Signs of the Times

Homosexuality

PROPHETIC SIGNIFICANCE:
There is a vital connection between the prophesied apostasy ("falling away") of the end times and the rise of homosexuality, which is one of the chief symptoms of a society that has departed from the teaching of God's Word.
It is our desire to show love and compassion while being honest about what the Bible says regarding this topic.


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Homosexuality
Genesis 19:1-26 Further Study
Sinful behavior in Sodom that brought its destruction
Leviticus 18:22 Further Study
Prohibited in the Old Testament as an "abomination"
Matthew 19:4 Further Study
Jesus' teaching about marriage
Luke 17:28-32 Further Study
Jesus' teaching about Sodom
Romans 1:24-27 Further Study
Condemned by God as "degrading passions"
1 Corinthians 6:9 Further Study
Among list of those who do not inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Corinthians 6:11 Further Study
Homosexuals may change by faith in Jesus Christ.
1 Timothy 1:10
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The law condemns it along with other crimes.
Jude 1:7-8
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Reason for Sodom's destruction

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Pope Emphasizes 'Natural Structure' of Marriage as Between One Man and One Woman

Dec. 17 - On Friday Pope Benedict XVI made an official statement made annually by the pope for the World Day of Peace 2013. In the statement he reaffirmed the traditional definition of marriage.
"There is…a need to acknowledge and promote the natural structure of marriage as the union of a man and a woman in the face of attempts to make it judicially equivalent to radically different types of union."
Source: Christian Post

Prophetic Significance of Homosexuality


Supreme Court will take up gay marriage cases

Dec. 7, 2012 - The Supreme Court has decided to consider two same-sex marriage issues this year. One of these is the California State Initiative, Prop. 8, that defined a marriage as only between one man and one woman. It was struck down by a federal appeals court ruling.
The court also will decide whether Congress can deprive legally married gay couples of federal benefits otherwise available to married people. A provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act limits a range of health and pension benefits.
Nine states have decided to allow same-sex marriage. They are: Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, Washington. The District of Columbia has also made that decision. On the other hand, 31 states have amended their constitutions to prohibit same-sex marriage.

Arguments for the cases probably will be heard in March, but decisions will be announced in late June.

Source: Fox
Supreme Court Unlikely To Deliver Gay-Marriage Mandate - Forbes

'Gay conversion' ban put on hold

Dec. 4, 2012 - The State of California has a new law that prohibits "gay conversion therapy." In the case of a student and two mental health providers, U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb issued an injunction against enforcing the law. He said that they "are likely to succeed on the merits of their … claims based on violations of their rights to freedom of speech under the First Amendment." He also said that without the injunction they would be likely to suffer irreparable harm.
Source: Sacramento Bee

Why the “Born This Way” Argument Fails

Dec. 2, 2012 - Homosexuals often use the "God made me this way" argument to deny that they should resist the urge to practice their behavior.
This fact is becoming especially relevant today because we are now beginning to see the argument utilized to justify many other behaviors, with the most recent being pedophilia.
People may be born with the disposition to do many things that are not good, moral, and right in the eyes of God.

The writer says, "Being Born Again Overcomes being 'Born that Way'."

Source: Robin Schumaker - Christian Post

Catholic Bishop: Vote for Gay Marriage Jeopardizes Your Soul

Oct. 28, 2012 - Bishop David Ricken, the Bishop of Green Bay, sent a letter to parishioners with a list of “intrinsically evil” positions that contradict fundamental contents of faith and morals. The list includes abortion, gay marriage, euthanasia, embryonic stem-cell research, and human cloning. The letter said,
"To vote for someone in favor of these positions means that you could be morally ‘complicit’ with these choices which are intrinsically evil. This could put your own soul in jeopardy.”
Source: NewsMax

Federal appeals court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act

Oct. 18, 2012 - The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. The decision was the outcome of a suit by widow Edith Windsor, an 83-year-old lesbian who sued the federal government for charging her more than $363,000 in estate taxes after being denied the benefit of spousal deductions. In the court's opinion the federal law violates the Constitution's equal protection clause.
Source: CNN
Text of the ruling
Gay marriage to Supreme Court? More likely after latest rejection of DOMA. - Christian Science Monitor
See: Franklin Graham: Obama's Endorsement of Same-Sex Marriage a 'Big Problem' in Prophecy Central's Presidential Campaign section.
Marriage Advocates in Four States Gear Up for November Ballot Measures - 32 states have already passed laws defining marriage as between one man and one woman. - Religion Today

Ban on Gay 'Conversion' Therapy to be Challenged

Oct. 2, 2012 - Two Christian defense organizations will challenge California's new law that bans psychological counseling to help impressionable teens change their sexual orientations or reduce their attractions to people of the same-sex
After months of intense lobbying, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill late Saturday that prohibits licensed mental health professionals from using so-called reparative or conversion therapies with clients under age 18.
California-based Pacific Justice Institute and Florida-based Liberty Counsel"s Mat Staver plan to argue that the law infringes on the First Amendment and equal protection rights of individuals to give and receive information that matches their personal and professional beliefs.
Source: NewsMaX
Student who got 'gay cure' sues California over new law - WND

Did Jesus condemn homosexuality?

Aug. 7, 2012 - Today some people say, “Since Jesus never mentions homosexuality nor does He specifically condemn it, homosexuality must be legitimate in Jesus’ eyes.”

Author Carl Galllups shows that Jesus believed that marriage was for one man and one woman, and that perversion of this belief led to Sodom's destruction.

Source: WND
Is it true Jesus never addressed same-sex marriage? - Daniel Akin - OneNewsNow

Huckabee: Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day 'beyond anything I could have imagined'

Aug. 2, 2012 -
Mike Huckabee said Thursday that the success of "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" went beyond "anything I could have imagined," saying stores across the country reported "record, historic sales."
Source: Fox
Americans flock to support Chick-fil-A - WND
Rush on Chick-fil-A: The target is Christianity- WND

Chick-fil-A supporters plan national appreciation day

Aug. 1, 2012 - Supporters of Chick-fil-A plan to visit the restaurants today to show solidarity with Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy, who told reporters, their company was "guilty as charged" for backing "the biblical definition of a family."
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister, declared Wednesday national "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day."
Gay rights groups and others have called for boycotts and efforts to block the chain from opening new stores.
Source: Fox
Jesus and Chick-fil-A - Ron's Blog
Firestorm Update: Responding to Readers Questions on Gay Marriage vs. Biblical Marriage - Joel Rosenberg
Eat more chicken - Cal Thomas
Black Pastors Launch Campaign Opposing Gay Marriage, Warn Obama We ‘Will Not Stand With You’ - CNS
Chick-fil-A Supporters Line Up for Appreciation Day - ABC
Chick-fil-A appreciation day brings huge crowds to fast-food chain - The Guardian - UK
Chick-fil-A not alone in touting religion alongside products - Fox

DNC adds marriage redefinition to platform

Aug. 1, 2012 - Even though homosexuals represent maybe 3 percent of the population, their lobby has apparently convinced democratic power-brokers that denying same-sex marriage is equivalent to denying interracial marriage.
For the first time in its history, anonymous sources told Politico, the Democratic National Committee will add homosexual “marriage” to the party platform. The Democrats will present this endorsement at the convention in September in Charlotte, N.C.
The majority of the citizens of North Carolina, where the convention will be held, has already decided in favor of traditional marriage, and recently approved a constitutional amendment that establishes this opinion. A significant number of black voters also approved the amendment.

Meanwhile, the Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP) criticized President Obama's support of same-sex marriage. Rev. William Owens, president of the organization, said "The man holding the most powerful position in the world is stooping to lead the country down an immoral path.”

Source: World Magazine

Can Cities Really Block Chick-fil-A?

July 28, 2012 - Mayors of several major cities, including Boston and Chicago, have expressed their desire to block Chick-fil-A fast-food restaurants from opening in their cities. They take exception to the beliefs of Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy [who recently told the Baptist Press that the company was “guilty as charged” for backing the “biblical definition of a family”]. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said in a letter to Cathy, "There is no place for discrimination on Boston's Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it."
David Cortman, an attorney with the legal group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), said a restaurant cannot be blocked from opening because of the restaurant's or the owner's beliefs.
Source: Christianity Today and Newsmax
Outraged Newsmax Readers, Grassroots Conservatives Vow to Eat Chick-fil-A - NewsMax
Classic liberals discover homo-fascism - Scott Lively - WND
Huckabee Sets Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day On August 1, 2012 - Digital Times

Episcopal Church becomes biggest US church to bless gay unions

July 12, 2012 - The U.S. Episcopal Church has approved a same-sex liturgy is called "The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant."
In the proposed rite, each person would make a vow to the other, exchange rings and be declared "bound to one another in a holy covenant, as long as they both shall live."
Other churches have made similar decisions. The United Church of Christ, which voted in 2005 to support full civil and religious marriage equality for same-sex couples. The U.S. Presbyterian Church already allows ministers to bless gay unions but prohibits them from solemnizing gay civil marriages.
Source: MSNBC
United Reformed Church to Allow Gay Civil Partnerships in UK Churches - Christian Post

Southern Baptists: Gay Rights Not Civil Rights

June 21, 2012 - In a nearly unanimous vote, delegates to the Southern Baptist's annual meeting passed a resolution on the subject of same-sex marriage.
It affirms Southern Baptist belief that marriage is "the exclusive union of one man and one woman" and that "all sexual behavior outside of marriage is sinful."
Source: NewsMax

Biola University Clarifies Stance on Human Sexuality

May 22, 2012 - In the wake of President Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage, a small underground group of students at Biola University posted flyers around campus notifying others of their presence. the flyers were removed and the administration came out the next day with a policy statement.
"In the coming academic year, we will have focused dialogue and campus-wide educational forums on human sexuality," Biola president Barry Corey wrote in a letter to students, faculty and alumni.
The policy says that "acts of sexual intimacy between a man and a woman outside of marriage, and any act of sexual intimacy between two persons of the same sex, [are] illegitimate moral options for the confessing Christian."

On the other hand, the statement affirms that the school is a safe place for those struggling with same sex issues. In essence, the school will be helpful in their effort to overcome this temptation, but if they persist, even after conversations with the faculty, they will be in violation of their signed contract with the University and will be told, "This isn't the place for you."

Source: Religion Today

Obama, touting gay marriage stance, calls for repeal of Defense of Marriage Act

May 15, 2012 - At a fundraiser hosted by the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Leadership Council, President Obama went beyond his recent statement that same-sex couples should have the right to marry. He spoke in favor of repealing the Defense of Marriage Act which was passed in 1996.
Source: Fox

Franklin Graham: Obama Has ‘Shaken His Fist’ at God

May 10, 2012 - Franklin Graham, who had actively supported the successful push to amend North Carolina's constitution to define marriage as a union of a man and a woman, voiced strong disappointment over President Obama's affirmation of same-sex marriage. He said,
“President Obama has, in my view, shaken his fist at the same God who created and defined marriage. It grieves me that our president would now affirm same-sex marriage, though I believe it grieves God even more.”
Source: NewsMax
Gay marriage issue: Who does it hurt most, Obama or Romney? - Christian Science Monitor
Helping Someone Escape Sin Is Not Judgmental - Dan Delzell - Christian Post

How Should the Church Love a Gay Couple?

May 11, 2012 - Advice on how to minister to gay couples who visit your church.
But everyone agreed that at some point, the issue of sin has to be addressed in an appropriate manner, especially if they want to become involved or gain membership within the church.
Source: Jeff Shapiro - Christian Post
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Obama backs gay marriage, answering speculation on 'evolving' position

May 9, 2012 - President Obama finally clarified what he had earlier called an evolving opinion about same-sex marriage.
"At a certain point, I've just concluded that for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married," Obama told ABC News.
The President he said his position has changed, "as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors, when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships..."
Source: Fox
Responses to Obama's same-sex marriage announcement - CNN
Obama's spiritual adviser disappointed in stance on gay marriage - MyFox Orlando
Romney reaffirms belief in marriage as between man, woman - Fox
House panel votes to ban same-sex marriages on US military bases - Fox
Christian Leaders Criticize Obama on Gay Marriage Stance - NewsMax
Obama's Marriage Payoff: Hollywood Cash - NewsMax
Responding as President Affirms Same-Sex Marriage - Links to great articles - Manhattan Declaration

North Carolina approves amendment banning gay marriage

May 9, 2012 - North Carolina became the 30th state to adopt a constitutional amendment defining marriage solely as a union between a man and a woman. Final results are not yet in, but with 35 percent of precincts reporting, 58 percent were in favor of the amendment.
In the final days before the vote, members of President Barack Obama's cabinet expressed support for gay marriage and former President Bill Clinton recorded phone messages urging voters to reject the amendment.
Source: Fox
President Obama 'disappointed' with North Carolina ban on gay marriage - Fox
Colorado lawmakers reach impasse on civil unions - Fox

Methodists Uphold Policy that Calls Homosexuality ‘Incompatible with Christian Teaching’

May 7, 2012 - Delegates to the United Methodist Church’s General Conference in Tampa, Florida, stood against approval of homosexuality.
Despite emotional protests and fierce lobbying, United Methodists voted on May 2 to maintain their denomination’s stance that the practice of homosexuality is “incompatible with Christian teaching.”
Source: Christianity Today

Andy Stanley Sermon Illustration on Homosexuality Prompts Backlash

May 4, 2012 - A illustration in a recent message by North Point Senior Pastor Andy Stanley raised more questions than it provided answers. He talked about a man who left his wife for another man. He condemned the adulterous relationship (since the man was married) and called adultery sin, but did not label homosexuality as sin. So far, Stanley has not commented on the issue.
Source: Christianity Today

'Gay' anti-bully activist 'savages' Christians

Homosexual activist Dan Savage, recently invited to be the keynote speaker at a high school anti-bullying conference in Seattle, Wash., promptly used his podium to bash Christians so severely, droves of the students fled the auditorium, some say victims of bullying themselves.
His profanity-laced speech claimed that the Bible was wrong about a lot of things. He called it “a radically pro-slavery document.” And he said it was wrong about sexuality as well.
Source: WND

Kirk Cameron is right

Mar. 14, 2012 - Actor Kirk Cameron was a guest on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight last Friday.
The host asked for his comments on homosexuality, and Cameron told the truth: “I think that it’s … unnatural. I think that it’s … detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.”
Source: World

Proposition 8 ruled unconstitutional: On to the Supreme Court?

Feb. 7, 2012
A federal appeals panel in San Francisco ruled Tuesday that California’s Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, a decision that could lead to the Supreme Court’s consideration of the controversial social issue.
Since the court did not address the issue of whether the Constitution protects the rights of same-sex couples to marry, it is likely that their ruling will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Source: Washington Post
Three GOP Candidates Blast Ruling Overturning Calif. Gay Marriage Ban - Newsmax

Joel Osteen Affirms Homosexuality is a Sin

Jan. 17, 2012 - Joel Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church, the largest church in America, with average attendance of over 43 thousand per week, spoke out about homosexuality.
Osteen made headline news this week, when comments he made to Oprah about homosexuality being a sin, were criticized by a number of secular news agencies. However, Osteen did also receive strong support from conservative Christians across the nation.
He said being gay is a sin and one should ask forgiveness for it, but that God doesn't categorize it as a worse sin than others, like being proud, or not telling the truth.
Source: Christian Post
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Homosexuality and the Bible
by Ron Graff

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The need for love and compassion

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
1 John 4:8 (NIV)

The message of the Bible is a message of love. God is love itself, and those who claim to know Him must also be loving. Jesus' own example was the supreme gift of Himself by dying for us on the Cross.

The need for honesty about sin
- Sin separates us from God

God has other attributes too. He is not only a loving God, but He is also Holy, Righteous and Just (Exodus 15:11; Psalm 99:9; Psalm 119:137; Psalm 89:14). In His righteousness He warned that the penalty for sin is death (Genesis 2:17; Ezekiel 18:4; Romans 6:23). Our sin results in spiritual death, which is separation from God (Ephesians 2:1).

- All have sinned

What shall we conclude then? Are we any better? Not at all! We have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin. As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one."
Romans 3:9-12 (NIV)

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 3:23 (NIV)

- Jesus came to deliver us from sin and its power

Jesus often went out of His way to reach out to people who were caught in the trap of sin. In the well known case of the woman brought to Him in adultery, He said, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." In His great love He was able to offer forgiveness because He was also going to satisfy the demands of Justice by dying for her. He did not deny that she had sinned. In fact, He said, "Go now and leave your life of sin" (John 8:7-11).

- Homosexual behavior is sinful

The Bible is very clear about the fact that homosexuality is sin. Here are some of the key passages on the subject.

Even in the first book of the Bible homosexuality was shown to be wrong.

They called to Lot, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them." Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him and said, "No, my friends. Don't do this wicked thing."
Genesis 19:5-7 (NIV)

This happened in the city of Sodom. Immediately after this God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah with fire and brimstone. The type of sexual activity practiced by these people is called sodomy to this very day.

Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.
Leviticus 18:22

This was included among the laws which were given to Moses. In addition to being wrong, it was called "detestable." In some translations it is translated as "an abomination."

Homosexuality is also condemned in the New Testament.

Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator-- who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
Romans 1:24-27 (NIV)

This can only describe homosexuality. It is given by the Apostle Paul as part of a four-step decline of morality which leads ultimately to "depraved minds," or the inability to distinguish right from wrong. This moral decay has characterized many previous civilizations, resulting in internal collapse rather than external conquest.

Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. 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 (NIV)

The Greek word for homosexual in verse 9 is arsenokoites which means "having sex with a male." It is one of many categories of people who "will not inherit the Kingdom of God." The good news is, for people in all of these categories, that if they give their lives to Jesus Christ they will no longer be these sorts of people.

Realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous man, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching,
1 Timothy 1:9-10 (NAS)

The same Greek word (arsenokoites) is used here as in the previous passage. In the American Standard Version it is translated "abusers of themselves with mankind," and in the King James Version it is "them that defile themselves with mankind." Again, it is in the company of other serious offenses.

The point of all this is not that it is the only sin, or the worst sin, but if one claims to believe the Bible, it simply must be admitted that homosexuality is a sin, not just one among many acceptable lifestyles.

Even if it could be proven that there is some genetic proclivity to homosexual behavior (and the evidence for this is far from convincing), it would still be in the same class as every other sin since the Bible makes it clear that we all have a predisposition to sin. God's grace is greater than all our lustful urges, so those who know Christ as Savior may be delivered from any sinful habit.

Christians who help homosexuals are performing acts of love, not hate

Those who accept a literal interpretation of what the Bible teaches about homosexuality are often vilified as purveyors of hate. They are called "homophobes," or "those who fear homosexuality." To be honest, there are some who use the Bible as a front for hateful activity. They are not balanced. They do not allow God's love to motivate them.

However, most evangelical Christians have a sincere desire to help all people experience abundant life in Christ. They are usually active wherever people need help: providing food and shelter for the poor, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, assistance to prisoners and victims, aid to people suffering famine or disasters, comfort to the elderly, and whatever else they can do to share Christ's love.

There is a strong movement among some evangelical groups to offer assistance for those who would like to break away from the homosexual life-style. Thousands have responded, accepting Christ as Savior and embracing the Bible as God's literal Word. A series of advertisements have chronicled some of the success stories of these people. They have been carefully worded, in order not to inflame anger, but to offer love and hope to those who are interested.

Still there are people who are brutal and prejudiced. The recent tragic death of Matthew Shepard have caused some homosexual activists to blame these organizations for "providing an atmosphere of hate" which contributes to this violence.

Conclusion
The proper attitude for a Christian

Bible-believing Christians do not have the option of ignoring the stern warnings about homosexuality. But we can, like Jesus, be motivated by love in our contacts with people who are living in that life-style. It is the loving thing to do to share Christ with them and to be honest with them about what the Bible says. Compassion and assistance should be extended to them and to their families. We should pray for them. Our sins have been forgiven. Theirs may be also if they turn to Christ.



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