What is a fallacy? A quick google search of the word brings up this definition: Fallacy fal·la·cy /ˈfaləsē/ noun: a mistaken belief, especially one based on unsound argument. There is a popular fallacy right now that you can be a Christian all while remaining unrepentant in a particular sin. Just this week, I came across multiple examples on social media demonstrating this widely held misconception. Here are two examples:
Let us first begin by defining what a Christian actually is. A Christian is a person who has recognized that they are sinful (having sinned against a Holy God), agree with God that their sin is sin, and realize they can do nothing to remedy their sinful state. They understand that they fall short of God’s holy standard and cannot save themselves. They believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He died on a cross as a substitution for the punishment of their sins, and that He rose from the dead on the third day. They have placed their trust in Jesus’ saving power, repenting (admitting and turning from) their sins, believing that His substitutionary atonement will sufficiently pay the price for their sin, and His imputed righteousness on their behalf will guarantee eternal life with Him in heaven. A Christian operates under the Lordship and authority of Christ, which involves the following:
God is the Creator:
- In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
- All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. (John 1:3)
- Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created. (Revelation 4:11)
As the Creator, God has the right to establish moral boundaries and absolutes for His creation. He has the authority to deem what is, and is not, acceptable behavior and to define what constitutes sin. One of the boundaries He has established are the parameters for appropriate sexual expression, which is marriage. God established the parameters of marriage relationships to be between a man and woman. “Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.’ Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh (Genesis 2:18,24).” He expressly forbid sexual relationships that did not meet the boundaries of a man and woman joined in marriage. That includes heterosexual relations between people who aren’t married and same-sex relations. “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination (Leviticus 18:22).” “For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error (Romans 1:26, 27).”
God, through His word, makes clear that homosexuality is wrong. It is off limits for everyone. He is creator, so He is the one who sets the limits. He also makes it clear that those who practice and remain in a homosexual lifestyle and are unrepentant are not Christians. “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the 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.” (Corinthians 6:9-11)
A person who is practicing a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, or queer lifestyle is in direct opposition to what God the creator has deemed acceptable. One cannot profess to recognize that they are sinners who need a savior (a Christian), while continually and unrepentantly practicing a lifestyle that God has declared sinful.
One common objection is that people are born LGBTQ, equating it with ethnicity. The thinking goes “you cannot choose your skin color, neither can you choose who you are attracted to, therefore it is okay to give in to my sexual desires and declare to be a Christian.” The problem with that is there is no moral commandment against skin color or ethnicity. It is not a sin to be born Caucasian, or Native American, or African. As the scriptures previously shared show, it is a sin to go outside the boundaries of acceptable sexual expression. As far as being born that way, I would agree in that we are all born with a sin nature, and that sin nature manifests in different ways among different individuals. I fully believe my homosexual friends when they say that they have always felt attracted to individuals of the same sex. I empathize with them in the feeling that they cannot change the way they are. I agree! Only God can change a sinner, giving them a new nature and enabling the person to turn from their sin and walk in obedience to Him.
To those professing Christians that have been fed the lie that the New Testament word for homosexual actually means sex with young boys, I say this: The Greek word translated ‘homosexual’ in the New Testament encompassed the concept of sexual relations with young hairless boys, but was not implying that only sex with children is wrong. God is immutable (unchanging), and He has said from the beginning that sexual expression is limited to a marriage between a man and a woman. He said in Leviticus that a man laying with another man is an abomination. Since God doesn’t change His mind, this moral law still applies and holds true today. We know this from creative order, and from scriptures throughout the old and new testaments. This idea is simply an attempt to appease the current culture. As Christians, our identity is in Christ, not in the particular sin that we have struggled with. No one goes around saying that they are a thieving Christian, or a adulterating Christian, or a coveting Christian. It’s a contradiction. “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) The apostle Paul said, such were some of you, not such are some of you.
The glorious news is that Jesus death on the cross forgives any sin, including sins of the LGBTQ variety. If you have been trapped in this lifestyle, there is hope for you in Jesus! Repent and believe in Him today, and receive eternal life. If you have LGBTQ friends or family, love them well by being honest with them. It is not loving to tell them they can be Christians and remain unrepentant LGBTQ. Share the gospel, pray for them and love them. We are the messengers, but it is God alone who is mighty to save!
Soli Deo Gloria!
Resources for further study:
Girl in the Picture testimony by Emily Thomes, former lesbian, new creation in Christ!
Theology Thursday: Sex, Shrimp, and OT Law article by Rachel at Danielthree18 blog
The Word homosexual didn’t appear in the Bible article by CARM
What does the Bible say about homosexuality? article by GotQuestions
Answering key questions about homosexuality Q&A with John MacArthur and Phil Johnson
Thinking Biblically about homosexuality sermon by John MacArthur
What is the Gospel? article by R.C. Sproul