“If someone is gay can they get into heaven?”
Can a gay person get in to heaven? What if they are a practicing homosexual and don’t stop? I get asked that question a lot, and here’s my answer.
To me this is the equivalent of asking can someone who struggles with alcohol get into heaven? What about the one that struggles with lust? What about anger? Disobedience to parents? Arrogance? Boastful? Gossiping? Most of these are listed in Romans 1:29-30.
The real question that should be asked is “what saves us”? Faith in Jesus Christ saves us. Not getting mad doesn’t save us. Avoiding getting drunk won’t do it. Not looking with lust won’t do it. And not being gay will save humanity. In other words, how good we are at avoiding sin has zero connection with our being saved. Yes, behavior is important, but not as a means of activating salvation.
Heaven is not about behavior. Heaven is about a new birth. It’s about our identity. We are either dead in Adam, or alive in Christ. This only comes through faith – not perfect human effort.
The ‘flesh’ is weak and some may struggle with any of the above sins for many years. Now, if someone is saying God doesn’t care about homosexuality (or any other sin) and that He just wants us to be happy, well then I’d have to say that person has good cause to question whether he/she has a new identity. There’s a huge difference is struggling with sin, and flat out denying that God hates sin to the point of saying it’s what God wants. Once saved God promises to give us new hearts, new spirits, and new desires. Sin, no matter how much we struggle with it, shouldn’t feel right anymore. So while a Christian who is an alcoholic might continue to drink for many years, he knows deep down it’s not what God wants for him (though he is COMPLETELY forgiven of it).
So yes, gays and/or practicing homosexuals can get into heaven, and they get there the same way we all do. Through a genuine faith in Christ.
By the way, real faith says “Lord I CAN’T do it on my own. Even on my best day my self righteousness isn’t enough. I am ONLY looking to Jesus to save me. I call upon His name”
Sadly many people are saving they have real faith in Christ alone, but when pressed they will ignore someone’s profession of faith and instead look at their struggles with outward sin to decide if they are saved or not.
Something for us all to think about. Share your thoughts below.
Author: Mike Cynar
Mike Cynar grew up in church and observed that countless people would go to church and then just stop. The church always referred to them as ‘fake Christians’ or ‘backsliders’ but Mike discovered the problem was deeper. The problem was the church message. The message was 90% behavior improvement and how bad you are, with a pinch of who you are in Christ, It was like every sermon was being preached to the church of Corinth. It’s in the Baptist church, Catholic, Pentecost, and most every other church. After discovering the true gospel message and how we are made right with God because of what ‘Jesus did’ (not what ‘we do’) Mike set out to free believers from behavior improvement programs and bring them back to Jesus. The Result – Jesus Without Religion was launched.