“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.” (ESV – Read the chapter)
– 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Two things here. First, the list of sinful behaviors pursued unrepentantly which will keep us from access to the kingdom of God is long and varied. There are many, many ways to separate ourselves off from God, some of them large and obvious, some of them small and easy to hide. In some ways it is better to be caught up in a big, obvious sin, because then everybody knows you are doing wrong and you can be called to account more easily. Sometimes the smaller, more culturally acceptable and easy-to-overlook sins can be deadly traps because we don’t believe we are doing anything worthy of repentance or needing of forgiveness all the while we are on a road headed directly out of a relationship with God. That’s the easy part.
Second, this is one of the few passages in the Scriptures that specifically mentions the sinfulness of homosexual sexual interactions. Read the rest…