It depends what you mean by “homosexuals.”
If you mean people who are attracted to the same gender, yes!
If you mean people who are in committed same-sex relationships, yes!
If you mean people who may be sexually active and just starting on their journey with God, yes!
Everyone belongs in the church. All of humanity, from those just starting to climb the ladder, to those who are near the top.
We don’t want sins, but we want sinners.
All of us sin. We’re engaging in a learning experience to find what God wants for us, and how we can try to submit ourselves to His will. Living by holy mother Church’s precepts, as much as possible, is the only way to true freedom, for everyone.
Unless you’re like Calvinist or something, you realize that Christ died for the whole world. Even for the criminal, the addict, the glutton, the liar, the homosexual.
Jesus came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. It sounds like you realize that homosexual actions are sinful. Why, then, would you prevent those who commit them to come to know Jesus? He’s here for them, you know.
The idea that you can get a ticket into heaven simply because of your faith alone is a very new idea (less than 200 years old). No matter what you do, no matter the life you live, if from sin after sin, you are saved by your faith that Jesus has died for your sins. If your faith was enough, why then did He die on the cross?
I fear for you, has this become your excuse? In temptation, do you tell yourself, “It doesn’t matter what I do, it doesn’t matter if I sin right now, with my faith that Jesus has died for my sins, I can do anything I want, live how ever I want, He will keep forgiving me!” So then, you commit your sin? Like a man who beats or cheats on his wife with no intention of stopping, simply because he knows she loves him so much she will forgive him.
As if the word Christian only means Christ in thought, as if when you follow Christ, you can only follow Him with your heart and mind, not also in your words and action.
To live a life of sin because you know Christ has forgiven you, is to live your life holding the hammer that drives the nails in His hands because you know He will die and forgive your sins.
How can you claim to be the Body of Christ if you refuse to be His hands, or His feet? How can you call yourself a Christian if your life is not lived to bring glory to God, if you refuse to do Gods work? It is not my work I do, but God’s. With my every thought, word, and action I should say “Yes”, to God, and ” No,” to myself.
We all fall short, but the point is you should try. To know that because God forgives you, you can do as you please is an abuse of His Love and Mercy. How can you look at the cross and know He suffered so much for you with such love then continue to sin?
The Catholic faith does not teach that there is a jar in heaven for each of us, and each good work a jelly bean goes in, and when it is full we can go to heaven. We believe by the Divine Mercy of Christ we are forgiven, but we should do our best every day to carry our crosses as Christ has asked of us, to turn from sin and live a life of love for God. We want nothing more then to do the will of God. We do not believe grace comes from our work, grace is a gift from God (in response to your verse), that often comes from the Sacraments. I see you have not read Romans 2:6-8 ”For he will render to every man according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are factious and do not obey the truth, but obey wickedness, there will be wrath and fury.”
We also believe that we cannot get to heaven by ourselves, we depend Christ in the Sacraments for the graces to give our lives to God. We depend on these Sacraments for the nourishment of our soul, as our body needs food and water.
I commit so many sins, I feel often that I’m the worst sinner of all, but I know God sees me doing my very best, because I love Him. Sometimes I choose myself, the world, and even the devil, over God. How much agony I must give Christ, who loves me so much. He waits for me still, loves me still, and is overflowing with mercy. I want nothing more then to live my life for Him, even though I’m not very good at it.
Are you going to live your life as the hand holding the hammer, or the lips on the feet of Christ on the cross?
Mathew 7:21 ” Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
I apologize if I cannot explain it very well, Catholicism is over 2000 years old. There is so much to learn! You can learn more about how Catholics believe in Faith, but also believe in following the commandments as Christ asked us to do here: http://www.catholic.com/magazine/articles/we-can-work-it-out