1 Corinthians 6:9-11
9Know 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,
10Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
Boy that passage covers a multitude of sins! I mean, the Corinthians were one heathenous (is that a word?) bunch. Chapter number five spoke about men sleeping with their father's wives, which I would take from that their step mothers. I'm not sure who has studied this pasage before but this also covers the homosexual lifestyle under the term 'effeminate':
The Greek word * for effiminate is "malakos", which means:
1) soft, soft to the touch
2) metaph. in a bad sense
1) of a catamite
2) of a boy kept for homosexual relations with a man
3) of a male who submits his body to unnatural lewdness
4) of a male prostitute
and now I learn something new, this is moreso towards homosexual men. It speaks further in "abusers of themselves with mankind", that phrase is rooted in the Greek word * "arsenokoites", which is defined as:
"one who lies with a male as with a female, sodomite, homosexual", and the Greek word also used in 1 Timothy 1:10 as " ... for them that defile themselves with mankind ...".
People tend to think of sins in "levels of badness", like some sins are less than others. ALL sin is bad, equally. However, some do not realize that the sin of homosexuality has a harsher consequence than other sins, because it is literally such an abomination in His eyes because He is holy.
re: Isaiah 40:25
"To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One."
So to see His grace and mercy so abundant in scriptures as in the pasage above, Praise Him! As such were the Corinthians, but they were washed, sanctified, and justified by the blood of Christ and His finished work on the cross!
But here's the challenge: say you are not a homosexual ... or an adulterer ... or an extortioner ... or a thief ... or covetous (that you think!) ... or a drunk ("alcoholic") ... or a "hell raiser" that uses profanity ... perhaps you're just a good ol boy (or gal) that works hard, keeps to yourself, maybe does some community service ... maybe even goes to church on Sunday. Do you know if YOU will inherit the Kingdom of God? For sure? The only way to do so is to be born again, that is what the bible teaches with no exceptions. There's never a "better time" to get saved, to be born again, the time is now, if you have not made that decision. If you would like to talk about this more, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, okay?