This is a very controversial topic, so feel free not to answer if you see fit. I don’t believe homosexuality is right. I feel it is sinful and wrong. I was just wondering, as a religious official, what is your opinion? And how could someone overcome such a battle?
Taking A Stand
Dear Taking A Stand,
People may give mixed reviews on homosexuality, but the Bible is very clear – a homosexual lifestyle is a sinful lifestyle. Rom 1:27 makes it clear that homosexuality is one of the deepest forms of depravity in this life. Jude 1:7 makes it clear that God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because the people “went after strange flesh”, i.e. homosexual behavior. From the beginning, God designed romantic and physical relationships to be between one man and one woman – for life (Matt 19:4-6). Any other type of relationship is wrong.
Homosexuality is such a controversial issue because modern society teaches that people are born homosexual, but this simply isn’t true. Nobody is forced to have a sinful homosexual relationship. The argument of the homosexual community is that they are born desiring people of the same sex and that they have no choice. That simply cannot be true. God makes it clear that He will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able (1 Cor 10:13). Even if someone is born with a predisposition toward homosexuality – they aren’t forced to act upon it. We always have a choice. There is always a way of escape from sin. We often use 1 Cor 10:13 as a proof text that no one is born “gay”.
Homosexuality is like all other sins; we sin when we act upon the lust. God does not tempt us to sin (Jas 1:13). It is our own lusts that entice us to do the wrong thing (Jas 1:14-16). One person has a tendency toward anger, another has a tendency toward alcoholism, and some may in fact have a tendency toward homosexuality – but that tendency does not force them to sin. We need to put away all filthiness of the flesh and be doers of God’s Word (Jas 1:21-22).