Nobody goes to hell because they’re gay.
This is going to ruffle some feathers, but that’s okay. More and more, I seem to be in the business of ruffling feathers.
I just want to be incredibly clear.
Nobody goes to hell because they’re gay.
Just as nobody goes to hell because they’ve committed adultery, or murdered, or committed suicide, or molested a child, or violated an adult, or lied, or been arrogant, or whatever sin you deem as heinous or innocent.
If that were the case, we are all going to hell, because we have all sinned – we are all sinners. I don’t care how good or moral we think we are, sin is a part of our DNA from the time we are conceived, and we have all violated God’s perfect standards at one time or another.
There is one thing that separates those who are going to hell from those who are not, and that is Jesus Christ. He is the only One who met God’s perfect standards, the only One who did not sin. And He is the only Way anybody can access God, the only Way anybody can have victory over sin, the only way to eternal life.
In order to understand why we even need Jesus, we have to acknowledge the existence of a God who is not us. He is completely perfect, and therefore, He is completely other from us. He does not operate the way we do, or the way we think he should. He cannot tolerate sin and requires a payment for it.
In order to understand why we need Jesus, we have to acknowledge that we are all sinners, no matter how good or moral we deem ourselves to be. As sinners, none of us can hope to live perfect lives, and therefore, we are disqualified from ever being able to pay for our own sin.
That’s why we need Jesus, because God is perfect and we are not and cannot hope to be. We need Jesus because He is God’s perfect Son and the only One qualified to pay for our sin, the only One able to bring about a new way of life – which He did, by being crucified and rising from the dead!
It’s so simple, and yet, the way I’ve come to see it is that two things stand as roadblocks to accepting Jesus in our human thinking:
1. We have a construct of God that makes Him like us when He is not. We have this idea that He thinks and acts the way we do when He does not.
2. We don’t like to think of ourselves as sinners, unworthy to approach a God who is entirely other from us. We are all about ourselves, our strengths, our worth, our independence, and we can’t stand being told that however good and moral we may be, we are not good enough for God. We can’t stand being told that our lifestyle choices condemn us in God’s eyes, but they do.
While the sins of homosexuality, or adultery, or murder, or suicide, or molestation, or rape, or deception, or pride, or any other sin you can name absolutely keeps you from God, only one sin dooms you to hell: rejecting Jesus and your need for Him.
Without Him and His payment for sin, we are all hell-bound sinners.
In Him and with Him and only because of Him, we have the power to change lifestyles that violate God’s perfect standards. I’m not saying we don’t still struggle with sin or stumble in sin, but we do have power in and with and because of Christ to overcome!
These aren’t my rules. These aren’t Phil Robertson’s rules, little as I care for his approach. And as a sinner myself, I’m not judging you for how you choose to live your life, or what you believe about God, or what you believe about yourself. I just want you to be aware that there is a Judge, He is perfect, and at some point we will all answer to Him, and we will all be evaluated by His standards, not the standards we’ve created for ourselves.
When I come to the point where God holds me accountable for my life and the sinful choices I’ve made, I’m not going to be able to say, “But look, God, I did this, this, and this right,” not because I haven’t done good things, but because those good things simply don’t make up for my sin. Only Jesus does. He is my only plea in God’s court.
Jesus is the ONLY plea in God’s court, and if you think you’re not going to hell because you’re good enough on your own or because the god you’ve formed in your mind wouldn’t send you there, I don’t care how you’ve lived, you’ve got another thing coming.