The issue of same-sex intercourse can never be discussed just as an evangelical hot-button. It's not an issue of loving or not loving people with same-sex attractions. Any hatred expressed toward gay human beings is unchristian just as accepting the practice of homosexuality is also unchristian.
The passage before us today isn't unique in its condemnation of homosexuality. There are others. What is unique about today's text is the meaning it gives to homosexual practice. This passage frames the whole issue of homosexuality - gives the big picture.
One other thing to notice in our text today. It is certainly true and important to remind ourselves that the Bible condemns all sexual immorality. In fact, the Bible has more to say about immoral heterosexuality - sexual practice before marriage and outside of marriage - than it does about homosexuality. The only unique feature of homosexuality is the current inclination to take a sinful temptation and define an identity by it. But it is still true we are all- heterosexual and homosexual - oriented wrongly left to our own desires.
Rev. Don Horban - October 23, 2016
Rev Don Horban - October 09, 2016