Love and repentance

The question was asked, “Would your god accept a gay man into heaven who believes in god and loves god and believes he has been “saved by god” he is willing to change every aspect of his life except for his homosexuality Or do you think even if he repents for his sins except for the “sin” of homosexuality god will reject him?”

I think that God will definitely not reject a homosexual coming to Him, just as God does not reject anyone who comes to Him.

When people come to Him, I think the initial repentance is to turn away from not believing Him and not following Him. Once you have begun the walk, I think God, in the person of the Holy Spirit, will work on you in the areas He wants you to change, WHEN He wants you to change. You must at least be willing to agree with God about what He says is sin. And then begin the process where and when and how He would have you do it – each of us is different and each of us have our own pet sins that God works with us to change.

Anyone who loves God will want to change in the ways that please Him. As we walk with God, our love for Him will grow. As our love for Him grows, our attraction to sin diminishes. When He prompts us to change, or to be willing to change, we will do so because we love Him. 

Acts 26:20

20 First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles also, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.

We must change from not following God, and in doing so, we become separated from the world, to God. At the same time, we must also begin the process of becoming more holy (which the Holy Spirit will help us in), because God is holy.

Leviticus 20:7

Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the LORD your God.

Ephesians 1:4-6

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love

Jesus said in Matthew 18:7-9,

“Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come! 8If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. 9And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.

In John 8:11b, Jesus said,

… “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

And Jesus said in John 14:21-24,

21 “Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”
22 Judas (not Judas Iscariot, but the other disciple with that name) said to him, “Lord, why are you going to reveal yourself only to us and not to the world at large?”
23 Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them. 24 Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me. And remember, my words are not my own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me. ”

It can not be more plain that that. If you obey Him, you love Him. If you do not obey Him, you do not love Him. One of His commands is to sin no more – THAT shows you love Him. Purposefully sinning shows you do not love Him.

 

To see more concerning the meaning of repent, see https://wbmoore.wordpress.com/2008/07/31/meaning-of-repent/

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