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Mar 24, 2019

Choose Or Lose #5

Homosexuality

By Louie Marsh, 3-24-2019

LOVE

15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.  Eph. 4:15

 

Gallup reported the following percent of Americans identity as LGBTQ

 

3.5% in 2012

3.8 % in 2015

4.5 % in 2016 The percentage, which works out to more than 11 million U.S. adults.

 

The increase was driven primarily by millennials, defined as those born between 1980 and 1999, according to the report’s findings. In 2012, 5.8 percent of this cohort answered “yes” when asked, "Do you, personally, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender?” In the 2017 estimate, that numbered jumped 40 percent to 8.2 percent of millennials.

 

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association admits that homosexuals "use substances at a higher rate than the general population," have "higher rates of alcohol dependence and abuse," and are subject to higher rates of "depression and anxiety." 

 

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center estimates that between 5 and 10% of LGBT youth, depending on age and sex groups, have attempted suicide, a rate 1.5-3 times higher than heterosexual youth.

 

In U.S. lesbian, gay and bi adolescents and adults have two to six times higher rates of reported suicide attempts compared to comparable straight people.

 

  1. I) God’s First & Authoritative Word On Human Sexuality

 

23  Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” 24  Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25  And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. Genesis 2:23-25 (ESV)

 

  • Male & Female were made for EACH OTHER.

 

  • No homosexual relations exist here at all.

 

  • Marriage is solely between MALE & FEMALE.

 

World Map Of Gay Marriage

 

  1. II) Disputed Texts

 

1) Sodom

 

4  But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house. 5  And they called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them.” 6  Lot went out to the men at the entrance, shut the door after him, 7  and said, “I beg you, my brothers, do not act so wickedly. 8  Behold, I have two daughters who have not known any man. Let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you please. Only do nothing to these men, for they have come under the shelter of my roof.” 9  But they said, “Stand back!” And they said, “This fellow came to sojourn, and he has become the judge! Now we will deal worse with you than with them.” Then they pressed hard against the man Lot, and drew near to break the door down. Genesis 19:4-9 (ESV)

 

  • They just wanted to get to know them.

 

  • Condemned for rape not homosexuality.

 

  • Condemned for not helping the poor

 

49  Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. 50  They were haughty and did an abomination before me. So I removed them, when I saw it. Ezekiel 16:49-50 (ESV)

 

22  You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. Leviticus 18:22 (ESV)

 

2) David & Jonathan

 

26  I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; very pleasant have you been to me; your love to me was extraordinary, surpassing the love of women. 2 Samuel 1:25-26 (ESV)

 

3) Jesus never taught against homosexuality.

 

29  but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all— Luke 17:29 (ESV) [Matthew 19:3-6]

 

Two graphics – one Jesus said some born gay – WRONG – he was talking about those who choose to have no sex and serve God celibate. Jesus affirmed gay couple – Jesus healed a man’s son!

 

4) Paul – “Natural” Vs. “Unnatural.”

 

18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth…26  For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27  and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. Romans 1:18,26-27 (ESV)

 

  • These are heterosexuals whose homosexual acts were unnatural to them.

 

These verses don’t speak of unnatural feelings but of natural function – Paul is concerned with what they DID not how they felt or saw themselves.

 

5) Paul – Condemnation of same-sex acts.

 

9  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, 1 Corinthians 6:9 (ESV) [1 Timothy 1:9-10]

 

  • Greek word here is not used elsewhere, probably refers to male prostitutes.

 

  • μαλακός is a literal translation of the Hebrew miskhav which means “lying together with a male.”

Interestingly this word, literally translated “men who bed men” is very close to the term used today by the Center for Disease Control for homosexual men, “Men who have sex with men” or MSM.

 

III) The Real Issue

 

1) God condemns same-sex acts NOT same-sex ATTRACTION.

 

  • Being tempted is NOT A SIN.

 

15  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15 (ESV)

 

2) My response to temptation is always the SAME.

 

  • Get AWAY FROM IT.

18  Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 1 Corinthians 6:18 (ESV)

 

  • Recognize the source and RESIST HIM.

 

7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7 (ESV)

 

3) Submission to God requires I ABSTAIN from all sex outside of marriage.

 

3  For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4  that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4 (ESV)