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Question and Answer

I’ve heard some people preach that AIDS is a direct judgment from God against those who are homosexuals and whose life-practices are opposed to the law of God.

I don’t think a simple yes or no would be adequate for this question. First, not everyone who has AIDS is homosexual. Innocent children are brought in the world with the disease already. Many innocent women contract AIDS as a result of rape or incest or an unfaithful husband; it’s then often passed on to their unborn babies. Drug users develop AIDS from tainted shared needles.

Basically AIDS, like so many diseases, comes as a result of an unhealthy lifestyle on someone’s part, but that does not mean that it is a specific judgment against a specific sin. It falls in line with the biblical principle that says that what we sow we ultimately reap. There is no question that homosexuality goes against God’s Word. So do adultery, abortion, murder, gossip, slander, back-biting, jealousy and the other sins Paul lists in Ephesians 2. God hasn’t brought specific judgments on these sins or others, or all of us would be singled out.

Jesus didn’t come to condemn us, we were already condemned. Instead, He came to give us eternal life. The Bible is our standard for faith and practice. Homosexuality is a sin that God will forgive for all who repent. The specific sins in all of our lives that condemn us can also be forgiven by Him (see 1 John 1:9).

BY Mike Kellogg

Mike Kellogg worked with Moody Radio for more than 40 years, beginning in 1972. For many years he was the reader on Continued Story and began hosting Music Thru the Night in 1982. He also read the Today in the Word devotional for Moody Radio for many years. In July 2014, Mike retired from full-time radio. He is a graduate of Cedarville University, and has served as adjunct faculty in English and Speech Communications at Moody Bible Institute. He is married to Nancy, and they have 6 children and 16 grandchildren.

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