Will Practising Homosexuals Go

To Hell?

The answer is very clear but the full answer might not be what you think, so please read beyond the next sentence. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 specifically says that practising homosexuals will not enter the Kingdom of God.

Just like everyone else

But that is true of all who do not seek God’s forgiveness. As Paul says elsewhere, “The wages of sin is death” (Rom 3:23). Homosexuality is not singled out here. It is specifically mentioned but alongside the sexually immoral (so that includes heterosexuals), idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, slanderers, and swindlers. There is an obvious highlighting of sexual sin (homosexual and heterosexual) but the list is broad. All of us are included there somewhere. It is noteworthy too that this comment follows Paul’s remarks about the wrongness of Christians taking other Christians to court. Those who do are described as cheating and doing wrong. There are all manner of things that are wrong and the general comment of v.9 is “Do you not know that wrongdoers will not enter the Kingdom of God”. The point is that sin separates us from God. It is true of everybody, including practising homosexuals. As noted elsewhere, virtually all of the passages that talk about homosexuality (and, please note, about sexual immorality more generally) do talk about judgement. That has to be taken seriously.

But wait, there’s more!

But that is not the end of the story. The point is that God offers sinners forgiveness when they repent. There is hope for all of us since God is a God of mercy as well as a holy God. The rest of this section is about the good news God speaks to all practising homosexuals. Please do read on. Paul’s statement here is general. It refers to “the wicked” and then gives examples. There are lots of sins that will keep people from the Kingdom of God. Homosexual practice is but one. Furthermore, in 1 Corinthians 6, the chapter quoted above, Paul, in the very next verse says, “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.” Related pages 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Understanding 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 What hope is there for homosexuals?
© 2017 Peter Cheyne
A Christian’s Guide To Homosexuality
Truth In Love
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Will Practising

Homosexuals Go To

Hell?

The answer is very clear but the full answer might not be what you think, so please read beyond the next sentence. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 specifically says that practising homosexuals will not enter the Kingdom of God.

Just like everyone else

But that is true of all who do not seek God’s forgiveness. As Paul says elsewhere, “The wages of sin is death” (Rom 3:23). Homosexuality is not singled out here. It is specifically mentioned but alongside the sexually immoral (so that includes heterosexuals), idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, slanderers, and swindlers. There is an obvious highlighting of sexual sin (homosexual and heterosexual) but the list is broad. All of us are included there somewhere. It is noteworthy too that this comment follows Paul’s remarks about the wrongness of Christians taking other Christians to court. Those who do are described as cheating and doing wrong. There are all manner of things that are wrong and the general comment of v.9 is “Do you not know that wrongdoers will not enter the Kingdom of God”. The point is that sin separates us from God. It is true of everybody, including practising homosexuals. As noted elsewhere, virtually all of the passages that talk about homosexuality (and, please note, about sexual immorality more generally) do talk about judgement. That has to be taken seriously.

But wait, there’s more!

But that is not the end of the story. The point is that God offers sinners forgiveness when they repent. There is hope for all of us since God is a God of mercy as well as a holy God. The rest of this section is about the good news God speaks to all practising homosexuals. Please do read on. Paul’s statement here is general. It refers to “the wicked” and then gives examples. There are lots of sins that will keep people from the Kingdom of God. Homosexual practice is but one. Furthermore, in 1 Corinthians 6, the chapter quoted above, Paul, in the very next verse says, “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.” Related pages 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Understanding 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 What hope is there for homosexuals?
© Peter Cheyne 2017.
A Christian’s Guide To Homosexuality
Truth In Love
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