The delights of sexual intimacy were designed by God to express the mystery of the covenant union of marriage between one man and one woman. In our fallen world, we all struggle with inclinations to express our sexuality in sinful ways. Christ has come to rescue homosexual people, no less than heterosexual people, from their soul-killing idolatry so that we might live forgiven, joyful, obedient, and triumphant lives as disciples of Jesus.
God created marriage, which he defines as the lifelong and exclusive covenant of one man and woman. Same-sex desires and same-sex orientation are part of our broken and disordered sexuality owing to God’s subjection of the created order to futility because of man’s sin.
The good news of Jesus is that God saves heterosexual sinners and homosexual sinners who trust Jesus, by both fully accepting them in Christ, despite their sin, and helping them through his Spirit to resist sin and live pleasing to him.
“One of the most powerful things we can do is fold into our churches men and women who have same-sex attraction and surround them with a bigger vision of life and love and relationships that make it possible for them to flourish in families and friendships.”
Christians cannot truly love those who identify as homosexuals without believing, and being honest with them, that such behavior is sin and will lead to destruction and eternal death.
Christians represent Christ and should not carelessly express their opinions without a sense of sobriety and responsibility for why we hold them, what effects they will have, and what truth they might encourage or discourage.
A digest from Desiring God