Why is being gay supposed to be a "deal killer" when it comes to getting into heaven?
Can a gay man be baptized and be welcomed into heaven?
The reason some Christians think that being gay is a "deal killer" is because of the significance scripture gives on the subject of homosexuality. Because this one tends to 'stand out' more than other prohibitions, people tend to focus on this more than other sins. Also, because it goes against the natural order that God had planned for mankind. There are a number of verses in scripture that address homosexuality. One of the common ones that people will quote is in 1st. Corinthians chapter 6. Christians tend to always quote verses 9 and 10 which state;
"Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God." 1 Cor. 6: 9-10
However, not to many people continue with the next verse, 11;
"And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God." 1 Cor. 6:11
We are all sinners. During the ministry of Jesus, He sat and ate with sinners. Does this mean He tolerated and accepted their sins? Some have argued that in the story with the Pharisees bringing a woman to Jesus because she was caught in the act of adultery and His response to her sin is proof that we should not ‘judge one another. Yes, Jesus did say “.....Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you? She said, “No one, Lord. And Jesus said to her, Neither do I condemn you....” John 8:10-11. However, more often than not people take a portion of the verse or verses to support their argument. In the later part of those verses, Jesus said “go and sin no more.”. Jesus recognized her sin and told her to not continue in it. He did not tolerate the sin.
As we all have sinned and will sin, the hope of the Christian is to repent (turn away from the sin) and ask for forgiveness. Only after knowing what God’s word says about this and intentionally continuing in it, having rationalized it in our own minds will this be a problem for you. This is where homosexuality is a choice!
What this all means is that yes, homosexuality is a sin. Scripture says it's an abomination (Leviticus 18:22). So are all of the other things mentioned in the above verses. But look at verse above in 1 Corinthians chapter 6 verse 11. Does this mean homosexuality can be forgiven? Even with all of the other verses in the Bible that speak of it? Yes! This and all of the things in these verses that Paul was speaking about can and will be forgiven if one repents from them
As Christians, we are to be compassionate towards anyone who is sinning. No, this does not mean we are be tolerant of the sin, as stated, we are all sinners. There is a difference between hating the person compared to hating the persons actions. Jesus ministered to the people about their sins. He made it clear to them, that they can be forgiven if they desire to do God’s will and believe in Him. It was their choice.
Contrary to secular belief, homosexuality is a choice. Yes, there are those who may have more tendencies towards these things. That is because of our fallen state. There is no physiological reason for being gay. So to answer your question ‘ can a person be baptized and be welcomed to Heaven’? Anyone can be baptized. That is an act we do. However after knowing God’s word on this issue, scripture is clear about our destiny. What is the answer? Prayer. Ask God for forgiveness for any sin that may be occurring or has occurred regardless of what they are. Ask Jesus to come into your life and change who you are. I did for the sins I have committed. Then watch your life change in wondrous ways.