The Christian In a Violent World

The Bible is abundantly clear that homosexual conduct is a gross sin—an abomination (Rom. 1:26‐27; 1 Cor. 6:9‐11, etc.). In the Old Testament God rained down fire and brimstone upon those cities and people who lived such perverted lives (Genesis 18‐19). Under the Law of Moses God commanded His people (Israel) to put to death those who committed such acts (Lev. 20:13). God has not commanded that homosexuals be put to death under the New Covenant of Christ (the New Testament) (Matthew 26:26‐29; Hebrews 8:6ff; 9‐10). We now live under the New Testament of Christ, and while such conduct is still an abomination—soul-damning, God seeks to save people from this, and all sin, through the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ (Romans 5:8‐9; Heb. 9:14; 1 Peter 1:18‐19; 1 John 1:7; Rev. 1:5). While despising, or merely disagreeing with sin, one should love and care for the offender. We are to be as compassionate as Christ.

In this age, the Christian age, God does not directly, miraculously, punish sinners with instant death as He did under the Patriarchy and the period of the Law of Moses, or as He did even in the First century (Acts 5:1‐11; 12:20‐24). Nor does God command His people (individually) today (under the New Testament) to put to death those who commit such heinous sins. Our task is to seek to save those who are lost in sin through demonstrating and teaching the love and grace of God manifested through Christ (John 3:16). God commands His people (Christians) to preach and teach His word, the Gospel of Christ (Rom. 1:16; 2 Tim. 4:1‐2) in an effort to bring all people to repentance and to turn them to Christ (2 Peter 3:9; 2 Timothy 2:25; Acts 17:20‐21).

While we deplore the sin of homosexuality and all sin, we equally deplore the hatred and foolishly darkened heart that motivates one to murder his fellowman out of a perverted sense of justice and misguided “divine” wrath that is destitute of the truth (1 Tim. 6:5). Murder is also a sin as seen in Galatians 5:19‐21 and Romans 1:29. The world is filled with misguided and perverse people, both religious and secular. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God (2 Corinthians 10:4‐6; Ephesians 6:10‐18). Our weapons are spiritual—truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, and the word of God. Our task is not to murder our fellowman, but the task of Christians is formidable. We must continue teaching and preaching the Gospel of Christ, the love, grace, and mercy of God (Ephesians 2:8‐10). We are to help save the souls of our fellowmen. The Gospel must be preached to the whole world (Matthew 28:18‐10). Man’s hatred and crimes against his fellowman is resolved only through Jesus Christ Who brings peace with God (Romans 5:1).