1 Corinthians 6:11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
This is the answer to all the LGBTQ people who are so offended by the Bible’s prohibitions of their activities. Every objective study has shown that immorality in general is detrimental to over-all happiness, and homosexual activity is particularly so. A simple look at suicide and depression rates will tell you that, but current political correctness won’t let even researchers interpret their data objectively. Because the answer to all such immorality is submission to the Lord Jesus Christ, the devil fights tooth and nail to keep people in deception. The whole “born this way” movement is a prime example. Everyone is born with an inclination to sin, but no one is born homosexual, and the whole “transsexual” business is the worst sort of abuse. Those who are promoting it to ever younger children these days certainly deserve the millstone Jesus mentioned. (Matthew 18:6) There are all sorts of psychological tricks and traps the devil uses to snare us, but at best they are tragic deceptions. The good news is exactly what is stated in this verse: God can and does take even the most debased person who repents and clean them up, actually making them holy and righteous as they are reborn as His child by faith. Old habits sometimes die hard, but when we commit to Jesus as Lord, our fundamental nature is remade, and we are set free. (2 Corinthians 5:17) Even if you are convinced you were “born this way,” you can be reborn according to God’s original design, for your eternal blessing and His glory.
This is something I encounter constantly, because immorality is not only rampant, it is even accepted and expected. Weddings where both bride and groom – or even one of them – are virgin are rare indeed. I can’t change societal norms by myself, but I can proclaim the grace of God, and I must do so. I must be uncompromising in stating the truth of this passage as a whole (verses 9-20) but I must do so in love, always including this verse and the grace it represents. I am not immune to temptation myself, and never have been; I have no “high horse” from which to talk down to anyone. I am to be frank, not covering over God’s truth with political correctness, but always leading with God’s love. I am to remember that we live in a fallen world and not be surprised at anything, but at the same time not accepting things as they are as being as they should be. I am to be an open conduit of God’s truth and love, never sacrificing one for the other, so that people may be lifted out of the swamp of immorality to walk on God’s highway, (Isaiah 35:8) for their blessing and His glory.
Father, thank You for this reminder. This almost seems to be a “lost truth” in the world today. I do pray that Your name may be recognized as holy and Your kingdom come as Your will is done, in individual lives and in society as a whole, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!