Seeds of Hope

Repent of Your Sins!


[Posted on August 25, 1999]

Rev. Turner:

John 3:16 says: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that WHOSOEVER believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life."

Yes you are correct, ANYONE can call upon the name of the Lord and be saved! (Romans) But what you are severely mistaken on, is that when you are saved that means you repent of your sins. And let me tell you, last time I checked in the bible sexual immorality is a sin.

I'm a Christian, and I know that we all make mistakes, and sin. When I sin, I ask for forgiveness, and am forgiven. But when you are trying to justify homosexuality, that is wrong. When you are saved, you REPENT of your sins, that means to TURN from them. It says it as bold as black and white, there are no gray areas in the bible-homosexuality is wrong, and is a sin!

Yes, Jesus loves everyone, no matter what, but that gives no right to justify sin. God's grace is abounded, but that is not an excuse to sin. Sin is sin is sin.

This web page is a sin to God, encouraging others that homosexuality is okay. Sadly my uncle and aunt are ones who believe the same, and because of this lie, their beliefs are very twisted.

How can you twist what is most very clearly stated that homosexuality is a sin. Just like, murder, lying, malice, hatred. Its [sic] all in black and white.

Erica


Dear Erica and Gentle Readers,

This column is intended for people struggling and looking for peace in their sexual orientation no matter what that might be. I am not doing this to defend homosexuality or argue with folks who write to blast me with their grand pronouncements of how wrong I and Whosoever might me. Read this carefully all you who would write to tell me (us) that -- I don't care that you think I am wrong, further it doesn't matter that you think homosexuality is a sin. Homosexuality has been around a lot longer than you and will be here long after you are gone since it is, in fact, part of creation. You will not answer to God for my life, I will. God and I are just fine, thank you!

Which brings me to Erica's letter. I want to use this as an example of what I can and will respond to. Erica, I know you disagree and that is your right. However, you have brought up some points in your letter that should and must be addressed.

But what you are severely mistaken on, is that when you are saved that means you repent of your sins. And let me tell you, last time I checked in the Bible sexual immorality is a sin.

You are correct: sexual immorality is a sin. However, sexual immorality can be committed by both heterosexuals and homosexuals alike. The Christian scriptures give central importance to Jesus as the moral symbol of God. We must love as Jesus loved to fulfill the law (John 13:34-35: "I give you a new law: Have love one for another; even as I have had love for you, so are you to have love one for another. By this it will be clear to all that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.") Loving as Jesus loved implicates us in justice, prophecy and reconciliation which will culminate in joy, hopefulness and peace. Sex that doesn't meet this is, in fact, immoral. However, notice this knows no sexual orientation, but rather how two people love and care for one another.

How can you twist what is most very clearly stated that homosexuality is a sin. Just like, murder, lying, malice, hatred. Its [sic] all in black and white.
My dear sister in Christ, while you may want to think that we have twisted scripture the opposite is true. A careful word study and reading of scripture in context finds there is no prohibition of homosexuality that is loving and giving. The only sexual encounters that are condemned are those acts that cause harm or abuse to another or acts that are practiced as some kind of fertility ritual. A deeply loving and caring relationship between two people can never be characterized as sin, rather it is what God has called us to.

God bless,

Pastor Paul


Rev. Turner is Sr. Pastor at Gentle Spirit Christian Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

If you are seeking guidance and pastoral care on your journey to fullness as a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered person, please contact Pastor Paul directly at pastorpaul@whosoever.org.