The answer to that question is a resounding “NO!” To be quite clear, God doesn’t hate anyone but does hate what they do sometimes. I know I have written on this before, but I write about things more than once for those that may not have seen it before or reiterate an idea for clarity. To be honest, nowhere in the Bible does it ever say that God hates people, but it does say a lot about the things people do that God is not happy wkth.
I once wrote that the one pace homosexual people should feel welcomed was at church. This did not go over well as some thought that I meant that they should go to church to be cured of their homosexuality. Two things need to be stated here. First, going to church doesn’t “cure” you of anything, but it can introduce you to the one that can. This introduction can happen anywhere, not just a church. Going to church is something you do for encouragement in following Christ, to continue learning more than you do from home, and for fellowship with other believers. Second, people should go to church by choice, and the decision to follow Christ is a choice. To make people go to church to change their behavior, or “cure” them, goes against the very teachings of Christianity.
Homosexuality is a sin in the eyes of God, much like lying, cheating, stealing, alcoholism, promiscuity or prostitution. Those who are taking part in lifestyles that are of a sinful nature, meaning they are continuing with no intent of stopping, that want to help around the church with setting up or preparing meals should be allowed to help. However, because of their continuance in their lifestyle, they should not hold leadership roles as it would give the wrong message to people. When someone has given up that lifestyle and decided to live for Christ, then they can hold leadership roles. In the case of homosexuals, and even addicts and the promiscuous, by no longer engaging in the activity, even if it means they will be single for the rest of their lives, is what they have to do.
This isn’t a cure, it is a choice. Stopping an activity does not take the desire to do it away, especially if one has been doing it for a long time. It can be hard, and it takes God’s intervention to make it easier. God doesn’t want anyone to go to hell, but gives us the freewill to choose if we want to live for him or not. Inviting homosexual people to church is not trying to cure them, but giving them a chance to hear the gospel from someone that may be more knowledgeable than you and to experience the love of God from others. It is good when someone can say to someone in a church “I’m gay.” and get the response ” That ‘s nice. Can you help me out in the kitchen real quick. ” Nothing says “Love of God” more than actions of acceptance of those you have just met.