Are You Homophobic or Theophobic?

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Published on: October 19, 2015

“There is no fear of God before their eyes.” – Romans 3:18

There is a word being used even by our President these days that really does not make sense by its true meaning. The word is “homophobic.” Homophobic is apparently a term used to describe those that do not approve or accept the behavior of homosexuality. However, a closer examination finds fallacy with the intent of such a word. The etymology of the word begins with homo, which according to the Webster-Meridian Dictionary is “any of a genus (Homo) of hominids that includes modern humans (H. sapiens) …”

Simplified, homo means man. Then we have the suffix, phobia which means “a persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it.” In short, phobia means “fear of.” Therefore, etymology tells us that homophobia means a fear of man. However, this does not line up with the word, homophobic, because the implied meaning by the homosexual crowd is that people who do not approve of their activity are afraid of homosexuals. Is that really the case?

Let me say an emphatic, No! People who do not approve of or accept homosexual or lesbian behavior do so out of a greater fear. That fear is Theophobia. Theo meaning God. God says homosexual or lesbian behavior is wrong! He states, as just one example, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination” (Leviticus 18:22). Abomination means it makes God sick to His stomach.

By the way, there are many Scripture verses (Old and New Testaments) that define homosexual or lesbian behavior as wrong or sinful behavior. There is simply not enough room in this article to be exhaustive. The point is that when people choose to engage in this behavior, they are defiantly saying to God, “I am not afraid of you!”

Unfortunately, rather than standing up for God’s Word and preaching against this sin, many so-called preachers are caving in to a small percentage of society and are starting to accept this behavior as normal, sometimes out of threats of repercussions or even incarceration. Instead, it would appear these preachers are more afraid of man than God, or worse yet, have no fear of God. This being the case, maybe the word homophobic is true in its meaning when addressing the preachers that will not take a stand. Maybe they are the ones that are homophobic because they fear men.

In closing, we understand we are all guilty of sinful behaviors, but it does not excuse the fact that God hates all sin. So, instead of coddling or caving in to sinful behavior, we all ought to have a real fear of God by repenting. I remember an old time preach once defining repenting as, “Admit it and quit it!”

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