scoff: to speak derisively; mock; jeer
If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
If I were to make the statement, "OJ Simpson was found 'not guilty'," people who knew nothing about the details would automatically think he was innocent. Just because a jury voted him not 'not guilty', does not mean that he was innocent, nor does it give us the whole story. There is more context that must be considered with that statement, or it can't be fully understood.
I want to make it clear that I am NOT referring to a metaphor or analogy that changes the context of this verse. The children of Israel were literally commanded by the Lord God to punish homosexuality by putting to death men that were having sex with other men. This commandment is specifically for the children of Israel:
And the LORD called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them,
So are Christians commanded to kill homosexuals? No. That commandment was not given to Christians. Does that mean homosexuality is acceptable to God? No. Homosexuality is still sin and abomination in the eyes of the Lord.
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie... For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
Not only were the commandments to punish sin given to the children of Israel, and not to the Christians, but the punishment for homosexual sin (as well as all others) was taken on the cross by our Lord Jesus Christ. Today, those who accept Christ can be forgiven their sins and have their penalty paid for by another, or they can choose to reject Him and will have to pay the eternal penalty themselves.
A few years ago, I listened to a dad talk about how he had to go pick up his son from the police station after his son was arrested for vandalism. When he arrived at the police station, he had to pay the penalty for the crime to bail out his son. The dad was not happy about what his son had done, nor did he want to have to pay the penalty, but the dad paid it for him anyway because he loves his son.
The scoffer's logic would say that because the father paid the penalty, and the son did not have to suffer for his crime, therefore vandalism is acceptable to the father. That makes no sense whatsoever. Just because the penalty has been taken away, does not mean the crime is acceptable. Likewise, just because Jesus Christ paid the penalty for homosexuality on the cross, and today, we do not have commandment to punish homosexuality ourselves (long-suffering that all should come to repentance), that does not mean that homosexuality is acceptable to God, and the eternal penalty for the crime still has to be paid, either by the homosexual, or by Jesus Christ.
Here's the thought-process of the scoffer:
Then homosexuality is an acceptable practice to God.
Here's the equivalent of their illogical thoughts:
Then murder is an acceptable practice to the state.
If scoffers want to be taken seriously, they need to take time to read the book they're critiquing, and stop to think about what they are saying. However, most are not looking for an answer, they are simply looking to ask lots of questions and ignore answers to make it look like their opponents do not have an answer. The Bible tells us to beware of such people:
Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith:
-1 Timothy 1:4
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
-1 Peter 3:15-16
(I don't want that for any homosexual, so read "How to be Saved" here at creationliberty.com to learn how to accept Christ's payment for our sins)
On the other hand, Christians tend to puff themselves up when they are Saved, and do so by losing humility, pridefully claiming the righteousness of Christ for themselves, and forgetting how they too are wicked sinners. The love of our Lord and Savior cannot be demonstrated by carrying signs that say "God hates fags" because
From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.