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The homosexuality is an explosively controversial subject in our present society, but it is not a new issue for the Church of God. It confronted the early New Testament Church. Note the following from 1 Corinthians 6:9-10: “Do you not know that the unrighteous and the wrongdoers will not inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived (misled); neither the impure and immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor those who participate in homosexuality…will inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God” (Amplified Bible).

Based upon the biblical instruction, the United Church of God believes homosexual behavior to be both unnatural and sin (Romans 1:26-27). The Scriptures are plain on the subject.

What of people who practiced homosexuality in the past? Here is what follows the above quote: “ And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11, italics added). Members of the Church of God in Corinth were guilty of some or all of the sins listed—including homosexuality—but later converted and turned from their sins. Following the scriptural example, the United Church of God graciously welcomes into our fellowship all people who repent of their sins— any sins.

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The two issues that have most divided churches since the social revolution of the 1960’s have been the role of women and changing attitudes toward homosexuality (frequently referred to as same-sex attraction). Changes in secular western nations have led to demands for change in the church in both of these areas. More important is what changes God would have us make.
  • by United Church of God
The acceptance of homosexuality as an equally valid lifestyle is rapidly growing in Western culture. Yet God tells us that sex was designed for only one relationship—within marriage, exclusively between a man and a woman.
  • by Vertical Thought
While the Bible shows that homosexual behavior is not acceptable, there is hope for those who want to escape from this lifestyle.
  • by Larry Walker
Many fail to realize the dangerous path that same-sex marriage is leading us down. Far more is involved than the opportunity for two members of the same sex to marry.
  • by John Ross Schroeder
"Even I never dreamed of a moment in history when the Tory [Conservative] Party, the Monarchy, and the Church would be locked in internecine battles at the same time" (Joan Smith, Independent on Sunday columnist).
  • by Cecil Maranville
Canada, the European Union and the small state of Vermont have all introduced laws that seek to rewrite social mores and customs about marriage. Some believe the proposed revisions correct wrongs and promote justice; but, to the contrary, they will engender controversy without end.
  • by Don Hooser
It’s important for everyone to truly understand this subject. It’s especially important if you are experiencing SSA or someone you love is experiencing it. This article uses our own church history to clarify many aspects of this subject. Today, we feel very ashamed of our general lack of understanding, sensitivity and love 50+ years ago. Since then, we have had dramatic growth in our...
  • by Darris McNeely, Don Hooser
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  • by Jerold Aust, John Ross Schroeder
LGBT is an acronym that stands for "lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender." You'll probably be seeing it more often in the coming months, especially after U.S. President Barack Obama declared June 2009 "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month" for the United States.
  • by Chad Messerly
Although not always the popular view in modern society and becoming less popular every day, God's way of life is truth. Truth is always the right answer, no matter the question.
  • by Jerold Aust, John Ross Schroeder
On May 15, 2008, four justices of the California Supreme Court dealt a huge blow against marriage and family by approving same-sex marriage, overturning the expressed desire of millions of state voters. Beginning June 16, thousands of homosexual couples across the state began obtaining marriage licenses on which the words "Party A" and "Party B" replaced "bride" and "groom."
  • by Jeremy Lallier
The problem is that tolerance, as preached so vehemently by the Western world, in essence has come to mean that we must view all beliefs as acceptable solely because they are believed.