Can a homosexual enter the kingdom of God?
What does the New Testament say about this?
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, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
Does this leave any room given for unrighteousness in the kingdom of God? My friend, there is none!
Let us look at a list of sins that will keep a person out of heaven.
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness … and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)
Phrases like “sexual immorality” are broad terms covering a variety of sins. These variations will also bar you from entering the kingdom of God, even if they aren’t listed here. The clause, they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God emphasizes this. This is not a comprehensive list of all that will bar a person from becoming a part of God’s kingdom. For example, incest is not specifically named here, neither is bestiality. But we know from this context that these sins are outside of God’s design. The Bible tells us clearly that if we do not repent of such sins, we will not enter the kingdom of God. Make no mistake, the sinner cannot enter heaven until he has repented and cried out to God for deliverance and cleansing from his sins.
God’s law is against homosexuality:
But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine (1 Timothy 1:8-10)
God does not change His laws to accommodate popular opinion, like man does.
God is jealous for His holy character and His glory! We can never sully it and get by. Here is another passage that speaks to this:
Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 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… 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. (Romans 1:22-27, 32)
Read these verses thoughtfully and prayerfully. Can you honestly say you believe God sanctions homosexual intimacy and is going to accept people into heaven who practice it? God deals seriously with anyone who changes His glory into that which is unholy. When men turn the truth of God into a lie, when they worship man instead of man’s Creator, God will not sit still!
However, allow me to point out that God loves homosexuals. He has made a way to save homosexuals from the gripping power of their sins. God sent His Son to redeem them, cleanse them, and transform them into His loving children. But like all sinners, they must first come to the realization that what they are doing is sin.
This is more than a mere mental process or an intellectual deduction. This realization must be born in the heart as conviction birthed there by the Holy Spirit of Almighty God. This will take place when a sinner exposes their heart to the Word of God. God cannot forgive the sinner if he insists that his wrong actions are acceptable. He holds in suspension God’s mercy, grace, and forgiveness when he says in his heart that he is okay while still dominated by sin!
If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. (1 John 1:6)
The light of God shines in the heart of a seeking sinner and reveals his hidden deeds of darkness. When he stops, repents, and confesses his sin, God forgives and cleanses him through the blood of Christ. Such a person’s citizenship is then changed from earthly to heavenly.
Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:12-14)
The Holy Spirit takes up residency in his cleansed spirit, and he enters the kingdom of God. God then strikes his name from Satan’s registry and enters it in the Book of Life.
I would like to conclude with two pressing verses.
You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. (Leviticus 18:22)
Here God forbids homosexual acts in very plain language. In fact, this scripture classifies homosexuality as an abomination. Is there any indication in the New Testament that this abominable practice was later made acceptable? The answer is NO.
But there shall by no means enter [heaven] anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. (Revelation 21:27)
Man’s political actions will never alter Heaven’s holiness—heaven is solely under God’s control. Neither can man tarnish heaven’s glory with his carnal reasoning. No, heaven’s glory will shine on and on forever, even after man’s works are reduced to ashes. Why? Because no one who defiles will enter heaven, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
Is your name written there?
—Johnny Miller [adapted]
[i] All Bible quotes are from the New King James Version.