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.
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, 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.