I would like to comment on the article link that was posted to defend homosexuality.
Are Homosexuals condemned to hell?
I'll tackle only two parts.
John described best God's open invitation in John 3:16 when he wrote that whosoever (King James translation) believes in Jesus Christ will not perish. Whosoever does not exclude anyone, instead it includes everyone! Simply put, it does not matter if you gay or straight, black or white, male or female. What matters is whether you believe in Jesus Christ or not and have accepted Him as your Lord and Savior.
to believe is not mental assent, but a life style that says you will follow and agree with his teachings. If it was mental assent, then demons and anyone evil could just believe and be saved without making any change to their lifestyle. Im not talking about legalism to the mosiac law, but I am talking about following Jesus' teachings about his righteous requirements to be part of his kingdom.
So if no one is excluded from God's invitation, that only leaves one scenario left. That being that homosexuality is such an evil and perverse sin that it cannot be forgiven. Of course we have to assume for a moment that homosexuality is a sin to explore this idea! But if true, could any sin be so terrible that Christs death is incapable of cleansing us from it?
If we accept this premise, the implications are immense, for it means that there is a limit to salvations cleansing power. If true, then Christ did not conquer sin, but rather that a single sin conquered Him!
there is no sin that Jesus cannot conquer, but let us remember Jesus died to give us power to conquer sin.
he will not forgive, wash away, cleanse any sin from us, unless we repent. Repent means to turn away from. To change our minds about. We have to agree with him and reject the worlds ideas about sin.
The Nicolations in Rev 2 practiced a salvation of Grace TO sin. Jesus hated it and still does.
Grace isnt just favor, or mercy, or pardon, Grace is so much larger than that, its the power of God to transform a sinner into a saint of God, and he or she will look like a disciple of christ, Holy, pure, peaceable, gentle, kind, merciful, the list goes on.
but this gospel of forgiveness without sanctification makes no sense to me and is so far removed from scripture that its just another gospel altogether.
Paul talked about staying away from those who have a form of Godliness, but denying it's power.
They deny the power to stop their sin. deny his power to keep them holy, and up to his righteous requirements.
He will do it in us, if we come to him and repent of our sins, wanting to change and ask him to cleanse us from our sin's, to cleanse us is more than washing from our record, but washing from our lifestyle.
If for example I get mad at somebody and decide to hate them. and speak evil of them.
Will Jesus cleanse me of this sin?
yes, if, and only if after the Holy spirit convicts me to repent.
So I ask God to forgive me. But I dont change my thought process and still hate that person, well then Im still in sin, still in bondage and still not cleansed from all unrighteousness.
So now I need to power of Jesus Christ to help me to get this out of Me, And he tells me to go and forgive that person and ask them of forgive me. I'll pray for that person, and over time, Jesus not only forgives me, but im actually cleansed from my hatred and evil heart towards the other person. and am now in good standing with God. Now somewhere in there im ok with God because theres a process there, but God wants us right with him and to be right with others.
This process of getting right with God works for just about anything God hates. we have a choice to either agree with God about sin, or follow this false gospel that preaches forgiveness without repenting, or changing, "oh God loves me like I am and dont have to change".
If you follow that false gospel, then yes, you will go to hell with all the other disobedient who will not follow or adhere to his teachings.
My two cents.