Is Being Gay A Ticket To Heaven or Hell? Find the Answer Here.

When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when by his own evil desires he is lured away and enticed. Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.—James 1:13-15

The question of whether gay people go to heaven or hell is much discussed today, and there is confusion surrounding the issue. On one side are churches that teach that homosexuality is blessed by God. On the other side are churches that condemn all homosexual thoughts and actions as deserving of eternal judgment. Is being gay a ticket to heaven or hell?

First, a clarification. Our world labels people according to their weaknesses, sin tendencies, addictions, or sexual inclinations. When we do that, we create an adversarial, “us vs. them,” position. We begin to see people in categories, rather than as individuals, and this is dangerous. When we ask if gay people go to heaven or hell, we may be using the label gay rather than considering the individual who may be struggling with temptation or confused about his or her sexual identity. For the purposes of this article, we will define gay as “practicing a homosexual lifestyle.”

When God created human beings, He designed them male and female, in His own image (Genesis 1:27). Adam and Eve were created perfect, and God blessed their physical union in the first marriage (Genesis 1:28). Homosexuality was not part of God’s creation. When the first man and woman chose to disobey God’s command, sin entered the world (Romans 5:12). With that sin came brokenness of all kinds: thorns, tornadoes, drought, sickness, disease, cruelty, and sexual distortions.

Since that time, every human being has been born with a sin nature. Our natural selves demand the right to be our own gods. When we desire something contrary to the will of God, the desire itself becomes sinful (James 1:13–15). We may sin in different ways, but it is all sin. Some have an overwhelming desire to lie. Some are unfaithful to their spouse. Some may overcome outward sins—and are puffed up with arrogance. And some may be tempted to engage in sexual acts with their own gender. It’s all sin. It is all unacceptable to God. And we all need a Savior.

God, our Creator, could have wiped out the human race and started over. He owes us nothing. Because of our high treason against our Creator, we all deserve hell. Heaven is perfect, and we are not; we are disallowed from God’s presence. In His great love, God made a way that we sinners can be made righteous (Ephesians 2:4–5). Jesus, the Son of God, offered Himself as our substitute on the cross, thereby taking the punishment we deserve (John 10:18; 2 Corinthians 5:21). God poured out His wrath against sin upon His own Son so that those who trust in that sacrifice can have their sins transferred to His account (Colossians 2:14). In exchange, the righteousness of Christ is imputed to us. God then declared that whosoever trusts in Jesus as their Lord and Savior be granted eternal life in heaven (John 3:16–18).

That divine exchange—our old life for His new one—brings about a transformation from the inside out. Second Corinthians 5:17 says that, if anyone is in Christ, he or she becomes a new creature. All the sin, selfishness, pride, and perversion that were part of our lives before that moment are wiped clean, and we are pronounced righteous before God (Psalm 103:12). God then takes on the task of conforming us into the image of Jesus (Romans 8:29). We are not saved from hell to continue in the same sins Jesus died for. We are saved so that we can become all God designed us to be (Ephesians 2:10). That includes renouncing our past and our sinful tendencies and embracing the wholeness we were created to experience.

In answering the specific question about whether gay people go to heaven or hell, we can substitute the words gay people with other sin groups. Do adulterers go to heaven or hell? Do kleptomaniacs go to heaven or hell? Do prostitutes go to heaven or hell? Paul answers these questions clearly in 1 Corinthians 6:9–10. People who live in unrepentant sin have no place in God’s kingdom. Those who practice sexual sin, including homosexuality, are on that list. Paul, anticipating objections, says, “Do not be deceived” about this (verse 10).

But then Paul goes on: “And such were some of you. 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” (1 Corinthians 6:11). Notice the abrupt turnaround with the word but. The church Paul was addressing had members who in the past had practiced those very sins—BUT when trusted Jesus, everything changed. Their loyalty changed. Their nature changed. Their actions changed. No one is exempt from God’s righteous judgment on sin (Romans 6:23). But no one is exempt from His offer of forgiveness and transformation. When we surrender our lives to Christ, we must let go of all that defined us in our sinful state. Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23). We must die to our old sinful lifestyle. We must die to our right to be our own boss. And we must die to those desires in us that violate God’s righteous decrees.

Gay people go to either heaven or hell on the same basis that drunkards, liars, haters, and self-righteous church people go to either heaven or hell. Our final destination depends not on what we’ve done but on how we responded to Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf. Unrepentant sinners will die in their sin and be judged accordingly. Repentant sinners are forgiven in Christ. When we receive Him as Lord, He becomes our final authority.

To be a Christian means that we now strive to model our lives after His perfect one. We want to please Him more than we want to please ourselves (Matthew 10:37–38). And there is no question that homosexual acts are displeasing to Him, just as heterosexual sin is displeasing to Him. If we insist on living a gay lifestyle, as if being gay was our identity, we are turning our backs on Christ’s sacrifice. We cannot expect God to simply overlook in us the very sins that put Jesus on the cross.

Many people who are same-sex attracted have come to faith in Christ and, in doing so, surrendered that particular temptation to Him. Some go on to marry and live in Christ-honoring, heterosexual marriages, and others choose celibacy, finding the fulfillment they need in intimacy with God.

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(Reprint with permission | |© 2018)

Progressive Christianity Is No Gospel At All – This Is A Must Read!

by Franklin Graham, Decision Magazine, June 2019, pgs 6&7
reprinted with permission

Much of the current debate among the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential field–more than 20 candidates have already thrown their hats into the ring–has focused on the rising prominence of socialism promoted by contenders such as Bernie Sanders, Beto O’Rourke, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren.

Given the perpetually left-leaning philosophy of most Democratic leaders, that is really no surprise. When demise of personal responsibility–Warren has suggested that every college student be forgiven of $50,000 in student debt–is combined with the notion of an overreaching government, then the stage is set for an entirely different landscape.

However, there has arisen another element of the campaign that truly troubles me.

Not long after South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg entered the fray, he launched a personal attack on Vice President Mike Pence for his views on gay marriage. Buttigieg, who is gay and married to a man, said that his homosexual lifestyle was perfectly compatible with his Christian faith. He said that marring a gay man had made him “a better man,” and moved him “closer to God.”

Buttigieg went on to challenge the vice president with these words: “If you’ve got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”

Pence, who is a committed evangelical believer and has openly advocated for pro-life causes and religious liberty, responded: “I think Pete’s quarrel is with the First Amendment. All of us in this country have the right to our religious beliefs. I’m a Bible-believing Christian.”

What Mayor Buttigieg and many others are seeking to do is simply redefine Christianity in their own terms — “progressive Christianity,” as it has been called. The core values of this movement have little or nothing to do with sin, the power of the cross, Heaven or hell, the deity of Christ or the authority of God’s Word.

Rather, their focus is on the universal love of God, social justice and the approval of various lifestyle with no regard for adherence to Biblical truth. So-called progressive Christianity is simply another term that allows each person to “do what is right in his own eyes” (See Judges 21:25).

In a Facebook post following Buttigieg’s widely publicized remarks, I said the following: “Mayor Buttigieg says he is a gay Christian. As a Christian, I believe what the Bible says. God’s Word defines homosexuality as sin, something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised or politicized. The Bible defines marriage as between a man and a woman–not two men, not two women.”

The core of the Christian faith is believing and following Jesus Christ, who God sent to be the Savior of the world–to save us from sin, to save us from hell, to save us from eternal damnation.”

Using new terms like Progressive Christianity and the Christian Left may sound appealing to some, but God’s laws and standards do not change. He says, “For I am the Lord, I do not change” (Malachi 3:6). I believe what the Bible says is truth.

Progressive Christianity is simply another name for theological liberalism and its accompanying permissive lifestyle that ignores God’s call to holiness and obedience. There is nothing progressive about it, other than an increasing slide into sin and disobedience.

We can never allow someone to seek to redefine the orthodox Christian faith according to their own faulty terms. It is a “different gospel–which is really no gospel at all” (Galatians 1:6-7).

It reminds me of Thomas Jefferson, our nation’s third president, who put out a treatise called, “The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth.” Starting with the four gospels, Jefferson cut with a razor and pasted with glue to eliminate virtually all Scripture references to miracles and deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. He ended with Christ’s burial in a tomb but rejected the resurrection of the Savior.

The Bible says that “the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears aside to fables” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

I am grateful for men like Mike Pence who take a bold stand on the truth of God’s word and are not ashamed of the Gospel. He is a man of deep integrity, and he is not afraid to speak God’s truth to a degenerating society.

By the time you read this article, I will have returned from preaching the Gospel in seven cities in the Northeast United States, one of the most liberal bastions of our nation. Much of the flawed tenets of progressive Christianity have already permeated the institutions of that part of America.

However, as always, I will have preached the Gospel as the power of God unto salvation and proclaimed Jesus as the way, the truth and the life–the only way a depraved sinner can approach a holy God. There is no other name under Heaven by which a person may be saved, except through the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

As we seek God’s will in our lives and in our nation, we need to “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it” (Jeremiah 6:16).