“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. (Lev. 18:22)
“And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? (Mt. 19:4-5)
“For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.“28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. (Rom. 1:26-32, NKJV)
“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 homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Cor. 6:9-11, NKJV)
Homosexuality is a sin! The “wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23) and the death indicated in this passage is eternal separation from God for all eternity.
Our plea is that those who practice such sins will repent and turn to God in faithful obedience. As members of the Lord’s church, the church of Christ, we will not confront those who practice such with violence but with the Word of God. By no means is it a “hate crime” in the eyes of God to defend what the Bible states to be true.
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Is. 5:20)
Those souls in Corinth (see 1 Cor. 6:9-11 above) were guilty of homosexuality, fornication, adultery, idolatry, etc. but they changed. They turned to God in faithful obedience.
On the passage from 1 Cor. 6 Bob Winton writes:
“1) They were washed when they were baptized (immersed) in water for the remission of sins, at which point they contacted the blood of Christ (Matt. 26:28; Rev. 1:5; Heb. 9:22,12; 1 Pet. 1:18-25; Acts 10:47-48; 22:16; 2:38; Rom. 6:3-4; Gal. 3:26-27; cf. John 3:5). To learn what Paul meant by washed, we need only to look at what he did in being saved: “And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16).
2) They were sanctified in this same operation. Sanctify means “to set apart.” When they were baptized, the Lord added them to his church (cf. Acts 2:36-47), or in other words, the Lord
translated them into his kingdom (Col. 1:13-14). Being thus set apart from the world, they wereable to serve the Lord acceptably.
3) The same process of obeying the gospel resulted in their justification. To be justified is to be considered to be utterly free from any wrong-doing.” (Outlined Commentary on 1 Corinthians)
Leon Brashear, Braggs church of Christ