Is homosexuality the only sin?

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by Stan Mitchell

From 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, we note the following: There are sins mentioned other than homosexuality (just so you know that I know). But some are deceived (“Be not deceived”) into thinking that they can live these lifestyles and still attain the kingdom of heaven.

Apparently these ailments are not incurable (“Such were some of you”). Many Corinthians had once done these things, but they were doing so no longer–repentance had taken place.

Two things one often hears regarding the subject of homosexuality.

  1. “Why are you making a special case of homosexuality? Why do you not preach against other sins? You act as if homosexuality is the only sin there is!” 
  2. “In what way is speaking against homosexuality calculated to influence those who are homosexuals to become Christians?”

With regard to statement number one, I feel professionally and personally hurt. Homosexuality is distinctly not the only sin I have preached against. I have been preaching for a long time, and I have addressed many subjects in my messages.

I do indeed care about racism, poverty, theft and so on. If you do not believe this is so, you have simply not been listening.

Regarding the second concern, please note the following declaration: “To commit homosexuality is to break God’s law, and those who do so are called to repentance.”

How would this approach differ from that of an adulterer, a gossip, or a racist? How, for instance, should we approach the racist?

  • Shall we suggest it is a sinful lifestyle, or not?
  • Should we teach this from the pulpit and in private, or not?
  • Shall we suggest the racist should repent, or not?
  • Should we suggest that for the penitent racist, there is forgiveness and grace, or not?

It seems to me that it is not the Christian who makes a “special case” of homosexuality, it is the homosexual advocate. They want this sin to not be considered sinful. Gossip, racism and other acts are sinful, but this one is not.

When homosexuals win the legal right to marry, do you believe the “homosexual agenda” will be satisfied? Will their powerful lobby simply retire happy in the knowledge that they can now be considered married? You would be extremely naive if you thought so.

Already Christian-based orphanages are being pressured to give equal opportunity to homosexual couples for adoption. Already speaking against homosexuality is being couched as “hate speech.” The day will come when this very article will be considered hate talk.

Christianity, it seems, has become the “alternative lifestyle.”

Some Questions you might ask:

  • Is it sinful to be confused about your sexual preferences, or to feel tempted? Answer: Remember that Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, yet did not sin. 
  • Does God love the homosexual? Answer: Yes. Jesus died on the cross for the homosexual, just as much as he died for the arrogant, the murderer and the thief. Remember, however, that the cross runs two ways: It expresses not only God’s love for the sinner, but the seriousness of the sin. The same cross that expresses the grandeur of God’s love also expresses the depths of our depravity. 
  • Is it unkind to say that homosexuality is a sin? Answer: No. It can be said in an unkind manner, I acknowledge, but how else is the church to know what is a sin? Mental telepathy? Osmosis? 
  • Is homosexuality the civil rights issue of our era? Answer: No. The Bible frequently states that God is no respecter of persons, racially speaking (Acts 10:34,35). If a preacher or Christian declares a person of color is not valued in God’s sight, then his statement is unscriptural and wrong! The Bible, however, does speak against homosexual sin. 
  • Will homosexual marriage become the law of the land? Answer: Yes, I believe it will. Hasn’t the shift in public opinion the last 10 years shocked you?

This is sad, considering America’s Christian background, but when did God’s people ever decide biblical doctrine based on a nation’s legislation?

The bigger question is how the church will respond. I think the most depressing factor in this matter is the large number of people in Christian circles who have already compromised on this issue. In the face of clear biblical teaching, they have walked away from the Bible.

Here is the issue, in a word: Will we take the Bible as our guide, or will we conform to the world. A generation of faithful Christianity is at stake here.

God bless us all!

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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7 thoughts on “Is homosexuality the only sin?

  1. Beautifully said. Our country is marching quickly toward a Sodom and Gomorah atmosphere and we are happy about it. Satan is not flesh and blood and the only defeat of this movent may be Gods earthly judgement complete and sure.

    1. Satan would have us believe, or at least tolerate, this great sin of homosexuality and not condemn it for the sake of being “politically correct”. I wonder just how Peter, James, John or Paul would react to such a situation. No, i don’t wonder for we have their response to sin in all forms in God’s word. I believe a lot of the trouble in our religious world today can be directly traced back to evil progressing in our nation because those who knew it was wrong did not take a positive stand for that which is right. I have heard, and believe, “For evil to win the battle is for good men and women to say nothing when they know it is evil.” What God calls evil is evil whether mankind believes it of not.

  2. Very good article. I pray that people could accept the fact that even 1 sin we don’t repent of will keep us out of heaven. That includes all sin, whether you think of them as big or little, we still must repent and obey GOD’S commandments. I really liked Bob’s comment. I think he really hit the nail on the head. Christians every where have been too slack about standing firm on these kind of issues. We have let others “brow beat us” and we have not stood up to them. GOD will hold us accountable.

  3. True words. Sin is being “euphemized” in our culture! Not only homosexuality (alternate lifestyle), but stealing (kleptomania), adultery (extramarital affair), fornication (living arrangement), gambling (gaming), lying (misspeaking), cursing (colorful speech), drunkenness (alcoholism), nakedness as immodesty (flesh freedom), abortion (birth control), and euthanasia (death with dignity) are manipulated by Satan for social acceptance. The truth is hard to hear, but it must be told!

  4. This issue is truly dividing many in the church because of the world telling us that we need to be politically correct. As Chjristians we cannot just stand by and not say anything because we will be held accountable before God for being silent when we should have spoke out. Gods loves all of his creation, but he hates the sins his human creation commits. He is a just God and he will judge justly when jour individual judgement time comes. Our children and grandchildren are being taught to be polically correcyt. We have to keep teaching them that we cannot live a Christian life in a polically correct way. This is letting the world give their values and not Gods values. Let us all keep standing for the truths that comes from God’s word. We may have to bear the consequences of our stand for ttuthi living in this world, but I had rather have the words disapproval than Gods. He will be my judge. Please keep on preaching and teaching the truth.

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