- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Bible Questions and answers about the Church
- Published on Wednesday, 01 October 2008 01:25
Q: I just wondering what the Gospel Hall's stance was on homosexuality? Would a homosexual be welcome at a Gospel Hall? Also what is its stance on gay marriage?
A: There are two stances that most assemblies with the name Gospel Hall on the building would take - one stance in relation to messages address to the general public and the other as to homosexuality within the membership of the church.
1)In teaching the message of salvation all kinds of sin are condemned by God. That doesn't mean the church should try to carry out judgement on people, but instead teach people that God will judge sin in eternity. Homosexuality is a sin. The Bible consistently tells us that homosexual activity is a sin (Genesis 19:1-13; Leviticus 18:22; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9). Romans 1:26-27 teaches specifically that homosexuality is a result of denying and disobeying God.
However, the world is full of all kinds of sin in addition to homosexual activity. All immoral behavior is condemned as wrong whether it be adultery, prostitution, pornography, fraud, deceit, malice, alcohol and drug abuse, idol worship, violence, murder, covetousness, greed etc. etc.
The problem of sin is addressed during sermons at the Gospel Hall. We do not to tell sinners to reform to be saved. That is, try to leave their vices behind or make promises to change their ways in order to be saved. The solution for our sin is found in accepting forgiveness through the punishment for our sins that Jesus Christ suffered on the cross. "For when we were still sinners, Christ died for us" Romans 5:6. The entire world needs this salvation, regardless of their sexual activity. A non-homosexual person should feel no superior than the homosexual "There is no difference, for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" Romans 3:23.
2) Homosexual behavior is not allowed as a member of the church. 1 Corinthians 5 is the Biblical guide to how a church should handle a list of specific sins that are contrary to biblically-defined godliness. Sexual immorality, greed, idolatry, slander, drunkenness or a swindler sadly appears among Christians even though such behavior is a contradiction of everything that God is. A person practicing such behavior obviously should be excluded from the local church membership until the person changes his behavior. That doesn't mean a homosexual person is excluded from attending a service. It means he cannot participate as a member of the church - in worship, in preaching, in offeringsm, in public prayers.
Here is the chapter in its entirety.
1It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that does not occur even among pagans: A man has his father's wife. 2And you are proud! Shouldn't you rather have been filled with grief and have put out of your fellowship the man who did this? 3Even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit. And I have already passed judgment on the one who did this, just as if I were present. 4When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, 5hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord.
6Your boasting is not good. Don't you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough? 7Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth.
9I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.
12What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13God will judge those outside. "Expel the wicked man from among you."