In my response to the article, Gays Are Taking Us to Hell? by J.C. Hagan, published October 5, 2006, I would like to say I found the article interesting, even though there was much I disagree with, and many comments that I will take issue with.
First of all, although I do believe homosexuality is a sin (and God judges sin), and the Bible clearly teaches so, I have never heard any preacher ever say that homosexuality is taking America to hell or that homosexuals are the only reason God would turn His back on America. I wish the article would list just one example of a preacher who has done that. I believe the Bible teaches we are all sinners, and we will all be judged individually for our own sin if we have not accepted Jesus Christ as our own Lord and Savior-not that our whole society will be judged for the sin of others-gay or not. I do know there are some Christian ministries that reach out in love to homosexuals to show them a better life; while some other so called “Christians” even show hate.
I have a little different perspective on this issue than some because I have two relatives-one male and one female – who are homosexuals. The male has the virus that causes AIDS. While I would never say their lifestyle is normal, would never want to attend their weddings, if gay marriage were legal throughout the United States, I do love their souls. I do want good things and happiness for them, but I just don’t believe that can be found in a gay lifestyle. I know that many people who read this will scoff, but I have heard of many homosexuals who have been saved by the precious blood of Jesus Christ and have new lives. Some have even gone on to get married and have children. I am not around either relative and have not seen either in years, although I have written to the male relative and told him of my faith and the hope he could have. I wish he had been around one person who had come out of that lifestyle had told him how his life could change, instead of so many people in the world telling him his lifestyle is okay.
First, I want to mention some of the points in the article, and while I might totally disagree with some of them, some might even be valid. Even though that is so, there are other things to be considered even on the valid points-additional things that make things the issue seem a little different when considered.
I do know that the Ten Commandments are violated every day by Christians and non-Christians alike. Isn’t that why we all need a Savior, however, because we are sinners? I also take issue with the point that everyone uses God’s name in vain-even Christians. I certainly did before I was a Christian, but I do not now, because God has been so good to me-how can I?
I certainly take issue with points that the words of Jesus Christ must be taken literally, but the words of Paul must not, because he was only a man. How can one say he believes the words of Jesus Christ, if he does not believe the rest of the Bible? If the words of Jesus Christ are true, then the rest of the Bible must be true. If the rest of the Bible is not true, then why believe the words of Jesus Christ? The same book, the Bible that gives the words of Jesus Christ also tells that Paul, who was a mere man, had an encounter with Jesus Christ, and that Jesus Christ gave Paul the words to write down in the Bible. If the words of Christ are true and are from God, then the words of Paul that homosexuality is a sin that will keep one out of heaven must also be true. Only if one does not believe the words of Christ, can he legitimately say he has a reason to not believe the words of Paul. You can’t legitimately have it both ways, no matter how you try. By the way, Paul also said that some people in the church had been saved by God’s mercy from homosexuality, so even though God does not approve of the lifestyle, He will forgive those who trust in His Son.
Now what of the point that Jesus never mentioned homosexuality? He never mentioned every Old Testament law, but He lived according to the law and never said any part was wrong. He quoted the Old Testament. He mentioned Noah and the Ark. He mentioned Sodom and Gomorrah. He obviously believed in all of the Old Testament, which did label homosexuality as a sin. There is no reason to believe, from the way He lived His life, to believe that He would not believe in the New Testament, including Paul’s teaching on homosexuality.
Finally, I would like to talk about the writer’s mentioning that all people sin every day and his point that almost nobody lives by the teachings of Christ. First off, how many people are there in church that don’t have a clue about God’s grace and forgiveness-whether they have the name “Christian” or not? Second, as I have already mentioned, sin is the reason we all need a Savior, and Christians do sin. Finally, however, I have known many Christians who honestly do seek to live out pure lives and try to help others. Some minister to those in prison, some to those with alcohol problems. I do not know any such person myself, but there are many websites of ministries listed on the Internet that try to reach out to show God’s love and forgiveness to gays.
There were many interesting points in the article, Gays Are Taking Us to Hell? I hope, however, I have also made some points that some might consider valid.