Can a homosexual be saved?
The Bible teaches that homosexuality is a sin. Looking at Rom. 1:26-32 we read, “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; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 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.” In that regard, homosexuality is no different from any other sin. Now, if one lives a life of sin, then one cannot expect to be saved because the wages of sin are death (Rom. 6:23). Well, some say that one is born a homosexual and that they cannot help being one. However, God says otherwise. Why would God warn us not to be together with the same sex if we could not control ourselves? You see, while God is not a respecter of persons, it is only when one repents of sin and is converted that one may come into a state of salvation (Acts 3:19) and not before then. This requires one to be baptized and to be forgiven of sin (Acts 2:38, Romans 6:1-11). Therefore in that regard, a person who has lived the life of a homosexual, but has repented and stopped living that life, may be saved. Notice that Paul said, “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 Cor. 6:9-11). However, if one is living the life of a homosexual and is unrepentant of such a life, they are not washed, they are not sanctified nor justified and eternal torment is the only reward that they can expect from God (Revelation 21:8). So, a homosexual would need to repent and turn to God before facing the judgment. Otherwise, they are lost as any other sinner would be. Remember that God loves the person, but always hates sin and homosexuality which includes lesbianism and bestiality is immorally wrong and is a sin and individuals who practice such things will never inherit the kingdom of God according to God. Robert Notgrass