Many people ask, “Is homosexuality really that different from other sins?”
Scripture teaches that there are some people that God blinds to their sin, giving them over to “shameful lusts.” These people have “exchanged the truth of God for a lie” and will “receive in themselves the due penalty for their perversion” (Romans 1). The passage specifically speaks of homosexuals (as well as gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful people) as those who will be given over to their sin. This teaching, combined with Paul’s writing in 1 Corinthians 6:18 regarding the unique nature of sexual sin, shows us that homosexuality is different from many other sins.
However, James 2:10 teaches that if any of us have broken even one point of biblical law, then we are guilty of breaking all of it. In that sense, homosexuals aren’t different from everyone else – without Christ, they are bound to spend eternity in Hell.
The most important truth is that all people are sinners in God’s eyes. The Word of God says that there is none righteous, not even one person (Romans 3:10). Scripture goes on to say that ALL people have sinned and that ALL people fall short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). But there is hope: If anyone is in Christ he is a new creature, old things are passed away and all things will become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).
The only hope for all mankind (including homosexuals) is faith in Jesus Christ: “All who call on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).
Hope for Homosexuals
God’s love is not reserved for people who have always had everything “straight.” Instead, God desires to have a relationship with those who have gone astray. And while there is a great price to be paid for our sin; God has already paid it in full. Hope can be yours today if you will open your heart.
1 Corinthians 6:18
Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.