At the outset, let me say there is a big difference between a church group that WELCOMES homosexuals and a church group that CONDONES homosexuality. We should readily welcome all from every walk of life to attend our church meetings. We should also be ready to minister Christ and His truth to all. More importantly, we should not wait for others to come to our church meetings, we should go out into the “highways and hedges” and minister Christ to all the Lord leads us to.

What about attending church groups that accept homosexuality? What does the scriptures say about homosexuality? In Romans 1:26-27 the Lord refers to homosexual acts as having ‘vile affections’ and explains it like this, “…for even their women did change the natural use into that which is AGAINST NATURE: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is UNSEEMLY (indecent), and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”

Let’s also refer to 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor EFFEMINATE, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

I’ve used these verses from the New Testament because many will read of the condemnation of the homosexual lifestyle in the Old Testament and dismiss it as not being applicable today. It is indeed applicable and so are the verses in the New Testament. We live in a day of incredible tolerance and our society would have us to be sympathetic with all kinds of sinful lifestyles. As believers on the Lord Jesus Christ, we MUST base our actions and morality on what the Word of God tells us, not on what the world tells us. We do great harm when we accept and sympathize with sinful behavior rather than condemn it. Ezekiel 3:18 says, “When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.”

Today, many professing Christian groups accept as ‘normal’ many acts and lifestyles that the Word of God condemns. Many so-called leaders teach that we should accept sinful lifestyles and not speak out for the truth of the Bible. We read in Jeremiah 23:14, “I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.” Here is a situation where the spiritual leaders (prophets) live in sin and then ‘strengthen the hands of evildoers’. How is that done? Simply by condoning and accepting their sins rather than rebuking them for their sins. This acceptance encourages them to continue in their sinful lifestyles.

Should you attend a church group that accepts the homosexual lifestyle? Amos 3:3 asks the question, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” How can we walk, or fellowship, with those who accept sinful behavior? We must separate from the things that dishonor the Lord. The Lord directs and encourages us with these words in 2 Corinthians 6:17-18, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” (312.1)