It is reported in the press that in January 2015 Pope Francis had a private audience with a transgender man from Spain. Like Pope Francis, many Catholics and Christians believe that the Church should be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone—including homosexuals and transgender people—is welcomed, loved and forgiven.
However, Leviticus 20:13 clearly states God’s stand on homosexuality:
If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination ….
Only Jesus can change God’s law on homosexuality, but Jesus didn’t.
In Matthew 19:4–6, Jesus talked about the union between a man and a woman. He made no reference to the union between a man and a man or the union between a woman and a woman.
And he answered and said unto them, 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: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
It is also clear from the Bible that homosexuality is the primary reason for the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. So how does it come about that many LGBT people call themselves proud gay Christians or proud gay Catholics yet live a God-opposing lifestyle?
In the Parable of the Prodigal Son, the father welcomed the younger son who repented and returned to him. Likewise, God will welcome back into His fold all those who repent and change their ways.
We read in Matthew 22:35–37 what Jesus said when asked about which is the greatest commandment in the law:
Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
If we truly love God with our whole heart, with our whole soul and with our whole mind, will we do things that He forbids?
While the Catholic Church and many Christian Churches embrace their LGBT congregants in the name of love, these Churches are leading their LGBT congregants astray, as we read in Isaiah 55:8–9 and Isaiah 55:10.
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
If we disobey the laws and commandments of God and live as we please, do you truly think that He will accept us as we are and welcome us into His kingdom?