Brighton Church of Christ
Is God Homophobic?
“Homophobic” is defined as “Having or showing a dislike of or prejudice against gay people.” It is a word used to paint people who believe homosexuality is sinful in a bad light. It doesn’t change what the Bible says, but it is used to prejudice people’s mind against what the Bible says.
For example, Desmond Tutu, former archbishop in the Anglican Church, and Nobel Peace Prize winner, said the following: “I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven…I mean I would rather go to the other place. I would not worship a God who is homophobic, and that is how deeply I feel about this.” First, I am not too concerned about how deeply Desmond Tutu feels about homosexuality, but I am concerned about what the Bible says about the matter. I for one, do not hate homosexual people and would not mistreat them. But I do not hesitate to teach what the Bible says about it. I would implore Desmond Tutu, or anyone else for that matter, to read what the Bible says about the subject.
For example, the inspired apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian church the following: “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 effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” (1 Cor. 6:9-11). Four of the sins listed here are of a sexual nature. Fornication and adultery are heterosexual sins, the other two are homosexual sins. Contrary to what we are told, one is not born homosexual, but one is homosexual by choice. The Corinthians were, but they chose to quit that lifestyle. Paul said “Such were some of you.” He did not say “Such are some of you.” They were “washed, sanctified, and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus.” Their transformation led to their changed lifestyle.
Paul said “do not be deceived.” But those who think people can live a sexually immoral lifestyle and still inherit the kingdom of God, are deceived. I am sure Desmond Tutu would consider the inspired apostle who wrote this to the church at Corinth to be homophobic! I am pleading for people to listen to God’s Word and not those who refer to God as homophobic and heaven as a homophobic place. Think on these things.