Or do you not know that the unrighteous1 will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. -1Corinthians 6:9-10
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do2 such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. -Galatians 5:19-21
Scripture is clear about many things and among them is the fact that those who practice sexual immorality, including homosexuality, will find themselves outside the kingdom of God, not inside it. Yet, a Jesuit priest, who was appointed by Pope Francis last month to the Vatican’s communications office is telling everyone the exact opposite.
Fr. James Martin, editor-at-large of the Jesuit-run America magazine, comment on Facebook on May 5 that certain saints “were probably gay” and that many people “may be surprised when you get to heave to be greeted by them.”
His reply fell under a link to a pro-homosexual event by New Ways Ministry, which he called “another sign of welcome and building bridges.”
NB: Two post limit. No ad hominem. Keep on topic. Charity always. Another sign of welcome and building bridges.
LifeSite News reports:
But Catholic saint and doctor of the Church St. Peter Damian called homosexuality a “vice” that “opens up hell and closes the door of paradise.”
“This vice [of same-sex activity] is the death of bodies, the destruction of souls, pollutes the flesh, extinguishes the light of the intellect, expels the Holy Spirit from the temple of the human heart, introduces the diabolical inciter of lust, throws into confusion, and removes the truth completely from the deceived mind,” he wrote in his 11th century Book of Gomorrah.
“It prepares snares for the one who walks, and for him who falls into the pit, it obstructs the escape. It opens up hell and closes the door of paradise,” he added.
The Catholic Church teaches that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered” since they are “contrary to the natural law” and they “close the sexual act to the gift of life.”
But, not only this: The Church also teaches that same-sex attraction is itself “objectively disordered” since God created sexual attraction to be between a male and female for the sake of procreation.
In this way, there is no such reality as a “homosexual person,” but only a person who struggles with the “disorder” of being attracted to the same sex. The Church teaches that everybody, including those with a disordered sexuality — often expressing itself in lust, masturbation, fornication, pornography, homosexuality — are called to chastity. That is, to the moral virtue of a rightly ordered sexuality integrated within the person.
While I am not Roman Catholic, Damian is correct in his assessment and this has always been the view of those who follow biblical teachings without distorting them.
Martin has published a book titled Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity, in which he wants Christians to embrace practicing homosexuals and respect them.
He’s even gone to social media, such as Twitter and Youtube to advocate for those who mentally ill people who engage in transgenderism or to promote homosexuality as normal in the Roman Catholic Church. Martin has also declared that the church should embrace practicing homosexuals for their “special gifts.”
I, for one, reject such assertions. In fact, the Bible rejects them. Additionally, I read in the pages of Scripture that many first century Christians were once practicing homosexuals, but they were changed.
Or do you not know that the unrighteousb will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. -1 Corinthians 6:9-11
What the Church needs to embrace is the Law of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, not those who continue in their sin. Rather, we should love them enough to warn them of God’s judgment against such sin and then call them to repentance from those sins and obedience to the Gospel and the fear of the Lord.
Fr. Martin should repent of his neglect of Scripture and distortion of the Gospel message.