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Homosexuality is Unnatural and Sinful

The Bible explains that because of the Fall, all of humankind is innately sinful. More specifically, it considers homosexuality to be unnatural and sinful. Therefore, it stands to reason that an innate homosexual orientation (if it exists), or a developed one, is an expression of fallen mankind’s brokenness and sinfulness.

We All Need to be Rescued

All humans are born with a sinful nature and are inclined to sin in one way or another. Therefore, regardless of the particular characteristics of each person’s sinful nature, whether innate or developed, we are all in need of a Savior to rescue us from its awful consequence. These consequences include our separation from God, our inability to walk free of sin, and our inability to adequately make just amends for the wrongs of our past.

Is the Orientation or the Act a Sin?

In trying to help those who struggle with homosexual orientation, it has been said that the orientation is not a sin, it’s only the activity. However, this cannot refer to the lust of homosexuality, because lusting for something is considered by God to be equivalent to the sin itself. Nor, obviously, could it refer to the orientation prior to coming to Christ, because all sinful orientation is away from God, which is the essence of sinfulness. Instead, the only way in which a Christian can be legitimately associated with a homosexual orientation is when old mindsets and triggers still lurk as sources of temptations.

Our Old Orientation

Sinful orientation is not considered a personal sin if we refer to the intermittent pulls and temptations of the body and un-renewed mind in someone who has come to Christ. These old mindsets and bodily triggers no longer have control over the believer, because the Christian has crucified the flesh. However, they need to be dealt with or they can easily become sources of sin.

Alive, but Challenged

Spiritually, we are completely changed when we come to Christ. However, this begins a journey of further transformation through the renewing of our minds and the putting to death of the inappropriate pulls of the body. Certain soulish and physical triggers remain in the background with the potential to lure a believer into sin. Nevertheless, because a Christian has crucified their flesh, these old ways no longer have the ability to influence a person, as long as they walk in the Spirit.

Victory By The Spirit

It is in this sense that remnants of a homosexual orientation may still exist in a person (in their old mindsets and learned bodily triggers) who was homosexually orientated when they came to Christ. In Christ, however, a person is no longer subject to the flesh, but is free to walk in the Spirit. In fact, they must, for walking in the Spirit is the Christian life. And, to the extent that they walk in the Spirit, they will be enabled to put to death the misdeeds of their bodies and renew their minds and be transformed.

Forgiven and Empowered

However, just as everyone is likely to sin in the same area that they sinned before coming to Christ, it should not surprise us if a person who struggled with pornography has occasional lapses in the same area, or if person who was a homosexual is tempted by their old thoughts and bodily triggers. The good news is that if we have all the resources in Christ to overcome our internal challenges, and, even if we are entangled by sin, which the Bible says can happen easily, we can receive forgiveness, be restored and continue to walk in the Spirit.

Hallelujah!

Amen!

Blessings to all who are struggling in Christ,

Rob

 

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I Was Born That Way!

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Conceived in Sin and Iniquity

From conception we are all orientated away from God with an innately sinful nature. This may mean that each of us starts off life with any number of particular innate ungodly orientations. Therefore, if homosexual orientation is proven to be innate in certain persons, this should not surprise us. These orientations, whether innate or developed, the Bible calls iniquities, and are the personal predispositions or bents toward particular sin.

Objection

Someone may object, “Surely being born homosexually orientated legitimizes it. Also, how can such a person be judged if they had no part in being orientated that way?” Consider that we are all born with a sinful nature that we had no part in creating, yet our lack of participation doesn’t legitimize it. We will all be judged for our sins and iniquities inherited in Adam if we haven’t accepted God’s mercy and help in Christ Jesus, who died to forgive our sins and iniquities and give us a new life free from them.

Scientific Evidence

That said, the extent to which people may be innately orientated toward certain sins appears to be unclear. In fact, a report by Dr. Lawrence Mayer and Dr. Paul McHugh, entitled, Sexuality and Gender, maintains that the understanding of sexual orientation as an innate, biologically fixed property of human beings — the idea that people are “born that way” — is not supported by scientific evidence.

From Homosexual Orientation to God and Wholeness

Regardless of how a deviance begins, God can fix it. Whether a person had been born blind or became blind, Jesus could heal them. Similarly, God can heal someone with a homosexual orientation regardless of how it began. Now, while it is true that the blind are rarely miraculously healed (yet, if they have come to Christ they will most certainly be healed in the life to come), nevertheless, the morally deviant who come to Christ are immediately given a new spirit, a new heart and the Holy Spirit to help transform them through renewing any remaining innate or learned orientation.

Do You Want To Be Healed?

So, whether homosexual orientation becomes a part a person at conception or during development, whether inadvertently or through their own deliberate choices, it is just one of many deviances found in humanity’s fallen nature for which Christ died in order to bring forgiveness and restoration. Whatever the sinful orientation, like He did with the crippled man, Jesus is asking, “Do you want to be made whole?”

Rob

nDeBjaIResearchers’ Unscientific Beliefs

I put forward in a previous post, Prenatal Sexual Orientation Findings Confirm God’s Word, to the extent researchers’ beliefs concerning sexual orientation cited by Wiki were true, namely, that ‘sexual orientation is not a choice, and … established at conception’, that this would only serve to agree with God’s word concerning everyone having an innate sinful nature from conception.

That said, these researchers’ beliefs, along with other beliefs related to the LGBT community and touted by academics as truth, were exposed as being unscientific in a report by Dr. Lawrence Mayer, professor of psychiatry and statistics and biostatistics at Arizona State University and Dr. Paul McHugh, one of the world’s leading psychiatrists (psychiatrist-in-chief, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore from 1975 to 2001), entitled, Sexuality and Gender.

With regard to sexual orientation and gender identity, their conclusions were as follows:

  • The understanding of sexual orientation as an innate, biologically fixed property of human beings — the idea that people are “born that way” — is not supported by scientific evidence.
  • The hypothesis that gender identity is an innate, fixed property of human beings that is independent of biological sex — that a person might be “a man trapped in a woman’s body” or “a woman trapped in a man’s body” — is not supported by scientific evidence.

Brokenness and Innate Sinful Nature

If the above report is true, which I am inclined to believe it is, then gender confusion or homosexual orientation is a development from a person’s innate brokenness and sinful nature. However, if any innateness is found in homosexual orientation or gender confusion, it would still be explained by the fall of mankind and humanity’s inherited sinful nature. The only difference is that these traits would be understood as innate expressions of human brokenness and sinful nature rather than a later development from them.

So, whether gender confusion or homosexual orientation has any measure of innateness or not, God’s word explains their existence as coming from brokenness and/or sinfulness. As David says, ‘Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me’ (Psalm 51:5).

Rob

From Death to Life

Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24).

Other posts in this series on the plight of man and the Good News:

Dead at Conception

Sinful Since Conception

Humanity Died

Unmerited Opportunity

Diagnosed a Sinner

 

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God’s Law reveals sins, the symptoms of mankind’s fallen human nature that has an inherent disregard for God.

Other posts in this series on the plight of man and the Good News:

Dead at Conception

Sinful Since Conception

Humanity Died

Unmerited Opportunity

Unmerited Opportunity

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Our temporary existence is an unmerited and merciful opportunity given to us so that we might reconnect with our God.

 

Other posts in this series on the plight of man and the Good News:

Dead at Conception

Sinful Since Conception

Humanity Died

Humanity Died

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 God warned Adam, “…you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day you eat from it, you will certainly die” (Genesis 2:17).

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Dead at Conception

Sinful Since Conception

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Humans do not become sinners, but are, instead, by virtue of being part of the fallen human family, innately sinful from the moment of conception (Psalm 51:5).

 

Previous Post: Dead at Conception

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Being part of the fallen human family, all of us are, from the moment of our conception, already spiritually ‘dead in our trespasses and sins’ (Ephesians 2:1).

Following Post: Sinful Since Conception

A Message from the Other Side

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My Assurance

In my previous post, Do you know where you are going to?, I said that the tickets for our afterlife trip have been purchased and all we have to do is accept them as a gift.

The assurance that I have a journey to make at the end of this life is that having accepted the gift, my spirit is already experiencing the destination. Part of me is writing from the other side. I am there in spirit, with the promise that my mind and my body will be sent later and in perfect condition.

Do you have your paid for ticket to an assured destination?

The True Way To Eternal Life

Jesus said, ‘“I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”’ (John 14:6).

Jesus also said, ‘“Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them”’ (John 14:23).

And, the Bible, my travel guide, says, ‘God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus’ (Eph 2:6).

So, Christ has been my transport and God my destination, but I have also been their destination.

Finally, unlike the casualties of war flown back in a casket, at the end of this age, I will receive a new and glorious body. This one that is shackled by weakness and sickness in a fallen world will be transformed into a new and glorious one. And, my mind will then be further blown away when it better sees the destination that my spirit already knows…God!

Extracts from the Travel Guide

Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ … will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him (Heb 9:27-28).

Listen, I tell you a mystery…we will all be changed– in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed (1 Cor 15:51-52).

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever (1 Thess 4:16-17).

For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known (1 Cor 13:12).

What About You?

We are all on stand-by, never knowing when we will be going, but needing to be ready. Nevertheless, despite the uncertainty of when we will travel, we can have a say in where we will be going.

Have you met Jesus? Are you in Christ? Is God with you where you are and are you with Him where He is? 

Do you know where you are going to? Will you get what you are hoping for?

You can!

I know, because I already am.

Rob Morley

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