The Message Is Grim
With the recent media focus on pedophiles in Hollywood and in the political sphere, it would do us well to have a clear answer from Scripture on the issue and the question it presumably evokes: “What does God say about pedophiles?” Such a vile perversion easily and rightly so stirs us to indignation and wrath. While many of us have no small opinion on what should be done to such people who prey on innocent and defenseless children, it still remains crucial that we have God’s Words on the matter ready to give as an answer to those who ask and as a warning to those preying on children. We live in a society of sugar-coating and political correctness; God’s Word engages in neither. The message God has for pedophiles is grim and deadly serious. In short, God will pour out His fiery vengeance on those who engage in it and they will suffer His eternal wrath in unquenchable flames.
The Root Problem: Rejection of God = Moral Perversion
The ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah demonstrate the ultimate perversion of God’s ways and His wrath against those who partake in what God calls abominations of homosexuality and pedophilia. While heterosexual immorality is condemned by God, homosexuality and pedophilia are not only sexual perversions, but outright abominations and carry an even more wrathful judgment on those who engage in them. While our society tells us that “coming out” is “courageous” and those who live in homosexuality are “brave” and “beautiful”, God and His Word paint a radically different picture–one that ends in a fiery downpour of divine wrath. Paul tells us about the spiral down into Homosexuality in Romans chapter one.
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Having homosexual and pedophilic relations with anyone is classified by God as a vile affection. These things are not natural. They are unnatural, meaning that even soulless animals have more sense than to engage in something that is backwards and against all laws of Creation and order. Our society may insist that such relations are normal and a natural reaction to someone’s “genetic makeup”, but God clearly says that it is the most unnatural and abnormal thing man has thought of in his spiral of twisted, sinful inventions. God created two genders. They are no more or less and any attempt to say otherwise is a satanic assault on the person and Word of Almighty God.
God’s Solution For Such Abomination
Under the Old Testament Theocracy, such things were dealt with by the death penalty and therefore Israel did not see the parading of alternate sexual lifestyles as our world does today. Sadly and in great error, many today argue that “Jesus or the New Testament never condemn alternate lifestyles”. They fail to read the words of Christ concerning marriage and divorce–none of which deal with any situation other than male and female, husband and wife. Jesus, a perfect Jewish rabbi and the final authority on the Old Testament, laid to rest in one sentence any hope of defending alternate sexuality in Matthew chapter nineteen.
The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? – Matthew 19:3-5
Anyone who still doubts that Jesus took the “hard lined” Old Testament position on alternate sexuality should take note of what Jesus said later in Matthew nineteen:
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. – Matthew 5:17-18
Jesus upheld with utmost strictness the Old Testament position (God’s position) that alternate sexuality is abominable and should be wiped out by a righteous government. Jesus also made an even more explicit statement concerning those who violate, offend or bring any type of children harm. Consider carefully the words of Christ in Matthew chapter eighteen:
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Jesus’ words say exactly what they sound like they say. It means exactly what it says. Pedophiles are certainly intended as part of this judgment. In Jesus’ view, such people should not be permitted to continue living. Obviously, this is not justification for us to go out and kill homosexuals and pedophiles, but it is proof and justification for the government to do so. Again, obviously this will not happen in our society and therefore we see the rise of homosexuality and pedophilia.
Will Homosexuals or Pedophiles Enter Heaven?
No. They will not. This is the simple, plain truth of Scripture. This is hard for many to hear or much less accept, but neither inconvenience changes the fact that Scripture repeatedly makes it unmistakably clear that someone who refuses to turn from and engages in these lifestyles is not born again and will not enter Heaven. Only repenting and turning to Jesus Christ will save anyone, but this fact is specifically applied to the sins of alternate sexual lifestyles.
I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
1 Corinthians 6:8-10
Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
We can either accept or reject what God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit have said concerning these things. If we truly love people, we must tell them the truth, the hard truth, concerning these topics. Watering down the Scriptures or ignoring Scripture is not love, but hate. In His mercy, God is currently allowing people engaged in these things to live and have a chance to repent and turn from their sin. There will soon come a time when God will not permit either. Let us spread the Gospel message of repentance and salvation!
-Rev. Kenneth D. Willis