Homosexuality is a Sin

by Mike Ratliff 

You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. (Leviticus 18:22 ESV) 

Last week I found myself watching a special on PBS about the relationships between Winston Churchill, FDR, and Josef Stalin. Afterwards I did some research into the history of the Communist Party in Soviet Russia. One of the early leaders of the Bolsheviks was Leon Trotsky. After the death of Lenin, Trotsky came into conflict with the Bolsheviks who supported Stalin. He had to leave the country. He wrote articles in hiding that attacked the policies of the Stalinists. One of the “strategies” of Trotsky that was rejected by the Stalinist was “Continual Revolution.” He was a true Communist. According to Marx’s Communist Manifesto, Communism is the goal, but in order to reach it Capitalism must be replaced with Socialism and eventually done away with completely in order to bring in a pure Communistic state. Trotsky was a true believer, while Stalin was more pragmatic. What has this to do with Homosexuality? The ”Gay Rights” movement is constructed according to the principles of Leon Trotsky’s “Continual Revolution.” Its true believers will never stop until they achieve their goal of complete societal acceptance of Homosexuality as a protected minority with all the same legal rights as non-homosexuals, but with the added protection from the Federal and State governments to ensure it.   

There is a huge push in the visible Church right now to ‘remove the stigma’ of homosexuality as a sin. When I hear directly from a pastor like Rick Warren that he has ‘gay’ friends and believes that the Church should not be so ‘judgmental’ and so accept them as fellow members in our churches, I know that he has compromised and is using his own standards of holiness and righteousness instead of those given to us by God, which we have in His Word. Homosexuality is nothing more than a sexual perversion, which is forbidden by God. 

You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. (Leviticus 18:22 ESV) 

If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them. (Leviticus 20:13 ESV) 

For those who say the Bible doesn’t address Lesbianism, Paul does so very well in the following passage. 

Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. (Romans 1:24-27 ESV) 

Homosexuality, whether between women or men, is an abomination to God. The Hebrew word translated in Leviticus 18:22 as abomination is תּעבה or תּועבה. This word refers to something that is morally disgusting or an abominable idol. God sees idolatry as the righteous see what is perverse. Sex is subject to idolatry just as is money or possessions. With all of the emphasis we have today on sex it most certainly has become an idol to many. 

Homosexuality is a sin. Therefore, men and women can be delivered from it in repentance by God’s grace and power. However, we must never forget that there are no exceptions in who will inherit the kingdom of God and who will not. The unrighteous will not, while the righteous will. The unrighteous are marked by sins strictly forbidden by God. On the other hand, those truly in Christ will not be among those who practice these things. Christians are regenerate and are, therefore, new creations. They are not perfect, but they will never be at peace with anything in their lives that carries the stain of unrighteousness. They have a drive to be holy as God is holy. 

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10 ESV) 

Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted. (1 Timothy 1:8-11 ESV) 

Please notice that there are those who profess to be Christians, but who are deceived. These deceived ones attempt to open wide the narrow gate of salvation to include those who are practitioners of the ways of the world. We desperately need men in our pulpits in this day to stand firm on the fact that sin is what cost our Lord Jesus Christ his life. Not His sin, for he was sinless, but the sins of all those for whom He died. How can we continue to love the sins from which or Lord’s shed blood saves us? God’s grace is beyond our comprehension, but His Word tells us plainly that even so, Christians are called to be holy, and learn to walk in righteousness. 

I overslept this morning so I listened to a different lineup on Bott Radio than I am used to in my drive to work. This morning instead of John MacArthur as I drove in, I listened to “Focus on the Family.” Today’s broadcast was an interview with Carrie Prejean and her mother. In the part I heard, I distinctly heard her say that she actually has many ‘gay’ friends and has no animosity towards them at all. She contends that those who are all up at arms at what she said about marriage being between a man and a woman are those who are demanding legal rights for men to marry men and women to marry women and have that legally protected just as marriage between men and women. No mention was made of the subsequent issues with her semi-nude pictures and breast augmentation surgery. The main thrust of the discussion was about “tolerance.” If those demanding tolerance will not give tolerance to those who disagree then they are simply violating Christ’s command to Judge Not! At least, that is the gist of what I heard as I drove through very heavy traffic this morning. 

Are we supposed to demand tolerance for our faith from the world or are we supposed to be salt and light in it? Do you see the hypocrisy that creeps into Christians when they compromise with the world? I reject Political Correctness and so should all who take up their crosses and follow the Lord daily in self-denial. Political Correctness is what shapes the vanilla, empty, effeminate institutions in our time that call themselves churches. God is calling His people to stand firm and never compromise no matter how costly it may be. Our preachers must preach the Word no matter how Politically Incorrect it may be. Homosexuality is nothing more than a sexual perversion and we must not compromise on this at all. I would hate to be those Christian leaders who have compromised in their ministries in order to maintain their Political Correctness. They will have to give an account to our Lord when they stand before Him. 

Soli Deo Gloria!

19 thoughts on “Homosexuality is a Sin

  1. Good post Mike. Not long from now, we won’t be able to say what you and the Bible just did.


  2. Amen and Amen. We must stand up and speak out against sin period, even if it isn’t “PC” to do so.


  3. We can’t believe how bad things have gotten in a very short amount of time. Evil is on a roll for sure! Its amazing how its accepted to be any sort of ‘religion’ except true Christianity. Satan is working overtime right now I’d say.


  4. You know, it’s not hard to imagine words very similar to yours being uttered by someone in a Muslim country, like Iran:

    “The ”Christian Rights” movement is constructed according to the principles of Leon Trotsky’s “Continual Revolution.” Its true believers will never stop until they achieve their goal of complete societal acceptance of Christianity as a protected minority with all the same legal rights as Muslims, but with the added protection from the state to ensure it.”

    I know your words are directed primarily at your fellow Christians, but I’m very curious why homosexuality is an object of such intense interest among some of you, when it’s just one of hundreds of sins. Why not equally rail against adultery? Working on the sabbath? Taking the Lord’s name in vain? These have the added virture of being explictly condemned in the Ten Commandments, while homosexuality is regarded as an abomination and sin in verses where eating shellfish is too. (Lev.11:10). Should Christians boycott Red Lobster?


  5. I will say it too Mike (by the grace of God). Remember everyone this is not some “secret” attack by satan, we have been warned over and over again of the heresies that would be brought in. The question is, now will you stand for Christ and His Word? Have you truly counted the cost even unto death? imprisonment? torture? These things will come upon us if you are a child of God…it’s a promise…”You will be hated by all for my names sake…”-Luke 21:17 I pray everyday not for myself but for my children to be able to stand in that day! God Bless everyone on Mikes blog…. press in and on so that you may be strengthend! All Glory to God!


  6. Robert,

    I do not expect you to understand what I am going to tell you since you are an atheist. You are not regenerate. You do not have the Holy Spirit. True Christianity has nothing to do with conquering countries or taking or building empires or whatever.

    To answer your “thought” about why we are focusing on homosexuality like this is that it is clearly an issue of morality. It is sin and not the same thing as race or whatever. It is a sexual perversion whose advocates insist it is not. It demands protection and acceptance in our society. It is immoral as I said and, therefore, should not be given that sort of recognition.

    As far as your poor logic concerning God’s Law, the moral parts of the Law are still very much in affect and are contained in our faith. On the other hand, those dietary and ceremonial parts of the Law were fulfilled and done away with at Christ’s crucifixion. The Law we follow is the moral law and the Ten Commandments are part of that.

    As I said, Homosexuality is nothing more than sexual perversion. We must look at all sins the same way, but as far as I know the proponents of ‘gay rights’ are the only ones who are trying to get minority rights and societal acceptance for a group of people whose identification is that they are sexually perverse. We will stand against this with our last breath sir because it is a case of morality and obedience on our part to our Lord’s commandments.

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

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  7. Excellent truth spoken here brother Mike; we must NOT waiver, but instead, be like the Apostle Paul and profess truth with boldness.
    I have been saved from the bondage of homosexuality by His grace and mercy [read my testimony for Christ here http://iamhis-lyn.blogspot.com/2008/11/my-testimony-up-until-fall-of-2003-i.html ]. I know how entangling this sin is. Do I have homosexual friends? Absolutely NOT. This is not due a ‘self righteous’ attitude, or a holier than thou attitude…this has to do with obedience to the Most High God [ 2nd Cor. 6:14].
    As for Ms. Prejean, may God crush her under the weight of her sins, may He bring her to repentance and genuinely save her.
    Part of the ‘push’ by the homosexual community to get acceptance and force their agenda was to change the ‘offensive’ label of homosexual to gay [David Kupelian’s book, ‘the marketing of evil’, brings this to light — their ‘agenda’ can be read in the book entitled ‘after the ball, how America will conquer its fear and hatred of gays in the 90’s’]. We must not fall for their agenda. Let’s continue to call it what it is…homosexuality…not gay. This lifestyle is anything BUT gay.
    Praise God for all who stand firm in His truth, even when false accusations such as ‘legalist’, ‘judgmental’, ‘self-righteous’, and ‘holier than thou’ are hurled our way.

    God bless


  8. Mike, you are starting to focus on some very politically incorrect issues. May God bless and keep you in His peace as you obey His will and speak the Truth. I will continue to pray for you.


  9. When people question why we focus on homosexuality instead of other sins, all I can think is that no one is trying to get me to embrace their adultery, for instance, as a lifestyle choice, or is trying to convince me that a person coveting, lying, theiving or murdering should stay in their sin and not repent. It is the sin, but it is also the fact that the agenda is not to embrace the sinner but sanction the sin.


  10. Mike, thank you for this post and thank our Lord for granting the courage to speak the truth.

    We have all heard how we as Christians are guilty of hating homosexuals because we will not fall into line with their desires to be declared “normal”. But, it is these same homosexuals who are doing the hating. They hate the Lord Jesus Christ because He requires that they repent of their sins. Those that claim His Name, that claim to be Christian and yet continue in their sin are really no different than anyone else who refuses to repent—they are deceived by thinking that they can please God and keep their sin, too.

    Antinomionism has spread through the public church like an undetected cancer or untreated diabetes that will devour a human body from the inside out. BUT GOD!!! who is rich in mercy is saving one here and one there and delivering us from the power of our sin. As one who thought that all was well with my soul until God revealed my sin to me a little over four years ago, I praise Our Lord for the testimonies of Lyn and others young and old who are being granted repentance unto salvation. Salvation that makes you love the Lord Jesus, that delivers you from the power of sin, that gives you a love for His Word, that causes gratitude for salvation to flood your soul and makes the time you spend alone with the Lord Jesus more precious every day.

    May the Lord strenghthen you day by day.


  11. [It’s still legal – and always God-honoring – to air messages like the following. (See Ezekiel 3:18-19.) In light of government backing of raunchy behavior (such offenders were even executed in early America!), maybe the separation we really need is the “separation of raunch and state”!]

    In Luke 17 in the New Testament, Jesus said that one of the big “signs” that will happen shortly before His return to earth as Judge will be a repeat of the “days of Lot” (see Genesis 19 for details). So gays are actually helping to fulfill this same worldwide “sign” (and making the Bible even more believable!) and thus hurrying up the return of the Judge! They are accomplishing what many preachers haven’t accomplished! Gays couldn’t have accomplished this by just coming out of closets into bedrooms. Instead, they invented new architecture – you know, closets opening on to Main Streets where little kids would be able to watch naked men having sex with each other at festivals in places like San Francisco (where their underground saint – San Andreas – may soon get a big jolt out of what’s going on over his head!). Thanks, gays, for figuring out how to bring back our resurrected Saviour even quicker!


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