Jesus Metropolitan Community Church in Indianapolis, Indiana has posted a bunch of controversial billboards like the one that you see on the left all over their town.
In each and every case, the billboard mis-quotes or mis-uses scripture in order to convey the message that being gay is ‘okay with Jesus’.
This is truly sad and tragic because the Bible clearly teaches that Jesus loves homosexuals. He loves them so much that he died on the cross to pay the penalty for their sins; just like he died to pay for the sins of heterosexuals.
Scripture is so clear on this.
1 Cor. 6:9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
Notice how diverse and inclusive this list is. It says that sexual immorality, adultery, theft, greed drunkenness AND homosexuality are sins that bar people from the Kingdom of God.
This verse nails heterosexuals and homosexuals alike.
But, Jesus loves all of us too much to leave us in our sins. So HE tenaciously fought to keep all of us from having to face his judgement by dying on the cross for all of us.
1 Cor. 15:1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved... 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures...
1 Pet 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God,
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
The gospel of the Christian church is not that Jesus affirms homosexuals in their sin, but rather that Jesus died to pay the penalty for the sins of all homosexuals.
This is the real good news that we should be sharing with homosexuals. These billboards present a cheap and phony gospel that cannot save a single person, straight or gay from the fires of hell.
The Christian message to homosexuals is the same as the message to heterosexuals: Repent and Believe the Gospel.