Does God Reject Homosexuality Based On Galatians 3 : 28
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DOES GOD APPROVE HOMOSEXUALITY BASED ON GALATIANS 3:28?
Willie A. Alvarenga
The Apostle Paul wrote in Galatians 3:28 the following words, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” As we consider these words, there are those who argue that this passage is the authority to approve homosexuals. Anyone who arrives at this conclusion has failed to examine carefully the context of the passage under consideration. The Apostle Paul is not providing permission or approval for homosexual activities or relationships. He is indeed, providing information about the subject of salvation. In the previous verses, vv. 26-27, Paul discussed the subject of salvation in Christ. He argued that we are all sons of God through obedient faith in Christ Jesus, and that all those who obey the gospel being baptized into Christ, have put on Christ (v. 27). The message of Galatians 3:28 is one in which Paul emphasizes the fact that concerning the salvation of man, we can all be recipients of it, so long as we are obedient to God. In the book of Acts, Peter made the following comment, “Then Peter opened his mouth and said: ‘In truth I perceived that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him” (Acts 10:34-35). Every single person can have the opportunity to be saved from their sins, again, so long as they are obedient to God (Matthew 7:21; Hebrews 5:8-9).
Nowhere in these passages does Paul approve gay or lesbian relationships. If we examine carefully the immediate context of chapter 3, we will see that Paul actually condemns fornication and adultery (Galatians 5:19). In other letters written by Paul, he,...
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...they have become Christians, they have rejected such practices in order to please God. This passage proves that anyone who is willing to reject sin out of their lives can do it with God’s help. Yes, belief in the Son of God does save a person from sin, but this does not mean that such a person can continue in that sinful state.
As Christians, we should love all men, since they have been created in the likeness and image of God (Genesis 1:26-27). Loving all men includes homosexuals as well. Nevertheless, we love the person, but we hate sinful practices, which can send people to eternal punishment. If God does not approve homosexual activities, then we should view it the same way God does. We preach the gospel to every person in the world (Mark 16:15), but those who want to spend eternity in heaven must repent of their sins (Acts 2:38; 17:30), and do God’s will.