Homosexuality involves sexual relations between two persons of the same sex, or lusting after someone of the same sex. Male homosexuals are often referred to as gays and females as lesbians. It is a sin which creates tremendous emotional, physical and social problems. People who are involved in this sin often regard themselves as "free" and are now demanding rights for themselves to live as they like and not be thought of as unusual and anti-social. For some of them these demands are a cover, because underneath they feel guilty, but there are probably many who have lost all sense of sin and do not care about God at all.

 Those who allow this kind of thing in their churches seem to have lost sight of God's standards of holiness and are more concerned about pleasing people and having a good image in the world, than about what God thinks. It is true that we need to love people who are sinners, but we are not to tolerate their sin. The Gospel must be preached to bring people out of sin and into his marvellous light (1 Peter 2:9).

 The Bible is very clear on what God thinks of homosexuality. It sees it as rebellion against God's original plan of one man and one woman united together for life (Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:4-5). This practice is forbidden in the Old Testament because God hates it (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13). However, the people still did it and Paul describes in Romans 1:21, 24-28 what God thinks of these things and what the results are to the people who do them. Their minds are corrupted. Paul also says that people who do these things together with other shameful sexual sins will not inherit the Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). That means they cannot be saved while they carry on in this rebellion against God.

 Of course if they repent and turn away from this sin they will be forgiven, but they will need to change their pattern of behaviour. That starts with the thought-life. A person should ask God to control his/her thoughts and then keep away from temptation and concentrate on praising God and learning from his Word. If the thoughts are under control, then the body and its acts can also be controlled (Romans 6:11-14, 22). Some of the Christians in Corinth had this lifestyle before becoming Christians, but they were liberated from it by the power of the Holy Spirit and cleansed of their sins (1 Corinthians 6:11).

 So there is hope for you, too. Come to God with your weakness, and his strength will be at your disposal (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).