The Apostle Paul writing under inspiration of the Holy Spirit declares, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9,10).
“Abusers of themselves among mankind” is another term describing homosexuals. The list of sins found in vs. 9, 10 includes most of the common sins of the flesh (Gal. 5:19–21; Eph. 5:3–7). If a man persists in cherishing any of these sins, he will be excluded from the kingdom of God. He who lives a life of slavery to the sins of the flesh not only looses his own chance of a share in the glorious inheritance of the saints but passes on to his offspring a legacy of weakness, both physical and spiritual.
Men must qualify for entrance into God’s kingdom of grace here on earth if they are to be candidates for the kingdom of glory in the hereafter. Entanglement with sin frequently causes men to lose sight of its real nature, and they are led to believe that they can live in transgression of the law of God and at the same time confidently expect to be saved. God has made it plain that there can be no compromise between sin and righteousness, and that whoever clings to sin must reap the reward of such shortsighted behavior (Prov. 14:9; Gal. 6:7, 8).
While the Lord loves homosexuals, He hates their sins. And God who separated Himself from His own Son when He bore our sins, will likewise, separate Himself from all those that cling to their sins.
But if sinners come to the Lord as they are and receive His healing transforming grace to give them victory over their sins, they will certainly have a place in the kingdom. “…thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57). And the believers will triumphantly declare, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13) and “…we are more than conquerors through him that loved us” (Romans 8:37).
In His service,