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It's so easy, when we want to do the thing that seems right to us, but which God forbids, to paint God in our minds as a killjoy, or worse, as someone who hates us.  But God isn't like that.  Christians know God as a loving heavenly Father:

In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  1 John 4:9

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  1 John 4:10

Those are the words of the Apostle John, from the Holy Spirit Himself.  And the Apostle Paul, detested by homosexual activists for his denunciation of homosexuality in his letter to the church in Rome (the book of Romans,) says in the very same letter:

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Rom. 5:8

Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  Rom. 5:9

Even before he spoke of how homosexual men and women have gone against the purpose of God, Paul wrote:

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  Rom. 1:16

One of the loveliest Bible passages is that in the Gospel of John, in which Jesus says that His salvation is available to whosoever believes in Him.  Your sins can be as bad as anyone's could be, and yet He reaches out his saving hands to you:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  John 3:16

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  John 3:17

The message of God is a message of love, hope and forgiveness.  God's earnest hope is not to condemn people, but to reconcile them to Himself by them having faith in Jesus.  Jesus came that through him the world might be saved.  But the terrible downside of that is that those who turn their backs on Jesus are condemned already, because that same passage of hope goes on:

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  John 3:18

In another place in the New Testament, in the letter to the Hebrews, it is written:

How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;  Heb. 2:3

The new life we have in Jesus is a life of fullness, because He lives:

... I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.  John 10:10

I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.  John 10:11

It is a life free from spiritual hunger:

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.  John 6:35

It is a life which puts light where there was darkness:

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.  John 8:12

And it is eternal:

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:  John 11:25

So can we gain salvation by doing good?  No because the Bible says, in the words of the prophet Isaiah:

But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.   Isa. 64:6

So if our righteousness is filthy before God, we need Jesus's righteousness.  God puts our sins on Jesus when we believe in Him, and he clothes us in His righteousness:

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.   Isa. 53:5

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.   Isa. 53:4

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.   Isa. 53:6

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.   Isa. 53:7

Adam and Eve tried to cover their sins with fig leaves in the garden of Eden, but they still knew they were naked.  Look it up in Genesis chapter 3.  And right at the end of that chapter is the first time in the whole Bible we read of God's redeeming grace:

Unto Adam and his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them. Gen. 3:21

When God clothes you with his righteousness, all your sins are covered.

Is there is some other way of being saved?  Can some prophet or guru, or avatar do it?  The Apostle Peter stood up just after he had seen Jesus ascend into heaven, and said this:

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.  Acts 4:12

And Jesus Himself said:

I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  John 14:6

So that's clear enough.  Either Jesus is right, and He is God incarnate, the eternal perfect Saviour, and the only way, or he is a liar.  There is no middle way.

But is the Christian life easy?  Is it some sort of crutch for the weak?  No, it is full of challenges, and it gets tough:

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.  Luke 9:23

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.  Luke 9:24

For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?  Luke 9:25

For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.  Luke 9:26

Those who are newly Christians, young in the faith, nearly always come under attack from Satan, another name for the rebellious fallen angel Lucifer, who is always angry when a bit of his kingdom is taken away.  But Peter warns all Christians:

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:  1 Pet. 5:8

Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.  1 Pet. 5:9

James, too is encouraging about resisting attacks from the devil:

Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Jas. 4:7

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Jas. 4:8a

But you have to want to draw close to God.  Which brings us to another question.  OK, so being a Christian isn't easy, but Jesus has saved me just as I am, right?  So can I stay as I am?  In particular, can I stay doing things which the Bible says are wrong?  Well James, who was so encouraging above about resisting the devil, then goes on to say:

Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.  Jas. 4:8b

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.  Jas. 4:10

Peter also says:

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:  1 Pet. 5:6

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.  1 Pet. 5:7

We have to be humble before God.  How is it humble to say, "Thanks for the salvation Jesus, now if you don't mind I'll just carry on as I was before."?  It's even worse to pass judgment on God's word, and filter the Bible through your own preconceptions, or through your own preferences.  James again:

There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: Jas. 4:12a

Jesus is perfect, which is why only He can take away your sin.  But He expects obedience to His commands:

And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;  Heb. 5:9

The book of the prophet Isaiah, from which we quoted earlier, is sometimes referred to as the 'Fifth Gospel', so full is it of the hope and salvation of Jesus.  But he is strong on keeping the laws of God as well:

Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.  Isa. 56:1

And in one of the Psalms, it says:

Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes.  Ps. 119:155

So seeking to live a righteous life according to what we read in the Bible is important to please God.  And after all that Jesus has done for you on the cross, who would not want to please Him?  But how do we find out about the ways in the Bible if we don't read it?  If you have someone you love on earth, and who loves you, and they write you a letter, wouldn't you be desperate to read it?  Then how can people who say they love God and that God loves them not want to read what God has written to them?  It only takes one year setting aside fifteen minutes a day to read the whole Bible all the way through.  And the impact on your faith is immeasurable.  Click here to see how!

But supposing you have put your faith in Jesus, and you are reading your Bible, and you realise how far away from God you really are in your life, and that you are locked into a lifestyle which is not pleasing to God, what then?  God loves you as you are, that's true, but you don't want to stay as you are, you want to grow closer to Him.  As Paul writes to those Romans again:

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  Rom. 12:1

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  Rom. 12:2

Sexual sins in particular can be difficult to break free from, but your body is to be a living sacrifice to God, and you were bought from Satan at the price of the blood of Jesus, as Paul tells the church in Corinth :

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God , and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?  1 Cor. 3:16

If any man defile the temple of God , him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.  1 Cor. 3:17

Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.  1 Cor. 6:18

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  1 Cor. 6:19

For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.  1 Cor. 6:20

So those sexual sins have to be conquered, by the grace of God and in the power of the Holy Spirit.  That means, if you are involved in fornication, which is sex outside marriage, it must stop.  If you are sleeping with another man's wife, or another woman's husband, that has to stop.  And if you are involved in homosexual activity of whatever kind, that must stop too, if you want to be in fellowship with Jesus.  You are sinning against your the temple of the Holy Spirit, and in the Temple of God the Holy Spirit there is no darkness and no unrighteousness.

For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:  Eph. 5:8

(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)  Eph. 5:9

Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.  Eph. 5:10

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.  Eph. 5:11

For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.  Eph. 5:12

But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.  Eph. 5:13

Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.  Eph. 5:14

This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  1 John 1:5

And one thing is certain, we cannot stay in sin and say we are in Christ:

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.  1 John 3:4

And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.  1 John 3:5

Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.  1 John 3:6

Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.  1 John 3:7

He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.  1 John 3:8

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.  1 John 3:9

In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.  1 John 3:10

It is not easy for a homosexual to walk away from that lifestyle, and the devil will not want to let him go.  But no Christian will grow in faith if that community is holding him back:

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?  2 Cor. 6:14

God is able to stop us sinning and make us righteous before him if we want it enough:

Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.  Ps. 37:5

And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.  Ps. 37:6

To stop sinning in the face of sexual temptations is a strong test of character, and thank God that He is gracious and merciful to forgive us when we fail.  But He is also loving enough to want to reach out and heal us of those desires which lead to the temptations in the first place:

But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.  Mal. 4:2

Growing up is the key to why a lot of men and women become homosexual, of course.  Something disrupts the growing up process.  Someone to whom that has happened will be physically an adult, but still emotionally a child, and still searching for whatever it is that makes you an adult, still looking for a father's or a mother's arms. 

It could be that the relationship with the parent of the same sex was distant or disrupted in some way, and with divorce all around us, who can be surprised at that.  Or it could be that some trusted adult, like a youth worker or a live‑in boyfriend, committed some form of sexual abuse. 

As we are all different, the same event that might wash off one person like water off a duck's back, could affect another deeply.  The heart of God is grieved and angered at things like that done to the young, and His heart is to heal and bring freedom.  The prophet Isaiah says of the Messiah, Jesus:

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;  Isa. 61:1

To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;  Isa. 61:2

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.  Isa. 61:3

When Jesus was on earth he healed the sick and the oppressed:

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.  Acts 10:38

And it was not just the Jewish people in Galilee he healed, but they came from far and wide, in faith that Jesus could heal not just disease but torment as well.  And if a spiritual force is holding you back, Jesus has power over that as well:

And Jesus went about all Galilee , teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.  Matt. 4:23

And his fame went throughout all Syria : and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.  Matt. 4:24

Even when it seems a hard road to travel, Jesus has said: "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee." (Heb 13:5)  In the specific case of homosexual temptation, homosexual activists always rubbish Christian healing, and it is in their interests to do so.  They will keep claiming to the end that "God made me gay" but they can only do that by ignoring the very word of God, for what God would make you 'gay' and then forbid homosexual activity?  God does not have a laugh.  God has made His intentions clear, and homosexuality is not what He intends for men and women.

Here are some links to do with sexual healing:

And finally, here are some Bible verses to comfort you in your Christian walk:

These first are known as "The Beatitudes".  They express our dependence on God.  Each one of these verses is a restatement by Jesus of a passage He Himself wrote (as Second Person of the Holy Trinity) in the Old Testament:

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Matt. 5:5

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Matt. 5:6

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.  Matt. 5:7

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.  Matt. 5:8

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.  Matt. 5:9

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Matt. 5:10

This is the Lord's prayer, which He taught to the disciples, as recorded by Matthew.  (We normally put 'trespasses' for 'debts' and 'those who trespass against us' for 'our debtors' when we say this in company).  If you have been the victim of sexual abuse, this prayer brings you to the point of forgiving whoever did that, and is an important lever to break the power of the devil:

Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed by thy name.  Matt. 6:9

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Matt. 6:10

Give us this day our daily bread.  Matt. 6:11

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  Matt. 6:12

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.  Matt. 6:13

And finally, these words from the Apostle Paul are your assurance that if you stay in Christ, no power in earth or heaven can snatch you out of His hand.

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?  Rom. 8:31

He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?  Rom. 8:32

Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.  Rom. 8:33

Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.  Rom. 8:34

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  Rom. 8:35

As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  Rom. 8:36

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  Rom. 8:37

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  Rom. 8:38

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Rom. 8:39

May God bless you as you try by His grace to do His will.


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The Bible is a collection of books inspired by God but with human authors written over a period of more than a millennium but with great intellectual cohesion.  It is customary to divide the Old Testament from the New Testament, but other divisions can be made, between: books of the law, history, wisdom, prophets, Gospels (reports of the ministry of Jesus) and letters or epistles to the early churches.  The Bible is an account of God's dealings with men, and how He became man himself at a particular time in human history.  Its culmination is the account of how God in the person of Jesus the Messiah voluntarily suffered death in order that mankind might enjoy fellowship with God.  And rose from the dead, and ascended into glory.

The names of the books of the Bible are commonly abbreviated, and the books themselves are separated into chapters and verses, so it is easier to find our way around.  So Gen. 1:27 means the 27th verse of the 1st chapter of the book of Genesis.  The other abbreviations used below are these:

  • Lev.: The book of Leviticus, in the law section,
  • Deut.: Deuteronomy, also in the law,
  • Judg.: The book of Judges, in the history section,
  • 1 Ki.: The first book of Kings, in history,
  • 2 Ki.: The second book of Kings,
  • 2 Chr.: The Chronicles of the kings of Judah,
  • Ps.: The Psalms, from the Bible wisdom section,
  • Eze.: Ezekiel, one of the 17 prophetic books,
  • Matt.: The Gospel of Matthew,
  • Mark: The Gospel of Mark,
  • Luke: The Gospel of Luke,
  • John: The Gospel of John,
  • Rom. : Romans, Paul's letter to the church in Rome ,
  • 1 Cor.: Paul's first letter to the Corinthians,
  • Gal.: Paul's letter to the church in Galatia ,
  • Col. : Paul's letter to the church in Colosse,
  • 1 Tim.: Paul's first letter to Timothy his disciple,
  • Jude: A general letter from Jude or J'hudah
  • Rev.: The Revelation given to the Apostle John.

(All the Bible quotations below are taken from the Authorised or King James Version of the Bible.  Although translated almost 400 years ago, it was an honest attempt by the greatest scholars of their day to produce a timeless, faithful translation, as close to being word for word of the Hebrew and Greek texts as was possible.)


So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  Gen. 1:27

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.  Gen. 1:28

(A lot of people think that the story of Sodom is the first place in the Bible to turn to when discussing homosexuality.  But it isn't.  We need to go back earlier to see what God's original plan is for men and women.  God created mankind as male and female so they might procreate and multiply.  That is not the only Biblical function of sex.  It is plainly to be enjoyed and to be an integral part of the marital relationship.  There are some couples who sadly cannot have children and some people who never marry.  We find examples of them in the Bible.  But none of that takes away God's intention that sex is there so that men and women can be fruitful and multiply, and plainly, without resort to transient unloving sex or technology, homosexual men and woman cannot do that.)

And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.   Gen. 2:23

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.  Gen. 2:24

(There was always going to be some ceremony involved in the 'leaving' process, so the idea that marriage is a recent social construct is a bit weak, but that is an aside.  God has separated woman from man and our reproduction is going to be sexual.  We aren't going to reproduce like amoeba.

The sexual organs of man and woman bear witness to God's plan.  They are complementary and designed to fit perfectly.  They express at a physical level that men and women are spiritually made for each other.  Sexual intercourse becomes an outward expression of the way a man and a woman can form a life‑long union with each other at an emotional level.  So in sexual intercourse, man and woman come together again totally in the purpose of God, and become 'one flesh' as two homosexuals never can.

Frustrated by their inability to engage in normal sex, homosexuals must either limit themselves to manual or oral manipulation performed to orgasm, purchase artifacts for the same purpose, or press a part of the anatomy designed for extracting water from bodily waste into a service its Maker never intended. All of that might be why God did not say: "A man shall leave his father and mother and cleave either to his wife or to his boyfriend," and why He made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.)

But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.  Gen. 13:13

And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom : and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;  Gen. 19:1

And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.  Gen. 19:2

And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.  Gen. 19:3

But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom , compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:  Gen. 19:4

And they called unto Lot , and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.  Gen. 19:5  And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,  Gen. 19:6

And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.  Gen. 19:7

Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.  Gen. 19:8

And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot , and came near to break the door.  Gen. 19:9

But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door.  Gen. 19:10

And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.  Gen. 19:11

And the men said unto Lot , Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place:  Gen. 19:12

For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.  Gen. 19:13

( Sodom is so full of homosexuality than any passing man in considered fair game.  Theologians say that the real sin is one of lack of hospitality.  But Lot has already exercised hospitality, so the sin would be not respecting his authority over his own right to offer hospitality in his own house.  It is all a bit thin, especially when Lot says 'Do not so wickedly' and offers his daughters to the men instead!  Interesting that Lot gets accused in verse 9 of being judgmental, isn't it? Having lost that one, theologians then say that the Hebrew word 'yada', which is euphemistically translated 'know' in verse 5, does not mean 'have sex with' but means 'get to know' or 'establish the credentials of.'  First problem is, in the Bible the word very often obviously refers to sexual relations, as in 'And Adam knew (yada) Eve his wife and she conceived.' (Gen 4:1)

Second problem is that the word is used again in the Sodom passage just three verses later, when Lot offers his daughters who have not known (yada) man.  When the same word is used in the same context in the same passage, it must mean the same.  By the way, it is significant that Lot regards homosexuality as so bad that he is even willing to offer up his own daughters to stop it.  But it makes no difference.  Homosexual sex is all these men want. 

So is the proposed gang rape the issue?  Is homosexuality OK otherwise?  No, because the cry of the sins of Sodom had already come up to God (Gen 18:20‑21) before this final straw, because Leviticus condemns all homosexual acts as an abomination and because the prophet Ezekiel identifies abomination as one of the sins of Sodom .)

Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;  Gen. 19:24

And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.  Gen. 19:25

So what does it say in Leviticus? There is a whole chapter devoted mainly to sexual sin.  It starts with incest and concludes also contains these five verses:

Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's wife, to defile thyself with her.  Lev. 18:20

And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.  Lev. 18:21

Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.  Lev. 18:22

Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.  Lev. 18:23

Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:  Lev. 18:24

(The same word translated 'abomination' in verse 22 is previously used in Genesis, where certain people and animals are described as "an abomination" to the Egyptians.  So, yes, it does have religious overtones.  (A totally different word meaning 'filthy' is translated as abomination in Lev 11, by the way.)  The Hebrew word in Lev 18:22 is "to'ebah" which means disgusting, abhorrent, abomination, and by extension, a pagan idol.

Perversely, some theologians insist that because of the association with pagan worship, things regarded by God as an abomination are no longer proscribed.  All that has passed, gone, done and dusted, they say.  But hang on a minute, in Deuteronomy 12:31, sacrificing children, forbidden in Lev 18:21 above, is also said to be an abomination.  So is that alright now as well?  The fact is, if you are going to say homosexuality is OK now, then you must say that bestiality, incest, adultery and child sacrifice are OK, and moving to the next chapter of Leviticus, Ch 19, that stealing, lying, cursing, blaspheming, injustice, gossip, hatred, vengeance, fraud and oppressing the working man by keeping back his wages are also OK.

We don't read God saying, "Oh, by the way, I don't mind if you do child sacrifice, bestiality and homosexuality just so long as they aren't part of pagan worship."  God rather gives the impression He does not want them done at all.  Of course, we can argue, as the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul does later in Romans, that they are always part of pagan worship, because they always put some aspect of creation (ourselves, for instance) above God.  Nor was it just Israel that God did not want doing these things.  God judged the Canaanites and threw them out of the land precisely because they did them.  Go see verse 24 above.)

The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.  Deut. 22:5

(It's not just transvestism, but by implication changing the roles of men and women, which is condemned here as an abomination.  Any dominant lesbian or submissive 'gay' does exactly that.)

There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel , nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel .  Deut. 23:17

Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the LORD thy God for any vow: for even both these are abomination unto the LORD thy God.  Deut. 23:18

(Pagan worship involved ritual prostitution and homosexuality as well as human sacrifice.  It always has, and it still does.  The people of Israel were called to be better than that.  The Hebrew word translated 'Sodomite' means a sacred (in the pagan sense) male prostitute.  Temple prostitutes of either sex don't get paid much, but they get their keep.  Those working outside are paid, usually, and their earnings are unclean, as we see from verse 18.  'Dog' in verse 18 is slang for homosexual.  So is homosexuality OK if no money changes hands?  No, because Leviticus does not single out payment as what makes homosexual acts an abomination.  Interestingly enough, paying for sex, the idea of casual sexual contacts as 'trade' and younger men being kept and given money by older wealthier men are very much a par of homosexuality today.)

Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him.  Judg. 19:22

(An account of an incident very much like that of Sodom .  'Sons of Belial' does not mean their dad was called Belial.  It is literally 'sons of worthlessness.')

And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD did cast out before the children of Israel .  1 Ki. 14:24

(The sodomites (see above) are singled out as the worst aspect of the abominations of the land.)

And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, as did David his father.  1 Ki. 15:11

And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.  1 Ki. 15:12

And the remnant of the sodomites, which remained in the days of his father Asa, he (king Jehoshaphat) took out of the land.  1 Ki. 22:46

And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the grove.  2 Ki. 23:7

And Josiah took away all the abominations out of all the countries that pertained to the children of Israel , and made all that were present in Israel to serve, even to serve the LORD their God. And all his days they departed not from following the LORD, the God of their fathers.  2 Chr. 34:33

Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of the LORD which he had hallowed in Jerusalem .  2 Chr. 36:14

And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place:  2 Chr. 36:15

But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy.  2 Chr. 36:16

(Heathen nations, like ours is fast becoming, or has become, always end up doing abominations.  They can't help it.  It's nice to know God does not give us His laws and send out His word because He hates us, but because He has compassion on us.)

Everyone knows the 23rd Psalm ‑ 'The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.'  The Psalms, right there in the middle of the Bible, have been a comfort to so many down the centuries.  They express the enduring truth of God's mercy and lovingkindness towards us.  They also express the enduring truth of God's word and His demand to rule over all the kingdoms of the world for ever:

But the LORD shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment.   Ps. 9:7

And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.   Ps. 9:8

(For those who love righteousness, those verses are an inspiration.  Psalm 9 concludes:)

The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken.  Ps. 9:15

The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands.  Ps. 9:16

The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.  Ps. 9:17

(That's rather worrying for us.)

For the needy shall not alway be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.  Ps. 9:18

Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight.  Ps. 9:19

Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men.  Ps. 9:20

(Too often men think they are cleverer than God.  God has a habit of putting men in their place.  'As a man sows, so shall he reap.')

For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.  Ps. 100:5

(So if God says something is true then it is true for ever.)

O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.  Ps. 117:1

For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.  Ps. 117:2

(So all the nations must praise Him.  That must include our own.)

Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.  Ps. 119:160

(So God's law was always true and will never be repealed.)

Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.  Ps. 145:13

(God demands to rule over all mankind for ever.  We had best get used to it.)

Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom , pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.  Eze. 16:49

 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.  Eze. 16:50

(The prophets spoke the word of God to the people of their day, mainly to Israel and Judah .  Here, Ezekiel likens Judah to Sodom , because they started doing the same pagan abominations as Sodom did.  Proud, rich, lazy, uncaring of injustice, too conceited to listen ‑ rather like Britain and our politicians today.  And we read that the prophet says 'they committed abomination'.  That is the final nail in the coffin of the idea that the sin of Sodom was merely lack of hospitality or gang rape.)

For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.  Matt. 5:18

Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.  Matt. 5:19

(It's common today to say that Jesus abolished all the Old Testament law, not just the sacrificial, ceremonial elements.  How reassuring to have it from His own mouth that that is just not the case.)

And thou, Capernaum , which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom , it would have remained until this day.  Matt. 11:23

But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.  Matt. 11:24

(Here is Jesus using the example of Sodom to condemn the unbelief of Capernaum .  That does not mean homosexuality was rife in Capernaum , but it does show that Jesus as God incarnate in person on earth believed the Biblical account of the destruction of Sodom .)

But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.  Mark 10:6

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;  Mark 10:7

And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.  Mark 10:8

What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.  Mark 10:9

(They say: 'Jesus never said anything about homosexuality.'  Well, as He is the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, he wrote the whole Bible, including Genesis, Leviticus, Kings and the books of the Prophets like Ezekiel.  So He said quite a lot about homosexuality.  Here, He endorses the creation rule that men marry women and they become united as one flesh for life.)

Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot ; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;  Luke 17:28

But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.  Luke 17:29

Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.  Luke 17:30

(Odd that.  The men of Sodom were just going about their business.  They didn't know anything was wrong.  They thought they were just fine, in their day and age.  How like ourselves they were.)

For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the son. John 5:22

Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.  John 7:24

(When we judge righteous judgment, we judge according to the eternal standards of God.  That's what the followers of Jesus are called to do.  Jesus is the righteous judge Himself, on the instructions of Almighty God, so that must make Him judgmental as well!  At least by making judgments about right and wrong we are in good company.)

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,  Rom. 1:22

And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.  Rom. 1:23

(Idolatry doesn't always involve a statue of some pagan god or other.  Every time you set something up higher than God, that's idolatry.  If you set yourself up as a higher authority than God, which you do when you either go judgmental against God or His word in the Bible, you are an idolater.  You're worshipping yourself.)

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:  Rom. 1:24

Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.  Rom. 1:25

(There you are ‑ you are the creature and you are worshipping yourself instead of the Creator.)

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:  Rom. 1:26

(Since Paul has been talking about creation, it is obvious that the word 'natural' means what God has put in place by His creation ‑ in the sexual context, the union of man and woman.  This appears to be the only reference to lesbianism in the Bible, but it is highly significant because we live in exactly the sort of society Paul is describing ‑ one which has junked God and His laws and worshipped man and invented man‑made laws instead.  And note that Paul does not say 'that which is against their nature, as some theologians try to get away with.  He says 'against nature' and we are back with the created order again.)

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.  Rom. 1:27

(No‑one can pretend that this verse does not refer to and condemn male homosexuality, and the Apostle was quite familiar with homosexual relationships ‑ he was a Roman citizen.  There is nothing new under the sun.  So the best liberals can do is pick on a word further down the page, 'asunetos' in verse 31, in the midst of a whole list of evils ‑ which are all, incidentally, rife in Britain today.  The word means literally 'unintelligent' and is translated in KJV as 'without understanding'.  Then they say, 'look that's silly.  God wouldn't condemn the stupid, so he won't condemn homosexuals or anyone else in the list of Romans 1:28‑31 either.  Well, they are 'without understanding'!  It is a moral foolishness Paul is referring to, just like he does in verse 22 above.)

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,  1 Cor. 6:9

(This list begins in this verse with the sexual sin of harlotry or fornication, which are synonymous in the mind of God, moves to idolatry, which as we saw from Romans is at the root of rebellion from God, goes on to adultery, which God often links to idolatry, and after that distinguishes two forms of homosexual.  The word 'malakos', literally 'soft to the touch', can mean someone who is sick or someone who is expensively dressed.  Here the context can only allow the third meaning, an effeminate homosexual or catamite.  'Abusers of themselves with mankind' is the Greek word 'arsenekoitai' ‑ literally 'man on couch' ‑ which is used to distinguish the active partner in a homosexual act.)

Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God .  1 Cor. 6:10

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. 6:11

(“such were some of you”  So there were even ‘ex-gays’ back then!  It is a great joy to know that the Christians in Corinth had been involved with the same sorts of sins that beset us all, but had been washed, sanctified and justified by the blood of Jesus.  If they can be, so can we.)

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  Gal. 5:19

(It is impossible to deny that homosexual practice involves uncleanness.)

Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  Gal. 5:20

Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God .  Gal. 5:21

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Gal. 5:22

Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  Gal. 5:23

Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:  Col. 3:5

(There is 'uncleanness' again, and having got fornication out of the way, 'inordinate affection' must refer to homosexual practice.)

For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:  Col. 3:6

In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.  Col. 3:7

But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.  Col. 3:8

Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,  1 Tim. 1:9

For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;  1 Tim. 1:10

('Whoremongers' comes from the Greek 'pornos' which means prostitute, and 'them that defile themselves with mankind' is that word 'arsenekoitai' again ‑ 'man on couch' ‑ the word Paul always uses to mean 'active homosexual man'.)

According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.  1 Tim. 1:11

And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;  1 Tim. 1:12

Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.  1 Tim. 1:13

And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.  1 Tim. 1:14

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.  1 Tim. 1:15

Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.  1 Tim. 1:16

(So, if Paul was chief sinner, and did it ignorantly in unbelief, and was saved by the grace of Jesus, there is hope in Jesus for us all.)

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 1:7

(Some have tried to say that 'going after strange flesh' refers to copulation with angels, but there is not a hint of that either in Genesis or in the prophet Ezekiel.  It's homosexuality being referred to.)

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.  Rev. 21:8

(The abominable are those who do abominations, fairly obviously, and the standards of Almighty God have not dropped from when He described homosexual acts as ‘an abomination’ back in the days of Leviticus.  Active homosexuals are not the only ones in the lake of fire, but in it, sadly, they are, and there is nothing anyone can do about it.)

He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.  Rev. 22:11

And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.  Rev. 22:12

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.  Rev. 22:13

Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.  Rev. 22:14

For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.  Rev. 22:15  I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.  Rev. 22:16

(Looking back to Deuteronomy 23:18, the ‘dogs’ are likely to be homosexuals as well.  But it makes no difference if they are not.  The filthy are outside heaven, with those who love and make a lie.  Those in heaven are they that believe and trust in Jesus and “that do his commandments.”  That’s not just His verbal ones in the Gospels, its His written ones in the Law as well.  Active homosexual men and women don’t do His commandments, and will be left outside.  It would be unfair to admit them, since righteousness and holiness are the hallmarks of heaven, and they will hate such an atmosphere.  But thank God He is merciful.  Anyone who turns from a life of sin, and calls on the name of Jesus will be saved right now, his name entered in the book of life.  We have that from the same authority as everything on this page: The Holy Bible, the true word of Almighty God, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.)

For a more indepth and scholarly look at this subject, go to this article by American Joe Dallas: