It may be legal, but it’s still a sin

Today in Iowa, gay couples can apply for marriage licenses.  It is now  legal for two men, or two women to get married in Iowa.  The state supreme court made that decision.  It was the result of much hard, well planned, work by a group of gay activists, some from outside of the state.

It may be legal, but it is still a sin.

Leviticus 18:22 says “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman.  It is an abomination.” 

This passage is quite clear.  The penalty for practicing homosexuality under Mosaic law was death.    Some say, correctly, that Jesus never addressed the topic of homosexuality.  There was no reason for Jesus to address the issue with a Jewish audience.  It was not an issue up for consideration. 

Others may say that we are not under the Mosaic law.  They are correct. However Paul, whose primary work was with Gentiles throughout the Roman Empire, which widely accepted homosexual practice,  is quite clear in addressing the issue. 

I Corinthians 6:9-10 says “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived.  Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 

Lawyers may have been successful with their arguments before the Iowa Supreme Court, but ultimately it is God, to whom we will answer.

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4 Responses to “It may be legal, but it’s still a sin”

  1. Gloria Says:

    Sin is sin period. However praise God He loves the sinner.
    The problem comes when people think that they have an ‘understanding’ with God. When sin is justified then the problem comes in. That scripture lists a host of sins that people should take notice of. Yes homosexuality is there, so is adultery, so is fornication – sex before marriage, thieves, drunkards etc. There are people who think that they can fudge on their taxes and it’s alright. Or taking something from the office is ok because ‘after all they don’t pay me enough’ — stealing is stealing period.
    It can become easy to justify our sin in our own mind but sin is still sin.
    Sin may have immediate gratification but it has long term consequences. Doing what is right may be hard but it has long term blessings.

    • Pastor Curt Says:

      Thank you Gloria, you are right. Sin is sin, and we should not remain in our sins. Jesus did not condemn the woman caught in adultery, but he did tell her to “go and sin no more”.

  2. morsec0de Says:

    You’re free to think so.

    There are plenty of things that Christians (and other types of religious people) think are sins that aren’t illegal. And that’s the way it should be.

    “will inherit the kingdom of God.”

    Unless they have death-bed conversions, right? Or is that not your type of Christianity. Just curious.

  3. Pastor Curt Says:

    morsecOde,

    Freedom is a wonderful thing. With freedom comes responsibility.

    Actually, I do believe in the validity of death-bed conversions. There is always hope that the love of God will touch a person’s heart and bring them into fellowship with God through faith in Jesus. Sooner is better than later however..”today is the day of salvation”.

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