Must an assembly receive practicing homosexuals?

Must an assembly receive practicing homosexuals?

This may not be an issue currently, but will undoubtedly become an issue, if the Lord doesn't come soon. The principle, "We ought to obey God rather than men" (Acts 5:29), will always apply.

As Christians, our relationships with others must always be courteous (1 Peter 3:8) and beneficial to others (Galatians 6:10). Supporting those who violate Biblical morals is neither beneficial to them nor pleasing to the Lord. The Bible is clear in stating that homosexual behavior is unclean (Romans 1:24, see Ephesians 5:3 for the use of the same word) and comes under the definition of fornication. Since fornication is a sin for which a person must be removed from the fellowship of the assembly (1 Corinthians 5:11; see also 6:9), receiving such a person violates the Word of God. This is not a matter that the changing mores or the legislation of society can alter. This is not a discretionary matter, but directly relates to revealed truth.

D. Oliver