Sermons On Homosexuality

Written by Serena Berger
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Sermons on homosexuality are likely to raise controversy, unless one is already preaching to the converted, as the saying goes. People who disapprove of homosexuality are quick to cite scriptures which would make it a sin. Others, who believe that Christianity should lead us to be tolerant and open-minded will say that many scriptures are outdated, and those regarding homosexuality are among the most irrelevant today.

It should come as no surprise that many denominations of Christianity take the Bible literally. Thus, passages such as 1 Corinthians 6:9, which reads, "Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders," are not considered ambiguous. Sermons on homosexuality are likely to cite scriptures like this, and many comparable others.

In Genesis 19, we find the oft-referred to story of Lot's wife, who was turned to a pillar of salt for looking back at Sodom, where homosexual sex, among other debaucheries, had taken place. The Bible also states, in various ways, that the purpose of sex it to unite a man and a woman, and to procreate, as is the will of god. Clearly, homosexual unions would fall outside these two purposes.

Opposing Possibilities for Sermons on Homosexuality

Sermons on homosexuality, then, have to choose whether to take the Bible literally, or re-interpret its words within the different climate of modern times. There are many Christian churches which welcome homosexual members, and in some cases they do so simply without making it an issue at all, and in others it is addressed directly so as to rationalize the modern tolerance with Biblical interpretation. Depending on what sort of church you are looking for or what sort of community is the audience for your sermon, you may wish to look at a variety of online sermon and scripture resources which can help you support your position.

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