God in His love and mercy is reaching out to LGBT individuals with a message of hope!
The God who created this miraculous universe is a God of grace, love, and mercy. He knows that ALL men have sinned and need a Savior, so He wants for ALL men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth! (1 Timothy 2:4) The following is a message of hope for people who are still walking in sexual sin and need the precious salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Bible is very clear that no man is 'good' enough to go to heaven for we all have sinned and fallen short
of the glory of God and we ALL need a Savior. The Good News is that in God's love and mercy He has provided salvation through the gift of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who shed His blood on the cross to make pardon for our sins. Men are saved by this wondrous
and miraculous gift of God's grace! We can then place our faith in God which is evidenced by a life that turns from walking in our own ways and lusts and turns to now follow after the Savior Jesus Christ. The alternative is that we can refuse to have true
faith and belief in the Lord Jesus Christ. This will be evidenced by those who continue to unrepentantly walk in their own ways and sinful lusts and turn their backs on truly following after the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible is very clear that all sins, including
sexual sins, separate us from our holy God unless they are repented and turned away from so that we are made born again to follow the Lord Jesus Christ. Some of these sexual sins include fornication (premarital sex), adultery (sex with someone who is not a
person's spouse), and homosexuality. The Bible refers to homosexuality as a vile affection that deeply burdens God as we read in Romans 1:26-27
Romans 1:26-27: "For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet."
The Bible is exceedingly clear that all people who dishonor a loving, merciful, and patient God through continuing in these obvious sins against Him will not inherit the Kingdom
of God. The reason for this is that they stubbornly continued to take pleasure in unrighteousness instead of loving the wondrous truths of God which can lead them to salvation.
II Thessalonians 2:10-13: "...and with all the deceit of unrighteousness in those who perish, because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause, God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie, that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."
I Corinthians 6:9-10: "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, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God…"
There is no need to despair though because the Lord Jesus Christ came to be the perfect sacrifice to take away men's sins for all those who DO repent and TURN from their old lives of sin and selfish living to now turn and follow Him. This is such Good News!
Isaiah 1:15-18: "Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood. Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord, though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient..."
It is all very simple, the Lord Jesus Christ through His grace and mercy has provided the way of salvation through His perfect sacrifice on the cross. As we read above the only thing that God commands of us in order to receive the Lord Jesus' gracious gift that can wash away our sins and make us white as snow, is to come to Him in a true faith which is evidenced by repenting of all known sins. True repentance is evidenced by a full turning away of all sins that bring dishonor to God and now walking with all of our heart to follow the Lord.
I am a true Christian, and I am responsible to warn people to turn from all sinful ways and turn or return fully to the Lord. If I do not do this then I will be held responsible by God for not warning those who are walking in sin:
Ezekiel 33:8-11 "When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you shall surely die!’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. Nevertheless, if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.
Therefore you, O son of man, say to the house of Israel: ‘Thus you say, “If our transgressions and our sins lie upon us, and we pine away in them, how can we then live?’" Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’"
I pray that all people who are not walking with God will return to Him with all of their hearts! In His love and mercy, He is offering the hope of salvation to all of us today! I hope we will all be wise by being ready and waiting for the Lord's return. But for those who wish to continue in unrighteousness, these will be turned away by the Lord, for these are people who turned their backs on the Lord's merciful offer of salvation. Many of these people will be those who thought they were true Christians since they regularly went to church and did religious works but yet they chose to not truly follow the Lord since they still walked in unrighteous ways --
Matthew 7:22-23 "Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?' "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.'
There is absolutely no reason for any person to perish in hell unless they stubbornly turn their backs on God by refusing to repent of their sins and walk with the Lord. Please make sure that you know the true Gospel and that you are a true child of God! Please check out the following clear Gospel messages and make sure that you are right with God while the Lord is still mercifully giving us time to get right with Him! Thanks and God bless you!
Article by F. A. Butler