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t’s everywhere. The LGBTQ+ agenda  practicing homosexuals  (listed along with
            has infiltrated nearly every aspect of  idolaters, adulterers, thieves, drunkards,
        Isociety. We cannot ignore it and are  etc.) “will not inherit the kingdom of God”
        pressured to embrace it. As Christians, we   (v9). A soul’s eternal destiny is at stake.
        may feel intimidated by what appears to   Thankfully, escape from these sins and the
                                             judgment they bring is possible, for Paul
        be the majority view. We’re stigmatized   says, “And such were some of you” (v11a).
        by the phobia labels. We’re informed we  He reminds them that a great change had
        may be using hate speech. An “improper”  taken place. “But you were washed, you
        response to the agenda could mean job ter-  were sanctified, you were justified in the
        mination; indeed, it already has for some.   name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the
                                             Spirit of our God” (v11b).
        The believer needs a safe space, and, thank-  There is a difference, however, between
        fully, there is one – Scripture. “The fear of   the practice of homosexuality and having
        man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the  feelings of same-sex attraction, something
        LORD is safe” (Pro 29:25),  not necessarily   that even believers can face. Such an at-
        from physical harm, but safe in the truest   traction only proves that we live in a fallen
                                             world, but the attraction itself isn’t sin. Act-
        spiritual sense of the word. So, what is to   ing on it is. For some Christians, the Lord
        be our response to the LGBTQ+ agenda?  has worked to remove these feelings, and
                                             they have been able to enter heterosexual
        Respect God’s Word                   marriage. But that has not been the expe-
                                             rience for everyone. Scripture has a safe
          Let me address the LGB part of the acro-  space for them also. The Lord Jesus gives a
        nym first. It is not only the Old Testament   godly alternative to heterosexual marriage:
        that condemns homosexual relationships  singleness, celibacy (Mat 19:12). Believers
        (e.g., Lev 18:22; 20:13 ), but the New Tes-  who still struggle with same-sex attraction
        tament also (e.g., Rom 1:26-27; 1Ti 1:10).   and therefore choose to follow a celibate
        Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 should   life are to be commended for respecting
                                             God’s Word.
        be enough to shake anyone to the core:
                                             ³ The Greek word Paul uses here is arsenokoites,
        ¹ Scripture quotations in this article are from the   a compound of arsen (male) and koites
        ESV.                                 (intercourse), both of which are used in the
        ² This passage shows that gay rape is not the   Greek translation of these Leviticus passages.
        subject of condemnation (although it obviously   God’s mind did not change from the OT to the
        would be), but consensual homosexual activity.  NT.
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