The following was written by a friend and brother in Christ, Paul Kocourek. I felt moved to share it.
Some people like to quote the following against homosexuals:
“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.”
(1 Cor 6:9-10)
But they fail to include the very next verse:
“Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” (1 Cor 6:11)
There is salvation and forgiveness for homosexuals (and all others self-identified as LGBTQ+), just as there is salvation and forgiveness for:
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and YOU WILL BE SAVED, you and your household.” (Acts 16:31)
Our sins — all of them – deserved the death penalty. God so loved us that He sent Jesus to die the death penalty we each deserved.
It doesn’t matter if we are not a LGBTQ+ person, and committed only one sin, and the rest of the time we are practically a saint. Why? Because to break one of God’s commandments is to be guilty of breaking ALL of them.
For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. (James 2:10)
One “little white lie”, one moment of lust or greed or pride, is as guilty and deserving of death as murder. So, when Jesus Christ went to the cross to suffer, bleed and die, He paid for ALL our sins, dying the death we deserved. The combined weight of ALL our sins was laid on Jesus at the cross, and so He died for ALL of them!
Three days later, Jesus arose victoriously from the grave, proving the death penalty was satisfied and the payment accepted. Now God can totally PARDON us — forgiveness is available to every one of us, free and clear, ours simply for the asking, accessed by faith in Jesus, trusting and believing that He:
1) died for our sins
2) was buried
3) rose again the third day
Friend, if you haven’t yet accessed that pardon, yours free and clear, simply for the asking, won’t you pray now and choose to believe in Jesus, as per the three points above?
God promises that when you do, you will be totally forgiven, right then and there! It doesn’t matter who you are, what you have done, or how terrible and grievous or how many are your sins. Trust in Jesus and you will be totally cleansed from them all!