Objection: Homosexuals are born

that way

If someone is born a certain way, we cannot condemn that person for being that way. Why would God make people homosexual then condemn them for being what He made them?

Response

Whether people are born homosexual is a scientific question that is beyond my expertise. However, the evidence so far is not conclusive. In the public mind a genetic link has possibly been accepted but do not assume that just because it is frequently stated, it is true. It seems clear that some people are naturally more effeminate. For others, homosexuality is a learned behaviour. The current understanding seems to be that there is no “gay gene” that makes someone homosexual but that some people do have a predisposition towards it. In other words, homosexuality is not pre-determined and unavoidable but some people have a natural inclination towards it. They did not choose to have the tendency but they do choose the behaviour. Of course, if it is true that a person has been born with homosexual tendencies, that does make it more difficult for that person to not also act that way and we must have sympathy. However, that is also true of the person who is a “born liar” or a kleptomaniac. Indeed, most men have a natural tendency towards lust and know only too well the temptation of looking lustfully at other women. In other words, most men are naturally inclined towards adultery or fornication. Indeed, we are all born inclined to sin and we struggle with different particular sins. That does not mean that we can therefore indulge that sin. On the contrary, Christians are called to die to self and to live a new life in Christ. All who are struggling with sin need our compassion. The fact that they are struggling demonstrates a desire to do what is right. That is very different from being casual or defiant about sin. Christians should certainly be deeply worried for those people, but not excuse their behaviour.

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Objection:

Homosexuals are born

that way

If someone is born a certain way, we cannot condemn that person for being that way. Why would God make people homosexual then condemn them for being what He made them?

Response

Whether people are born homosexual is a scientific question that is beyond my expertise. However, the evidence so far is not conclusive. In the public mind a genetic link has possibly been accepted but do not assume that just because it is frequently stated, it is true. It seems clear that some people are naturally more effeminate. For others, homosexuality is a learned behaviour. The current understanding seems to be that there is no “gay gene” that makes someone homosexual but that some people do have a predisposition towards it. In other words, homosexuality is not pre-determined and unavoidable but some people have a natural inclination towards it. They did not choose to have the tendency but they do choose the behaviour. Of course, if it is true that a person has been born with homosexual tendencies, that does make it more difficult for that person to not also act that way and we must have sympathy. However, that is also true of the person who is a “born liar” or a kleptomaniac. Indeed, most men have a natural tendency towards lust and know only too well the temptation of looking lustfully at other women. In other words, most men are naturally inclined towards adultery or fornication. Indeed, we are all born inclined to sin and we struggle with different particular sins. That does not mean that we can therefore indulge that sin. On the contrary, Christians are called to die to self and to live a new life in Christ. All who are struggling with sin need our compassion. The fact that they are struggling demonstrates a desire to do what is right. That is very different from being casual or defiant about sin. Christians should certainly be deeply worried for those people, but not excuse their behaviour.

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A Christian’s Guide To Homosexuality
Truth In Love
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