People by nature put different levels of severity on sin. To us, killing another person is way worse than stealing a candy bar or being homosexual, but Yahweh does not see things the way we see them. As far as He is concerned, a sin is a sin, period. Well actually, the only sin that is labeled as being worse than any other sin and therefore is unpardonable is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Y’shua confirms this in Matthew 12:31-32, Mark 3:28-29, and Luke 12:10.
Next we need to determine if homosexuality is considered by Yahweh to be a sin. I’ve always been taught that it is a sin, but what does the bible say about it? Leviticus 18:22 “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” Leviticus 20:13 “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.” Two places where it’s pretty clear to me that homosexuality is considered by Yahweh to be an ‘abomination’ or sin. These verses are from the Old Testament though and since most Christians think that the OT was just for the Jews or not part of the New Covenant and that the New Testament is for modern Christians, so let’s see what the NT says about homosexuality. 1 Corinthians 6:9 “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,” I know some might point out that the Greek word for homosexuality is arsenokoites and that it was primarily referring to shrine prostitution and rape, thus implying that this word does not apply to two men or women in a loving relationship, however there is no doubt that arsenokoites does indeed refer to men lying with men, regardless of the situation.
Just for clarity, let’s see what the definition of abomination is so we can be sure that homosexuality is a sin. According to Dictionary.com abomination is defined as “A thing that causes disgust”, so Yahweh very clearly tells us in Leviticus that HE disgust homosexuality and commands us not to practice homosexuality. Now, so we can be doubly clear and leave no room for misinterpretation, let’s see what the bible defines sin as. 1 John 3:4 “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.” So according to the bible, sin is breaking the laws or commandments of Yahweh. Seems easy enough, He commanded us to not practice homosexuality because He “disgust” it, so to answer the question of “is homosexuality a sin?” the only logical answer is YES.
Now we have to figure out what happens to people who sin. We all sin and we should not judge others because of their sin. We are called to love one another, but part of showing love to each other is being honest and showing each other when we are living in sin. Not to condemn one another, but so we can help each other live righteously. We know from 1John 1:9 that if we confess our sins and turn away from them that the Father will be faithful in forgiving us, but what happens if we are told we are sinning but we continue to live in our sin? The bible answers that question for us, too. Hebrews 10:26 “Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins.” So if we continue to sin, not even Y’shua’s sacrifice will cover our sins. Keep in mind that this is not me speaking or giving my opinion, this is the Word of God speaking here.
So, if you willingly live in sin, regardless of how much you love Jesus or how good of a person you are, are you rewarded with eternal life in the Kingdom? Let’s see what the Word says… Romans 6:23 “But the product of sin is death and the gift of God is eternal life in our Lord Y’shua the Messiah.”
The product of sin is death, not eternal life. It all seems very clear to me. We all sin, but if we acknowledge our sin and ask for forgiveness and strive to live as holy as we can (following the commandments, statues, and ordinances of God) then we are forgiven and will have eternal life. On the other hand if we willingly live in sin and try to find ways to justify our sinful behavior and choose not to walk according to Yahweh’s commandments and laws, then we have death to look forward to. That doesn’t mean that we should condemn anyone because they sin differently than we do, we all have fallen short, but as believers we are called to keep each other accountable.
If I had a friend that was continually shoplifting I would tell them that they need to stop and repent of that behavior and I would not be around them when they were doing it. I wouldn’t condemn them though, and I would continue to be their friend, but I would also continue to keep them accountable if they continued to shoplift. The same would be true if I had a homosexual friend. I would not judge or condemn them, but I would let them know that God views homosexual behavior as an abomination, he disgusts it. By not being honest with our brothers and sisters because we don’t want to offend them we are actually doing them a great disservice and sometimes loving someone means you have to make some hard decisions.
It seems pretty clear to me that some people would rather let someone live in sin and not confront them with the truth so they don’t risk upsetting them. Y’shua did show compassion and love to everyone, but he also had NO problem at all showing someone the error or their ways. Other than blaspheming the Holy Spirit I don’t know of any sin where it specifically says if you do this you have no right to eternal life. To say that “nowhere in the bible does it say homosexuality will lead you to damnation” is a true statement, but the same is true for any other sin. It doesn’t say if you steal or if you murder that it leads to damnation, but we all agree that it’s a sin and it’s wrong, so people need to acknowledge that homosexuality is also a sin and all sin, left unchecked, will lead you to DEATH.