The fact that God never changes makes the LGBT debate a moot point. All sexual sin, including adultery and fornication is, was and always will be sexual depravity and rebellion against God and the following explains why.
Picture in your mind a vast realm that extends infinitely in every direction. This is God’s realm. Then picture a tiny bubble of space, time, matter and energy within the realm of God. That’s our universe. As our omnipresent God, he exists in an infinite realm outside and inside our universe, and outside and within our time. Time is God’s creation, but he isn’t held by its limitations.
God sees the entire universe from a perspective that is foreign to us. He sees the past, present and future simultaneously. He exists outside of space-time, and exists in the past, present and future simultaneously. He is Omnipresent – present throughout space and time everywhere always.
Those that say, “Things have changed, God doesn’t think that way now.” are deluding themselves. If God can see the end from the beginning, as stated in scripture, then He has no reason to change his mind. Logically you can conclude that if God knows the end from the beginning, then his final ruling of what He considers sins was written unchangeably in Biblical scripture. God considered sin, sin, since before he created our universe. His mind is perfect, eternal and unchanging. (Isaiah 46:10)
This is not an old covenant verses new covenant thing either. Jesus never abolished the Old Testament Law, he actually magnified it. For example, if you look at a person with lust in your heart, Jesus says you have already committed fornication. If you violently hate a person, you have committed murder in your heart. Sin is still sin even if the sin only occurs in your mind.
Many of the Old Testament laws concerning sacrifices and punishment were abolished by Jesus’ perfect sacrifice that rendered them obsolete, but that’s not because God changed his mind. They are all part of God’s grand plan for our salvation. God doesn’t change his mind.
Eugene Peterson, the author of the paraphrased bible, “The Message,” has surrendered to apostasy. These are some of his recent comments from an article by Jonathan Merritt 7/12/17, Eugene Peterson on changing his mind about same-sex issues and marriage. Speaking about Lesbians in his church, “They just assumed that they were as Christian as everybody else in the church.” According to scripture they are in unrepented sin. (Lev 18:22, Heb 13:4, Jude 1:7-8, 1 Tim 1:8-10, etc.)
Does that mean they can’t be saved? No, it just means they are probably not saved, because a saved person is compelled by the Holy Spirit to reject sin. A Christian’s love for Christ should make them want to cast off their old lives and live in accordance with Biblical scripture. The Bible is very clear about this. (Rom 6:6, 2 Cor 5:17, Eph 4:21-23)
Peterson spoke about hiring a gay music minister and said, “But I was so pleased with the congregation. Nobody made any questions about it. And he was a really good musician.” This is apostasy – a falling away from Biblical precepts or commandments (laws). This gay person was in active unrepented sin, and therefore, out of God’s will. How can he minister? He can’t, because he’s out of God’s will. This type of compromise weakens the church and is active rebellion against God.
Peterson also had the audacity to say, “I wouldn’t have said this 20 years ago, but now I know a lot of people who are gay and lesbian and they seem to have as good a spiritual life as I do. I think that kind of debate about lesbians and gays might be over. People who disapprove of it, they’ll probably just go to another church. So we’re in a transition and I think it’s a transition for the best, for the good. I don’t think it’s something that you can parade, but it’s not a right or wrong thing as far as I’m concerned.” Peterson is profoundly wrong!
I love this response to Peterson’s comments, by Michael Ellis, “It's one thing to love and minister to people in sin (and we are all sinners), but it is quite another to affirm and celebrate one's sin and open rebellion against God.” Amen brother!
The Bible is clear and unchanging. God is unchanging. God’s commandments to us are unchanging. From the beginning, God knows the end, so he never has reason to change his mind. All sin, that has ever been considered sin, is still sin. A great definition of sin is, “Any unrepented rebellion against God.”
If you are saved and you repent of your sin and you turn away from that sin, God purposely forgives and forgets that sin. If you’re in unrepented sin, you put yourself before God. You proclaim that your thoughts and ideas are superior to God’s. Nothing could be further from the truth.
We should love all people and attempt to lead them to Christ so they can be saved and cast off their old sinful life. The proof of salvation is shown when the person turns away from sin. All unrepented, habitual, continuing sin is an abomination to God. All those that practice unrepented sin are either totally confused, in active rebellion or they were never saved in the first place.
The professing Christians in the LGBT community, or anyone in active sexual sin, should repent (apologize to God) and sin no more (turn away from that sin). We all sin, but we can’t live in unrepented sin. It is an abomination to God and active rebellion against God, regardless of the type of sin.