A Sin Unto Itself?

Dual CrossAs I embark on my task of examining the phenomenon of “gay Christians,” I find myself constantly returning to the grim truth that, nearly 45 years after committing my life to the Lord Jesus Christ, I still struggle with numerous habitual sins. Some in the Gay Christians Movement might try to accuse me of being self-righteous, simply because I don’t experience same sex attractions, and therefore I believe it’s crucial for me to reiterate that I do know what it’s like to fall into attitudes, thought-patterns and (alas!) behaviors that the Bible condemns.

I do feel compassion for the Christian who, despite holding firm convictions that homosexual activity is sinful, repeatedly lapses into such behavior. I have the same problem…only I lapse into anger, worry, gossip, materialism and other manifestations of sin too numerous to mention. Dare I single out homosexuality, then, as being somehow more sinful than the sins I commit? Is homosexuality in a unique category of being more odious to God than the sins in my life?

According to the Bible, homosexuality doesn’t appear to be a sin above all others. On the contrary, the Word of God presents it as one of many sins that require the Lord’s cleansing.

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, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. 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 (ESV)

I see several items within that catalog that indict me. Homosexuality nestles right in there, no better nor no worse than other acts that offend the Holy Spirit. Yes, it is sin, and utterly unacceptable to the God who calls Christians to holiness. So are many of my behaviors. That being the case, I must be careful to broach the topic of “gay Christians” with humility, understanding and acknowledging my own failings and rejoicing in the grace of God that empowers me to repent.

2 thoughts on “A Sin Unto Itself?

  1. I do think the Bible speaks of sexual sin as being especially harmful to us, sinning against our own body?. I also heard a trusted Christian mention that homosexual behavior is always a sin in every context, whereas heterosexual behavior is not always a sin, i.e. in the context of marriage. I, too, believe I need to take my place at the foot of the cross next to murderers, thieves, rapists and sodomites. I am no better. I need as much forgiveness as anyone.


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