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What does God consider to be the worst sin?


Question:  Is homosexuality the worst sin? Are people really born that way, and if so, how can they help but act in that way?

Answer:  The Bible says that all sin is sin to God, including homosexuality.  Sin is a choice, not like the inborn needs of eating and breathing which we cannot change.  You may be surprised to hear what King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, listed as first among sins to avoid:

These six things the Lord hates. Yes, seven are horrible to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that makes evil plans, feet that run quickly to evil, a witness who lies, and one who spreads stories to cause people to be mad at each other.  Proverbs 6:16-19

The Bible explains that every human being is born with the innate desire to sin, to do things his own way in order to satisfy his own selfish desires, and in many ways that God says are wrong and will lead to his own destruction.  God shows us in His Holy Scriptures that, if we will ask Jesus into our lives to guide us and transform us, we will receive His power to truly become new people who can resist falling back into our old sinful ways: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old is passed away and all things become new.”  II Corinthians 5:17  

God inspired the apostle Paul to write that those who continue in sin, even after they become Christians, have not truly repented and turned away from their sins – “adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissentions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and such as these, will not inherit the kingdom of God.”  (Galatians 5:19-21) This list covers sins many believers still wrestle with.  The key is repentance, or turning away from sin and trying to sin no more.  The Bible says when people don’t repent or become sorry enough to want to change; God“gives them over to a reprobate mind.”  (Romans 1:26-28)  In I Corinthians 6:9-10, homosexuality is strictly forbidden, and“those who refuse to heed the warning will not inherit the Kingdom of Heaven.” It’s not enough to say you think you’re a Christian because you believe Jesus once lived on the earth; this alone doesn’t complete the process of becoming a Christian: “Even the demons fully know who Jesus is and believe in Him.”  (James 2:19-20), but they never repent and desire to change.  

Jesus, living in you, will transform you and help you to overcome any sins in your past.  Have you asked Him to use His great power to accomplish this, or are you still trying to save yourself?  Pray:

Jesus, I know I am powerless to change my life for good.  I’m grieved that I’ve sinned for so long, and I need your help.  Please come into my life and lead me every moment of every day.  Give me wisdom and make me strong when I am tempted to behave in any way that is an abomination to you.  You are my Savior and Lord, and I will trust you in every situation from now on, until I meet you in person on the day of my death.  When we meet, I want to hear you say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant!”  Amen!

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