Homosexuality, Sin, and Excuses - 05/15/2005

I completely agree with you that sex outside of marriage is a sin.......which, technically condemns homosexuals but it also condemns anyone who has ever had a lustful thought......as sinners, who are sinful BY NATURE, not merely by choice, we all commit sins of adultery and lust everyday........we may not want to, but we do.  how then, can we judge homosexuals for the same sin we are committing?  isn't this hypocritical to post a long diartibe on the "immorality" of homosexuality?  does not jesus say that we should remove the plank from our own eye before we attempt to remove the speck of sawdust from our brother's? 
additionally,i found your remark at the end of your article:
*UPDATE, 11/23/2004:  An investigation by ABC's newsmagazine 20/20 has revealed that the murder of Matthew Shepard was not motivated by anti-homosexual violence as once thought.
to be in extremely poor taste.........what is the point of this?  perhaps he wasn't murdered because he was a homosexual?  what does that really matter?  it doesn't change the fact that many homosexuals are discriminated against and meet much hatred...................and this, too, is a sin..........
sincerely,
zakk





CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:


Hi Zakk.  I agree that hating anyone is a sin, and it's regrettable that many so-called Christians target homosexuals - or any group - with hate.  The purpose of the update is relevant.  Many people hold up the murder of Matthew Shepard as a hallmark example of anti-homosexual violence.  They often do so while ignoring the higher rate of child rape and molestation by homosexuals than by heterosexuals.  While the murder of young Mr. Shepard was horrific and inexcusable, the facts now show that it is dishonest to use it as an example of anti-gay violence. 
 
What concerns me most is that you have just excused sin.  Your contention that sin is part of our nature, not a choice, is a convenient excuse to keep sinning.  You're essentially saying, "God made me do it, because I am created with a sinful nature."  That is highly blasphemous.  Would you excuse murder or hate with the same argument?  Trust me, we will all be held accountable before God, and blaming Him will not be a valid defense. 
 
"If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left" - Hebrews 10:26
 
" What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?...  For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin– because anyone who has died has been freed from sin." - Romans 6:1-2,6-7
 
In Christ,
 
Ben Rast
Contender Ministries