Last weekend, police in Russia violently dispelled gay rights activists who were trying to stage a rally near the Kremlin wall despite a ban on it. Three global gay rights leaders were arrested as a result of their attempt.
In an article posted today at Yahoo.ph, it reported a study that says that more countries are accepting homosexuals in their societies (Read the article). Only four countries of the thirty that were studied showed a further decrease in approval of homosexuality from 1988 to 2008. Even here in the Philippines, a country heralded as the only "Christian" nation in Asia (although I doubt if that's true), acceptance of homosexuality has been going north. I remember two decades ago, a homosexual will not dare cross-dress in public. He will be the object of ridicule if he does so. Today, that's not anymore the case. An Australian friend who was with us two New Year's Day ago joined us at Luneta Park as we preached the Gospel to thousands of people who were in revelry in the park that day. He was shocked by how openly gays were parading themselves in the country. I was likewise shocked by his reaction as all along, I thought Australians were more accepting of homosexuals than Filipinos. My heart really sank that day as I realized how low in terms of morals my country has dipped.
The Bible clearly tells us that God is against this kind of lifestyle. He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of their many sins, with homosexuality as one of the most serious (Genesis 18-19). 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 declares that people who practice homosexuality will not inherit the Kingdom of God. I've heard gay rights activists say that they don't believe God condemns homosexuals because their understanding of God is someone who is loving. They're right... because the God they are talking about is their invention, and he does not exists. A few years back, I was invited to be one of the judges of a debate in national television regarding same-sex marriage. I was shocked when a Catholic priest in the show said that God will not condemn sinners and he used the story in John 8:1-11 about the woman caught in adultery as his proof. Unfortunately for him, a pastor was part of the panel and he quickly pointed out that Jesus' forgiveness of the woman anchored on His direction for her to "go and sin no more." Supporters of the gay rights movement further argue that "God only hates the sin but not the sinner." Well, they've forgotten that no matter how much God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 33:11), the sin and the sinner will forever be NOT separated. And so, the sinner still experiences the full wrath of God in Hell when his life here on earth ends.
You might be saying now, "Okay, you've made your point regarding God's disapproval of homosexuality. But what about the homosexuals' civil liberties? Do they have any freedom at all?" Of course, they should still be entitled to rights...as long as the rights they demand run a long with what the Bible calls "moral." No individual is given the right to kill someone unlawfully or rape someone because that is considered as immoral. And who established the immorality of murder and rape? God through His written Word.
Education is a right of every person and the Bible has nothing against it, homosexuals should have that. Suffrage is a right of every person and the Bible has nothing against it, they should also have that. Work is a right of every person and the Bible has nothing against it, they should likewise have that. Marriage, the Bible defines, is for a man and a woman, therefore, same-sex marriage is a "no-no." Parenthood is the duty of a father and a mother according to the Bible. Homosexuals must not redefine parenthood as likewise between two people of the same sex. The Bible likewise do not give homosexuals any right to be in the leadership of any Christian church, therefore, homosexuals must have no role in running the Church. The Bible is black and white in terms of what is moral and what is not. Read it and you'll be guided accordingly.
But God is rich in mercy and not willing that any should perish. He calls everyone, including the homosexuals to repent and get right with Him. The greatest freedom is not the freedom to do whatever your flesh wants to do. The greatest freedom is the freedom from sin and the judgment of the Law against every sinner. God wants every sinner to be removed from the bondage of the Law and be under His wonderful grace; be moved from darkness to light; to pass from death to life. Like any other sinner, the homosexual is a transgressor of the Law. And because of that, he faces eternal punishment in Hell. But God, with His great love, sent His only begotten Son, Jesus to die on our place. He made a payment for our sins. He is offering us the benefits of Jesus' sacrifice... forgiveness and eternal life in Heaven. You need only to repent of your sins and trust in Jesus for your salvation and the benefits are already yours.
Dennis Aglosolos, the Director of Living Waters - Asia, will be answering questions.