God to hold you close and steer you in the right direction... You cannot miss!

What About Christian Parents, Relatives, and Friends of Homosexuals?
 
The compassion for homosexuals by parents, siblings, friends, and others who love them is understandable, but the homosexual or individual should understand the damage he is doing to them when they approve his sinful behavior.
 
When Christians support, enable, and encourage others to flaunt homosexual behavior in the face of God, they are not only encouraging them to sin but they are sinning themselves. Yes, those who truly love you are often willing to do just that.
 
Don't drag your loved ones down with you into the sewer of sexual debauchery and sin, but look past them for your support and encouragement, look to Jesus for your forgiveness and pull them all up to Him with you.
 
Pray, repent, ask forgiveness, and make an honest effort to do better.

Two Father to Son Letters, Read Them Both and Compare...
 
Son,
 
This is a difficult but necessary letter to write.
 
I hope your telephone call was not to receive my blessing for the degrading of your lifestyle. I have fond memories of our times together, but that is all in the past.
 
Don't expect any further conversations with me. No communications at all. I will not come to visit, nor do I want you in my house. You've made your choice, though wrong it may be. God did not intend for this unnatural lifestyle. If you choose not to attend my funeral, my friends and family will understand.
 
Have a good birthday and good life. No present exchanges will be accepted.
 
Good bye,
 
Dad
 
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My dear Son,
 
I'd rather say this man-to-man and face-to face, and I hope I will have a chance to do so soon. However, to avoid misunderstanding, and to ensure that you have something in black and white you can keep and refer to, I want to make sure you know one thing: I love you, and I always will. I do not hate you, and I never will.
 
Our relationship will probably change a bit as a result of your chosen lifestyle, but my love for you will never change. I will continue to seek your very best, as I have always done. In fact, I will probably, by prayer and other practical means, seek your good as I've never done before.
 
Maybe you've been afraid that I will reject you and throw you out of my life. I want you to know that you will always be welcome in our family home. Text, email, phone regularly. I certainly will. We'd especially love you to come home for birthdays and for other special occasions. I hope we can continue to go fishing together and to share other areas of our lives.
 
Your male friend may also visit our home with you, but we will need to discuss certain boundaries. For example, I can't allow you to share a room or a bed together when you are here, and I will not allow open displays of affection for one another, especially in front of the other children. If you stay with us, I want you to attend family devotions, and if you are with us on a Sunday, I want you to come to church with us to hear the Gospel.
 
Perhaps these boundaries are not going to be easy for you to accept, but try to understand that I have a duty to God to lead my home in a God-glorifying manner. Psalm 101 commands me to prevent sinful behavior in my home. While extremely anxious to preserve a relationship with you, I am especially concerned that your siblings are not influenced into thinking your lifestyle is fine with God or with us.
 
I know that you don't like me calling your lifestyle and sexual practices a sin. However, remember I've always told you that I myself am a great sinner, but I have an even greater Savior. I hope the day will come when you will seek that great Savior for yourself. He can wash us snow-white clean. He is also able to deliver us from the bondage of our lusts and from everlasting damnation.
 
I will not bring up your sin and the Gospel every time we meet, but I do want you to know where I stand right up front, and also that I'm willing to speak with you about the Gospel of Christ anytime you wish.
 
I hope you will not call this message hate. This is how love sounds. I will always be your Dad. And you will always be my son. As I will never stop loving you, I will never stop praying for you.
 
Dad

Love God and do as you please.
 
Quoted from Saint Augustine... When I first ran across this simple phrase, the words seem irresponsible, they seem to say that if you love God, anything goes. But, the truth is that it has a much deeper meaning... If, in our heart, we believe our actions are pleasing to God, then we are probably on the right path because if we truly love God, then by nature we will want to please Him.

Satan Works Both Sides of the Street
 
Christians should not let our conscience overwhelm us with guilt, that is simply Satan trying to encourage us to give-up as if we are doomed. We should put the sin, and Satan, behind us, tell Satan we know we are sinners and deserve death and Hell, so what? Jesus has paid the penalty for our sins and we are with Him.
 
God does not demand perfection in us. God never thought that we could live the perfect Christian life, nor does he expect that we can actually meet all his Holy standards. If he thought that we could, he wouldn'tít have sent His Son Jesus to earth to die for us... But he did.
 
God is aware of the gap between his perfection and our sinfulness. As Christians we try to close that gap, so that we feel more comfortable, so that we feel closer to God. Some will try to close the gap by trying to lower God's standards, others will try to close the gap by trying to raise their performance.
 
Sometimes closing the gap feels like too much pressure, the harder you try, the more you feel like a failure, deserving of God's judgment and condemnation, so the more distant you will feel from God. Relax, repent, ask forgiveness and move on with your life following Christ.
 
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)

Homosexuals and Marriage
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In extending forgiveness to the individual, Jesus releases them from all past and future condemnation. Then Jesus tells the sinner, "go, and do not sin again." (John 8:11) The gift of wholeness Jesus grants urges us to mend our ways and lead a lifestyle away from sin.

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