I recently got into a debate with my sister about fornication vs homosexuality. It’s an argument that I’ve had before, and I had in mind to write a post about it, but put it off. Well, today’s passionate discussion rekindled that flame in me. I think this is something we really need to explore and get right, so that people do not remain confused and on the fence about the whole issue of sexual immorality. I would really appreciate your thoughts too, so please read and comment below.
Now, I’m sure you’re wondering what sexual immorality has to do with petty thieves and armed robbers! Well my point is that both the petty thief and the armed robber are THIEVES and they are both heading to the same place, if they do not repent. In the same way, both fornication and homosexuality are sexually immorality and will face the same judgment from God!
I’m sure many of you would like to object, and emphasis that homosexuality is much worse. The way I see it, the difference is but a speck. The homosexual fornicates the same as the heterosexual. However, the heterosexual feels superior to the homosexual…in the same way that the petty thief thinks he’s a better person than the armed robber.
The problem with the petty thief is that he has convinced himself that what he does is NOT THAT BAD. He doesn’t think he’s hurting anyone. He might even feel justified because he’s poor and has mouths to feed. If he shoplifts from a store, it wouldn’t stop him from joining the community as they condemn the armed robbers who burgled the same store after him. But all he will be is a self-righteous hypocrite!
The armed robber may get caught, and go to jail for his crimes. He will not be able to deny that his thievery was wrong, because he stands publicly disgraced. But the petty thief rests secure in that his deeds are hidden, and he too lies to himself.
I personally feel it is easier for the armed robber to repent and be saved, than the petty thief, who may never see a need to confess until he stands before God. And for this reason alone, I think all the petty thieves stand in graver danger. Consider what Jesus said about the Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Luke 18:10-14).
The fact is that the armed robber is worse than the petty thief. By law, they cannot receive the same treatment, because the armed robber uses force, steals things of great value and endangers lives. Homosexuality is worse because, not only is it fornication, it is an active rebellion against God and His Law, and a perversion of His order. The point of this post is not to say that one is okay and one is wrong, but that BOTH ARE WRONG, and when addressing homosexuality, we have to address the fact that the Church is behaving like a big hypocrite because we put up with fornication. It is no wonder we have little or no defense against homosexuality!
How can a homosexual feel bad for fornicating, when he is judged by fornicating heterosexual hypocrites??? You say he is a perversion and he says you are self-righteous! The only way to show that the issue being addressed is sexual immorality is for us not to normalise ANY form of sexual immorality.
One of the points my sister raised was that fornicating Christians at least go to Church and ask for forgiveness and try not to do it again. But that’s SOME! For a lot of Christians (by religion, not faith) who are fornicating, it is a lifestyle that they have no plans on changing! In fact, going to Church and seeking forgiveness is such a bother, they probably don’t do it anymore. They know they’ll be ‘going to the club tonight’ and ‘getting down to business later’, so why pretend? Many are proudly professing being Christian and sexually active outside marriage that trying to suggest abstinence is a laughing matter (Read ACT LIKE A LADY, THINK LIKE A MAN (UFUOMAEE’S CRITIQUE))!
How is this different from what is happening with homosexuality? It is also an alternative lifestyle from True Christianity! And believe it or not, there are still those few gay people in the Church who are going there to confess and repent. But pretty soon, neither heterosexual fornicator nor homosexual fornicator will bother with such frustrating rituals!
We need to get back to basics and teach ABSTINENCE (Celibacy until marriage) FOR ALL! And yes, God’s way – between a man and a woman. Let’s show the gay community that the Church means business when it says NO SEXUAL IMMORALITY, and that this is not a cultural, but a spiritual concept with great significance. So absolutely no thievery is allowed, whether petty or armed. Let it not even be named among you. Are we on the same page?
PS: This post sparked a Facebook discussion with an Atheist, and resulted in the post HOW IS MY SEX LIFE ANY OF YOUR CONCERN?
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