Is the Church being judgemental towards the Homosexuals (LGBT)?

Are Christians being judgemental towards the homosexuals (LGBT)? What stand do the Church needs to take in this issue?

Let me first say that in the Bible God disapproves homosexual acts. It is clearly stated many times, and I will just quote a few verses.

Romans 1:26-27 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:

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.

1 Corinthians 6:9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,

Now, let me go a little further, and that is to say that homosexuality itself is sin (though I know many Christians and Churches will not agree with me).

With this I mean that homosexuality in itself, if present in the heart and mind of an individual, is already a sin. It is like being addicted to something wrong or bad (for example, drugs) but because you know that to take it is sin, you refuse to do it. But in your mind you fantasize it. Or let me again say it is like looking into a woman lustfully while at the same time trying your best to avoid real physical advances. It is still a sin. For me I believe that the unnatural craving itself, fulfilled actually or not, is sin in itself (the unnatural craving).

Let me clarify though two things here: I am not saying that homosexuality is a greater or worse sin than being a killer, a rapist, or anything else. Though I admit it is one of the sins that will be rampant in the last days (Romans 1:26–27) when the world gets worse and sin multiplies greatly. (So it seems to say that it is one grave sin). Another thing for clarification is that I am not being judgemental. I am just standing for the Biblical Truth with the aim of restoring a person (like me who needs restoring from certain areas), and not in condemning a person to a state of being unredeemable.

Yes, when a Christian or a Church tells a homosexual that he/she needs to repent and that the person is shown real love and acceptance (accepting not the sin but the person) and is helped to turn away from that sin, then it is not being judgemental. It is being a loving Christian who sees God’s Love and Grace towards the homosexual and that love pushes them to help the homosexual be freed from sin!

But, if the Christian or a Church tells a homosexual that he or she is living in sin and makes no ways of helping him/her out, but treats the person as someone lesser or to be avoided, then that is being judgemental. It is a Pharisee Attitude of “I am holier than thou”.

Matthew 7:1-3 (KJV) Judge not, that ye be not judged.

For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

This is the right time that the Church needs to stand out and to be clear for what is Biblical – that homosexuality is sin. But also, to the same degree, in great fervor, show real love and concern for these people. God loves them and died for them. They are not the worse sinners. God even saves some Satanists, who could be classified as the greatest sinners (blasphemers of God, killers, idolaters, sexually immorals, etc.) of all.

God showed His love that He gave the life of His Son Jesus to us when we were still sinners – drunkards or not, killers or not, rapists or not, homosexuals or not (Romans 5:8).

If we Christians feel that we are more holy than homosexuals in our own merit, then we need to look to Jesus and to the Cross and repent. We were also sinners (maybe worse sinners than homosexuals) who just received God’s Grace of forgiveness.

Do you love someone who happens to be a victim of homosexuality? Then approach the person in Christlike love and tell the person that he needs to turn away from it by surrendering it to Jesus. That way, you might be able to save the person in Jesus.

Proverbs 27:5-6 (KJV) Open rebuke is better than secret love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend

Criticism or Love?

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Often, in the Church we find judgement and judgemental people.

Humanly, it is very easy to judge, especially in a Christian community. I have observed again and again that Christians are more prone to judge than the others.

And why?

Christians know better. We have a lot more of the moral values at our disposal. We know a lot regarding the right and wrong, the high standards of acceptable ethical living. But these things, no matter how good they are, are being used by the devil to bring discord to relationships and the brethren. Our knowledge of morality is being used by Satan to our destruction.

We easily become backbiters, when we discover that some of the brethren has certain weaknesses that we do not have. Or, when we are criticized, admonished, or corrected, we become super self-protective that we deny them and criticize them in return – all because we are self-righteous. These devilish attitudes are very common and observable in the Christian community. We see seldom see mature Christians who are able to face correction and criticism in humble ways.

On the part of those who give criticisms, very few of them are correcting their brethren for the sake of love. Very, very, rare. More often they simply do it out of self-righteousness too, to exalt the selves by degrading others. Their ways of correction easily reveal the inner motives of their heart.

One good example of what I am saying can be observed during the meeting of leaders. When one leader is accused by another leader, the accused one retaliates by pointing out the weaknesses of the one who corrects him or her. There is no real acceptance or acknowledgement of the mistake, only refusal and self-protection. This example is very common. There are many others which strongly illustrate my idea.

What is happening to the Christian churches? Where is the love? It is very good to return to the exhortation of Paul to the Galatians:

 (Gal 6:1-5) Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden.

We should bear one another, and not fight or pull down the other. We should not think lofty of ourselves, for we are accountable ourselves to the Lord. Looking too much onto others diminishes our real examination of the self.