Will Christians who hate gays be held accountable?
(outside the USA)
Anti-gay preachers in San Francisco
1. Why does God allow homosexual orientation when He knows the pain, rejection, hatred and loneliness we will face? I walked a mile with pleasure,
Pain and rejection, hatred and loneliness are part of the human condition. Completely apart from being born gay, straight people still experience those struggles. Living for Jesus does not insulate us from suffering and trouble. It is a fact of life that the closer we get to the Lord, the closer we get to the devil, because the devil wants to back us off from a close walk with our loving Savior. He will distract us in any way he can to keep us from serving Jesus.
As I understand it, part of having free will, part of being a free moral agent, is accepting personal responsibility for all that free will implies. My page, How can a good God allow evil in the world? helps explain in greater detail.
Free will also indicates that Calvinists are wrong. Their odd philosophical system, the lens through which they read scripture, compels them to make up beliefs which are not taught in the Bible. They then teach those beliefs as if they are stated in the Bible. God has not already decided which individuals He will save and which He will damn, as Calvinists and Monergists teach. Free will allows lost people to obey God's command to receive Jesus Christ as their Savior from sin, Isaiah 45:22, Matthew 11:28-29, John 6:37, 2 Peter 3:9.
She chattered all the way;
Yet none was I the wiser,
For all she had to say.
I walked a mile with sorrow,
And not a word said she;
But oh, the lessons I learned that day
When sorrow walked with me.
by Robert Browning Hamilton
2. Do you believe that God will recompense His faithful gay children for any loneliness, rejection, and anguish they have endured in this life, for those who did not experience the love and companionship of a family?I believe God's grace will make all things right for those of us who are saved, whether gay or straight. The glory of heaven, of being in the presence of God will make the toils of our earthly journey seem as nothing, so that in heaven, the sting of loneliness, rejection and anguish on earth will no longer trouble our minds. Always keep in mind that God is in charge. He sees, He knows and He works all things for our good and His glory, Romans 8:36-39.
My Savior First Of All
When my lifework is ended
and I cross the swelling tide,
When the bright and glorious morning
I shall see;
I shall know my Redeemer
when I reach the other side,
And His smile will be
the first to welcome me.
I shall know Him, I shall know Him,
And redeemed by His side I shall stand;
I shall know Him, I shall know Him,
By the print of the nails in His hand.
Oh, the soul-thrilling rapture
when I view His blessed face,
See the luster
of His kindly beaming eye;
How my full heart will praise Him
for the mercy, love and grace,
That prepare for me
a mansion in the sky.
Oh, the dear ones in glory
how they beckon me to come,
And our parting at the river I recall;
To the sweet vales of Eden
they will sing my welcome home;
But I long to meet my Savior first of all.
Through the gates to the city
in a robe of spotless white,
He will lead me
where no tears will ever fall;
In the glad song of ages
I shall mingle with delight;
But I long to meet
my Savior first of all.
-by Fannie Crosby
written in 1894 and
in the public domain.
3. Will Christians who hated, rejected and shunned their gay brethren be held accountable by God for the pain and misery they have caused, even to the extent that some have committed suicide?When Jesus suffered and died on the cross as our substitute, He paid IN FULL, the penalty for our sins. In those few awful hours Jesus took ALL the wrath of God against sin, satisfied every demand of God's Holy Law, satisfied all the requirements of God's righteousness and at the last, cried: "It is finished."
God's glorious work of redemption was finished so that we could be saved. Not only did Jesus pay for all the sins of all people who get saved, His payment completely satisfied God so that God accepted the payment Jesus made.
Therefore, Christians who commit the sins of hating, rejecting and shunning their gay Christian brethren will not be held accountable in the future because they have already been held accountable in the past AND their sins were paid for and the payment for their sins has already been accepted by God the Father. This is part of the doctrine of justification by faith.
How can we be sure what Paul was
talking about in Romans 1?
Do you love us enough to hear our heart?
How can I get saved today?
Does God really love homosexuals?
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June 27, 2010 photo of anti-gay crowd by Jenny Mealing, used under Creative Commons 2.0 license, via Wikimedia Commons.
Photo taken at the corner of Market
and Castro in San Francisco