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What the Bible Really Says About "Gays"
Garner Ted Armstrong   
Church of God

Born: February 9, 1930
Died: September 15, 2003
Member Since: 1930
Ambassador College: 1956
Ordained: 1955
Office: Evangelist

   "TWO, four, six, eight! Gay is just as good as straight!" chant militant gays on the warpath for full legal acceptance of their life-style. Some homosexuals carry placards declaring, "God Loves Gays," and claim the gay life-style is neither deviant nor immoral. One gay activist recently said it was all right to be a "gay Christian" because Jesus Himself never spoke out against homosexuality.
   While most churches and pastors still hold to the opinion that homosexuality is a sin and offense against God and society, growing numbers of clerics feel "new insights" might compel a reexamination of this view. A Jesuit priest, speaking at a recent conference on the church and the homosexual, said: "There is no clear condemnation of the homosexual condition, and no universal condemnation of homosexual activity to be found anywhere in the Bible." Another priest, an admitted homosexual, said on another occasion: "I see my homosexuality as a gift from God."
   It makes one wonder how long it's been since these "men of the cloth" last opened a Bible. To anyone who can read and understand simple language, the real truth about "gay rights" is clearly and unmistakably revealed in the inspired scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments.
   The judgment against the gay societies of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19) is a clear condemnation of homosexuality. Other judgments against the abomination of "mankind lying with mankind as womankind" are abundantly clear throughout the pages of the Old Testament (see Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Deuteronomy 23:17; Judges 19:22; I Kings 14:24; 15:12; 22:46; II Kings 23:7).
   The New Testament is no less explicit in its judgment: "Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind [homosexuals] ... shall inherit the kingdom of God" (I Cor. 6:9-10).
   In the first chapter of Romans, the apostle Paul explains that when nations turn away from God, many of their inhabitants are given up to what he labels "vile affections." As has happened so often in the past to sin-ridden societies, "women exchanged their natural function for an unnatural and abnormal one," being consumed with lust for their own sex (verse 26, The Amplified Bible). "And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman [meaning heterosexual relations], burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly..." (verse 27).
   The result? They "suffer[ed] in their own bodies and personalities the inevitable consequences... of their wrong doing... " (The Amplified Bible). Those consequences are not only a whole host of mental and emotional problems, but hideous venereal diseases as well.
   So what is God's judgment against homosexuality? Verse 32: "... They which commit such things are worthy of death...."
   But the Bible also says that Christ died for sinners gays included. He died in order to bring them to repentance of their sins and give them the spiritual power to change their perverted life-style and substitute for it a right way of life, a new life in Jesus Christ.
   But most gays are not going that route today. Instead, they rationalize and justify their continued wallowing in perversion. Today the gay community is coming out of the closet in militant action to demand its "rights." And if they succeed in forcing laws to be passed forbidding all discrimination based on sexual preference or life-style, then there will be no stopping this or any other form of sexual deviancy. What an awesome effect that will have on our children and on the very fabric of our society.
   When will we learn that our society cannot cure its social sicknesses by legalizing them?
   Do we think God is going to bless us for our continuing moral toboggan slide into sexual licentiousness? Will our "new Sodom" escape its fiery date with death at the hand of God any more than its ancient namesake did?
   God created mankind for a fantastic purpose. He made us male and female and instituted the God-plane relationship of marriage (Gen. 2:18, 24; Eph. 5:31-32). The God-ordained family unit is the basic building block of a strong society. Homosexuality is a grave distortion and perversion of the righteous spiritual character God wants mankind to develop.
   You need to read our free booklet Is Sex Sin? to understand the purpose of life and what God says about mankind's sexual "rights."

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Plain Truth MagazineAugust-September 1977Vol XLII, No.8
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