homosexuality a sin?
God hate homosexuals?
homosexuals be genuine Christians?
homosexuality be cured?
homosexuality is not a sin, why are there instances in the Bible
showing God's disapproval of it?
saying "I am a gay Christian" a contradiction of terms?
you should call sin by its right name?
God destroy Sodom because of homosexuality?
accepting Jesus give the power to overcome appetite, temper -- even
God is all-powerful, why didn't He prevent sin?
See also On Judging and Homosexuality
definition refers to
attraction to persons of the same gender in the same manner that
heterosexuality refers to attraction to persons of the opposite
gender. Unfortunately, conservative Christians often do not
recognize the reality of a homosexual orientation and use the term to
refer to the practice of gay sex. So when they condemn
"homosexuality," they intend to condemn homosexual sex.
While this used to be the main definition, it is no longer the primary
definition in our society. Using the term in this narrow sense, without explanation, causes a
great deal of misunderstanding. For instance, I know that celibate,
homosexually oriented Christians and even those who are virgins are
deeply hurt by this unthinking condemnation. And it certainly does
nothing to demonstrate the Savior's love to those who really need to
experience His love in order to be able to trust Him with their
- What is homosexuality?
Is homosexuality a sin?
is heterosexuality -- at least not, as defined above. But what one does with one's sexuality may be
In other words, the Bible defines sin in terms of what one does
or thinks, not
terms of one's condition or tendency to be tempted. We tend to speak
past each other when we don't use the same definitions, so please
check out our definitions section. [back]
Is homosexuality hereditary?
Heredity is one of the factors that may play a causal role in
homosexuality. Some scientific studies, although inconclusive, point
in this direction. Often homosexuality seems to "run in
families," which may indicate both heredity and environmental
the other hand, well-publicized identical twins studies found only a
52% concordance rate, providing clear evidence that a homosexual
orientation is not dependent on genetic factors. The studies do
demonstrate that there is a biological component, since only about
5% of the general population is homosexually oriented. The uterine
environment could account for the higher-than-population rate of a
homosexual orientation. Some studies have indicated that when the
mother suffers trauma some time during the 16th - 24th week of
pregnancy, the fetus may not get enough male hormone to sufficiently
masculinize the brain. This would account for the evidence that the
majority of gay men tend to think more like women than like the
average heterosexual man. (On the other hand, this does not
homosexuality in and of itself, because some heterosexual men
demonstrate a similar brain function -- usually to the delight of
Does God hate
God dearly loves each of his children, including homosexuals. He
alone really understands the pain and confusion in their lives, much
of it resulting from the way they have been treated by His other
children. We believe He is calling on Christians to demonstrate love
and understanding towards gays and lesbians. It is only through love
that any of us are drawn to Him and God wants to draw his homosexual
children to Himself. We believe He is saying to His modern
disciples, "Let my children come to me and forbid them
not." [back] [top]
Can homosexuals be genuine
Having a homosexual orientation is simply one of the many
distressing results of living in a sinful world. It is not something a
person chooses. God invites gay and lesbian people to follow Him and
give Him the problem of dealing with their sexuality. If they submit
their sexuality to Him, He will give them the power to discipline it
in a way that honors Him, and they may testify with Paul that
"when I am weak, then I am strong." See also "Gay
Christian -- An Oxymoron?" by Inge Anderson. [back]
homosexuality be cured?
Speaking of "curing" homosexuality is unrealistic,
if we understand a "cure" to mean that there will be no more
homosexual attractions. (It's like expecting a "cure" from sin
so that we will no longer be tempted.)
Whether caused by biological or environmental factors, homosexuality
appears to be an integral part of a person's make-up. However, God
does want to deliver both homosexually and heterosexually
oriented persons from the slavery of compulsive sexual indulgence or
Through His grace, He can fill that hole in the heart that compulsive
sex can never fill.
the grace of God, some persons do experience enough significant
change in their attractions that they can be happy in a heterosexual
marriage. Usually this happens with the aid of therapy and the support
of others going through the same experience,
but I've seen it happen in individuals without such intervention.
that they are "cured" of homosexuality is
misleading because the fundamental attraction generally does not go away,
just like a fundamental attraction to the opposite sex does not go away
when heterosexuals marry. Gay people who are heterosexually married
generally testify that they are attracted only to their
spouses, not to the opposite sex in general. God gives the strength and power to discipline
sexuality so that it
not a life-dominating obsession, and Christians are
free to experience the
normal enjoyment of life and marriage. a
If homosexuality is not
a sin, why are there instances in the Bible showing God's disapproval
The concept of "homosexuality" as we know it -- i.e. as an
attraction to the same sex rather than the opposite sex --
doesn't seem to be clearly addressed in the Bible. No Bible writer
separated this particular orientation to sin from the general human
orientation to sin which Paul called our "sinful nature." Certain sexual
practices are addressed, it's true, and these are clearly labeled as
sin. But there is no reason to believe that even these practices are
more sinful than the more "respectable sins," such as pride
(which was the sin that changed Lucifer to Satan), gossip, envy,
arrogance, injustice, malice, disloyalty to parents, lack of pity or
Paul suggests that "you therefore have no defense -- you who sit
in judgment, whoever you may be -- for in judging your fellow-man, you
condemn yourself, since you, the judge, are equally guilty."
Romans 2:1 God so loved the world that He gave. He came not to condemn
but to save. If we call ourselves by His Name, we need to consider how
we may do the same. And it may just take a little effort in learning
to understand our "neighbors," so we may now how to love
them aright. See also "Calling Sin
By Its Right Name" by Inge Anderson. [back]
Isn't saying "I am a gay
Christian" a contradiction of terms?
That would depend on your definition of "gay." (See our
definitions section.) I have
friends for whom this is merely a statement of their sexual
orientation -- an orientation they remember having from childhood.
These friends are more "Christian" than many of their
heterosexual peers, and they keep in very close touch with Jesus, for
they know their only strength is in Him.
On the other hand,
to others saying "I am a gay Christian" implies activism to
persuade/force the church to accept same-gender sex and
heterosexual marriage on the
same level as heterosexual marriage, perhaps using less than
Christian tactics in the process.
We believe it's best to give persons the benefit of the doubt when they
label themselves as "gay Christians" and accept it merely as
stating their different way of perceiving life because of their sexual
orientation. They may be testing you to see if you will treat them as
Christ would, or if you will reject them. See also "Gay
Christian -- An Oxymoron?" by Inge Anderson. [back]
Shouldn't you call sin by its right
We notice that Christ spent far more time talking about the love of
God and His Kingdom of love than about sin. So we are not sure that
this is of primary importance -- especially when dealing with sinners
who have generally been outcasts from society. For a more detailed answer, see "Calling
Sin by Its Right Name." [back] [top]
Didn't God destroy Sodom
because of homosexuality?
No. The general lack of morality in Sodom included indulgence in gay
sex, but the Bible record does not support the conclusion that Sodom was
judged specifically for that particular sin. Judgment was passed on the
city before the incident with Lot and the angels. Other biblical
references refer more to sins accompanying affluence -- pride,
haughtiness, mistreatment of strangers, marrying and giving in marriage
(implying multiple marriages) -- than to homosexual sex. See also "Sins of
Sodom" by Inge Anderson. [back] [top]
Doesn't accepting Jesus give the power
to overcome appetite, temper -- even
Indeed, Jesus gives power to overcome appetite, temper,
and homosexuality. He gives us the power to discipline our appetite so
that it serves to build up our bodies. (And many of us aren't doing
too well on letting Him do that, are we?) He doesn't take the appetite
away. He gives us power to control our tempers so that our energy is
directed in a positive way. He doesn't turn us into door mats. He
gives the power to discipline homosexual desires so that they do not
control the life, just as he gives power to discipline heterosexual
desires so that they do not control the life. He doesn't miraculously
take them away.
Homosexuality is, after all, a powerful attraction to the same sex
and is not defined by sex alone. Jesus helps us grow through discipline.
It is a gradual process, and He walks with us every step of the way,
picking us up when we fall and encouraging us as we learn to walk by
faith in Him. [back] [top]
If God is all-powerful, why didn't He prevent
could have prevented the "disease" of sin -- at the price of
denying us freedom of choice. Obviously He deemed the price too high.
I would hate to be married to someone that had no choice but to act in
a certain pre-programmed "loving" fashion. I'd rather fight
with the husband I have (and I do <rueful smile>). We all long
for relationships on a deep level -- I think that's one way the
"image of God" shows up in us -- and no deep relationship is
possible without genuine freedom of choice, including the choice to
sin against the relationship.
Rather than preventing sin -- at the price of denying us freedom
of choice -- God laid plans to meet the terrible emergency that he
foresaw to be the consequences of allowing this freedom. He
determined to offer up Himself as the sacrifice for sin -- to
demonstrate both the deadly consequences of disobedience and His
self-sacrificing love. Thus Christ is the "Lamb slain from the
foundation of the world." Rev. 13: 8 And He became surety that
we might enter into the "kingdom prepared for you from the
foundation of the world" Matt. 25: 34 [back]
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