When Jesus extended forgiveness as recorded in the Bible, He also told the person to “Go and sin no more.” He did not expect that the person would never sin – that is quite impossible while we are still in these sinful bodies. But He did expect them to turn from the sin in which they were caught. He expected a changed life after the person’s encounter with Him.
In saying, “Go and sin no more,” Jesus was not speaking of sinless perfection. He was warning against a return to sinful lifestyle choices. His words both extended mercy and demanded holiness. Jesus was always the perfect balance of “grace and truth” (John 1:14). With forgiveness comes the expectation that we will not continue in the same path of rebelliousness. Those who know God’s love will naturally want to obey Him (John 14:15).
When we turn to Christ and receive His forgiveness, we experience a heart change (Luke 9:23; Acts 1:8). Forgiveness is not cheap, and it does not excuse the sin that separated us from God. It cost God everything to offer us the cleansing that pronounces us righteous before Him (John 3:16; 15:13). Rather than continue in the self-centered path that led us astray from Him to begin with, the forgiven can walk in God’s path (Luke 14:27). A move toward God is a move toward righteousness, purity, and holy living (1 Peter 1:16; Romans 8:29). We cannot experience the transforming power of forgiveness without being forever changed.
It goes without saying that the woman caught in adultery did not return to her infidelity. She had met Jesus. She would not be perfect. No one is. But she was forever changed. Her eyes had been opened to the depravity of what she was doing. Sin no longer held the appeal it once did. When we meet Jesus, sin no longer holds its fatal attraction. Grace changes things. “Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” (Romans 6:1–2).When we are born again (John 3:3), the power of the Holy Spirit breaks the power that sin once had over us (Romans 6:6). Once we lived only to please ourselves, but when we have been forgiven, our motivation changes. We now live to please God (Galatians 2:20). – source
Would Jesus want us to receive gay people into our churches to worship and to learn of Him? Of course! How else are these people going to understand that they are in deep sin, but there is a way out of that sin through the forgiveness of God. Any church which forbids gays to come in are truly hypocrites. If they did this, then certainly they must be upset with Jesus Himself at His forgiveness of Mary Magdalene (a prostitute) and the woman caught in the act of adultery. In both cases, after offering His forgiveness, He clearly told them to go and sin no more.
Churches which condone homosexuality
Many mainstream denominations are not only welcoming gays into their churches, but they are also telling these people that their lifestyle is acceptable to God. In many cases, these churches are ordaining gay ministers. The blind leading the blind. These rebellious people are picking and choosing that which they like from God’s Word, and they discard anything with which they disagree.
If a child displays bad behavior, does the parent not discipline the child? It is loving to show the child his/her error, discipline them and show them the right way. This truly is love; otherwise the child will grow up with no moral compass. We are born into sin – we must be shown the right thing to do!
“I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference” (Revelation 3:19).
Encouraging people to continue in homosexuality is not love
“If God is love, why does He condemn homosexuality?”
A common argument for the acceptance of homosexuality and same-sex marriage is that, if God is love, He would not condemn the love of others. The main problem with this is what kind of “love” we’re talking about.
First John 4:8 says, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” The “love” referenced here is the Greek agape. This type of love is the conscious act of sacrificing one’s own desires, comfort, and even well-being for the sake of another. It is the love that sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins (Romans 5:8). And the love that led God to send Him (John 3:16). The greatest fulfillment of this love is to sacrifice one’s life for another (John 15:13).
The question, then, becomes what constitutes the well-being of another? The world and maybe even our own sensitivities might say that to allow another to live in a homosexual relationship is to see to their well-being. The Bible says otherwise. Romans 1:26 says it is disgraceful and dishonoring. First Corinthians 6:9 says it will keep a person from the kingdom of God. First Corinthians 6:18 says that homosexual behavior is a sin against one’s own body.
If this is true and homosexual behavior is dishonoring, a separation from God’s blessing, and self-harm, then the loving thing to do is to stay away from it. To encourage others to indulge in sin is to encourage them to reject God’s blessings on their lives. It is the opposite of love. – source
Brethren, don’t fall for the lies of the evil one. Accepting homosexuality as an alternative and normal lifestyle is not showing love. Helping a person to know Jesus as Lord and Savior, and showing him/her that He wants them to leave this lifestyle and that there is forgiveness at the Cross – THAT is love.