Do You Have To Be A Heterosexual To Be A Christian?
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Many believe that in order to be Christian you must be heterosexual, but some more progressive Christians, particularly in the West, have supported homosexual lifestyles among professing Christians. Some churches even ordain homosexual ministers and bishops. When we ask whether a Christian must be heterosexual, we are talking about someone who is a disciple of Jesus and repentant.
Firstly, God opposes homophobia and hate crimes against homosexuals. Secondly, whilst homosexuality is a sin, desires only become sin when pursued. Thirdly, God designed that marriage should be between a man and a woman, because Eve came from Adam and they become ‘one flesh’. Any sexual activity outside of this biblical covenant of marriage is sin.
Homosexuality is falling short of God’s created order. Even if sexual orientation originates in genetic makeup, homosexual activity is still a sin. We are all born sinners, and with an inclination to pursue sin. In Jesus alone, there is hope for all sinners who would believe in him to inherit eternal life.
Jesus loves and forgives sinners. He proved this in his life, death, and resurrection. Jesus died for sinners to bring us acceptance, identity, and belonging.
14 Oct 2013
Guy is the founding and Senior Pastor of City on a Hill, a church that began in 2007 with a small team and a big vision. Today City on a Hill is a movement of many churches that gathers across multiple locations, in different cities and is united around the central mission of knowing Jesus and making Jesus known. Guy is a passionate communicator of the gospel who is committed to engaging culture with the beauty, truth, and relevance of Jesus. Guy graduated with a BA in Public Relations from RMIT University and has a Masters of Divinity from Ridley College. He is the husband to Vanessa and the father to four children. He is an ordained Anglican Minister and member of Acts 29.