I have read in any number of articles written by Christian leaders asserting that God loves homosexuals. Therefore, I felt that this widely pronounced conclusion needed examination.
In referring to homosexuals I am not dealing with persons with homosexual tendencies who acknowledge that these inclinations are unbiblical and are seeking to overcome them. Instead, I am referring to practicing homosexuals.
Asserting, as many Christian writers do, that God loves the practicing homosexuals is incomplete at best and misleading at worst.
From the positive side, Christ died for all sinners, including homosexuals. In addition, the Holy Spirit ministers to the hearts of all sinners, seeking to draw them to the Lord. Both of these entail acts of agape. Regarding those issues, God loves the homosexual.
However, some passages of Scripture indicate that God is hostile toward homosexuals along with others practicing sinful lifestyles. Psalm 5:5 states regarding the Lord, “The boastful shall not stand in Your sight; You hate all workers of iniquity.” Likewise, in Psalm 11:5 we read, “The LORD tests the righteous, but the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.” Also in Romans 1:18, Paul teaches, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness….” We also find Peter observing, “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” (1 Peter 3:12 ESV) Paul adds, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” (Galatians 6:7-8 ESV)
These verses and others indicate that though God has provided salvation for homosexuals and is seeking to draw them to Himself, God is hostile toward those who resist and persist in their sinful lifestyle, allowing judgment to fall on them even in this life.
An article entitled, “Why Homosexual Love Stories Don’t Have Happy Endings,” by Larry Tomczak provides the following statistics regarding homosexuals. Obviously, I cannot say whether the following factors are God’s judgment on homosexuals or merely natural outgrowth of their lifestyle that contradicts God’s design.
- Homosexual and bisexual men account for 75 percent of syphilis.
- 78 percent of all new HIV infections are among males, primarily homosexuals.
- Psychological Reports and the International Journal of Epidemiology reported the same findings: Homosexuals have a 20-year-shorter lifespan.
- It’s not a mystery why the FDA bans homosexual male blood donations or why so many homosexuals suffer from what is medically known as gay bowel syndrome and herpes lesions in the mouth.
Scripture also indicates that eternal damnation is the ultimate destiny of the unrepentant practicing homosexual. One passage explicitly stating this is 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (ESV)
This hardly represents an expression of love.
Consequently, the continued parroting by evangelicals of “God loves the homosexual,” seems to represent both a shallow understanding of Scripture, but perhaps worse, an unwillingness to state the politically incorrect, highly unpopular, and even dangerous truth regarding the plight of practicing homosexuals before a holy God.
Therefore, the ultimate question for us is not whether God loves homosexuals, but whether we love them enough to warn them of their present jeopardy and the wrath to come. The answer seems to be, apparently not.