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    Is Homosexual Sin Worse than Heterosexual Sin?

    I was reading the Beth Moore thread about her backtracking on things she said about homosexuality (Beth Moore Labels Christians Against Homosexuality, “Hyper-Fundamentalists”) and it reminded me of this article I read that I forgot to post. I know some here thing all sin is the same, but I tend to think it's not due to how God labeled homosexuality as an 'abomination' in the OT but didn't all sin. Also Jesus talks about different degrees of punishment (it will be worse in that day...) etc.

    Anyway, this is a really good article. It may not change your mind on whether homosexuality is worse than other sins, but he makes good points.
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    Is Homosexual Sin Worse than Heterosexual Sin?

    By Steve Gallagher, Pure Life Ministries, originally published 12/21/21; reprinted with permission.

    This is one of many hot-button questions in our day and age. Many years of well-intentioned Christian activism against homosexuality in our country has left the gay community with the impression that Christians are self-righteous and intolerant. Be that as it may, it is still a worthwhile issue to consider.

    Before we get into that question, we will need to narrow down our categories a little to make sure we are measuring "like with like." For instance, a man raping a woman is far worse than two men hooking up for casual sex. So simply putting homosexual activity up against heterosexual sin is too broad of a comparison. Perhaps a better way to ask the question would be, "Is homosexual promiscuity worse than heterosexual promiscuity?" Here we have two similar behaviors distinguished solely by gender orientation.

    We all know instinctively that some crimes in the penal code are worse than others. Obviously murder is more serious than larceny, and it is no different within the legal structure of God's kingdom. In that light, yes, I believe homosexual promiscuity is "worse than" heterosexual promiscuity. I say this for a number of reasons.

    1. First, an argument could be made that Scripture treats homosexuality more seriously. In the Old Testament, this lifestyle, represented by the twin cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, faced stern judgment by God. That divine displeasure was carried into the New Testament when the apostle Paul designated homosexuality as particularly vile behavior in Romans 1.

    2. Second, while it is sinful for a guy and a girl to engage in extramarital sexual intercourse, their behavior fits within the parameters of "normal" sex—something that cannot be said of sodomy and the like. In fact, Paul uses such terms as "degrading," "unnatural" and "indecent" when he discusses it in Romans 1.

    3. Third, homosexual behavior affects a person's perception of himself, causing him to identify himself more closely with an immoral lifestyle than the godly behavior expected of a believer. The homosexual movement has spawned an entire community and culture within our nation—complete with its own Christian denominations.

    4. The final reason I believe that homosexual sin is worse is more of a sense than something easily articulated. In my years of ministering in the realm of sexual addiction, it has been clear to me that homosexual activity brings about emotional suffering and a spiritual corruption that runs very deeply. It doesn't take much to see how deeply gays have been scarred as a result of the course their lives have taken.

    So in light of all of that, I repeat: homosexual promiscuity is "worse than" heterosexual promiscuity.

    However, there is an issue Jesus raised that I believe trumps this entire question. In Luke 18, He offered a parable that was a similar comparison of sinful behaviors.

    The first example was a hard-hearted, arrogant and self-righteous Pharisee. His disdain of others must have seemed particularly nauseating to Jesus. The second man—a "tax collector"—wasn't much better. For years he had used his official position to rip people off—poor folks, widows or whoever else he could take advantage of. The interesting thing is that Jesus didn't claim that the sin of the Pharisee was worse than that of the tax collector or vice-versa. He declared the tax collector "justified" before God for one reason only: he had humbled himself before the Lord in deep repentance over his behavior—something the Pharisee was unwilling to do.

    So, maybe the question we should be asking has nothing to do with which behavior is worse. Maybe we should be asking, "Is an unrepentant sinner in more trouble with God than a repentant sinner?" The answer to that question would be a resounding, "Yes!"

    Is Homosexual Sin Worse than Heterosexual Sin? >> Americans for Truth

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    I know a couple whose son came out as gay and they were devastated. The fact is that most people have an strong inward reaction when their kids come out as gay and would prefer they were heterosexual.
    There is something ingrained in our nature that struggles with homosexuality.

    Of course we are to love all homosexuals and support them and treat them with love and compassion.
    Society could not function if homosexuality was the mainstream position and therein lies a major issue that homosexuality is detrimental to society and families.

    I believe God issued strong laws against homosexual behaviour because he knew it would lead to the breakdown of society and bring confusion to people.
    Transgenderism is the ugly brother that develops out of society accepting homosexual behavior as normal.

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    whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.
    James 2:10

    In some ways, I think it probably is a worse sin, but not judicially before God. If James 2:10 is correct--and of course it is--then if a person has violated any part of the Law, they are guilty of breaking all of it. If you have sinned heterosexually (or committed any other sin), you are guilty of all. "All" would include homosexual sin. If we accept that all unrighteousness is sin and that sin is punishable by death, then we understand the gravity of ALL sin. All sin leads to death. The only way a sin could be consider a lesser sin is if there was a sin that did NOT lead to death.

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    I believe all sexual sin does the most damage to a person. It seems to be the hardest to come back from.

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    Before we were redeemed by Christ, not only did we do sinful acts and have sinful attitudes, we were also sinners by nature. We were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind (Eph 2:3). Every part of our being is affected by sin. Our intellects, our emotions and desires, our hearts, even our physical bodies. "I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh" (Rm 7:18) and "to the corrupt and unbelieving nothing is pure; their very minds and consciences are corrupted" (Titus 1:15).
    Unbelievers are in a state of bondage and enslavement to sin, because "everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin" (Jn 8:34).
    Yet, there is still a freedom of choice that is intact within human beings. Sinners still do make voluntary choices. They decide what they want to do, then do it. In this sense there is still a kind of "freedom" in the choices that people make. Yet, in their inability to escape their fundamental rebellion against God and their fundamental preference for sin, unbelievers do not have freedom in the most important sense of freedom, that is, the freedom to do right, and do what is pleasing to God. So, the individual that is trapped in a life of homosexuality, finds it impossible to conform to God's moral law, not only in action and attitude, but in their moral nature.
    In terms of our legal standing before God, any sin, even what may seem to be a very small one, makes us legally guilty before God and therefore worthy of eternal death. Of coarse, we can all agree that an unregenerate person commits sin, because they are sinners in nature, and if they die in that condition outside of Christ, the sinner will experience eternal punishment in the afterlife.
    All sins are bad because they make us legally guilty before God and constitute us as sinners unless we are drawn to Christ by the prompting of the Holy Spirit to repentance, and thus, acknowledging the Lord Jesus as our Savior.
    If you put God First, you have Him at Last.

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    When the unsaved are already condemned unless they repent and believe, how much worse can hell be from one sinner to another? Hell is hell for all of the condemned. Would Freddy Mercury suffer more than Jack The Ripper?? To say yes, would in fact imply that hell isn't as bad for some than for others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireBrand View Post
    When the unsaved are already condemned unless they repent and believe, how much worse can hell be from one sinner to another? Hell is hell for all of the condemned. Would Freddy Mercury suffer more than Jack The Ripper?? To say yes, would in fact imply that hell isn't as bad for some than for others.
    Well Jesus does refer to it being worse for some than others because of the nature of their sin.

    I think it may be more obvious if we refer to it's consequences in this life as opposed to eternity, and maybe how much that sin might ensure one goes to hell due to it's seeming difficulty to overcome, and not practice. An adulterer or a fornicator can repent, and give it up. That seems to be much more difficult than for homosexuals because the nature of their sin is actually a part of their identity, where it's not with other sins. In their minds that's who they are.

    I heard Norvel say one time, who had a lot of experience casting out devils, that the two hardest spirits that he dealt with were drugs, especially the needle, and the homosexual spirit. There's a lot of perversness to it as opposed to the 'normal' sexual sins between a man and a woman, and it has deep roots/claws into people. And therefore less likely a person might get delivered from it, when if they do not repent they will go to hell. Like you said hell is hell, but in this life I think it could be said it's 'worse' in the context I explained, not to mention the reasons the guy in the article gave. It's just a filthy perverse spirit that's hard to get delivered from.

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    Well Jesus does refer to it being worse for some than others because of the nature of their sin.

    I think it may be more obvious if we refer to it's consequences in this life as opposed to eternity, and maybe how much that sin might ensure one goes to hell due to it's seeming difficulty to overcome, and not practice. An adulterer or a fornicator can repent, and give it up. That seems to be much more difficult than for homosexuals because the nature of their sin is actually a part of their identity, where it's not with other sins. In their minds that's who they are.

    I heard Norvel say one time, who had a lot of experience casting out devils, that the two hardest spirits that he dealt with were drugs, especially the needle, and the homosexual spirit. There's a lot of perversness to it as opposed to the 'normal' sexual sins between a man and a woman, and it has deep roots/claws into people. And therefore less likely a person might get delivered from it, when if they do not repent they will go to hell. Like you said hell is hell, but in this life I think it could be said it's 'worse' in the context I explained, not to mention the reasons the guy in the article gave. It's just a filthy perverse spirit that's hard to get delivered from.
    I knew that but was coming more from a philosophical standpoint. I think what is worse is for those that cause suffering to children. But I'm not planning on confirming any of it experientially.

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    Degrees of rewards, degrees of hell, degrees of judgement etc. all sin is sin but not all sin is equal. Some are more grievous to God and society. Abominations are in another category.

    Once we opened the Pandora's box, there will be no end to the depravity that a society can go.

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    Speaking of Beth, I was never a follower.

    I remember the backlash she got for something.. didn't she come out in support of Hillary?

    I wonder how her veering to the left has effected her following.

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