NO. Neither does being a murderer, liar, adulterer or thief.
There's only one thing that will send you to Hell for all eternity. And that is rejecting Jesus. God sent His only Son into the world to pay the penalty for all of our failings, our mistakes, our evil. Jesus took the punishment that we deserve onto Himself, paid the price while He hung on the cross, and then won victory over death with His resurrection. He now sits at the right hand of God in Heaven in Victory interceding for us on earth. When man fell in the garden of Eden, a rift formed between God and man. God is so holy that He cannot relate to a being that has even a speck of evil within him. Yet, God mourned the loss of man. He loves mankind and immediately made a way for man to be reconciled to Him. That way is Jesus.
There's been much to do about homosexuality in the news lately due to Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty's recent comments, and I felt compelled to comment on this whole fiasco. Is Homosexuality a sin? Absolutely. I agree with everything Mr. Robertson said. However, I believe he could have expressed his beliefs in a less crass and crude way and also expressed the truth that God loves gays. God loves liars, and prostitutes and thieves and murderers. God even loved Hitler! God loves all of us, each and every one of us from the lowest drug addicted prostitute in the alleyway to the richest greediest CEO of a corporation, to the Pope Himself. God loves. He is love. And the message of the Bible is one of love.
But it is also one of warning. If you continue in your sin and do not accept God's free gift then you will end up in Hell for all eternity. One of the problems with modern western Christianity is it presents a watered-down politically correct version of faith for fear of offending or ostracizing people. And I, for one, am sick of it. We are coddling people all the way to hell.
The truth is, if you're a believer in Jesus, then you must believe the Bible is the Word of God and if you believe that, then you must believe everything in it. And what it says is that Homosexuality is a sin. In fact, God calls it an abomination. And those who practice it, if they do not repent and turn to God, will end up in Hell. Along with everyone else who doesn't repent. It's not just Homosexuals who need to repent but ALL of us. We ALL have fallen short of God's standards.
So, if a homosexual believes in Jesus and receives His sacrifice, is he or she okay now? Not if they are still practicing that sin. You can't come to God, accept Jesus, and then continue to purposely defy God's moral laws. Jesus asks us to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him. The Bible says that we cannot say we love God and continue to do the things He hates. Christianity is not just a belief. It is a way of life. It is a renewed life. If you are a true Christian then the Spirit of God lives within you. You have been reborn from a dead spirit doomed for all eternity to one that is alive with God's power. If you have the Spirit of God living within you, then you WILL change. You can't help it. You will spend time with God. You will fall in love with Him, and you will grow to hate evil as much as He does. Your whole life will change. Will you still sin? Yes. But you will sin less. And you will rarely do it purposely.
So you see it doesn't matter whether you're a homosexual or a murderer, thief, or simply a gossiper. All are sins. And all will keep you from heaven if you don't repent and change your ways. The message of the Bible is one in which our Father in Heaven is desperately trying to save us from Hell, trying to win us back, trying to tell us to stay away from the things that will ultimately make us unhappy and turn to Him. Receive His Son and live for eternity in a place of unimaginable joy and adventure and beauty.
I've heard the argument that homosexuals can't help the way they are, that there's some gene that made them homosexuals. I respectfully disagree. God wouldn't create a being who would not be able to avoid sinning. That would be cruel and against God's nature. Each of us has our own weaknesses. Some may battle with lust, others stealing, others lying, others gossiping.. but none of us HAS to do these things. We choose to do them. Personally, I believe homosexuality is caused by a series of bad choices that ends up in the person being possessed by a demon of homosexuality. Every time you hear someone say they can't help what they do, you can bet a demon is involved. Seek deliverance.
If you're a homosexual reading this, I want you to know that true Christians, true followers of Jesus don't hate you. Yes, there are some out there in the name of God who are haters. But no one who truly loves God hates homosexuals or any other sinner. We are all sinners. We love you. God loves you. And God doesn't want anyone to go to hell. He is calling you out of your sin and begging you to turn to Him. He can deliver you. He can heal you. He can set you free.
I know this post will anger some people and cause some to hate me. I don't care. I'm tired of not speaking the truth for fear of persecution. I'm tired of a watered-down message. And I'm tired of political correctness. It's more important that you know the truth than it is that you like me. I love you all and pray I'll see you some day in Heaven.