have to chime in on the discussion. For me, the homosexual lifestyle
is one of sin. The discussion you had with your listeners is not about
being "gay" and "Christian" per se', but one regarding sin in the life
of the Christian. This debate is as old as the hills and is most often
called, "Once saved, always saved." I believe a murderer can be saved.
I believe a thief can be saved. I believe
the adulterer can be saved. But all of these, as defined by the 10
commandments, are sin. So, the next question is, "Can you continue to
go on "sinning" using your Christianity as a "get out of hell free
card?" Paul asked that rhetorical question at the end of Romans Chapter
4. His answer in the beginning of Chapter 5 was, "By no means." For
me, Hebrews (10:26-27) lays it out in a distinct way, If we deliberately
keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of truth, no
sacrifice for sin is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment
and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God." Do we, as
mere mortals, continue to have sin in our lives? Yes. But do we do
live our lives in a deliberately sinful way? Do we continue to murder?
Do we continue to steal? I'd say not. But, praise be to God for the
grace to forgive us when we do fail. In closing, let me also offer the
words of Christ in John 14:21, "Whoever has my commands and obeys them,
he is the one who loves me...." As our relationship with Jesus Christ
grows, so will our understanding of Truth (the person of Jesus Christ -
John 14:6), and we will begin to make the adjustments necessary in our
lives in order to be obedient! Thank God for forgiveness!