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Can a Homosexual Be a Christian?

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Question: Can a Homosexual Be a Christian?
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The topic of homosexuality brings up a lot of questions for Christian teens, one of which is, "Can a homosexual be a Christian?"

There is a lot of different responses to the question, "Can a homosexual be a Christian," because there are several conflicting beliefs out there about homosexuality. Not even the various Christian denominations can agree upon whether or not homosexuality is a sin. Most of the debate has to do with interpretation of biblical principles and scriptures.

The debate on this question comes mostly from what many Christian denominations deem necessary for being a Christian. In many cases the Christian must believe that God desires a relationship with him or her, admit that he or she is a sinner and put the sin in the past, believe Jesus died for his or her sins, and accept Jesus into his or her heart.

The reasoning behind many denominations lack of acceptance regarding homosexuals has to do with whether or not that particular denomination believes homosexuality is a sin. Some people believe that homosexual behavior is a sin, and one cannot be a true Christian if he or she is willingly sinning against God. However, others believe that we all continue to sin and homosexuality is no different. Still, some denominations do not see homosexuality as a sin at all, and regardless of sexual preference, all people are welcome to become Christians.

John 3:16 - "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son so that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life." (NIV)

1 Corinthians 6:11 - "And that is what some of you were. 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." (NIV)

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