|Some people say God hates homosexuals. What do you think?
God clearly says in Scripture that He loves people. John 3:16 says "God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die." God says and we believe that He loves everyone. It doesn't matter whether they're gay or straight, male or female, black, brown, white.... God created everyone and everything, and He loves all the people He made. That is why we can say from John 3:16...
God also says in Scripture that He wants us to follow His design for sex and sexuality. He warns that not following His design for sex and sexuality has consequences - physical, emotional, relational and spiritual consequences. But while Scripture clearly says that certain actions are wrong, it does not say that God hates the people who do them. Scripture actually says that God has done everything He possible can to redeem us and asks us to accept His redemption that comes through Jesus Christ.
Whether you are attracted to others of the same sex or the opposite sex, we want to assure you that God loves you very very much and that the Gospel of Christianity is good news for you.
For more information about Christianity and homosexuality, we invite you to the Articles section.
Can a Homosexual be a Christian?
Many Christians have difficulties with moral issues. Some of these issues take months, years, or even a lifetime to resolve. Homosexual behaviour in a person's life may be something that takes a long time to resolve.
With regard to morality, the scriptures call us to "judge for yourselves what is right" (Luke 12:57), but with regard to other people to "judge not" (Luke 6:37). So while we make a moral (value) judgement on homosexual behaviour, the question of whether an individual person is yielded to Christ is between them and God, and not for us to judge. We pray their statement of faith in Christ is true and seek to encourage them in giving every aspect of their life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Are You Homophobic?
We do not fear or hate homosexual people. Exodus was started by men and women who were homosexuals. Many of the people in Exodus today, ranging from ministry leaders to volunteers, experience same-sex attractions themselves. A significant number were involved in homosexuality. We have gay friends and loved ones. We uniquely understand the marginalization they sometimes face from the Church. In that sense we stand with them, asking the body of Christ to extend compassion and a welcoming spirit to anyone who stands at the door hungry for a relationship with God and life-giving community. Nothing supersedes our desire at Exodus to see all people come to know Christ.