Is homosexuality worthy of death?
According to the bible it is. And there are no apologies attached.
Here’s the wording:
Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. Romans 1:32
But homosexuals and those who approve of (allies as they are called now) their perversion intentionally recast the words as a command to kill rather that what it literally says its worthy or deserving of death. There is no command to kill anyone and anyone who murders a homosexual using this scripture as justification isn’t acting for God, because there is no command to kill. There’s a stark difference in a judge telling a defendant in the courtroom “you deserve to die” and telling them “you will die”.
But the anger at what the scripture says is what fuels the hatred of ministers who speak the words in response the political, social and religious aggression of homosexual activists.
That’s what Pastor Robert Anderson is facing now as media and homosexual activists pressure him to recant his biblical assertion that homosexuality is worthy of death. For speaking the truth, he was immediately accused of inciting hate.
The Rev. Robert Anderson of Colonial Baptist Church in Randallstown, Md., made the statement at a meeting hosted by the Maryland Marriage Alliance, which opposes same-sex marriage. He quoted Romans Chapter 1 in the Bible.
“Listen to the last verse,” he said. “’Knowing the righteous judgment of God that those who practice such things are deserving of death. Not only do the same’ – but watch this – ‘for those who also approve of those who practice these things.’ If we don’t vote against it, then we are approving these things that are worthy of death.”
Marylanders for Marriage Equality which is fighting for same-sex marriage to be approved feels opponents have gone too far.
“We really think that it was very inappropriate for the Maryland Marriage Alliance to hold a panel where they used the words ‘worthy of death’ to describe gay and lesbian couples,” said Sultan Shakir, of Marylanders for Marriage Equality. [source with video]
Anderson said its not his opinion, its what the bible says. And he is right. Voting to approve any practice that destroys and devastates people is an act of hate. Even if a person desires it, we should never agree to co-sign destructive behavior. The problem is that homosexual activists have no regard for the truth contained in scripture. They despise it because it and hate its influence because stands in the way of their “freedom”. If they could (and it probably will come to this) they would ban the bible as a “hate book” and eventually move to destroy all copies of it. That’s how potent the truth in the Word is.
A reporter for the New York Daily News called Pastor Anderson’s restatement “vehemently anti-gay”. Part of the reason that homosexuals associate any disagreement with their sexual behavior is because the euphemism they use to define themselves has no moral standard attached to it. That’s intentional. So when the bible condemns what they do, they redirect it as an attack on their identity even though its not.
Some Christians feel that its unwise to bring up Romans 1 when talking about homosexuality because it could be perceived as offensive. But that attitude belies the core problem. Sin is offensive to God and he addresses his offense to us without filters. For us to attempt to smooth it over and “fix” it, does a grave disservice to the homosexual. The church should not be in the business of changing God’s words.
Why we don’t literally kill homosexuals anymore
The elephant in the room is that homosexuals in this country are largely political and they pounce at any opportunity to demonize and paint Christians as cold blooded gay murderers. The Apostle Paul’s point of reference is undoubtedly from the Old Testament.
The reason we don’t is because the old “covenant” system, which required literal death punishments, has been done away with. We are under a new covenant. But just because the sentence of death has been removed —and it has— doesn’t meant that the worthiness of death has also been removed. It has not. In fact, sin throughout the bible is always equated with death. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life (Romans 6:23).
Its good that we still have men of God like Pastor Anderson who are not bought and paid for by the state and willing to speak the truth in love despite all the hatred against them. Homosexuals or any sinner deserve to hear the truth. Lying to them about their sin is an act of spiritual hate which can condemn them to hell.
Incidentally, the literal death punishments required under the old law are still practiced in force against homosexuals in muslim-sharia controlled nations.