Now, I realize that this new blog series I’m beginning may not be popular. In fact, I really doubt many people will like it. But I also feel it’s important to talk about both for your sake and for mine. My new vlog series is still on becoming the Proverbs 31 woman, but my series for my written blog posts is going to be on sin and what the Bible says about it.
You may be wondering why I am doing this series and my answer is that I don’t believe enough Christians talk openly about sin. We preach love and talk about not judging others, and that’s great, but we need to talk a lot more about sin, especially sin in the lives of Christians (in our own lives).
Please keep in mind that every post I write in this series is NOT based on my own opinions. My opinions don’t matter at all. Each post is written on Scripture from the Bible and what God says about each subject. So, while you may want to shoot the messenger, just remember where I got the message – Father God – because He’s the one you really need to take it up with, not me. I didn’t write the Bible!
I’ve taken this list of sins from these Scriptures (Rom. 1:26-32; 1 Cor. 6:9-11, 18-20; Eph. 4:22-32) and you can look them up on your own to see that I am not making this list up:
• Strife (angry or bitter disagreement over fundamental issues; conflict)
• Malice (the intention or desire to do evil; ill will)
• Slander (a false and malicious spoken statement)
• Insolent (showing a rude and arrogant lack of respect)
• Inventing new ways of evil
• Disobedient to parents
• No understanding (sympathetically aware of other people’s feelings; tolerant and forgiving)
• No fidelity (faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief, demonstrated by continuing loyalty and support)
• No love
• No mercy
• Approving of evil
• Sexual immorality
• Idolatry (extreme admiration, love, or reverence for something or someone)
• Swindling (use deception to deprive (someone) of money or possessions)
• Unwholesome talk
• Grieving the Holy Spirit
• Rage (violent, uncontrollable anger)
• Brawling (fight or quarrel in a rough or noisy way)
These are the sins I will be discussing in this series. Now, before you guys attack me, let me say this: I am not writing this series for non-Christians. I am not judging them, nor am I actually judging Christians because what you do or say is between you and God. I am just trying to open our eyes (yours and mine) to the truth of sin, how God feels about it, and how we are to live. But I’m letting the Holy Spirit convict you because that is not my job. So, let’s dive right in with a seriously hot-button topic in the world today – homosexuality.
I don’t believe I need to define what this word means because we all know what it is to be homosexual, gay, lesbian or bi. And we also know that this has become more and more prevalent in society today. You can’t watch a TV show or movie without seeing homosexuals. Not too long ago society condemned homosexuality and people never talked about it because it was frowned upon. But now people are all “open love” and “do whatever makes you happy” and they turn on Christians for being “judgmental” and for condemning others.
Now, since I told you above that these posts aren’t about my opinion, let me show you what God’s Word says about homosexuality (Old and New Testament):
- Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable. (Lev. 18:22)
- If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads. (Lev. 20:13)
- 9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
- 26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. (Romans 1:26-27)
There are more, but I think this is enough. If you want to look up more, you can check out this site which lists (I believe) all of them.
Let me remind you because I know how easily we forget things, that none of this post is aimed at non-Christians. Those who don’t follow Christ are going to walk in sin no matter what we say or do until they receive salvation. It is not our place to judge those outside the church (1 Cor. 5:12), nor am I actually judging those who call themselves Christians and also call themselves homosexuals (gay/lesbian/bi or any other version). I am just telling you what the Bible says about homosexuality. It is a sin and there really can’t be any doubt about that. The Bible makes it very clear in both the Old and the New Testaments.
However, I also don’t believe that if you struggle with homosexuality you can’t be born-again. There are followers of Christ who struggle with laziness, addictions, gluttony (eating too much), pornography, even adultery. That doesn’t mean we aren’t saved. It just means that we need a lot of help from the Lord in those areas. So, if you are a born-again lover and follower of Jesus Christ, you can still struggle with homosexuality. But, I do believe that if you continue in your sin without admitting it’s a sin or going to the Lord to ask Him to help you, to change you, to deliver you from it, if you are actively and rebelliously sinning, I would seriously doubt your salvation because:
- 5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. (1 John 1:5-10)
- 3 We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.4 Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. 5 But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. (1 John 2:3-6)
- 15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. (1 John 2:15-17)
- 4 Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. 5 But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. 6 No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. 7 Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8 The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. 9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. 10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister. (1 John 3:4-10)
So, while homosexuality is a sin, if you are a follower of Christ and are tempted in this area, I don’t want you to doubt your salvation. You can get help for it, for those temptations, both from the Lord and from Christian counselors. And if someone isn’t saved and is actively into homosexuality, but then becomes saved, yes, unless the Lord completely delivers you from it miraculously (and He can and has done that in the past) you will have to struggle with it for some time, maybe even for the rest of your life, but struggling with something doesn’t mean you need to give into it.
Anyway, that is what God’s Word says about the sin of homosexuality. I want to encourage anyone who is tempted in this area not to feel alone or like you can’t be delivered from it. Ask the Lord for His help and then find a Christian counselor. If you want, you can even talk to me about it! As I said before, I am not here to judge people, merely to remind us of what God’s Word says about sin so that we can recognize it and repent of it in our own lives.
One last thing. I keep telling you guys I’m not judging any of you and I mean that. I’m not writing these posts to tell you how to live – merely to show you what God’s Word says about how we are to live as followers of Christ and allowing the Holy Spirit to convict us. I just hope that as I talk about each of these sins we will all be convicted in at least one area so that we can repent and turn from our sinful ways and allow God to change us. Though I don’t struggle with homosexuality, I do struggle with other sins and when we get to them, I promise I’ll be honest about it, just as I want you to be honest with yourselves and with God. He can handle it!
I love you guys and pray that you all have an amazingly blessed weekend!