Are Homosexuals Born That Way ?

It is not true that homosexuals are born that way (genetically), but even if that were so, since the Bible condemns the practice, homosexuals would just have to go against their “in-born” preference in order to avoid sin. About homosexuals (and other type sinners), I Cor 6:11 says “such were some of you.” The significance of the past tense here implies these homosexuals needed to stop their practice of homosexuality. Just like a heterosexual male is born with the susceptibility to be tempted to engage in sexual relations before he is married, but he is required by God to control those natural appetites, the same would be true of homosexual males under such a scenario.

This verse also indicates these homosexuals had stopped that practice. If the gay church is right that being born that way implies a homosexual cannot control his sexual orientation, then I Cor 6:11 would also prove homosexuals are not born that way since these homosexuals obviously did change.

The gay church admits Lev 18:22 and 20:13 (“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them”) condemn the practice of homosexuality, but say that was part of the old testament law and therefore does not apply today. They are correct that Christians are not under the old testament law today (Gal 3:24-25), but even so, these Leviticus passages prove homosexuals are not born that way, because God would not call something a sin (even in the old testament) that someone could not help, or was born with. In the Bible, sin is always a wrong choice.

Some argue that science says being gay is genetic, but notice the following quotes:

• Dr. Charles Socarides, M.D., Journal of American Medicine – “homosexuality is not ‘innate or inborn’ but an acquired or learned process”

• William H. Masters and Virginia E. Johnson, Human Sexuality – “The genetic theory of homosexuality has been generally discarded today.”

• Knoxville News-Sentinel, 4-17-79 – “There is no evidence that homosexual preferences are genetically determined.”

• Isadore Rubin, Ph.D., pro-homosexual Sex Information and Education Council of the U.S. Inc. – “Genetic, constitutional or glandular factors play little role in the causation of homosexuality.”

• Time Magazine, June 20, 1977 – “The major problem with the theory … is that most psychologists believe homosexuality is conditional, not congenital.”

Having said that, I would be the first to admit that scholars don’t mean much; you can find scholars on both sides of just about every issue. But God is always right and so what does matter is what he says in his revealed will. Therefore Rom 1:26-27 (“… their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working  that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”) should settle this issue. Being gay is not hereditary. The Bible calls it unnatural. Being straight is the natural development for any normal young man or young woman. Becoming a homosexual goes “against nature” (the body parts don’t fit), and is a perversion of what is normal and what God intends.

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