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Recently my teenage son came home telling me of a conversation with an unbelieving friend about the gospel. He was encouraged to have been able to talk through specifics of what the truth of the gospel is and how someone becomes a Christian. At the same time he had a question. “Why do I always get the same question from people? They always ask me if I think homosexuality is a sin.”

As I thought about it I have two basic answers to the question.

First, homosexuality is not viewed negatively by most young people. Whether it is because they see it as cool, rebellious, progressive, liberating, or whatever, it is definitely not negative. Hollywood helps to set the tone and shape the public opinion on this with the numerous shows and movies that depict the gay lifestyle as normal and intriguing (see more on this here). The political landscape has also become increasingly sympathetic to homosexuality. As a result anyone who would believe anything impugning about a gay lifestyle is out of step with a significant segment of the population, especially younger people.

Second, homosexuality is a convenient trojan horse to smuggle in all kinds of other sins. The Bible is clear that homosexuality is a sin (Rom. 1.26-28; 1 Cor. 6.9). If you say that the Bible says otherwise then you are brashly undercutting its authority. In other words, if the you don’t believe that the Bible says that homosexuality is a sin then you can scarcely say that anything is a sin. This, I believe, is the real issue. When people talk about Christianity they are not so concerned with Gay rights as much as they are with their rights. They want to be off the hook of God’s authority. Homosexuality is a convenient way to to cut the strings of accountability and authority.

At the end of the day the objections must be seen in light of what they are: rejection of God’s authority. Instead of vacillating on social issues in effort to be more acceptable with unbelievers, Christians must concentrate on being faithful to God. Because, if we are not going to submit to the Bible why would anyone else?

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7 thoughts on “Why Do They Always Ask if Homosexuality is a Sin?”

  1. donsands says:

    Excellent word brother. Homosexual marriage is unbelievable, and yet it is a reality of absurdity, and really something that is impossible to be is called possible: two men getting married, or two women getting married.

    Thanks for the good word Erik.

    1. shwalgren says:

      Romans 2:1 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgement on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgement do the same things.

  2. Very, very, very well put.

  3. forestjump says:

    Shwalgren –

    what are you trying to say? If by quoting that verse you are trying to say that we shouldn’t judge homosexuals….

  4. forestjump says:

    A follow up:
    God is the judge, he judges sin. Homosexuality is a sin, as defined in God’s word. We are not pretending to judge gays, we are heralding what God’s word says about their sin. THAT is why your verse is out of context.

  5. Chris says:

    We definitely have an uphill battle against the modern day culture. Modern science now teaches that people are “born homosexual or heterosexual”… which is close to the truth. We’re all born with sin.. and I can imagine that some people are born with sin that inclines them to be more apt to struggle with homosexuality. However, they’re not BORN a homosexual!!

    But if you mix what science teaches with the Bible, you now get the idea that GOD CREATES someone homosexual.. and you have a complete distortion of the truth.

    And if God creates someone homosexual.. then how could we EVER call it sin.

    That’s what happens when you start with what man says with science rather than what God says in his word.

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Erik Raymond is senior pastor of Emmaus Bible Church in Omaha, Ne. He and his wife Christie have six children. You can follow him on Twitter.

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