Does God Love A Homosexual?

As a Pastor and Professor of biblical studies, I reach out to the lost through various social media venues. Recently, I encountered a question that I feel led to share along with my response.

The question: “I have been living with a man for _ years and I am in love with him. Does Jesus love me even though I am a homosexual?”

My response:

God’s love is unconditional. Because Jesus is God, my answer is: yes. Jesus loves you unconditionally. In chapter 8 of the Gospel of John, Jesus is confronted by some of the Sanhedrin (Israel’s ruling body in the 1st century). They drag a woman caught in the very act of adultery before Jesus asking Him to judge her fate. The Jewish Law clearly stipulated that she and her counterpart must be stoned to death. Jesus expressed to those present, “let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” One by one, each of the men present departed beginning with the eldest down to the youngest. After they had gone, He and the woman remained alone. Jesus asked her, “woman, where are your accusers? Has no one condemned you? She replies, “no one my Lord.” So Jesus says to her (as I am now saying to you) “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.”

You see __________. We need to distinguish God’s love from His forgiveness. While His love is unconditional, His forgiveness is conditioned on belief in Jesus. Over in 1 John (among other places) we read, “the one who loves God keeps His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.” (which means it is doable).

Romans 3: 23 says “for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”
Romans 6: 23 says, “for the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus.”
John 3: 3 says “in order to see the Kingdom of God, you must be born again.”
Romans 10: 9-10 says, “that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Ephesians 2: 8 says, “for we are saved by grace through faith and that (grace through faith) not of ourselves. It is a gift from God and not by works so that no one should boast.”

John 3: 16 says that “whosoever believes (in Jesus) shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Do you believe that Jesus is God that He came to earth and became a man, He lived a perfect life, voluntarily shed His own blood for our sin, rose from the dead to prove who He is, and sits at the right hand of power (is God)? Do you believe that these actions of His are all that is necessary to save you? If so, you are a Christian and you are forgiven!!!

But this is not a license to sin!! 1 Cor. 10: 13 says “… God is faithful who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able. But with the temptation, will provide the means of escape also, so that you may be able to endure it.” In other words, you can ALWAYS avoid sin.

Both 1 Cor. 6: 9 and 1 Tim. 1:10 include homosexuality among other sins. It cannot be separated from those other sins mentioned.

However, practicing homosexual behavior is not different than my practicing any sin or anyone else practicing theirs. I struggle with mine. But, I have been delivered from its bondage through the freedom in Christ Jesus. Thus, I do not practice sinful behavior anymore. It is not my lifestyle.

It is no accident that you sent this message to me. Does Jesus love you? YES!! Does he want you as His? YES! Can He free you from this lifestyle? YES!

I have friends who have been delivered from homosexuality and are married (to women) and have kids. They are very happy. But, they attribute this delivery from bondage to Jesus.

“With God, all things are possible.” I am praying for you. Please reply back and stay in touch.

As with anyone who is lost, it is incumbent upon each of us as believers to reach out to them with a message of hope and deliverance. As Jesus said, it is not the well who are in need of a physician, but the sick. How are we doing in reaching out to a lost and dying world? Are we reaching with the hands and feet of Jesus, or with a stick?

Yours and His,

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  1. Mark says:

    Well said. In addition to the fact that “God so loved the world,” He called us to love (Matthew 5:44). While He knew that the world was a place of trouble (John 16: 33) and sin (Romans 5: 12), he still provided a way out for all of us (Romans 5:8). Nonetheless, our freedom from sin (Romans 6:22) should result in a change of behavior for all of us (1 Corinthians 6: 9) (Luke 9:23).

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