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God loves all -- if they renounce sins

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God loves all -- if they renounce sins

I am writing in response to the letter headlined "Gays go to heaven? Bible doesn't say."

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Mr. Koca says there is no mention of same-sex relationships in the Bible. The following scriptures mention homosexual sin specifically: Romans 1:24-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and Leviticus 20:13.

I agree with the author when he says, "We are all sinners." According to the scriptures, we have all inherited a sin nature from Adam when he sinned. Romans 5:12 "Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned." Because of our sin, we are all facing the death penalty. "Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death--" (eternal separation from God).

The good news is God sent someone to pay the penalty for our sins, His name is Jesus.

1 Timothy 1:15 "This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners."

1 Timothy 2:5 "For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all."

John 3:17 "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved"

Mr. Koca asks "Does God hate homosexuals?" Of course not. He loves every human being on the earth, that is precisely why he sent Jesus to reconcile us back to himself.

We accept this gracious gift by faith. John 1:12 "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name."

This gift is available to everyone, homosexual or not, if they turn from their sin and receive Christ as their savior and lord.

Geraldine Winfrey

Carpentersville

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