Homosexual relationships are such an abomination
before God that death penalty is imposed and
offenders will not inherit the kingdom of God.

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Letter to the Editor:
PASUGO, June 1998, p.2

ONCE I TUNED in to a local television program and was surprised with the feature of this Catholic priest who is living with a man. This particular priest, in his sermons, is very vocal in his stand that marriage of couples of the same sex is not wrong. He reasoned out that the Bible does not explicitly prohibit such union. I want to know, if the Scriptures do not forbid the union of people of the same sex?  Does it mean that people can get into homosexual relationships without committing sin?

Imelda Gasarin
Pasig City, Philippines

Editor's reply:

God does not allow homosexual unions. From the very beginning, God had instituted marriage for the union of a man and a woman—and not for two individuals who belong to the same sex. Adam and Eve—the first man and woman—were the first ones united by God through marriage.

According to God’s design, men and women need each other (cf. I Cor. 11:11).

11 But in the Lord the woman needs the man, and the man needs the woman. (I Cor. 11:11, Easy to Read Version)).

Apostle Paul said that every man should have his own wife and every woman should have her own husband:

“But because there is so much immorality, every man should have his own wife, and every woman should have her own husband.” (I Cor. 7:2, Today’s English Version)

The Bible strictly teaches that it is unnatural and sinful for women to have lustful affection and passion and worse, sexual relationship, with one another. Males having passion with other males are also denounced:

 “For this reason God gave them over and abandoned them to vile affections and degrading passions. For their women exchanged their natural function for an unnatural and abnormal one,

“And the men also turned from natural relations with women and were set ablaze (burning out, consumed) with lust for one another—men committing shameful acts with men and suffering in their own bodies and personalities the inevitable consequences and penalty of their wrong-doing and going astray, which was [their] fitting retribution.

“And so, since they did not see fit to acknowledge God or approve of Him or consider Him worth the knowing, God gave them over to a base and condemned mind to do things not proper or decent but loathsome.” (Rom. 1:26-28, Amplified Bible)

Homosexual relationships are such an abomination before God that death penalty was imposed upon offenders during Moses’ time (cf. Lev. 20:13).

13 “If a man has sexual relations with another man as with a woman, they have committed a terrible sin. They must be put to death. They are responsible for their own death. (Lev. 20:13, ERV)

In the Christian era, God had decreed that those who engage in such abominable relationships will not inherit His kingdom:

“Do you not know that the unrighteous and the wrongdoers will not inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived (misled): neither the impure and immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor those who participate in homosexuality,…will inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God.” (I Cor. 6:9, 10, Amplified Bible)


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