Is Homosexuality a Sin?

Sin, Repentance, and the Gospel


It can be simpler to say homosexuality is not a sin, especially in a culture of tolerance and acceptance. But when we start drawing lines on what is and isn’t sin, we can compromise the essential message of the gospel. David Short, Rector of St. John's Church in Vancouver, Canada, walks through how homosexuality, salvation, and sin all relate to each other.  



Homosexuality is a complicated issue. Some churches say it is not a sin, some say it is, and some have extreme reactions against the gay community. David compared the issue to an iceberg.


What did David mean when he said homosexuality is an iceberg issue?
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According to David, how does understanding the gospel shape the way we view homosexuality? Why does God take sin so seriously? Why is repentance vital to the gospel?
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What did David say happens if a church declares that a sin—such as homosexuality—is not a sin? How does this declaration take away from the gospel?
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David said if a church decided homosexuality is not a sin, then the church takes repentance out of the gospel. What do you think about this statement? Do you agree? Why or why not?
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How does the gospel offer us help from our sin and hope the future? How might you communicate that truth to someone who identifies as gay? What could you do to incorporate personal repentance in your life this week?
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Everyone struggles with sin, whether it’s homosexuality, or gossip, or cursing at a driver who cuts you off in traffic. Before pointing any fingers at anyone else’s sin, take a look at your life. Ask God to reveal any sin you need to turn away from and then repent. Be compassionate and prayerful for your friends who struggle with homosexuality. If you struggle with homosexuality, know that there is great hope in Jesus. 



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