THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS!!
I thought I was alone on this....
The last time church and state were the same.... Remember the Spanish Inquisition anyone?
Church and State should remain two separate things. I believe homosexuality is a sin, but we are talking about legal rights here. If a gay couple wanted to get a religious marriage I´d be against it, but legal marriage is a right that we all should have dispite our religious beliefs or sexual orientation,so I defend it....
I basically agree with this.
The thing that really bugs me about homosexulaity, not the thing itself, but the way people treat it, is that we act like it's a bigger deal than it is. If it is a sin, it's no worse than any other sin and it's not like we have special camps where we send gossipy teens to try and cure them or used to send people to shock therapy to keep them from lying. And then when non-Christians are mad at us, they usually bring up the gay thing, but it's like, dude, no one is as concerned with it as you think but extremists.
I'm still unsure on whether it's a sin or not, and I can understand not supporting it legally because you feel like you can't, but it should ultimately be the church's decision whether it wants to hold gay weddings and the government can do the legal courthouse on paper marraige. Shouldn't that be what it's like, at least based on American law?
That is the best reply I have ever read. Thank you. From me and people I know that this topic affects them
I think we need to make a distinction between temptation and sin here. It isn't wrong to be tempted, but it IS wrong to give in and act on temptations.
The Bible says that you have to repent of your sins, not just recognize that they're wrong.
(Luke 13:3 "But unless you repent, you too will all perish.")
And if you really think about it, if a person actually wants to keep on doing all that stuff that God says is wrong and has no regard for pleasing Him by becoming more and more pure, what are the chances that they're a true believer who's truly saved? Just something to think about.
Also, here's something else the Bible says about taking advantage of God's grace (in a bad way) by not repenting:
Romans 6:1-2 "What shall we say then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those that have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?"