"But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors."
James 2:9
Are Christians Commanded to Kill Homosexuals?
Author:
Christopher J. E. Johnson
Published: April, 2012
[creationliberty.com]

scoff: to speak derisively; mock; jeer
(See 'scoff', Random House Dictionary, Random House Inc, 2012; See also Collins English Dictionary, 10th Edition, William Collins Sons & Co, 2009)

A scoffer of the Bible makes two logical flaws when claiming Christians are commanded to kill homosexuals. Their argument begins in Leviticus 20:13.

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.
-Leviticus 20:13

If someone reads Leviticus 20:13, and ONLY Leviticus 20:13, then the Bible tells Christians they should kill homosexuals. The interesting thing about the Bible is that it contains more than one verse. However, the average scoffer, who hates the Bible, does not take into consideration that if there are more verses than one, then there must be more to the context of that verse.

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,
Leviticus 1:1-2

The commandment of Leviticus 20:13 to punish homosexuals is not applicable to Christians because it was not given to Christians. That commandment is not applicable to Americans because it was not given to Americans. (etc, etc) This seems like a simple concept, and some people may wonder why I have to explain such a simplstic notion, but because the scoffers do not read the Bible, and remain willfully ignorant of what it says, they must have these simple concepts explained to them that we normally learn in children's Sunday school.

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.
-Romans 1:24-27

The scoffer trips over himself logically when he tries to compare sin with the punishment for sin, which is like trying to compare a law with the punishment for breaking the law. For example, a state has a law against murder, and a murderer can get lethal injection for a double homicide. So does that mean citizens are required to go around poisoning anyone who commits murder? No. When the scoffer tries to compare sin with the punishment for sin, it is just as absurd to compare law with the punishment for breaking the law.

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:
The Bible says homoseuxality is wrong and God commanded to kill homosexuals in Lev 20:13, so should Christians kill homosexuals?
"No."
Then homosexuality is an acceptable practice to God.

Here's the equivalent of their illogical thoughts:
The state labels theft as a crime and they arrest theives, so should citizens start locking up theives in their basement?
"No."
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

The Bible is not saying to not ask questions, but do not MINISTER questions, which is teaching questions without answers. We, as Christians, are to minister answers.

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

Finally, noting homosexuality is a sin, God hates the sin, but is long-suffering that the world sins against Him so that they might come to repentance. For example, consider that God hates lies (Pro 6:16-19), but God so loved the world that He sent His Son (John 3:16) to take the penalty for lies so we have a way to be redeemed. He wants homosexuals to repent and accept Christ so He can begin to change their wicked heart. (1Jo 1:9) However, someone in an active same-sex relationship has not repented and turned to Jesus Christ, and therefore, cannot inhereit the kingdom of heaven, and therefore, will end up paying the eternal punishment that God has attached to the crime.
(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 that is a lie, and the truth of God is not in them who do those things. Modern-day, Laodecian-style Christians are quick to point out the sin of homosexuality, but conveniently forget over-eating, over-drinking, fornication, adultery, idols, and many other sinful, wicked things that Christians take part in are just as bad in the eyes of our Lord Jesus Christ. We all need to repent because the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
-Matthew 4:17

Just because Christians are supposed to be examples of the love of our Savior, does NOT mean homosexuality is acceptable to God. Homosexuality is a wicked and vile abomination, and we as Christians should warn the unsaved of the dangers of hell. So to Christians, we need to stop condemning each other in sin and just speak the truth of God's Word; and to all sinners, Christian and unbeliever, it does not matter how you feel, but rather it matters what the truth of the Word of God says--to repent and turn to Jesus Christ.

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