“Homosexual sin is different”

Elizabeth Prata of The End Time reminds us of what the Bible plainly teaches:

Homosexuality is the judgment [of God] upon a person. Its widespread presence in a culture indicates that the judgment upon a society is already here.

She writes:

Free from sinI was as grieved by the massacre in Orlando as much as anyone. I shed tears over the article that recounted a youth’s last texts to his Mommy. I shed tears over the bartender’s recounting of his and others’ escape. Omar Mateen perpetrated a heinous crime.

But another heinous crime in the face of God is homosexuality. In reading these articles, I was saddened by the sudden change of the newspapers publishing them of their website banners to rainbows. There were rainbows all over the place, in ‘support’ of the homosexual lifestyle. False teachers such as liberal Glennon Doyle Melton and influential Rachel Held Evans immediately responded with Facebook statuses in support of homosexuality. Evans said in her note that Christian theology “hurts” gay people. Evans’ note about the Orlando massacre got 2176 shares and over 200 comments before I quit looking.

I quote the passage at Romans 1:18-32 a lot. It is the section where Paul shows what God does to a society/individual that rejects Him. At the last, God judges them with homosexuality and that means that “They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity.” (Romans 1:29).

Homosexuality is the judgment upon a person. Its widespread presence in a culture indicates that the judgment upon a society is already here.

On November 1st, 2015, well before the Orlando massacre, Burk Parsons wrote the following for Ligonier’s TableTalk magazine. I reprint it here according to Ligonier’s copyright policy. I follow it with a comment.

Courage and Compassion
by Burk Parsons

Homosexual sin is a grievous and heinous sin. While it is indeed true that all sexual immorality is sin—adultery, fornication, pornography—homosexual sin is different. It is a more heinous and grievous sin because, as the Word of God makes clear, homosexual sin is contrary to nature (Rom. 1:26). Homosexual sin strikes against God’s created order in every way and mocks God’s design for procreation, thus making homosexuality logically self-defeating. Those who suggest the Bible is not clear about homosexual sin have never read the Bible or have not been given the ears to hear what the Bible plainly teaches.

The Bible is clear, so we must be clear. We cannot and must not waver in the face of seemingly overwhelming opposition. Although the world is changing, the Word of God is not. We must stand our ground on the unchanging Word of God in the midst of an ever-changing culture. For even if the whole world says homosexuality is acceptable, we must stand our ground on the authority of God’s Word and insist that it is in fact unacceptable and unconscionable. We must speak the truth even if it means persecution and imprisonment. We must insist that homosexual sin is wrong, and like all sins, sexual or otherwise, it is deserving of God’s righteous wrath and condemnation.

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11 Responses to “Homosexual sin is different”

  1. Manny1962 July 2, 2016 at 2:34 pm #

    Churchianity not only condones it, but it helps propagate it! Seeker friendly abominations that call themselves churches, emergent heretics like Brian McLaren, who officiated at his son’s homosexual wedding, Hillsong and their parade of horrors. Is there judgement upon this nation? You have to be blind not to see it! And yet scores of deluded “Christians” think they’re going to usher in the kingdom of God, when they can’t even control rampant homosexuality within their organizations……….Not only is the culture being judged, but heretical Churchianity as well. Is it any wonder the bible speaks so much about this? Even hinting the antichrist might be a homosexual………..get ready folks! The bible makes it clear Churchianity and our own families will turn against us! Perhaps God in His mercy might spare His little flock, He’s already been giving us some respite!

  2. Manny1962 July 2, 2016 at 2:39 pm #

    We. Should all be on our knees praying, thanking our Lord for His mercy and grace, which we undoubtedly don’t deserve, we have brothers and sisters losing their lives daily around the globe for the name of Jesus Christ. We? We are concerned if Hillary or Donny get voted in! It’s doesn’t matter! It’s all going to hell in a hand basket! What is our mandate? Preach! Get the word out! Warn of quickly approaching disaster! We are living like Lot and Noah!

    • Lyn July 2, 2016 at 4:11 pm #

      Amen Manny! How sad that many Christians fail to understand “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. ” Colossians 3:2
      Politics and Christianity do not mix, either you trust in Christ and not man, or you trust in man and not God. “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.” Psalm 146:3
      Mortal men do not have the things of God in their best interest. Rather, they desire to attain power, authority and wealth.

      As for homosexuality, it is proof that our society is depraved and has been turned over to its sins. When the family as God designed it breaks down, society breaks down. God lets go of such a society and lets it spiral head long into its self-destructing sins. America isn’t going to be a great nation, it no longer is a superpower. Her glory days are long gone, America is waiting for the horrific judgment God will soon unleash upon its inhabitants. What America needs is a Jonah to proclaim repentance and believing on Christ. Instead, we get clowns like Trump and Clinton who lie, who claim to be something they aren’t, who will say anything to attain the highest office in the land. Meantime, it is just like the days of Noah here in the good ole US of A.

  3. Sheila Beers July 2, 2016 at 7:32 pm #

    I do not understand what some posters mean by saying “Homosexuality is God’s judgment upon the nation.” God is not a tempter of persons, and God does not promote evil or lead people into evil. Instead, God created man with a free will, and people, much to their own detriment, choose sin over righteousness and God’s orderly plan for the human race. I agree that judgment is coming, and I believe the AIDS crisis was just the beginning. There is a profound selfishness in society today, and I believe the homosexual lifestyle, abortion, and materialism are manifestations of this selfishness. Each person has a void that only faith and trust in God can fill, and each person finds or makes an idol to take the place God should have in his life. This is a simple explanation of what is going on in society, and I hope my statement brings some clarity to the situation.

    • Lyn July 2, 2016 at 8:16 pm #

      Sheila,

      No one said God leads people into the sin of homosexuality. Read Romans 1, then perhaps you will understand what is being said. Here are some verses that should help, ” Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” Romans 1:25-27 This is what God does when mankind suppresses His truth, He returns the favor by letting sinners go head long into their sins. When God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, what did that society look like at that time? “But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.” Genesis 19:4-5 Here is commentary on this from Matthew Henry, “It was the most unnatural and abominable wickedness that they were now set upon, a sin that still bears their name, and is called Sodomy. They were carried headlong by those vile affections”. M. Henry.
      Notice what the text says, “both old and young, all the people from every quarter” in other words, homosexuality was rampant, it was everywhere. Does that sound familiar? Most will claim only a small percentage of the population are homosexual, but that is obviously not true. Sexual immorality and deviancy is rampant in America. This is why we know God has abandoned this godless nation and is about to unleash His wrath, just as He did on Sodom and Gomorrah.

      As for God creating man with ‘free will’, that isn’t found in the bible. All of mankind are born with a sin nature, inherited from Adam. All are in bondage to sin, slaves to it, and all love it. “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.” John 8:34
      “”This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.” John 3:19
      You have the ability to choose what you will wear, or eat, how you will dress, etc. However, when it comes to spiritual matters, all are in the dark, dead in sin. “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Corinthians 2:14
      “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins” Ephesians 2:1
      “Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart”. Eph. 4:18
      Sinners sin because that is what they desire, they love sin, they are slaves to it. It overpowers them, and they love the darkness they dwell in.
      As for the void you speak of, sinners do not need their void filled. Sinners need to hear that they are lawbreakers, that they have broken God’s law and rebelled against their Creator. They need to hear of God’s impending wrath, and they need to hear of the only hope – the finished work of Christ – His death, burial, and resurrection. The Gospel needs nothing added to it – no ‘accept Jesus’, no ‘invite Him into your heart’, or ‘make your decision for Jesus’. None of that is found in the bible. Sinners are not saved by their own ‘works’ – “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9. Charles Finney, who was a heretic, helped to promote the accursed gospel of free will and decisional regeneration – both of which are lies from the pit of hell.

      • Ann September 27, 2016 at 8:07 pm #

        Sheila did not say God leads ppl into sin. She said she did not understand the,” Homosexuality is God’s punishment upon a person and or nation”, theology. Which is what Elizabeth Prata wrote in her blog. I’ m a little unclear on that statement myself.
        It sounds to me like you are saying that we don’ t have choices. Yes we are by grace saved through faith and not that of ourselves, it is a gift of God, a gift that you can accept or not, a choice. Unless you are saying we are all saved by grace and therefore have nothing further to do. For with the heart man believeth unto rightousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:10. God gives us choices, free will. Free will is a voluntary decision. I don’t know about you but God has never forced me to do anything. He has however, given me choices, blessings or cursings, light or darkness, life or death, etc…

        • Edwitness September 28, 2016 at 2:26 am #

          Amen Ann,
          Free will is what makes us like God. The “In His image” of Gen.1:27. And homosexuality is the only sin that is specifically, every time, connected with an idol. First they worship the genetalia. Then, after God Sees there is no hope for them, he gives them over to it completely.

          Blessings:-} sis

  4. Manny1962 July 2, 2016 at 9:51 pm #

    Amen Lyn, correctly stated! GOD DOES NOT LEAD PEOPLE INTO SIN! Man does this to himself, it gets to the point that God lets man have his way! Then judgement begins! God restrains, and like the book of Revelation says, when He who restrains is taken out of the way, then the antichrist will be revealed and the great apostasy ravaging Churchianity will come full circle, in my opinion, this will be the day that Churchianity jettisons the name of Jesus Christ, and blindly follows the false prophet into worshipping the antichrist, who will proclaim himself to be a god!

  5. Faith July 2, 2016 at 10:18 pm #

    Yes, that quote above is unclear. God’s judgment arrives because of sins like homosexuality, but that sin itself is not the judgment. I know it says that people are ‘given over to a reprobate mind’ but He is not responsible or causing them to sin. It just sounds confusing.

    Anyway, it is the lack of Christian theology that hurts gay people, not the presence of it but the absence. They just don’t want to hear that they are in sin. But the truth hurts. Medicine is bitter. But it is the best thing for you. It is “love speech,” not “hate speech”. But as always, they twist the narrative. The scientific fact is that gays die of AIDS. And Christians did not give that to them, but they will probably want to blame us for that too in their little “reichstag fire” ploy. It is interesting that in Romans 1 it mentions that homosexuals received within their own bodies the punishment, and I wonder if Paul was referring to AIDS? I mean, it is probably not new, why would it be? If that is the result now, it would be then, right? But there has been so much cover up on the whole AIDS issue by those in power. It just happens to be that all those at Aids benefit dinners are gays practically. Anway, we are the ones trying to help them both spiritually and physically. But now they have amped up their slander campaign and will want to blame Biblical Christians for all the suicides of gay teens and whoever else is demonically oppressed because we know and proclaim the truth of God’s Word.

    The churches don’t care, the more people there who are not chased away by the truth of God’s Word, the more that are there to drop their money in that offering plate and that’s the bottom line for them. Plus, the government churches have been muzzled by caesar on such things. Don’t hold your breath on them doing what is right in America’s twilight hour.

  6. Guy Jackson July 3, 2016 at 8:02 am #

    I agree with the Burk Parsons quote in this article: “Homosexual sin is a grievous and heinous sin. While it is indeed true that all sexual immorality is sin—adultery, fornication, pornography—homosexual sin is different. It is a more heinous and grievous sin because, as the Word of God makes clear, homosexual sin is contrary to nature (Rom. 1:26). Homosexual sin strikes against God’s created order in every way and mocks God’s design for procreation, thus making homosexuality logically self-defeating. Those who suggest the Bible is not clear about homosexual sin have never read the Bible or have not been given the ears to hear what the Bible plainly teaches.”

    But I believe there is another key principle here that so many Christians and pastors are missing as to why homosexuality is such an abomination in the eyes of God.

    Gen. 1 makes it clear that God created mankind “male and female He created them in His own image and likeness…” And then the passage tells us for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and the two shall become one flesh. Then a bit later in Genesis it says that Adam knew Eve and they had a son “in his own image and likeness…” There is something in mankind as male and female that uniquely reflects the image of God, and part of that seems to be the ability to reproduce in the image and likeness of God. Homosexuality is the ultimate, defiant “shaking of an angry, rebellious fist” at the heavens rejecting God’s unique design and purpose for man as His image bearer. No other created thing, animal, constellation, etc., has the unique image-bearer status that we humans have. But homosexuality defiantly rejects that unique design of bearing God’s image and likeness as male and female, and seeks to counterfeit and substitute Satan’s design of male with male or female with female. This is why homosexuality is such an abomination–it is an open, continual, defiant rejection of God and His design, and it is a farce to claim that one can be a “gay Christian,” for that would mean you are living in continual unrepentant sin and calling God a liar. I make this point because I believe the average Christian and pastor doesn’t have a clue as to why this is so tragic and devastating for our nation and our world, and why this is such a strategic battle ground where faithful followers of Christ must hold the line.

  7. Edwitness July 3, 2016 at 8:33 pm #

    It certainly is a different sin. Romans 1 calls it idolatry.

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