Does God Forgive Gays?
The bible clearly tells us to stay away from gay and homosexuality. Leviticus 18:22 and Leviticus 20:13 states that it is a sin for a male to lie with a male as with a woman. Deuteronomy 22:5 states that a woman should not wear man’s clothes and a man should not wear a woman clothes. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 states that the unrighteous will not inherit eternal life and enter into the kingdom of God including homosexuals, fornicators, and adulterers.
Some of the homosexuality verses are from the Old Testament but that is not to say that we don’t have to obey it. Jesus’ death and resurrection has validated the new covenant. According to the new covenant, there is no need to abide by the Moses laws including rituals, festivities and other laws. However, Christians still have to abide by the moral laws in the Old Testaments. for example, the Ten Commandments.
It is also wrong to tolerate against homosexuality and approve it. It is not wrong to talk to a homosexuals and be friendly and kind towards them. However, it is wrong to mix with homosexuals company, for example, going out with them. Bad company can corrupt you. What you do can affect your thoughts. Mixing with bad company can affect your faith in Jesus Christ. Ultimately, it will lead you away from God. We must be careful not to give the devil a footstep. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by God because the wickedness of its inhabitants. One of the sins of the people of Sodom and Gomorrah is homosexuality (Jude 1:7).
God will forgive anyone who sincerely repent and confess their sins to him. The parable of the father and his two sons in Luke 15:11-32 shows that the Father God is merciful and forgiving to those who repent and return to him. In the parable, a father has two sons. One day, the father divided his property between the two sons. The younger son accumulate all he had and set out to a distant land. While at the distant country, he squandered away his wealth and spent all he had. There was a severe famine and he began to be in need. Eventually, he hired out himself as a worker who feed the pigs at a farm. He longed to eat the pods that the pigs were eating.
Then, he realized that many of his father’s servants are experiencing starvation and decided to return to him. When he was a long way off, the father ran to him and embraced him and kissed him. The father has the best robe and sandals put on him. The father had a fattened calf slaughtered to celebrate his return. When the older son saw this, he was angry but the father told him that they are to celebrate and be glad because his brother is dead but now alive again. He was once lost but now is found (Luke 15:11-32 KJV).
Jesus died for our sins on the cross so that those who have faith in him can be saved and receive eternal life. However, the gift of salvation is only for those who have repented of their old ways and make a decision to follow God. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your savior but you continue in your sinful lifestyle, you are still not saved yet.
You can pray and ask God to help you if you find that you cannot overcome the sin of gay and homosexuality. You should pray persistently and patiently. You can also have your pastor or other Christians pray for you. God will hear your prayer as it is written everyone who call on him will be saved.
Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. (Leviticus 18:22 KJV)
If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. (Leviticus 20:13 KJV)
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 KJV)
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient (Romans 1:26-28 KJV)
For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.(1 Timothy 1:10)
Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. (1 Corinthians 7:2 KJV)
But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. (Mark 10:6-9 KJV)
For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that. I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I. But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn. (1 Corinthians 7:7-9 KJV)
And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the Lord cast out before the children of Israel. (1 Kings 14:24 KJV)
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; (Romans 1:28 KJV)
Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. (Romans 1:32 KJV)
Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. (Jude 1:7 KJV)
But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them. (Genesis 19:4-5 KJV)
Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him. (Judges 19:22 KJV)
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (1 Corinthians 15:33 KJV)
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. (Proverbs 13:20 KJV)
But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. (1 Corinthians 5:11 KJV)
Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge. (Proverbs 14:7 KJV)
I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers. I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked. (Psalm 26:4-5 KJV)
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. (Psalm 1:1-4 KJV)
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (1 John 1:5-10 KJV)
Pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV)
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16 KJV)
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints (Ephesians 6:18 KJV)
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. (Jeremiah 33:3 KJV)
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:6 KJV)
I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. (1 Timothy 2:8 KJV)
Neither give place to the devil. (Ephesians 4:27 KJV)
But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:8-13 KJV)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:16-17 KJV)
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV)
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39 KJV)