This article was distributed in tract form at the 'Gay Pride' parade in Belfast of 7th August 2004
“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” (1 Corinthians 6: 9-10).
This leaflet comes to you from Christians whose heart’s desire is for your salvation.
What God Says
The phrase “abusers of themselves with mankind” in the Bible verse above refers to the practice of homosexuality. You may call it an “alternative lifestyle”, but this term is meaningless. Everyone from Hitler to the Yorkshire Ripper could claim an alternative lifestyle that, to themselves, no doubt seemed quite natural and instinctive. The question is whether homosexuality is a legitimate alternative. God says it is not. He made man “male and female” (Genesis 1:27) and appointed marriage between one man and one woman as the only lawful relationship for the expression of sexual desire. Homosexuality even fights against God’s created gender distinction that is obvious to all, however much pretence there may be.
It may be that you cannot remember a time when you had sexual desires that were not towards those of the same sex. This is because we are sinners by nature. And while some are more inclined to one sin than another, sins of different kinds come naturally to us all. God does not alter his standards because, as sinners, we find sin natural.
What God Will Do
The verse at the beginning tells us that those who go on in the sins mentioned, including homosexuality, shall not inherit the kingdom of God. They will not go to Heaven. In fact, the Bible makes it clear that all unforgiven sinners will go to Hell. It explicitly mentions homosexual sin as bringing down the wrath of God: Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire” (Jude verse 7).
The word ‘sodomy’, as you may well know, is derived from the name of the city of Sodom that God destroyed because of the widespread practice of what you choose to call an alternative lifestyle. You and I are not the ones who decide what is right and wrong according to our tastes, but God, our Creator and Judge.
What God Can Do
The very next verse after the Scripture passage we began with reads, “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 Corinthians 6:11). There were Christians in the Corinthian church who had previously been practicing homosexuals, but who were so no longer. You may find that incredible, but what is impossible with men is possible with God. God had changed their hearts by his Holy Spirit. The Bible calls this being “born again” (John 3:3). This caused them to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ to take away the guilt of their past sins before God. God “justified” them, that is, he declared them “not guilty”. The Lord Jesus always was God, but he became a man and lived a perfect life. He bore the just judgment of God as a substitute for sinners when he suffered and died on the cross. He is now “able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him” (Hebrews 7:25). Those who trust only in him are forgiven. They also begin to lead a life of loving obedience to God, albeit very imperfectly and with many struggles and failings. This change of life brought about by God (including abandoning sinful practices like homosexuality) is called “sanctification”. Forgiven sinners are changed sinners.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the great Saviour you need and must seek. As long as you pretend your present manner of life is justifiable, there is no hope at all. “If we say we have no sin, we make him (God) a liar, and his word is not in us” (1John 1:10). Stop contradicting God, and seek his mercy and forgiveness in Jesus Christ, the only One who can deliver you from the guilt of sin and break the power of that particular sin to which you are so much addicted. He is “good, and ready to forgive” (Psalm 86:5).
This is the real alternative. “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him” (Psalm 34:8).