The statement that “Jesus didn’t condemn gays” is not a good argument.
By the same reasoning Jesus did not specifically condemn drunkenness, gambling, wife beating, war, slavery, paedophilia, pornography and a host of other things that people feel strongly about.
This argument shows a misunderstanding of Jesus’ ministry.
He explains his purpose in John 3:17 “For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved”. He did not come to condemn gays so we wouldn`t expect him to! He came that they might be saved!
There is a beautiful illustration of what he was about in John 8:11 where a woman caught in the act of adultery was brought to him and he said “neither do I condemn thee: go and sin no more”. He did not condemn her for her sexual relationship outside of marriage but he considered it sin and told her to stop.
He firmly believed the Old Testament scriptures regarding lifelong marriage between one man and one woman. He referred to this in Matthew 19: 4-5 “Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave Father and Mother, and shall cleave to his wife” .
His earthly ministry finished when he returned to heaven. This brought about an important change. He said in John 5:22 “the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgement unto the Son”. We will therefore stand before Jesus at the judgement. It will not be personal beliefs, popular opinion or manmade laws which will judge us. Jesus said in John 12:48 “the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last days”.
1 Corinthians 6: 9 10 “Be not deceived: --- neither effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind (those dressed as females and sodomites) shall inherit the Kingdom of God”
Revelation 21:8 “the unbelieving and the abominable (those who do things which are an abomination to God), shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone”
There is good news!
After describing various people who would not be in heaven, including gays the bible says in 1 Corinthians 6:11 “such were some of you: but ye are washed, ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God”. In other words there were those in the city of Corinth who had been involved in homosexuality but had left such practices and were now clean and innocent (justified). They were now part of the Christian church.
How did this happen?
Matthew 9:6 says “the Son of man (Jesus Christ) hath power on earth to forgive sins”. He paid the penalty for sin on the cross of Calvary. He now offers a complete pardon to all who will accept his offer of free salvation on this basis alone. John 8:36 says “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed”.
Not only free from the past but He can free you for the future by taking away old desires and giving you real joy and peace! It’s there for the asking if you will only believe that Jesus is both willing, and has the power and authority to forgive and forget. John 6:37 “him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out”
David Wright, Dungannon